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The Beast Must Die (1974)

PG | | Horror, Mystery | April 1974 (USA)
Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one?

Director:

Paul Annett

Writer:

Michael Winder (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Calvin Lockhart ... Tom Newcliffe
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Christopher Lundgren
Marlene Clark ... Caroline Newcliffe
Charles Gray ... Bennington
Anton Diffring ... Pavel
Ciaran Madden ... Davina
Tom Chadbon ... Paul Foote
Michael Gambon ... Jan
Sam Mansary Sam Mansary ... Butler (as Sam Mansaray)
Andrew Lodge Andrew Lodge ... Pilot
Carl Bohen Carl Bohen ... 1st Hunter (as Carl Bohun)
Eric Carte ... 2nd Hunter
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Storyline

Tom Newcliffe (Calvin Lockhart), a rich businessman and expert hunter, summons six guests to his huge country estate which he has rigged up with video cameras and a high-tech security system. He tells them and his surprised wife that they are all to stay over a weekend and that all of them will be kept on the estate during that weekend. For each guest, dead bodies have followed in their wake and the way that the dead have been murdered means that one of the guests is a werewolf and Tom has summoned his guests here to discover who it is and to hunt it down. This movie has a clip at the beginning asking people in the audience to try to identify the werewolf, and near the end, there is a thirty-second "Werewolf Break" for the audience to think over the evidence. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One of these eight people will turn into a werewolf. Can you guess who it is when we stop the film for the WEREWOLF BREAK? See it ... solve it ... but don't tell!

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Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Werewolf See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Despite Writer and Director Paul Annett's objections, Producer Milton Subotsky (who hated this movie) insisted on the werewolf break gimmick where the viewer was invited to guess who the werewolf is. See more »

Goofs

When the alarm shows that the werewolf has left the estate and is prowling in the woods, Tom has his surveillance expert help him track the beast. He could have taken a few seconds to look in on all the guests via the spy cameras to see which one was missing from their room and so discover the werewolf's identity, but it doesn't seem to occur to him. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Newcliffe: I'm terribly sorry about Tom
Arthur Bennington: There's a man I know on Harley Street. I think Tom should pay him a visit.
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Crazy Credits

[At the beginning of the film, with narration] This film is a detective story--in which you are the detective The question is not "Who is the murderer?"--But "Who is the werewolf?" After all the clues have been shown--You will get a chance to give your answer. (Said but not written on screen, directly after above quote: Watch for the werewolf break). See more »


Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Interesting take on the werewolf genre.
22 June 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

The Beast must Dies (1974) was an interesting version of the tired werewolf tale. Calvin Lockhart is the main character and for a change he's a wealthy black big game hunter who wants to catch his biggest prize to date, a werewolf. He brings several suspected individuals to his palacial complex and plays Ten Little Indians with the guests. They're an odd lot and anyone of them can be....The Werewolf!!! The movies also an interactive one because at the beginning of the feature, an off screen narrator asks if you can solve the mystery. The great Peter Cushing guest stars and brings some British Horror credibility to the film.

From those lovable people at Amicus. Whilst Hammer Films was in it's death throes as a film company, Amicus for a time picked up the slack. Several key members from the Hammer Studios left the company and eagerly worked for the rivals at Amicus. Famous for their omnibus tales of terror, they tried something different and the result was "The Beast Must Die". Not your typical film about werewolves but it's entertaining despite the low budgeted special effects and bad night time lighting. Other than that, it's a great film.

Recommended.

B

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