The Beast Within
Directed by Philippe Mora. US. 1982. R. 98 minutes. Park Circus. 35mm.
Fri., April 7, 2017
“The film opens in the late 1960s with newlyweds Eli and Caroline MacCleary (Ronny Cox and Bibi Besch) driving through Nioba, Mississippi on their way to their honeymoon. Their car breaks down on a textbook-creepy country road in the middle of the night and Caroline is subsequently raped by a creature out of the woods after Eli inexplicably leaves her alone to fetch help. Flash-forward to the early 1980s, and the couple’s son, Michael (Paul Clemens), finds himself hospitalized for vaguely defined problems with his pituitary gland. Michael was conceived on the night of the rape, of course, and soon he’s drawn back to Nioba to settle some scores while growing into his bad new monster self. ” (Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine)