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The Beast Within (1982)

A young woman gets raped by a mysterious man-creature, and years later her son begins a horrific transformation into a similar beast.

Director:

Philippe Mora

Writers:

Tom Holland (screen story and screenplay by), Edward Levy (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronny Cox ... Eli MacCleary
Bibi Besch ... Caroline MacCleary
Paul Clemens ... Michael MacCleary
Don Gordon ... Judge Curwin
R.G. Armstrong ... Doc Schoonmaker
Katherine Moffat ... Amanda Platt (as Kitty Moffat)
L.Q. Jones ... Sheriff Pool
Logan Ramsey ... Edwin Curwin
John Dennis Johnston ... Horace Platt
Ron Soble ... Tom Laws
Luke Askew ... Dexter Ward
Meshach Taylor ... Deputy Herbert
Boyce Holleman Boyce Holleman ... Doc Odom
Natalie Nolan Howard Natalie Nolan Howard ... Court Clerk
Malcolm McMillin Malcolm McMillin ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie takes place years later when the child that was a result of that rape is on the rampage looking for a girl to rape to start the process all over again. Written by Donald O. Caselli <ASAInc@worldnet.att.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This motion picture contains scenes of extremely graphic and violent horror. WARNING! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studio

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Engelsgesicht - Drei Nächte des Grauens See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,250,000, 15 February 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,742,572
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Katzka See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film became a staple on Joe Bob Briggs' Monstervision series, though the network would heavily edit the film. See more »

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During the scene in the kitchen when Michael is telling Amanda to leave, a shotgun keeps appearing and disappearing behind them leaning in front of the window. See more »

Quotes

Doc Odom: There's a chemical imbalance. An occult malignancy in his system.
Eli MacCleary: What kind of medicine are practicing here, Doctor?
Doc Odom: What we have is a pituitary gland that has gone crazy, out of control. It's causing much too rapid growth. No matter what nourishment we give him, it just isn't enough. Now, I... I thought it might be genetic, inherited. But the metabolic tests that we did on both of you show that you're normal as pie. So unless there's something we don't know, unless there's something left out ...
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Alternate Versions

The following cuts were made to the UK release of this film:
  • The opening and closing rape scenes are missing glimpses of the women's breasts and of bloodied bodies
  • Michael's (Paul Clemens) attack on Edwin (Logan Ramsey) is missing the shot of the killer quivering as he gnaws into the victim's throat.
  • A shot of Edwin's mangled body is missing when it is discovered by the Judge (Don Gordon).
  • Michael snarls at the camera with a bloodied mouth during a flashback that is missing.
  • Eventually the Judge gets his head ripped off but we don't get to see the blood pouring out nor the head rolling off the neck stump
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Referenced in The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Pieces (2018) See more »

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The real beastie-boy!
19 January 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Woo-hoo! This freaky puppy needs to go on a leash! The Beast Within is highly entertaining 80's pulp that regretfully got ignored over the years, along with so many other B-movie goodies from that decade like "Dead & Buried", "Basket Case" or "From Beyond". I hope that too many people won't be biased about the gory, cheap looks of this film, because it actually has got more to offer than you'd think! The Beast Within fits perfectly in the "the little town with a secret"-sub genre that I personally adore. The screenplay (written by Tom Holland of "Fright Night" and "Child's Play") handles about a newlywed couple facing a nightmare when the wife is raped by a hideous creature on a remote Mississippi road. The "miracle of life" takes place and 17 years later, the progeny of this unpleasant meeting begins to undergo a bizarre metamorphosis. The adolescent Michael is aggressive, weak and goes prowling overnight. The victims of these nightly hunts all share a common secret that slowly unravels itself and leads all the way back to the night of the rape. The plot contains quite some holes (big ones!) and logicalness is totally out of the question! Hopefully, you'll be able to look passed these flaws and see how director Mora attempts to add tension and atmosphere to his film. The obvious aspect to love naturally is the blood and gore! The Beast Within features an infamous and nearly classic transformation and this scene alone makes the film worthy. A catchy (country) soundtrack and fairly good acting complete my overall positive opinion on this overlooked cult gem. Ronny Cox is quite convincing as the "official" father but it surely is the young actor Paul Clemens himself who impresses. His ultra-mad grimaces while attacking the hillbillies form the best parts of the film.


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