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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>

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Taglines:

He Was On The Verge Of Becoming A Man... Eater! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Along with Joe Dante's The Howling (1981) this film pioneered the trend of air-bladder special effects makeup. For Michael's transformation scene small plastic sacks (often condoms or balloons) would be embedded into the layers of makeup and face castings. Later while filming these sacks would be inflated through tubes and it would help to give the appearance of the skins distortion. The same technique became popular in the genre throughout the 1980s being used in such horror films as Demons (1985), Fright Night (1985), and Evil Dead II (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Michael wakes up in the hospital after his nightmare (0:13:33), the life signs monitor next to his head is flat-lined, as though it's not hooked up, but an intermittent beep can still be heard. 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 of ...
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Alternate Versions

Old UK video release is cut 1min. 07sec. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tom Holland: Writing Horror (2016) See more »

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absolutely disgusting transformation sequence
1 November 2014 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

If you like low to medium budget horrors with plenty of gore, you will not be disappointed in this and Paul Clemens does very well in the lead. Nobody else seems to try too hard, they seem more interested in outdoing each other in wearing the most outlandish wigs. Very watchable despite its shortcomings although it almost comes to a halt on several occasions. The set up is fine, if a little predictable, but the wild and terrible story could have been better told. At first this seems like a Jekyll and Hyde variant, then a vampire tale before it gets back to what it really was at the start, a gruesome tale of rape and impregnation by some swamp like creature. Nice idea and lots of nastiness but not very convincing and too many people wandering in and out to little effect. Have to say though, one amazing and absolutely disgusting transformation sequence at the end.


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Official Sites:

MGM Studio

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,250,000, 15 February 1982

Gross USA:

$7,742,572

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,742,572
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Katzka See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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