The Beast Must Die (1974)


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In this horror film, a wealthy sportsman invites a house full of guests to a big-game hunt that he's devised. He's sure that one of the guests is a werewolf, and he intends to stalk it, find it, and kill it.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Michael Winder
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as Tom Newcliffe

as Dr. Christopher Lund...

as Arthur Bennington

as Caroline Newcliffe

as Davina Gilmore

as Paul Foote

as Jan Jamokowksi

as 1st Hunter

as 2nd Hunter
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Critic Reviews for The Beast Must Die

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Beast Must Die is worth a look, as long as you enjoy unintentionally campy kitsch from the swinging 70s and werewolf myths.

Full Review… | July 12, 2006

This B-movie werewolf tale from British horror studio Amicus was a blatant attempt to compete with their equally low-budget competitor AIP studios.

Full Review… | June 19, 2006
Slant Magazine

A good old-fashioned made-for-TV-style werewolf movie.

June 14, 2005
7M Pictures

July 27, 2008

Full Review… | October 16, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Beast Must Die


Fairly bad Agatha Christie with a werewolf twist

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Possibly the most disappointing Amicus film ever. For years, I blamed Hammer for this travesty mainly due to Peter Cushing's presence. He's made to look like a complete pillock here though with long diatribes about what makes someone a werewolf which will have you laughing at the ridiculousness of it all.
The alternative title gives away the identity of the werewolf right from the beginning and for a film which relies on "Guess the identity of the werewolf" for the plot, that's a big mistake.

Dr Blood  

Super Reviewer

How can you not love a film that starts off announcing that towards the end there will be a special 'Werewolf minute' for you to guess the identity of the killer and then launches into the film with a full-on 'Shaft'-like soundtrack? These two elements, along with a Lockhart as an entrepeneur/hunter that has invited his guests to a secluded mansion in order to work out which is the werewolf, make this film a very different entity than most British horror at this time. Unfortunately the film-makers run out of ideas pretty quickly and my wife wasn't the only one to notice that the numerous chase sequences seem to go on forever without adding anything to the story. In the end I didn't guess the proper identity of the werewolf (or should that be 'very large dog' as the beast hardly looks threatening) but I still enjoyed this little oddity.

David Sayers
David Sayers

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