Title: The Beast

Also known as:
La bête (Original title)
Death's Ecstacy (USA, censored version)
The Beast in Heat

Year: 1975

Genre: Art House / Drama / Fantasy / Erotic

Language: French / Italian

Runtime: 93 min

Director: Walerian Borowczyk

Writer: Walerian Borowczyk

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072752/

A family drama in a large house in the woods is taking place all meanwhile a beast is roaming the woods outside. Many, many years ago this beast attacked a lady in the house and history is just about to repeat itself when another woman is out in the woods. She is following a sheep that escaped only to be attacked and raped by this horrific being.

Our thoughts:
Few films has brought out so many different feelings as this film has. People have called it erotic, beautiful, an artistic masterpiece, silly, funny, amazing, good, cheesy, scary, worthless, poorly made, and whatever you can think of; someone out there thought it about this film. For me it's a really hard film to judge as just one thing as there are so many directions taken and there's so much that could be brought up in a review of it that no matter how much I type I won't be satisfied.

It starts off with a big warning to people; horses having sex. That's something that will alert many, as this film does deal with beastiality. But take very lightly to that statement as it's actually not a regular animal but a monster (man in suit), and it just might not be as bad as you'd think. Anyway, the movie continues to go on about a bunch of drama in the family. A marriage is about to take place in near future as a daughter of a wealthy man is about to marry the son of the family. Alot of drama that I frankly don't give two cents about, really. All of this is something that makes the first part of the film boring. Not that I didn't enjoy some of the ridiculous characters (which I don't know if they were intentional or not), but they didn't really help the movie become more interesting. But after all, this is without a doubt art house and it shall be viewed as that. Does that part of the film hold up? Atleast it's not boring. Towards the end we have the scene that has made this film infamous for the past 34 years; the rape/love scene between the girl and the beast. If you can look beyond the fact that the beast is a really stupid looking bear-beaver-man with a large cock then you might find a deeper level of this scene than I did. I respect the movie for this scene, it takes guts to do it, and I can see a sort of "Beauty and the Beast"-thing in it. But that's about it.

The erotic scenes are pretty graphic as you get to see every part of the people (beast's) bodies, but it doesn't have close-up of penetration and such, which is up to every individual to judge as a good or bad thing. For me it didn't really matter. Some scenes are pretty sexy, and I don't mean the beast scene, but any scene that only contains one naked girl tends to be. You're warned, if erotic isn't your cup of tea then skip this film.

It deserves all the love it has gotten because it's definitely a ballsy film and I can find the artistic value in it too, but to me it's just not enough to be a masterpiece. I don't find it beautiful, nor do I find it cheesy or silly (except for few parts). So if you're a fan of artistic films then it's worth checking out, even if only for the fact that everyone with an interest in these films should've seen it. Walerian Borowczyk made a film that is still talked about for a reason, even though it's not shocking in the year 2009.

Positive things:
- Any art movie that is still talked about after almost 35 years is worth something.
- The beast rape-scene is classic and everyone should see if. Doesn't matter if you find it silly or amazing.
Negative things:
- Drags.
- Something is missing for me to hail this film. It's hard to put a finger on it. And the boredom isn't the main problem at all.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 4/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 2/5

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