Bristol Black Horror Film Club: The Beast Must Die
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Bristol Black Horror Club: The Beast Must Die

classified 15

Restored & Rediscovered


Please note: This was screened in July 2021

Paul Annett
Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Charles Gray, Michael Gambon
93 mins, 1974, USA
Primary language

At 20th Century Flicks

"This is a detective story and you are the detectives, but the question is not who is the murderer but who is the werewolf… Watch for the werewolf break… A chance for you to make up your minds" - Valantine Dyall as Narrator (The Beast Must Die)

Calvin Lockhart (Cotton Comes To Harlem/Predator 2) and Marlene Clark (Ganja & Hess) star alongside Michael Gambon (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover), Charles Gray (Diamonds Are Forever) and the legendary Peter Cushing (Tales From The Crypt, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors), in a camp action-horror-hybrid with a twist of country-house-whodunit and Blaxploitation cool. Throw in a funky soundtrack courtesy of Douglas Gamley, flamboyant costumes and lavish set design, helicopter and car chase set pieces and you have the ingredients for a time capsule of 70s British cult-classic panache.

The Beast Must Die would become the only British-directed werewolf film set in a ‘contemporary United Kingdom’ until Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers (2002) and a precursor to John Landis’s An American Werewolf In London (1981).

About Bristol Black Horror Club:

Bristol Black Horror Club is an online platform exploring all things Horror through a Black Diasporic lens; informative and fun, BBHC sets out to celebrate Black Horror with a regular blog and podcast, as well as bespoke film screening events at various venues in and around Bristol and the South West.

Look out for more Bristol Black Horror Club coming up later on this Autumn and Winter. For the latest updates, follow Bristol Black Horror Club on Twitter: @BrisBlakHorrorC

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