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Big game hunter Tom Newcliffe(Calvin Lockhart) invites a motley bunch of people to his isolated mansion for a most dangerous game. One of his guests, all who have dark secrets to hide, is a werewolf and Newcliffe is determined to hunt him or her down, conducting a series of elaborate tests to force the werewolf into revealing their identity. Meanwhile, the killings start...
As Amicus Films' very last foray into horror, 'The Beast Must Die' is a thoroughly enjoyable film, complete with groovy 70's soundtrack, a wonderful 'Guess The Werewolf' thirty second break and less than convincing effects, as dogs are used as cheap werewolf substitutes.
Lockhart gives a full blooded performance as Newcliffe, becoming increasingly O.T.T as the body count rises. Balancing this highly enjoyable if overripe turn are more measured performances from Peter Cushing as Professor Lundgren, Charles Gray at his pithy best as shady diplomat Bennington and Anton Diffring as Newcliffe's employee Pavel, watching all the action on CCTV. Interesting to see a young Michael Gambon appear as pianist Jan Gilmore.
Despite over using the plot device of Newcliffe chasing down the werewolf in the countryside around his mansion, 'The Beast Must Die' is a relatively tense affair, full of false fangs and red herrings.
The 'Werewolf Break' may be a gimmick but it is what this film is probably best remembered for. An alternate cut of the film titled 'Black Werewolf' to probably cash in on Blaxploitation cinema, omits the Werewolf break entirely, a crime in itself.
After this film, Amicus made their way into fantasy films with their 'lost world' triology, all with Doug McClure as the not so dashing lead.Read more ›
Which brings us to 1974's The Beast Must Die, a movie which, in its own quiet way, was just as much of an experiment as Hammer's infamous The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires from the same year.Read more ›
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OPTIMUM HOME ENT' have decided to reissue THE BEAST MUST DIE on dvd again
the first dvd release was the Anchor bay dvd back n in 2003
well Optimum reissue is shocking,... Read more
enjoyable, but no masterpiece. Cushing plays only a minor rolePublished 7 months ago by Mr Mark B Lynch
Peter Cushing heads the cast in this Amicus horror. Plot revolves around Cushing as some sort of Sherlock Holmes questioning everyone in a room, if they are indeed the werewolf... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Colonel Decker
I was glad when it was over. 5 out of five for Dark Sky's DVD presentation. 2 out of five for the film itself.Published on 1 Dec. 2013 by Graham from Yorkshire
Have this already on video, but decided to treat myself and got this dvd. This has to be one of my most favourite horror films of all times(as i have quite a few). Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2013 by Mrs. Clare E. Burge
another winner from amicus, "the beast must die" is an engaging, slickly produced, quite suspenseful horror piece that benefits from a good pace, some good characters and a... Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2012 by jeremiah harbottle
After the first 10 minutes I was bored. The opening scene went on for absolute ages and that set the tone for the majority of the movie. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2012 by S. Ellis
The Beast Must Die is out of Amicus Productions, directed by Paul Annett and written by Michael Winder from a short story by James Blish. Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2011 by Spike Owen