Beast Must Die

The Beast Must Die

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Director: Paul Annett

Cast: Eric Carte, Charles Gray, Ciaran Madden

     
 

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In this little horror film, a wealthy sportsman (Calvin Lockhart) invites a house full of guests to a big-game hunt that he's devised. He's sure that one of the guests is a werewolf, and he intends to stalk it, find it, and kill it. As a film viewer, you are alerted at the outset that a mystery awaits and that clues will be unveiled that can point to the identity of

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In this little horror film, a wealthy sportsman (Calvin Lockhart) invites a house full of guests to a big-game hunt that he's devised. He's sure that one of the guests is a werewolf, and he intends to stalk it, find it, and kill it. As a film viewer, you are alerted at the outset that a mystery awaits and that clues will be unveiled that can point to the identity of the werewolf. In fact, near the conclusion, the film has inserted a 30-second interlude during which you must decide, once and for all, who the hunted beast is. This film is based upon a story by James Blish titled There Shall Be No Darkness.

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The non-anthology output of Amicus Productions tended to be hit-and-miss, but The Beast Must Die is an interesting if lightweight horror-mystery hybrid from the studio. The script derives its inspiration from The Most Dangerous Game, Ten Little Indians, and any number of werewolf films to create its own offbeat hybrid of thrills and chills. It is sometimes a bit too reliant on talk over action, but the amusing, often dishy dialogue helps (the story also boasts an endearingly kitschy "werewolf break" gimmick that is right out of the William Castle playbook). Director Paul Annett's work isn't quite stylish enough to capitalize on the film's offbeat mix of genres, but he unfurls the storyline at a steady clip and makes great use of a stellar cast. Said cast is probably the film's biggest hook; Calvin Lockhart delivers an engagingly hammy performance as the film's master hunter, while Peter Cushing lends a subtle but charismatic presence as the story's resident scientist, and Tom Chadbon steals a few scenes as the wiliest of the guests. Charles Gray, Anton Diffring, and Marlene Clark are given less to do, but all do solid work and their presence is likely to up the interest level for B-movie fans. In short, The Beast Must Die is modest but entertaining stuff. It might be a little too old-fashioned for younger viewers, but veteran horror fans are likely to be amused.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2015
UPC:
0889290016133
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Filmrise
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
53,273

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Carte 2nd Hunter
Charles Gray Bennington
Ciaran Madden Davina Gilmore
Michael Gambon Jan Jamokowksi
Calvin Lockhart Tom Newcliffe
Carl Bohun 1st Hunter
Sam Mansaray Butler
Peter Cushing Dr. Christopher Lundgren
Anton Diffring Pavel
Marlene Clark Caroline Newcliffe
Tom Chadbon Paul Foote
Andrew Lodge Pilot

Technical Credits
Paul Annett Director
John Dark Producer
Douglas Gamley Score Composer
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Richard Jenkins Asst. Director
Ken Ritchie Sound/Sound Designer
Max Rosenberg Producer
John Stoll Art Director
Milton Subotsky Producer
Peter Tanner Editor
Michael Winder Screenwriter

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