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The Beast Must Die

3.4 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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A millionaire plans to hunt whichever one of his guests turns into a werewolf under a full moon.

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Paul Arnett
  • "Directing The Beast" featurette
  • Paul Arnett's tribute to Peter Cushing
  • Cast and crew bios
  • Liner notes
  • Trailers
  • Still gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Charles Gray, Anton Diffring
  • Directors: Paul Annett
  • Writers: Paul Annett, James Blish, Michael Winder, Scot Finch
  • Producers: John Dark, Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007VY558
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beast Must Die" on IMDb

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This is a surprisingly fun movie about a big game hunter who invites suspected werewolves to his estate so he can kill the ultimate beast. I saw it years ago when I was much younger and then noticed it was available on Kindle and rented it immediately. I was not disappointed. Although the film is badly dated and the cinematography is not the best, the story is just too entertaining to miss. And it's just creepy enough to keep you on the edge of your seat but not so scary or gruesome that you're going to be up all night terrified. Recommended for mystery/horror/suspense fans.
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I recently purchased this film on DVD purely as a matter of nostalgia.
This flick first caught my attention one dark, lonely night when I was five or six years old and suffering from my seasonal allergies and asthma attack. This movie both entertained me and scared me to death. It has been twenty-three years since I last saw it and, to my surprise, I still think it's a really good movie, though for very different reasons.
Sure they put a fur coat on a black dog and expect us to buy it as a wolf. Sure the soundtrack seems better suited to "Shaft in Merry Ol' England" as opposed to a modern gothic horror film. Sure the acting is heavily stylized and, at times, just plain goofy. Sure the "Werewolf Break" in which the audience is given thirty seconds in which to dissect a fairly uncomplicated mystery is way out in Goofyville, but who cares?! Anyone who finds fault with the above is, quite obviously, someone who should not be watching this film in the first place. Like many films made in the long ago and far away, you have to accept a certain level of culture shock. Like many horror films you have to be willing to suspend your disbelief nigh on to the breaking point. Like many British films you have to put up with acting that seems more suited to Stratford on Avon than Dogma 95. Accept these as simple facts of life or don't rent it, folks. It's just that simple.
I've read several negative reviews for this particular film which stress the above elements over and over again. Surprisingly, many of these are written by avowed horror hounds who would probably love the movie if it had nudity and/or more gore. I'm certainly no prude and would turn away from neither should a "Director's Cut" of "The Beast Must Die" ever surface.
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The Story: An eccentric Millionaire invites a group of people whom he suspects of being a werewolf to his isolated estate, and informs them that he KNOWS that one of them is a werewolf, and that when that person transforms, he intends to hunt and kill him or her. The ULTIMATE game animal! His "Guests" suddenly begin to realize they are NOT guests, but rather prisoners, on trial by an eccentric Millionaire Hunter! This movie explains the Rhyme recited In The Wolfman. (Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr.) "Even a man, who is pure of heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the Wolfbane blooms and the Autumn moon is shining bright." Dr. Lundstrom (Peter Cushing) one of the "Guests", stated that a person infected with the Werewolf "Hormone", will not change into a wolf unless there is Wolfbane pollen in the air, and the moon is full. He also stated that Wolfbane ONLY pollinates (Blooms) IN THE AUTUMN. Ergo, a Werewolf ONLY turns into a wolf during the Autumn months.
This is an interesting and amusing movie. I am SERIOUSLY considering purchasing a DVD copy.
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I first discovered this movie about 15 years ago when it ran on a rainy Saturday afternoon throwaway slot. This isn't a great movie, but it's a great potboiler, where even if you know how it's going to end, you like watching the characters unravel throughout the story. Camp at its best.
You don't see movies like this anymore, probably because they don't use self-conscious ironic detachment. The (over)acting must be good enough that the players actually inhabit their roles. Play it straight and it's unwatchable. The effects aren't so special, so it's just as well that the action is implicit rather than graphic.
Everything about the film is dated--there's no mistaking the costumes or the music for any era other than the mid 70's. For that matter, the voiceover, the ticking clock and the freeze-frame shots of the characters probably looked dated even when the movie was new. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Later the horror film evolved into the mindless slasher film in the late-70's-early 80's, where the killer was only a setpiece, and then into the 90's, where the ironic, self-aware Scream type picture cannibalized the former genre. So hungry were moviegoers for subtle, sincere horror that they drooled over Blair Witch. It was a valiant effort, the spookfest had all been done better, when films relied on pacing, acting and camera angle to scare the audience instead of gore.
It's surprising enough that this film merited a DVD release at all and I was so thankful to find it that I didn't even care about the lack of outtakes and extra comments. The next rainy Saturday afternoon I'm watching this again.
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