Hammer Films were the undisputed kings of British horror in the 1960s and ’70s, but Amicus Productions wanted a piece of the action too. Amicus was most famous for their portmanteau horror films, like Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, The House That Dripped Blood, Asylum, and most notably, Tales From the Crypt; However, they are also responsible for one of the strangest werewolf movies I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing, 1974’s The Beast Must Die. It’s a Gothic horror story told in modern day with a score that sounds like it was leftover from the Shaft soundtrack. It has a pretty laughable gimmick that really only works once and a werewolf which is really just a big dog. Oh, and like any good British horror movie of the time, it stars Peter Cushing. What more do you need?
The Beast Must Die has a pretty interesting setup; a millionaire named Tom Newcliffe (Calvin Lockhart) invites a group of people to his mansion for a days-long party with he and his wife (Marlene Clark), only to reveal that he knows one of them to be a werewolf and he’s going to keep them all there on …read more