The Beast Must Die (1974)

Paul Annett mostly directed TV and this is the lone theatrical movie that he directed. It’s one of the few non-anthology releases of Amicus. It’s notable for including a werewolf break, a feature of the film that Annett disliked, saying, “What can I say about it? I hated it. It stopped the film stone dead and I thought it was completely artificial and unnecessary.”

Yes. You have to guess who the werewolf is.

Millionaire Tom Newcliffe (Calvin Lockhart, Hell Up In Harlem) has invited a group of people to his English mansion: his wife Caroline (Marlene Clark, Night of the Cobra WomanGanja and Hess), diplomat Arthur Bennington (Charles Gray!), married couple Jan and Davina Gilmore (Michael Gambon and Ciaran Madden), ex-con artist Paul Foote (Tom Chadbon) and archaeologist and a lycanthropy enthusiast Professor Lundgren (Peter Cushing!). Why are they here? One of them is a werewolf. And whoever the beast is…The Beast Must Die.

So who is the werewolf? Why would I go and ruin the werewolf break after Milton Subotsky spent so much time putting it together?

Robert Quarry was originally slated to play the lead, but at the last minute, Amicus went with Lockhart to hope that this movie could take advantage of the success of blaxploitation movies. Somewhere, Vincent Price giggled.

Sadly, this would be the last official Amicus film, even though Madhouse, The Land That Time Forgot, At the Earth’s Core and The People That Time Forgot are considered Amicus movies.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime and Tubi or buy the new re-release from Severin, which has the best quality version of the movie ever released.

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