The Reptile

The Reptile

John Gilling (1966)

86min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Snakes alive! Hysteria hits a 19th-century Cornish village when murder victims turn up with fang marks on their necks in this splendidly spooky vintage Hammer horror. Could sultry Jacqueline Pearce be the victim of a Malayan curse doomed to writhe the night away? There's an endearingly 1950s-style monster, remarkably atmospheric art direction (the set at Hammer's Bray Studios was re-used for The Plague of the Zombies) and taut, stylish direction by John Gilling. This is one of the best examples of the economical approach Hammer took to horror while never sacrificing originality.

Summary

A man visits Cornwall to investigate his brother's death, but encounters strange opposition from superstitious locals - and soon comes face to fang with the scaly victim of an exotic curse. Hammer horror, starring Noel Willman, Jacqueline Pearce, Ray Barrett and Jennifer Daniel.

Cast & Crew

Dr Franklyn Noel Willman
Valerie Jennifer Daniel
Harry Ray Barrett
Anna Jacqueline Pearce
Tom Bailey Michael Ripper
Mad Peter John Laurie
Malay Marne Maitland
Charles Spalding David Baron
Vicar Charles Lloyd Pack
Solicitor Harold Goldblatt
Old Garnsey George Woodbridge
Director John Gilling
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama