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This review is from: The Beast Must Die [DVD] (DVD)
Make no mistake, 'The Beast must die' is not a good film. But that is hardly the point is it? The fun here derives from the endearingly absurd plotline, the timely but rather hopeless use of Calvin Lockhart as the male lead, and the spectacle of a distinguished cast keeping their chins up despite it all.
The controversial 'Werewolf break' too may not be to everybody's taste (the voiceover sounds distinctly louche to be sure) but it at least provides some colour to an otherwise rather forgettable experience.
Peter Cushing is over the top(but who cares), and Michael Gambon and Charles Gray are marvellous - however they are all given too little to do; Calvin Lockhart is left centre-stage much of the time and (whatever his Shakespearian past) he doesn't have the screen presence to save us from this film's many longueurs.
Enjoy this as a period piece and a rather camp part of Amicus history, but don't let a DVD commentary and an interview with the director (available in the Amicus box-set)persuade you that this is a classic - it ain't.