When a homicidal forger, Mickey-le-Bénédictin, goes on the run after evading his execution, Inspectors Triquet and Virgus hasten after him to prevent him from committing any further crimes. Convinced that the forger will return to the scene of his former exploits, Triquet heads for the provincial town of Barges, whose inhabitants are strangely reluctant to cooperate with him. The town-dwellers live in constant fear of a mythical beast that roams the area after dark and regard Triquet with a mixture of suspicion and loathing. In the course of Triquet’s haphazard investigation, people suddenly start to die – first Franqui, who has been spying on his neighbours, then the pharmacist. Even when Triquet has exposed the beast of Barges as a fake, the killings continue. Just what terrible secret does this most insular of French towns conceal…? —Filmsdefrance.com
Jean-Pierre Mocky (born July 6, 1933 in Nice) is the pseudonym of Jean-Paul Adam Mokiejewski, a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He appeared as an actor in the 1955 film Gli Sbandati and in many other movies, including some of those he also directed (Solo, L’albatros, L’Ombre d’une chance, Un Linceul n’a pas de poches…) His 1987 film Le Miraculé was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. —Wikipedia
A UFO in the French production of the 60^s that has become a cult movie now. Director Jean-Pierre Mocky, 55 movies to date and at the age of 83, goes on directing 2 movies a year almost nobody cares to see. Here we have French comic star Bourvil as a crazy police detective looking for a fantastic Beast that kills one by one the inhabitants of a little town. For its time, the film had an all-star cast lead by Jean-Louis Barrault (Children of Paradise). A DVD I'm proud to have in my library.