The Beast in the Cellar (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Beast in the Cellar (1971)




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Set in the British Isles in the 1930s, this film involves two old-maid sisters who lock their deranged brother in a cellar to keep him out of the war. He's there for thirty years, and when he finally gets loose he's a little irritated. Enough so, that he plagues the local countryside with a rash of very nasty murders. Maybe they needed a stronger lock. ~ Rovi

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Vernon Dobtcheff
as Sir Bernard Newsmith
David Dodimead
as Dr. Spencer
John Hamill
as Cpl. Alan Marlow
T.P. McKenna
as Supt. Paddick
Beryl Reid
as Ellie Ballantyne
Flora Robson
as Joyce Ballantyne
Tessa Wyatt
as Joanna Sutherland
John Kelland
as Sgt. Young
Reg Lever
as Ambulance Man
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Critic Reviews for The Beast in the Cellar

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Familiar stuff with the addition of a bit of nastiness and gore; very average.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The ladies spend most of their time in the parlor, drinking tea and talking the plot over and out.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The chemistry of quality, partially in James Kelly's script and direction and largely in the ladies' performances, transforms the crude shocks into something approaching genuine compassion for lives spent in the grip of memory.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Quite what induced Beryl Reid and Flora Robson to get involved in such a pointless exercise is a mystery, but they are the only reason for watching this forgettable nonsense.

March 17, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Two quiet elderly ladies (Flora Robson and Beryl Reid) and something nasty under the floorboards -- it is a good recipe for a horror film, and The Beast in the Cellar begins teasingly and well; a pity that it should tail off into tame explanations.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The potentially interesting premise is undone by an extremely chatty script.

April 25, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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