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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 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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We dare you to watch the last 30 minutes of this film without screaming, covering your eyes, or running from your seat. 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 N├Ąchte 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The translation into English of the German title is "The Angel Face: Three Nights of Horror." See more »

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Even after Amanda puts her bra on twice before leaving the house, when she is raped later on in the movie, she has no bra on at all. See more »

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Sheriff Pool: on the phone: "Oral sodomy?... Well, that's why it's a small town... Yeah, we'll look into it. Thank you for calling."
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An atmospheric, underrated 80's creature feature.
22 December 2008 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

One of the better, and most overlooked, monster films of the 80's is this fun and effectively creepy B horror film.

On a dark and stormy Mississippi night, a woman is attacked and raped by a mysterious monster. Now, seventeen years later, her ill teenage son is starting to display some murderous behavior that keeps getting worse...

The Beast Within (based on the Edward Levy novel of the same title) is too often bashed by critics. Many complain that the storyline is convoluted, but frankly if everything were explained it would lose its sense of chilling mystery. There is much to be enjoyed in this off-beat creature flick. The story is nicely creative with a hint of old school horror and a good dose of building tension - all of which is dotted with some startlingly good murder scenes. The gruesome makeup effects aren't bad, this film has one wild transformation scene. Direction wise Philippe Mora does well in giving the film a great southern Gothic vibe as well as an oppressing atmosphere of dread.

The cast holds their own too. Ronny Cox (of Deliverance fame) and Bibi Besch do solid performances as the understandably troubled parents of our title character. Paul Clemens is also good, and strangely alluring, as the teen with the savage side. Supporting performances from Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, and L.Q. Jones are good too.

The Beast Within is one under praised horror film. So what if there's a few plot holes, so what if it doesn't follow the book it's based on to the letter - it's a truly memorable horror ride that never has a dull moment. Check it out creature feature fans.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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