The Beast Within (1982 film)

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The Beast Within (1982 film)...


"He was on the verge of becoming a man... eater!" In this (very loose and tasteless) adaptation of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", a woman is raped by a strange creature, which reincarnates itself as the baby born from the attack and, years later, seeks revenge against the small town where it previously incarnated.


  • Release Date: 1982
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror
  • Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
  • Starring: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens
  • Director: Philippe Mora
  • Writer: Tom Holland (screen story and screenplay by), Edward Levy (based on the novel by)
  • Producer/Production Co: Katzka
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Adult Content, Violence, violent Sexual Situations, Profanity)

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A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SSS__ (Two and a Half Tentacles: barely Lovecraftian)

Loosely and barely-recognizably based on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (fiction)", the story does include some references to Lovecraft's characters from that story and at least implies the reincarnation/mind-transfer theme from that story.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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A newlywed gets raped and is made pregnant by a horrible creature near a small Mississippi town in 1964. Years later the child, now teenager Michael, finds himself undergoing an inexplicable physical change that compels him to return to that area in Mississippi, and soon dead bodies start piling up while his desperate parents struggle to understand what's happening.


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