• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Philippe Mora
    In Theaters:
    Feb 12, 1982 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2001
  • MGM Home Entertainment


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The Beast Within Reviews

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Super Reviewer

July 13, 2014
The 1980's were a fin e time for horror film, with many outstanding films that have made their mark. However, many gems of the genre have been forgotten due to the fact that more popular films have overshadowed these stellar little shocker. One such film is The Beast Within, a stunning, gory thrill ride that has Science Fiction elements involved with its story along with body horror. This is a stunning horror picture, a film that is quite underrated, one that is brilliantly constructed in the ways it displays its shocks and thrills. The Beast Within uses effective gore techniques to build up the tension, and with the amount of blood-letting on-screen, it's more than enough to appeal to diehard genre fans. Of all those gems that came out in the early 80's, this is a surprising treat, a film that deserves to be rediscovered and enjoyed by a new generation of horror fans. The story is straight to the point, with nothing special, but the real thing that grabs your attention is the on-screen carnage, which makes up for more than half the film, and it's highly entertaining for that matter. The effects are very well done, and the tone of t6he fi8lm is dark, atmospheric with no glimmer of hope, the way a horror film should be. I guess by today's standards, The Beast Within is pretty tame, considering all the torture porn films that have been released in the last ten years or so. Nonetheless, this is a fine cult film, a worthy addition to the genre, and is sure to delight, shock and thrill horror fans that enjoy a good splatter film. The Beast Within is an underrated film, and it is a movie that doesn't deserve to be obscured and it deserves to be seen and cherished again. If you enjoy 80's horror, The Beast Within is a film that is highly entertaining from start to finish.
May 21, 2014
It's b-movie fun. It's a bit slow to get started, and the plot is convoluted, but the last thirty or so minutes is a lot of fun. Not a masterpiece and not a necessity to go out of the way to see, but worth a late-night watch.
May 10, 2014
campy and frickin' creepy horror flick
Still good to watch
December 17, 2012
The Beast Within won't win any awards for class, or evening acting ability. What it gets points for mostly is taking an insane concept and executing it pretty boldly. What seems like it's going to be a horror movie involving a werewolf quickly descends into a horror movie involving... a cicada? Yeah, that's pretty nuts. Everyone hams it up pretty good, and there are plenty of laugh-inducing moments. Paul Clemens and Ronny Cox are decent enough in their roles, but Logan Ramsey gets points for being a very disgusting old man. The film was written by Tom Holland as well, so the movie does have some merit to it. It's definitely not a classic, but it has enough going for it, which is good enough for a movie this wacky.
December 12, 2013
Another awful film adaptation . The book was a decent werewolf thriller although derivative of Hammer Film's " Curse of the Werewolf " . The movie is a mixed bag of bad ideas that has something to do with a teenager turning into a giant cicada .
May 3, 2009
Guilty pleasure from high school. CICADAS!
April 28, 2013
This is my 2nd favorite thing ever that features the phrase, "He's been embalmed... ALIVE!"
April 24, 2013
There is one very disturbing part that will give you a headache.
November 27, 2009
this isnt a good movie but its 80's schlock at its best....from twisted multiple rape scenes to awesome death sequences in a blink of an eye small-town hicks and awesome transformations (using the bladder trick to a frigging monotonous effect)...one of my favs of all time!!!!!!
January 17, 2012
I don't really see the point of this eyesore.
FilmGrinder S.
December 16, 2011
"You look like the hind end of a coon dog leaving the swamp."-Sheriff Pool (L.Q. Jones)
November 27, 2011
Fucking thing lied to me. No werewolves to be had, although there is a terrible transformation sequence thrown in.
Gordon Franklin Terry Sr
November 13, 2011
Dude . . . CLASSIC . . . ED FRENCH did the make-up.

The Best Transormation-Scene of its kind.


Hey, its a lot like an HP LOVECRAFT stories woven into one (including The Case of Charles Dexter Ward).

Cory T

Super Reviewer

October 12, 2011
There is something perversely horrifying about a foreign entity manipulating you from beyond your control, but 'The Beast Within' is a rancid, leisurely paced inner-demon flick that cannot be taken solemnly due to the flaccid performance from Paul Clemens who only appears clammy and disoriented rather than terrified. Add to that, the asinine cicada sound F/X whenever Michael is stimulated are cheesy and cacophonous. The one shining contribution is the pulsating transformation scene in which Michael's skin inflates, peels off and contorts in inexplicably grotesque ways. At least Ronny Cox adds some urbane class to this otherwise strictly gorehound fare.
July 8, 2011
(***): Thumbs Up

An entertaining horror flick.
Aaron Saylor
April 9, 2011
This is my 2nd favorite thing ever that features the phrase, "He's been embalmed... ALIVE!"
December 16, 2010
* 1/2 out of 4 stars

Bloody carnage is shown periodically. The killings and the final transformation are sickening and depraved. The plot (full of holes) is very confusing and doesn't make sense, even though the characters attempt to explain the happenings. However, I must say that the acting and even the directing is adequate for this material.

Super Reviewer

June 11, 2007
Not good. Stupid story, horribly executed.

August 17, 2009
Simply put: A woman is raped shortly after her wedding, then 17 years later her son develops health problems that send she and her husband in search of answers about who (or what) could have been the boy's father.

There's some interesting practical effects, and the mystery of the boy's biological father is intriguing enough, but the jump from 'madman' to the supernatural place the film ends up left me feeling like i missed some element of the plot.

Possibly worth a rental.
April 11, 2009
Now here's a movie!
A woman is raped by some big-ass fugly bug monster and she gives birth to a kid who inheriets some of his Daddy's nasty habits. Like drinking blood,cannibalism,and ripping peoples heads of. And wotta cast! Luke Askew,RG Armstrong,LQ Jones, Ronny Cox!
The transformation scene is really wild. I seen this in the theater back in '82 at the age of 20...kids were screaming their heads off. Good times. :)
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