All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
The Beast Must Die
Wealthy big game hunter Tom Newcliffe has tracked and killed practically every type of animal in the world. But one creature still evades him, the biggest game of all - a werewolf.
A werewolf mystery that asks its audience to guess who the beast is, Paul Annett's "The Beast Must Die" combines a fun concept with lackluster execution. The Amicus production boasts a sturdy cast but lacks the energy and atmosphere to make it anything more than mildly watchable.
The plot revolves around a wealthy, big game hunter who has taken down nearly every type of animal. Assembling a group of people at his home, he declares his intention of tracking his biggest quarry: a werewolf. The story casts suspicion on all of the hunter's guest, and, literally, asks its audience to solve the mystery of which guest is the titular monster.
It is a compelling story idea with some fun moments,…
One of our guests is a werewolf, I know it.
A lightweight horror romp by Amicus Studios, which I've always seen as the lower budget version of Hammer Films. It has a nice little setup of a murder mystery hybrid where instead of knowing there's a murderer amongst a group, they know there's a werewolf!
Unfortunately the producer Milton Subotsky decided to tack on the added gimmick of having a narrator explain to the audience at the beginning that this was a "Werewolf Mystery" and to place close attention to the clues so you could guess who the werewolf was during the "Werewolf Break". The break is actually a 30 second interruption during the climax of the film…
Mystery/Horror that invites the audience to play detective by identifying which house guest is a Werewolf... 8/10.
If you haven't seen this bizarre film I urge you to do so.
It's a detective story in which you are the detective.
Egotistical, Shaft-a-like hunter gathers six characters who he suspects of being a lycanthrope to a three day party at his mansion-cum-werewolf killing fortress all set to a Seventies blaxploitation soundtrack.
Cue some high quality entertainment for the next hour including Peter Cushing pretending to be Swedish and wearing some awesome leisure suits and some crazy chunky knitwear and a werewolf that is just a dog with a rug gaffer taped to it. After an hour you get the gimmick ... a werewolf break where you get 30 seconds to decide who the werewolf is.
So bad it's great from Amicus.
Pretty cool horror/mystery flick about a rich hunter who invites several guests to his estate. The house and grounds are rigged with cameras and security system. He tells them that he knows that one of them is a werewolf and he'll find out who it is and kill them.
This movie has a fun gimmick. The movie opens telling the audience that we will have a chance to guess who the werewolf is. Toward the end of the movie there is a 30 second "werewolf break" where the audience gets to make their pick. I had it narrowed down to two characters and with about 2 seconds left I made my final choice. I'm pretty happy that I was right.…
Bueno, ya lo dijo mejor Rotch, The Beast Must Die es un episodio de Scooby-Doo. Y así como en el capitulo más aburrido de Scooby-Doo; hay misterio y hay un monstruo pero no hay atmósfera.
En sus mejores momentos, The Beast Must Die también podría ser una blaxploitation.La persecución inicial me pareció efectiva y, en general, hay más atención a la acción que al suspenso. En sus peores momentos tampoco la acción funciona. Pero ese tipo de "ridiculismo", incluida la explosión del helicóptero, me mantuvo atento, al menos.
También, la intervención del narrador propone un juego que es casi divertido, o mejor dicho suena muy divertido aunque no ayuda cuando no se ha creado la atmósfera de misterio que necesita, pero agrega dos cuadros que ame: Los dos momentos en el que el centro del reloj coincide con el centro del ojo de alguno de los personajes. Acá y acá. Hay algo tan placentero en eso.
I first rented The Beast Must Die on tape under the title "Black Werewolf". The artwork featured a wicked-looking wolf man holding a woman's decapitated head, so it was a must-rent. Needless to say, I couldn't help but be disappointed when I popped in the tape and this old-fashioned, British murder mystery unfolded. (I don't mind old-fashioned, British murder mysteries, but not when I've been set-up for a gorefest!) Not only that, but the werewolf was nothing but a shaggy dog that looked like it wouldn't harm a fly. Despite finding the film to be lackluster, over the years I have been drawn to revisiting it now and then. It still isn't very good, but at least now I have…
It's very dated and the soundtrack is ridiculous (as is the "can you find the werewolf?" gimmick), but it's fun to watch Calvin Lockhart and Peter Cushing act in this thing. I don't consider this Horror, but at least it meets my basic "does it have a werewolf?" criteria.
Nothing says horror like a lighthearted horn section. There's also a super slow, drastically boring car chase sequence where everyone seems to be doing 30 mph on a dirt road.
All of the characters are uninteresting, but one of the dudes looks like Duane Allman, so that's cool.
I rented this under the title Black Werewolf. It is boring as hell but somehow still kinda enjoyable.
A little slow but fun. Another sleeper for me during its last half hour or so. Will revisit.
Another werewolf movie ticked off the list. This one starts like it's a blaxploitation werewolf flick as we watch a guy who sort of looks like Shaft getting hunted by several white militiamen.
Turns out this guy, Calvin Lockhart as Tom Newcliff, is a Kraven the Hunter type of fellow. He's hunted everything on God's green earth, but this time he wants to hunt the greatest prey -- No, not man. Wolf man!
So he invites six guests to his palatial estate because one of them is a werewolf. It's set up is like those old mystery movies from the 40s where the detective, whether it's Sherlock Holmes of Nick from the Thin Man, assembles his suspects and lets them…
it's like the werewolf version of clue
Reenforces the long-standing axiom that the most dangerous game is not, in fact, man, but shaggy-haired hippies or German Shepherds.
I was expecting a better movie. The werewolf looks like a normal dog.
UPDATE 10/16/2015: L.A. 2017 seems to be the latest title in the list to go down. It's a feature-length episode…