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Beast, The

Review by: 
Catwalk
Release Date: 
2012
Studio: 
Dreamseeker Productions
Genre: 
Horror
Format: 
Advance Screener
Region: 
N/A
Aspect Ratio: 
N/A
Directed by: 
Peter Dukes
Cast: 
Bill Oberst, Jr.
Peter Le Bas
Alexander Le Bas
Movie: 
4
Extras: 
0
Bottom Line: 
4

If you’re looking for prolific actors, the list probably starts with Bill Oberst, Jr. The actor/producer has tons of irons in the fire, and is gaining notoriety after his performance in “Take the Lollipop” earned him a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award. (It also launched a facebook app that features him as an online stalker.) Oberst has also been seen as Abraham Lincoln in “Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies”, and as Buck in “Scary or Die”, among his 92 listed IMDB entries.

In “The Beast”, Oberst plays Michael; a father tortured by the knowledge that his young son is a werewolf. The short opens by revealing all three characters, Michael, his son Jacob (Alexander Le Bas), and his brother, Douglas (Peter Le Bas). The full moon is nearing, and Jacob will soon undergo the transformation to his wolf form. Michael’s plan is to strap his son to a tree and wait out the full moon. Douglas, however, isn’t as patient. Jacob gets loose (which pretty much has to happen for a werewolf movie to be worth its weight). Michael is forced to make the ultimate decision; end a life, or let his son live on at the cost of others.

At 12 minutes, “The Beast” is an entertaining short film that shows writer/director Peter Dukes (A Goblin’s Tale) and his crew at Dream Seekers Productions can make visibly pleasing stories without a huge budget. Dukes and crew filmed “The Beast” in one night, for around $700. Giona Ostinelli’s (“The Campaign”, “Abduction”) score is a particular highlight; amplifying the tension without being distracting.

The horror landscape covers all types of material, filmmaking techniques, effects, and audiences. Watching “The Beast” is like reading an anthology short story from a talented author. It makes you want to see what they would do with a full-length novel. Dukes, Oberst and the crew have a number of projects in the works. Fans of “The Beast” will have plenty more to view from this up-and-coming indie filmmaking group.

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