The Beast Within is a 1982 horror film directed by Philippe Mora and starring Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, L. Q. Jones, Don Gordon, R. G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, and Meshach Taylor.
While driving through Mississippi on their honeymoon, Caroline and Eli MacCleary Bibi Besch and Ronny Cox are stranded on a deserted road when their car is stuck in the mud. Eli is forced to walk several miles down the road to a service station they stopped at earlier to get a tow. As Eli begins the trek back to the station, the film cuts to a dark house in which a strange creature is being held captive in the cellar. The creature breaks its chain and escapes into the forest. As it nears the MacClearys car Carolines dog jumps out of the window to confront it. Caroline chases after the animal, but flees in terror when she stumbles across the canines mutilated corpse. While fleeing back to the car she knocks herself unconscious after running into a tree. The creature tears off her clothes and rapes her, then leaves her in the forest alone. Eli and the service station attendant find her and take her to the tow truck. As they drive off two gunshots are heard from the forest.Seventeen years later, their son Michael who was conceived as a result of Carolines rape has become gravely ill, and the doctors have no idea what is causing the sickness, only that a pituitary gland has gone out of control. Theorizing that the sickness might be genetic, Eli and Caroline finally confront the past and return to the small town of Nioba, Mississippi to hopefully discover some information about the man who assaulted her. The local townspeople are reluctant to help the town judge, Judge Curwin Gordon tells Eli that he knows of no information that could help him, while newspaper editor Edwin Curwin Ramsey, a relative of the judge, reacts in anger and nervousness when he discovers that Caroline has come across an old newspaper detailing the death of a man named Lionel Curwin who was killed seventeen years earlier. Eli and Caroline then go to the police station and tell Sheriff Poole Jones that they are researching a book and would like to know all of the information he can provide about th