7/15/11

The Beast Must Die (1974)

One of these eight people will turn into a werewolf. Can you guess who it is when we stop the film for the WEREWOLF BREAK? See it ... solve it ... but don't tell!

The Beast Must Die
I shit the bed.  When the "werewolf break" came I couldn't correctly guess who the werewolf was.  Well, I shouldn't be too hard on myself because I was partly right, but still, I failed.  I hang my head in shame.

So The Beast Must Die is sort of like a murder mystery but instead of just figuring out who the murderer is, the viewer must figure out who the werewolf is.  It's like a combination of a Hammer Horror movie, Clue: The Movie and The Most Dangerous Game with some blaxploitation thrown in for good measure.

An eccentric black guy (Calvin Lockhart) has too much money and an obsession with hunting.  He has tired of killing mundane creatures and now wishes to hunt the most dangerous game of all...  the werewolf!  He hires a security expert and has video cameras and microphones placed all over his estate and then hosts a dinner party.  To this party, he invites a bunch of white people.  One is an expert on lycanthropy (and is skillfully played by Peter Cushing), one is a convicted cannibal, and the others are just people who have been implicated in horrific murders over the years.  Any one of them could be the werewolf.

The black guy forces them all to stay at his estate until the rising of the full moon will force the werewolf to transform into the beast that it is.  At this point he will be able to hunt it down and put its head on his wall, I guess. It's never really explained what he will do with the trophy once he shoots it.  Anyway, the werewolf is crafty and things don't go as planned.  Innocents are killed, the surveillance equipment is destroyed and still nobody knows who the werewolf is.  That's when the "werewolf break" comes.  The viewer gets 30 seconds to try to figure out who the beast is before the climax of the film.

I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I liked this movie.  There are no boobies, very little blood and it's not at all scary.  In fact, the "werewolf" is played by a medium-sized German Shepherd.  This is one of the few movies I've reviewed that is probably suitable for kids, but I don't care.  I still recommend it.


Violence Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Booby Rating: 1 out of 5



"Does he look like a bitch?"

27 comments:

Sir Timothy Of Kent said...

Love this film. More movies need a "werewolf break"!

GMSoccerPicks said...

Wow thats a cool concept for a movie, never heard of something like that. Looks like fun :), its sad that there are no boobs nor gore though hahahah

Trey said...

This is a fun film. I wonder if one can become a certified expert in lycanthrope at an online college?

movie68 said...

Seems like a cool idea, I like trying to solve movies before the end.

iNews said...

Awesome movie!

Bart said...

so the black guy is the beast? lol

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Saw this movie in college, epically cheesy.

Henry said...

Ahahah I love the caption there. And there ain't not shame in liking a movie. Any movie.

Shutterbug said...

If this movie is suitable for kids, it's suitable for me! :P

T. Roger Thomas said...

I like the concept of doing the movie as a "werewolf mystery".

The Angry Lurker said...

Really liked this movie but it's been a while.

my day in a sentence said...

Is the black dude Apollo Creed? :D

Amber said...

Im going to have to look into this one, looks like it would be a great party movie!

-E- said...

is that the grand moff himself? it must be good if he's in it.

Jay said...

peter cushing aaaawww yeeeeaaah! :D

D4 said...

Wow. It was PG by 1974 standards. And yet you make it seem like such a fun watch. I have no idea what I'll d with this, maybe I'll look for it.

LaezE Boy said...

I'm really gonna have to watch this

Electric Addict said...

lol "does he look like a bitch?" nice one haha

Alphabeta said...

Cinematography actually looks good.

RedHeadRob said...

This looks awesome!

Haunter said...

Just started following your blog. I love how bad/good this movie looks. Anything blaxploitation+the super natural is a win in my book. I want to get friends together and see who can figure out who the werewolf is. Maybe everyone bet money on it or something.

ThirtySeven said...

lol, love the pulp fiction reference. also, love this hidden gem of a movie. thankks!!!

meandmythinkingcap said...

where do you find these movies?

braumaman said...

This sounds pretty awesome.

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StigmataHandjob said...

That werewolf break sounds really awesome in a cute kind of way. Gonna look this one up.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a remake of this movie with Wesley Snipes in the Calvin Lockhart role and a better werewolf. I still like it as it is, but a remake could work very well.

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