Marvelous Videos - "The Beast Within, released in 1982 and directed by the French Australian director Philippe Mora, the maker of greats such as Mad Dog Morgan, has largely gone unnoticed in the classic horror repertoire of the late 1970s and 80s. It's not a movie to watch for inspiration, to reminisce about our childhoods, or even for a relaxing night in. Nonetheless, The Beast Within is firmly entrenched in our psyche. The Beast Within is a horror B-movie. The movie is a crude adaptation of Edward Levy's 1981 novel, which was in the process of being completed at the time of filming and was widely derided by contemporary reviewers. Over time, the movie has developed a modest cult following. Part of the film's lasting impact stems from its promotional campaign when it was launched on home video many years ago. Although the VHS, DVD and Blu-ray cover of The Beast Within has changed over the years, the one we remember most vividly featured a picture of a demonically possessed half human, grotesque creature in great torment, with the film challenging you to watch the remaining thirty minutes without hiding your eyes, running from your seat or screaming. And it was this frightening catch phrase that scares the 12-year-old inside us the most. Without revealing too much away, let's just note that the special effects team goes beyond excellence in displaying Michael's complete body's horrific change in the movie. Even while comparing with scenes using today's excellent digital effects, The Beast Within's metamorphosis scene is unsettling, made all that much more horrific by the murky, grainy picture quality and the terrible auditory embellishments."
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