The Beast Must Die (1974)

Directors: Paul Annett
Actors: Peter Cushing

Genre: Horror


"Tom Newcliffe, a rich businessman and expert hunter summons six guests to his huge country estate which he has rigged up with video cameras and a high-tech security system. He tells them and his surprised wife that they are all to stay over a weekend and that all of them will be kept on the estate during that weekend. For each guest, dead bodies have followed in their wake and the way that the dead have been murdered means that one of the guest is a werewolf and Tom has summoned his guests here to discover who it is and to hunt it down... The film has a clip at the beginning asking people in the audience to try to identify the werewolf and near the end there is a 30-second "Werewolf Break" for the audience to think over the evidence..." - from Amazon

My oppinion:
The Beast Must Die is a werewolf story with a story, which had potential. Sadly, it turned out to be a pretty mediocre flick though. The acting is pretty good, and there are some great actors in this one. Peter Cushing always excites me, and his performance in this was pretty nice. I've seen him done better though. Some scenes were way too long, like the opening scene where the main character is beeing "chased" in the woods. Another such scene was a car chase scene, which was like taken out of a blaxploitation movie with the classic blaxploitation music included. Way too long and pretty badly done.. The werewolf wasn't impressing at all, as it was just a dog, and it looked just like that too.. The later added "Werewolf break" thing where the audience is asked to guess whom the werewolf is by looking for clues were pretty silly as well. It might have been a good thing if the movie was made with this in mind, but as I couldn't really see any clues as to who the werewolf was, this was pretty pointless. In my opinion, it also failed in creating any kind of chilling atmosphere. This is definatly the weakest Link in Anchor bay's Amicus collection box. It's simply a very forgettable movie.

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