Sultan of Sleaze Walerian Borowczyk directs this unabashed portrayal of animal-human sexual relations in a film considered so over the top and controversial, it has been suppressed for many years and is only coming into availability recently. An arranged marriage between the beautiful Lucy and Mathurin, who happens to be both deformed and retarded, is arranged at a mansion that has seen better days. When Lucy arrives at the venue with her aunt, she winds up at the stables and sees two horses copulating. Lucy is quite excited but her aunt who is chaperoning her, is disgusted. At the mansion, a servant tells tales of the ancestors' exploits to Lucy. In particular the tale of Romilda and her fight with a beast. Lucy sees pictures of bestiality that turn her on sexually, even though she has yet to meet Mathurin. At a meal, Lucy soon learns of Mathurin's uncouth behaviour. She wants to leave the mansion but everyone is pissed to the gills on red wine and fall asleep. Lucy goes to bed in her wedding dress and dreams that she is Romilda being menaced by a black hairy beast. It pursues her through the forest and she gets stuck on a tree. The beast masturbates and licks Lucy in her dream. Lucy wakes up in a sweat and unsure that she was dreaming, creeps into Mathurin's room but he is fully dressed and asleep. Lucy goes back to bed and masturbates (as all women in Borowczyk films do). In a continuation of the dream, Lucy copulates with the Beast and thoroughly enjoys it. The beast masturbates all over her with copious amounts of ejaculate which Lucy rubs into her breasts and body. The beast then dies of exhaustion. Waking up, Lucy runs into Mathurin's room and finds him dead. She raises the alarm for all the other guests by screaming loudly. It turns out that Mathurin has thick black hair all over his body and a tail. Lucy and her aunt flee in terror. The Beast makes no bones about its subject matter and graphically portrays a taboo subject that other film directors would merely tiptoe around. A lot of the action in the film is pure silliness and very boring until we get to the beast scenes. The acting is horrid and nearly ruins the film. However, the sex scenes featuring the beast are so off the planet and surreal, they are well worth watching for addicts of Eurotrash and lovers of extreme cinematic material. I cannot think of another film that so lustfully immerses itself in the taboo subject of bestiality.
My first film watched was Carrie aged 2 on my dad's knee. Educated at The University of St Andrews and Trinity College Dublin. Fan of Arthouse, Exploitation, Horror, Euro Trash, Giallo, New French Extremism. Weaned at the bosom of a Russ Meyer starlet. The bleaker, artier or sleazier the better!