"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
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.
Want more info on this movie?:
Buy "The Beast Must Die" at:
(Very expensive release)
Or you could buy it through Ancor Bay
UK's "The Amicus Collection: 5 Discs - Limited Edition"
(much cheaper I might add) at: Play