The Beast Within (1982)

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The Beast Within (1982)

directed by:Philippe Mora

cast:Ronny CoxBibi BeschPaul Clemens

Παλιομοδίτικο,αργό.λίγο απ’όλα ταινιάκι τρόμου από τις Η.Π.Α.

Μισισιπής 1964.Ένα νεαρό ζευγάρι πέφτει θύμα μιας φρικτής περιπέτειας,με επακόλουθο το βιασμό της γυναίκας.Δεκαεπτά χρόνια αργότερα ο εφιάλτης έχει πλέον ξεθωριάσει,αλλά ο γιός του ζεύγους,καρπός εκείνου του βιασμού,αρχίζει να παρουσιάζει περίεργα ψυχοσωματικά συμπτώματα.Το “κτήνος” στο κορμί του,το ίδιο που είχε βιάσει τη μητέρα του,ξυπνά…

Λίγο slasher,λίγο creature/monster/grindhouse movie,λίγο παλιακό το θέαμα γενικά,φέρνει στη μνήμη στην καλύτερη περίπτωση ταινίες σαν το “Μartin” του Romero ή το “Death dream”,στη χειρότερη σάπιο monster movie των Fifties.

Kάποιες σκηνές,όπως η μεταμόρφωση του κτήνους είναι γυρισμένες με μεράκι και ψυχή.Άλλα η γενική εικόνα του φίλμ είναι μέτρια.Μια αρκετά γερασμένη,γκράν γκινιόλ σύνθεση,αργή ανάπτυξη και μέτριες ερμηνείες.

Δείτε το αν είστε φαν του είδους.Δεν είναι άθλιο,αλλά θα μπορούσε να είναι πολύ καλύτερο,σαν το “Ιncubus” φερ’ειπείν…

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Slow and uneven old-school monster horror flick.”The beast within” has a few redeeming values but the final verdict hints to the fact that this one is more or less a dated affair.

Its 1968. Two newlyweds (Catherine and Eli) journey through a rainy night just outside Nioba – Heart of Dixie. When they get stuck in mud, Eli goes off to find help, leaving his lady wife in the car with their trusty dog. The dog runs out into the night, and Catherine follows. The dog is killed and Catherine is then raped by the heinous dog-murdering beast. 17 years later, Eli and Catherine return to the small town of Nioba to find out just what happened that night. Their 17 year old son, Michael, is critically ill in hospital with an “occult malignancy” and a “chemical imbalance” in his brain, and they suspect that this may not be Eli’s son, but the son of whoever (or whatever) raped Catherine 17 years ago. Eli is obviously highly suspicious and deep down, he knows this to be the case. They begin to investigate town records and asking questions but locals are none to pleased with their meddling ways and they’re obviously all hiding some dark secret. Horrible murders then occur in the town, and Michael begins to change into something really creepy.

The monster effects are pretty cool for what they are,but we get to see them around the end of the movie.Other than that the opening sequence is pretty eerie and there is also a modest amount of gore in the film.On the downside,the pace of the film is very sluggish, even compared to the average 80s standards and the mystery proceedings ,during the middle part of the film,are pretty dull.The mostly average performances by the cast don’t help either.

It’s a good obscure little flick,but nothing exceptional.It’s no wonder that it rarely gets mentioned.Fans of old-school horror could risk sliding this into their VCRs.

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