The Beast Must Die

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In this little horror film, a wealthy sportsman (Calvin Lockhart) 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. As a film viewer, you are alerted at the outset that a mystery awaits and that clues will be unveiled that can point to the identity of the werewolf. In fact, near the conclusion, the film has inserted a 30-second interlude during which you must decide, once and for all, who the hunted beast is. This film is based upon a story by James Blish titled There Shall Be No Darkness.


Calvin Lockhart
as Tom Newcliffe
Peter Cushing
as Dr. Christopher Lundgren
Charles Gray
as Arthur Bennington
Marlene Clark
as Caroline Newcliffe
Ciaran Madden
as Davina Gilmore
Tom Chadbon
as Paul Foote
Michael Gambon
as Jan Jamokowksi
Carl Bohun
as 1st Hunter
Eric Carte
as 2nd Hunter
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Critic Reviews for The Beast Must Die

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Audience Reviews for The Beast Must Die

  • May 10, 2016
    Cracking little horror film that deserves a wider audience.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2012
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2009
    Oh Yeah, absolute Cushing classic. And the beasty is great too.
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2008
    Fairly bad Agatha Christie with a werewolf twist
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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