The Beast Within

Overview

Tom Burman's innovative prosthetic special effects used to greater effect in later horror films are the saving grace of The Beast Within. The premise concerns a couple honeymooning in Mississippi. Caroline Bibi Besch is brutally raped by a hairy, sub-human monster and gives birth to a child named Michael Paul Clemens, who appears normal until he hits his teens. At 17, Michael begins to feel strange, and his parents take him back to Mississippi to find out if his problems are related to Caroline's long-ago rape. ...
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Overview

Tom Burman's innovative prosthetic special effects used to greater effect in later horror films are the saving grace of The Beast Within. The premise concerns a couple honeymooning in Mississippi. Caroline Bibi Besch is brutally raped by a hairy, sub-human monster and gives birth to a child named Michael Paul Clemens, who appears normal until he hits his teens. At 17, Michael begins to feel strange, and his parents take him back to Mississippi to find out if his problems are related to Caroline's long-ago rape. Once in Mississippi, Michael transforms into a ravenous insect-like creature that roams the countryside, disemboweling innocent victims and feasting on their torsos.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Philippe Mora and actor Paul Clemens; Audio commentary with writer Tom Holland ; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
The Beast Within doesn't make a lick of sense, which is exactly what makes the film so deliriously necessary for horror devotees. The action charges out of the gate from the start and never lets up until the outrageously ridiculous end, which doesn't explain a thing but will satisfy gorehounds and all lovers of schlock cinema. It's a profoundly dirty film, which is not to suggest that it's pornographic, but rather that every frame feels coated in the dust and filth of an obscure Mississippi town's violent secret. Poor Michael's predicament begins when his mother is raped by a mysterious, hairy-legged stranger. By the time we meet him, he's already knee-deep into his inexplicable transformation. The Beast Within throws one ugly murder after another into our laps, tangled together with only the barest thread, and while the bewigged local official eventually owns up to the sinister truth, there's still a thousand questions pending. The wild deficiencies in logic, plot, and simple scene construction don't detract from the stupendously stupid pleasures to be had with this ridiculously staged horror show. With a sinister mortician, a bog full of skeletons, and a particularly gruesome skin-shedding scene, nothing else needs to be said. Keep an eye out for veteran character actors like Logan Ramsey and R.G. Armstrong, plus Meshach Taylor as the only African-American man for miles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2013
  • UPC: 826663145762
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 23,090

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronny Cox Eli MacCleary
Bibi Besch Caroline MacCleary
Paul Clemens Michael MacCleary
Don Gordon Judge Curwin
R.G. Armstrong Doc
Kitty Moffat Amanda
L.Q. Jones Sheriff Pool
Ramsay King Edwin
John Dennis Johnston Horace Platt
Ron Soble Tom Laws
Luke Askew Dexter Ward
Meshach Taylor Deputy Herbert
Logan Ramsey Edwin Curwin
Boyce Holleman Doc Odom
Technical Credits
Philippe Mora Director
Les Baxter Score Composer
Harvey Bernhard Producer
Jack B. Bernstein Executive Producer
Thomas R. Burman Makeup Special Effects
Ron Fury Asst. Director
David M. Haber Production Designer
Tom Holland Original Story, Screenwriter
Gabriel Katzka Producer
Bert Lovitt Editor
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Jack L. Richards Cinematographer
Robert Brown Editor
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