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The Beast in the Cellar (1971)

Soldiers in a rural English town are being brutally murdered by an unknown creature. Two sisters living nearby realize they might understand what's happening.

Director:

James Kelley (as James Kelly)

Writer:

James Kelley (original screenplay) (as James Kelly)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beryl Reid ... Ellie Ballantyne
Flora Robson ... Joyce Ballantyne
John Hamill ... Alan Marlow
Tessa Wyatt ... Nurse Sutherland
T.P. McKenna ... Det. Chief Sup. Paddick
John Kelland ... Sgt. Young
David Dodimead David Dodimead ... Dr. Spencer
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Newsmith
Dafydd Havard ... Stephen Ballantyne
Gail Lidstone Gail Lidstone ... Young Ellie
Elizabeth Choice Elizabeth Choice ... Young Joyce (as Elisabeth Choice)
Merlyn Ward Merlyn Ward ... Young Stephen (as Merlin Ward)
Anthony Heaton Anthony Heaton ... Anderson
Christopher Chittell ... Baker
Peter Craze Peter Craze ... Roy
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Soldiers in a rural English town are being brutally murdered by an unknown creature. Two sisters living nearby realize they might understand what's happening.

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A chill-filled festival of horror!

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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names and places and persons used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names character or history of any person or place is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

Although the flashback is set around World War One, the people at the Fun Fair are wearing '70s clothing. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit shots of a couple disrobing and blood splashes during a murder scene in a barn. The 2004 Anchor Bay DVD is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

She Works in a Woman's Way
Written by Tony Macaulay & Barry Mason
Sung by Tony Burrows with The Edison Lighthouse
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Good Idea Gone Awry
2 November 2000 | by mparSee all my reviews

Rating: 5

Good atmosphere - soundtrack, film technique, creepy "not what they appear to be" characters - marred by muddled screenplay. Poor continuity. Opportunities with characterizations missed. Not an original idea, done better elsewhere. Mistitled - alternate titles describe movie better. "Beast in the Cellar" sounds exactly what it tries not to be: a '50s drive-in throwaway. "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" Brit spinster wannabe description is apropos.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1971 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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