Film / The Beast Must Die
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"This film is a detective story— in which you are the detective. The question is not "Who is the murderer?"— But "Who is the werewolf?" After all the clues have been shown— You will get a chance to give your answer. Watch for The Werewolf Break."
The opening narration

And that's essentially the gist of it. Rich hunter Tom Newcliffe (Calvin Lockhart) invites several people to his mansion, the reason being that he desires to hunt for a new, more dangerous game: a werewolf. And he knows that one of his guests is one.

The film was produced by Amicus Productions and released in 1974 to cash in the blaxploitation craze. It is based on the story "There Shall Be No Darkness" by James Blish.

Examples in this film:

  • Agent Scully: Pavel, the Newcliffes' security chief. He still goes along with the whole werewolf thing if only because Tom pays him so well.
  • Acquitted Too Late: Caroline is first one to transform into a werewolf after the Werewolf Break, but it then tuns out that she was infected by the real werewolf. The first werewolf attacked one of the security dogs on Newcliffe's estate. Caroline tried to comfort the dying animal. Unfortunately, cross-contamination occurred because she had cut herself earlier. Her blood mixed with the dog's infected blood, passing the werewolf virus onto her.
  • Alliterative Name: The pianist Jan Jarmokowski.
  • Answer Cut:
    Paul: (Looks out of the window) A full moon! Shame that nobody thought to order—
    Tom: (Enters the room) Wolfbane?
  • An Axe to Grind: The person who is the werewolf tries to kill Tom with a hatchet.
  • As You Know: There's a lot of this between Tom and Pavel at the beginning.
  • Bloody Handprint: Can be seen in Bennington's room when he is found dead.
  • Car Chase: Short one ensues when Jan tries to escape from Newcliffe's manor after hearing his plan for the weekend.
  • Chair Reveal: Used when Tom finds Pavel's corpse.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Paul. For most of the film, he treats the entire thing like a hilarious joke, even referring to the passing of the silver candlestick at dinner as "a kind of classy Russian Roulette" and kissing the candlestick when it's his turn, and shooting at people with arrows while drunk and intentionally missing, just to get a rise out of them.
  • Cool Guns: Tom's Rexim-Favor Mk5. Pavel also uses a silver Walther PPK at one point.
  • Covers Always Lie: Along with the billing, Peter Cushing also hogs the cover, due to his horror image status.
  • Driven to Suicide: After killing the werewolf, Newcliffe kills himself so that he won't turn into one.
  • Driving Question: Who is the werewolf?
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Tom Newcliffe. He's less interested in killing the werewolf for the good of humanity than he is because he sees it as an interesting challenge. His mansion is also filled with animal trophies.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Tom's dog senses when someone is about to make an attempt on his life with an axe.
  • Eye Scream: Pavel's corpse has one of its eyes gouged out.
  • Fake-Out Opening; The film opens with Newcliffe being chased around with a helicopter and men with guns. Turns out he is just testing his new security system with himself as the bait for the guards.
  • Foreshadowing: "Tom, what if the werewolf turns out to be me?" "Pow!"
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Panicking Davina gets slapped.
  • Hellish Copter: Tom's helicopter does not come to a good end.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Paul ate a piece human flesh when he was still a doctor.
  • IKEA Weaponry: Tom assembles a machine gun from a case when he goes to hunt the werewolf.
  • Made of Explodium: The helicopter, which erupts into a huge fireball and burns like it's made of dry matchwood after Tom hits it trying to shoot the werewolf.
  • Mercy Kill: Tom kills his dog after it suffers a fatal wound from the werewolf.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know things are getting serious when Cloud Cuckoo Lander Paul finally starts suffering a genuine nervous breakdown and stops finding everything funny.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: There's a lot of discussion about if silver affects them or not. The answer is somewhere in between.
  • Red Herring Mole: Paul Foote gets initially painted as the werewolf, but ultimately proves no the be one.
  • The Reveal: And the werewolf is: Jan the pianist.
  • Sensor Suspense: Used when Tom is hunting the werewolf on the first night.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Dr. Lundgren and the diplomat Bennington play a game of chess.
  • Staking the Loved One: Tom is forced to shoot his wife Caroline when she turns into a werewolf.
  • Super Window Jump: The werewolf jumps through a window to kill Pavel.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: The relationship between Jan and Davina started when he was teaching her.
  • This Was His True Form: After dying, the werewolf's corpse changes back to human.
  • Title Drop:
    Tom: Tonight is my last chance, the last night of the full moon. And I warn you both; tonight, the beast must die, and will.

Alternative Title(s): Black Werewolf