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- DescriptionA rich sportsman invites eight guests to his house with the knowledge that one of them is a werewolf. He has devised a game of suspense wherein the guests must guess whom is the wolf. At the full moon, the game will end as the werewolf unwittingly reveals himself, and the others hunt him down to add his pelt to the sportsman's trophies. The film features a special "guess-who" sequence at the end, in which the viewer is given thirty seconds to decide "who done it."
- Leading Role 1Peter Cushing
- Director 1Paul Annett
- Leading Role 2Calvin Lockhart
- Leading Role 3Anton Diffring
- Additional Roles byCharles Gray,Marlene Clark
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2004
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time88 minutes
Most relevant reviews
- suzy.e17 Jan, 2010by
Best werewolf film EVER!
I've loved this movie since the first time i ever saw it, and it is, in my opinion, the best werewolf movie ever. I've been wanting the DVD for a long time and purchasing it at such a good price was amazing. Highly recommended to anyone who likes the old horror films when special effects were hand made rather than computer created.
- 800538423@delet...04 Sep, 2008by
What a strange film!
I'm writing this primarily because Ebay keeps emailing me asking for reviews! Since I find it difficult being eloquent about the relative merits of a kettle lead or pack of paper plates, I have until now spared myself (and the reader) that dubious pleasure. But as there is now a DVD in my 'won' box which requests the benefit of my reviewer's prowess, I feel compelled to oblige. 'The Beast Must Die' (1974) is one of the strangest films I've seen in a while. During my preteens I was rather a fan of vintage horror films, usually produced by Hammer and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, or by Universal Studios featuring the talents of Boris Karlof, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr. But there were one or two unique movies from my childhood that have always stuck in my memory, despite growing up (and developing more sophisticated cinematic tastes). One of them is 'The Beast Must Die' which I first saw when I was about 10. It is meant to be a werewolf film, I think, and yet it doesn't feel like one. The music is straight out of a 1970's porn film - but then, so is the music from most movies made during that era! This helps to ruin any atmosphere that might otherwise lend itself to a few frights. The plot is brilliant - and for this reason I hope they remake it one day, as a properly scary horror film/thriller. Borrowing liberally from an Agatha Christie style whodunnit, a rich protagonist gathers a group of likely suspects to stay at his country estate, where they then proceed to get picked-off one by one as he attempts to unmask the killer. This is a fun premise, and mixes well with the werewolf genre. Added to this is 'The Werewolf Break' where the film is interrupted halfway through and the audience gets to watch a clock tick away 30 seconds of their life while they are instructed to guess who the werewolf is. (An amusing gimmick that fits right in and isn't as awful as it sounds - though I would suggest that they leave it out of the remake!) What truly lets the film down is the werewolf - or lack thereof. There is no transformation scene - crucial in any true werewolf film - and the creature itself (when you finally get to see it) is depicted by a rather dopey-looking black dog with its tongue lolling out in a decidedly un-menacing fashion! It's plain silly, and ultimately ruins the film. However, as a young child I had thoroughly enjoyed it, and that is why I bought it on Ebay. And I don't regret it. My money has been well spent on a film that serves not to scare me, but instead to fill me with amused nostalgia. Read full review
- shereena1710 Aug, 2008by
This is not a bad 1970s film which, if you watch without any great expectations, you will enjoy. Anton Diffring was brilliant as usual but unfortunately gets killed off far too early. It's not a film that would be very memorable but I'm glad I watched it. Its worth a titter!
- mdo9999999999922 Jul, 2008by
Marvellous cheesy 70's British Horror
A whodunnit/werewolf crossover. I personally really like this film although most probably won't. The story is quite good, the acting is passable however the production values unfortunately leave a little bit to be desired. This film is noted for it's unique "werewolf break" where you are given 30 seconds to guess who it is. Good old fashioned british horror in the same vein as Hammer, with a twist.
- the_time_tunnel25 Sep, 2006by
THE BEAST MUST DIE - PETER CUSHING, MICHAEL GAMBON.
THE HOWLING COLLIDES WITH CLUEDO IN THIS WEREWOLF WHODUNNIT, WHERE YOU EVEN GET THIRTY SECONDS NEAR THE END TO SUMMARISE AND MAKE YOUR GUESS AS TO WHO IS THE ACTUAL WEREWOLF. THE PROBLEM IS WILL YOU STILL BE WATCHING, AS IT IS PAINFULLY SLOW TO GET GOING. THE FIRST TEN MINUTES ARE SPENT TESTING THE ANTI WEREWOLF DEFENCES FOLLOWED BY THE WORST CAR CHASE I HAVE EVER SEEN WHERE A MERCEDES CONSTANTLY GETS OUTMANOEUVRED BY A LAND ROVER ESTATE ! THE FILM CONSTANTLY 'POINTS' YOU TO WHO THE WOLF OBVIOUSLY ISN'T, AND BY TODAYS BLOOD SOAKED STANDARDS THE KILLINGS ARE VERY TAME. TO TOP IT OFF PETER CUSHING IS WOEFULLY UNDER USED, HE SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME PLAYING CHESS AND SMOKING. WHODUNNIT - WHO CARES.