Tom Holland Revisiting The Beast Within

Tom Holland Revisiting The Beast WithinOn Blu-ray and DVD right now via the Scream Factory is 1982’s The Beast Within. The film was Tom Holland’s first produced feature screenplay, and according to Fango, some of what he wrote couldn’t be filmed for the 1982 release.

I am now preparing a remake,” he tells them. “Cicadas were a large part of the script I wrote; their 17-year transformation foreshadowed what was happening to Michael. You couldn’t work with insects then, couldn’t capture what I wrote, but CGI now does make that possible.

He points out, however, that he would not want Michael’s climactic shapeshift into a monster to be done digitally. “Michael’s transformation should still be old-school, done in-camera. The lure of a remake is to finally be able to do what I originally wrote.

Original Synopsis
A teenager is experiencing growing pains of a most shocking kind in this exciting, tense and all-too-real story of a human-into-monster transformation. 18-year-old Michael MacCleary (Paul Clemens) – the progeny of an unholy union between his mother and a swamp beast – is on the verge of becoming a man. And as the inherited evil in his blood gnaws at his soul, Michael must return to the swamp to uncover the terrifying identity of his father – before his nasty natural tendencies force him to feed on the locals!.

The Beast Within

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