The Beast Within (Phillipe Mora & Paul Clemens in person!)

The Hollywood machine was quick to find new and goopy ways to insert monsters inside of our bodies, in the wake of Alien — and, not content to make just another Alien knockoff, director Philippe Mora took the concept to a whole new level with the cult classic The Beast Within. It posits what we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another: what would happen if I were raped by a monster? Equal parts possession movie, werewolf movie and grindhouse sleazefest, this early ‘80s gem is anchored by a strong cast featuring Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch and a fearless performance by beast spawn/lovelorn teen Paul Clemens. It also features some of the coolest monster make-up and transformation effects of the period: pulsating bladder and slimy latex that demands to be seen on the big screen, and will still make you squeamish nearly thirty years later. Satisfy your inner beast with us, Friday Night Frights-style! Schedules permitting, Philippe Mora and Paul Clemens will join us for a Q&A after the film!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Beast Within”!