The Beast Must Die (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

The Beast Must Die (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

The Beast Must Die (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Beast Must Die (1974) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Paul Annett
Starring: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark
Rated: UR/Region O/1.66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

In the swansong horror production from ‘The Studio That Dripped Blood’, Peter Cushing, Calvin Lockhart (COTTON COMES TO HARLEM), Charles Gray (THE DEVIL RIDES OUT), Anton Diffring (CIRCUS OF HORRORS) and Marlene Clark (GANJA & HESS) star in a ‘70s whodunit like no other. An eccentric millionaire has invited a group of eight colleagues to his island estate to hunt the deadliest game of all – one of the guests is a werewolf, and will be stalked and slaughtered for sport! But who is the lycanthrope, and do they have a shocking plan of their own?

Can you figure out who the Werewolf here before the “Werewolf Break”? That’s the gimmick here with The Beast Must Die. A movie that shows us a dude set on finding out just who in our cast of characters is a werewolf! And he does so by having everyone together in a big old spooky house. Of course, you hear all the info and try to guess who it is. But it isn’t like you wouldn’t do that anyway seeing as how that’s sort of how someone who watches a movie like this would watch it. Sadly, this one creeps along very slowly with very little in the way of gore and then we have the gimmick pop up of guessing who did it and then we get some little twists to round this one out. So, yeah, it isn’t the most exciting time I’ve had watching a horror movie lately but I do give it props for the very “William Castle” like gimmick.

It could be people in the cast like Peter Cushing but I always get a slight Hammer vibe when dealing with Amicus Films. This one is no different. But at least Hammer stuff feels like it knows how to pace better and tell a story with a little more excitement. Honestly, I only found the movie to be at its most entertaining when it headed into the home stretch. The rest of the way it needed a kick in the butt to get moving and it’s about too late when it does get going. Other than that, we do have some cool extras and the transfer looks amazing to me. So, the supplements and the transfer get praise from me while the movie actually lacks a bit too much.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Director Paul Annett and Filmmaker Jonathan Sothcott.
  • And Then There Were Werewolves – Audio Essay By Horror Historian Troy Howarth.
  • Directing the Beast – Archival Interview with Director Paul Annett.
  • Audio Interview Excerpt of Milton Subotsky on BEAST MUST DIE – Interviewed by Philip Nutman.
  • Audio Interview with Producer Max J Rosenberg – Interviewed by Sothcott.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer with Optional Commentary by Genre Scholars Kim Newman and David Flint

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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