|The Beast Within (1982)|
|Eli and Caroline MacCleary (Ronny Cox and Bibi Besche)|
|Michael MacCleary (Paul Clemens), obviously feeling a little ill|
Truth be told, The Beast Within has its fair share of flaws, not the least of which is the lack of narrative clarity. Director Philippe Mora claims that United Artists cut several scenes that clarified key narrative points, and I'm inclined to believe that. Screenwriter Tom Holland later wrote and directed both Fright Night (1985) and Child's Play (1988), as well as having written Psycho II (1983). He's no hack, so I have to believe that whatever went wrong wasn't at the script level. On the other hand, Philippe Mora later directed Howling III: The Marsupials (1987), so maybe . . .
|The beast comes out|
|Michael MacCleary, now obviously feeling a lot worse|
One final note: when I was a youngster I purchased a special "magazine" published by Fangoria made up of horror movie postcards. I distinctly remember that one of the postcards was an image of a black lab with a human arm in his mouth that had been culled from The Beast Within. I tried unsuccessfully to find any record of this magazine, nor could I find an image of the postcard itself. If any of my readers remember this or could point me in the right direction, I'd be much obliged.