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The Beast Within (1982)

A young woman gets raped by a mysterious man-creature, and years later her son begins a horrific transformation into a similar beast.

Director:

Philippe Mora

Writers:

Tom Holland (screen story and screenplay by), Edward Levy (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronny Cox ... Eli MacCleary
Bibi Besch ... Caroline MacCleary
Paul Clemens ... Michael MacCleary
Don Gordon ... Judge Curwin
R.G. Armstrong ... Doc Schoonmaker
Katherine Moffat ... Amanda Platt (as Kitty Moffat)
L.Q. Jones ... Sheriff Pool
Logan Ramsey ... Edwin Curwin
John Dennis Johnston ... Horace Platt
Ron Soble ... Tom Laws
Luke Askew ... Dexter Ward
Meshach Taylor ... Deputy Herbert
Boyce Holleman Boyce Holleman ... Doc Odom
Natalie Nolan Howard Natalie Nolan Howard ... Court Clerk
Malcolm McMillin Malcolm McMillin ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie takes place years later when the child that was a result of that rape is on the rampage looking for a girl to rape to start the process all over again. Written by Donald O. Caselli <ASAInc@worldnet.att.net>

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We dare you to watch the last 30 minutes of this film without screaming, covering your eyes, or running from your seat. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studio

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,250,000, 15 February 1982

Gross USA:

$7,742,572

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,742,572
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Katzka See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Philippe Mora once referred to this film as an "encyclopedia" of horror movies. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in the kitchen when Michael is telling Amanda to leave, a shotgun keeps appearing and disappearing behind them leaning in front of the window. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Pool: on the phone: "Oral sodomy?... Well, that's why it's a small town... Yeah, we'll look into it. Thank you for calling."
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Alternate Versions

Old UK video release is cut 1min. 07sec. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Voyeur (1985) See more »

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Come on! It's not all THAT bad...
7 November 2003 | by leathafaceSee all my reviews

This movie isn't really all that bad. For one thing, it was released by MGM, who brought you such classics as The Wizard of Oz, probably the most popular American movie. But this movie isn't all that good, either. It's about a woman who gets raped by an alien, and the baby's life form there after. He has a normal life until he turns 18, when he develops a horrible anger problem and a taste for human flesh. At the end he transforms into a weird, Toxic-Avenger-looking monster, and rapes another woman. Then he dies. The end. The movie isn't really as gory some of the people here describe it as. There are a few stabbing-type killings, nothing too graphic. The highlight of the movie, and the most interesting part, is the transformation scene at the end. This is the most bizarre thing I've probably ever seen on any horror movie, it rivals the weird transformation in Altered States or the surgically-created freaks on the sequel to Re-Animator. I guess it's as realistic as they could get in 1982, but it's still laughably fake. It kind of reminds me of the hilarious face-ripping scene on Poltergeist, but you can tell that a lot of effort was put into it, (more than the rest of the movie anyway) unrealistic or not. For example, the kid looks completely normal (other than skin discoloration) while he's sitting up in the hospital bed making grunting noises, then it shows a woman scream off camera, then shows a ridiculosly exaggerated latex sculpture of his face with a giant green tongue lolling around eyes that looklike rolling, painted pingpong balls moving loosely in their sockets. Then there's some nifty bladder effects on his face, the likes of which can be seen on the movie Brain Damage. Again, the camera pans away again, then back to his head, now inflating like a balloon and looking kind of like a fetal cat's face. Then his face gets gradually smaller and back to guy-with-makeup-on-looking. Then he gets TOTALLY p-o'ed and goes on a rampage. So, this movie isn't a masterpiece, but watch it under the influence and it's not so bad. You'll definitely enjoy the ending more.


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