Tonight on MeTV- YOU are challenged to play detective- and decide which of a group of party guests is actually cursed with lycanthropy- as their host demands to find the answer and make sure- “The Beast Must Die”!
This unusual 1974 British film begins with security being tested at the remote mansion of wealthy hunter Tom Newcliffe- for a very specific reason. He has invited a select group of people to join him at the time of the full moon- because he suspects that one of them is a werewolf! Naturally, the guests’ reactions to that range from amused to outraged- as he describes his reasons to suspect each one of them. His lovely wife Caroline does not seem very thrilled by this accusation-but that doesn’t stop him from coming up with various tests that might reveal who has the ability to become a wolf.
The guests do not realize that they are constantly being watched by a battery of security cameras, watched over by Tom’s security chief Pavel- who personally doesn’t believe in werewolves, unlike his employer.
Among the guests are a former diplomat, a pianist and his student ( who is now his wife), an artist who has a questionable past- as have the other guests- and an archeology professor who has a keen interest in lycanthropy.
When Tom’s various tests do not appear to be bringing him any results, there is proof that someone there is indeed a werewolf- as its first victim is found! The suspicion intensifies, and more various reasons to suspect each guest surface- as Tim becomes obsessed with being the first hunter to kill a werewolf!
This movie, from the Amicus film studio, is unusual for a few reasons- one significant one being that there comes a time in the film- labeled “The Werewolf Break”- that the viewer is asked to make a decision about which character is the actual werewolf! We’ll tell you about the cast, including horror legend Peter Cushing as the authority on werewolves- show you a way to lose weight and get fit- and bring you a new song.
“The Beast Must Die” will be on MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern, 7 central time- if you are unsure of the time or channel in your area, please check your local listings, or at www.metv.com . Twitter remains abuzz during our show, as viewers live-Tweet during the program, using the hashtag #svengoolie – and often put us among the top trending national topics. In our Chicago viewing area, on our main local station, CW 26, we will have an encore run of another British movie “Shadow of the Cat” at 11 am.
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Join us tonight and test your own skills as a werewolf hunter- see if you can find the werewolf- before it finds you!