The Beast (1980)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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Dennis Yu directed this nasty but effective Hong Kong reworking of several American rural horror films of the 1970s including The Last House on the Left, I Spit on Your Grave, and The Hills Have Eyes. Five teenagers head into the woods on a camping trip and are terrorized by a family of five inbred psychopaths who rape one of the girls and brutally murder her brother. The girl is so traumatized by her horrifying experience that she is sent to a mental hospital and is unable to testify at the trial, leading the judge to release the men for lack for evidence. That sets the stage for the revenge portion of the film, as the angry father of the insane girl and murdered boy goes to the woods to dispatch his own brand of justice with cruel homemade traps to catch the doomed rapist-killers. Kent Cheng's portrayal of the lethargic, dull-witted Moe is among the highlights of this generally standard rape-revenge shocker, with Chen Sing and Wong Ching appearing as well. Future mainstream director Eddie Fong co-wrote the script with Lee Tan.