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BEAST WITHIN
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Wolf Wolff

Starring:
Philipp Danne
Marvin Gronen
Anna Breuer

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A young medical student named Robert travels to his recently deceased grandfather's huge mansion/castle/laboratory and brings along some pals for some grand ol' drinking and debauchery. However, the (un)dead reason for grand-pappy's passing may now be affecting, or possibly infecting, the entire town.
Is it good movie?
You'd think the notion of zombies storming a giant castle in modern times would play fantastically as a movie, right? Well, perhaps if BEAST WITHIN (also known as VIRUS UNDEAD) had a larger-sized budget, then it may have been able to kick ass rather than lick ass. Not that this thing was totally micro-budgeted. I just feel that we would have gotten a much more entertaining flick if more money was available (which would have enabled me to excuse a lot of the script's lacking).

Which brings us to my biggest beef with this BEAST. It seemed to have a small collection of cool, if not original, ideas for a zombie movie, but never really developed anything to its full potential. I think there was some kind of theory in the flick that people were becoming zombies because of some sort of bird flu vaccine gone wrong, but damned in I f*cking knew for sure. We get birds acting weird in the beginning and then towards the end, but I never fully understood the precise purpose. Random people just keep stumbling towards the castle all zombied out without any major reasoning. Perhaps I'm a bit of a horror prude, but if I'm going to give my time and/or money to something, I don't want to be overly confused.

But, come on, there's got to be some sort of positive to relay, right? Well, I guess the zombie battling scenes were shot fairly competently. The manner with which humans began mutating into the undead was icky enough, I suppose. There was a pretty hot chick that did get naked albeit at a completely random and totally unbelievable time, but boobs are boobs, hence the "positive". I honestly can't think of much more. Plus, I have absolutely no desire to ever see this flick again, which is a surefire sign of a stinker. Oh well.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 2.35:1

Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital, with Spanish subtitles

The Extras
Nada. Believe the copy I had was a screener.
Last Call
Yeah, there are hints of THE BIRDS within this BEAST (as the box cover so blatantly boasts), but that doesn't mean the flick was hit by any droppings of Mr. Hitchcock's genius... at all.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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