‘The Beast Must Die’

Cush Jumbo (Paramount+’s The Good Fight) and Jared Harris (HBO Max’s Chernobyl, AMC+’s Mad Men) star in a six-episode revenge thriller, The Beast Must Die, debuting this Monday, July 5 on AMC+- — and the following Monday (10 pm ET) on the AMC cable channel. 

Following the premiere, additional episodes of the series will drop succeeding Mondays on each service.

Jumbo plays a woman who, after the police drop an investigation into the fatal hit-and-run of her young son, decides to take matters into her own hands.

Based on a 1938 novel of the same title by Nicholas Blake, the pseudonym of future UK Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis (Daniel’s dad), The Beast Must Die just concluded a run on Britbox in the UK, where it has already been renewed for a second season with a new story and cast.

Blake’s novel was previously adapted into a 1952 Argentinian film, La Bestia Debe Morir; a 1968 episode of the British TV series, Detective; and a 1969 French film, This Man Must Die. In all three (and, we assume, the novel as well) the main character is male.

Here are the complete 1952 movie, in Spanish without subtitles, and a trailer for the 1969 film, in French without subtitles:

A 1974 British horror film, also titled The Beast Must Die, has nothing to do with the Blake novel. But, if you came here seeking that film, it’s available to subscribers of AMC+’s sister streamer Shudder, for free on the Hoopla library service, for free with ads on Tubi and Pluto TV, or from other sources starting at $1.99.

AMC+, which shows ad-free programming from AMC, Shudder, Sundance Now, IFC Films Unlimited and other sources, costs $8.99 a month with a seven-day free trial. You can subscribe via Amazon PrimeApple TVRokuSling TV, and some cable and dish providers.

(Top image source: AMC)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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