The Beast Within
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Tom Burman's innovative prosthetic special effects (used to greater effect in later horror films) are the saving grace of The Beast Within. The premise concerns a couple honeymooning in Mississippi. Caroline (Bibi Besch) is brutally raped by a hairy, sub-human monster and gives birth to a child named Michael (Paul Clemens), who appears normal until he hits his teens. At 17, Michael begins to feel strange, and his parents take him back to Mississippi to find out if his problems are related to Caroline's long-ago rape. Once in Mississippi, Michael transforms into a ravenous insect-like… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Forget the usual Transylvania or London settings: This horror flick has the distinction of being set in scary Mississippi."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's a frightfully silly and insignificant horror film, whose only virtue is in the makeup."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A movie that suggests that not just the chickens but the locust-monsters inevitably will come home to roost in a postbellum South -- a 'Heart of Dixie' -- haunted by its violent, bigoted past."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Gruesome gore is the sole highlight."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The Beast Within is an above-average monster movie with good actors and a sometimes comprehensible plot."
‑ J.C. Maçek III, PopMatters
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