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Night Creatures (1962)
"Captain Clegg" (original title)

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In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain... See full summary »

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Yvonne Romain ...
Imogene - serving wench
Patrick Allen ...
Captain Collier
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Harry Cobtree
Michael Ripper ...
Jeremiah Mipps (coffinmaker)
Martin Benson ...
Mr. Rash (innkeeper)
David Lodge ...
Navy Bosun
Derek Francis ...
Squire Anthony Cobtree
Daphne Anderson ...
Mrs. Rash
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Mulatto
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Frightened Man
Peter Halliday ...
1st Sailor Jack Pott
Terry Scully ...
2nd Sailor Dick Tate
Sydney Bromley ...
Old Tom Ketch
Rupert Osborne ...
Gerry (as Rupert Osborn)
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In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain Collier and his crew to check it out. As the Captain gets into his investigation, mysterious swamp phantoms cloud up the real issue which seems plain enough to see. Captain Collier suspects that the odd village vicar might be hiding something, and what better way to do that than by fortuitous ghosts to scare away the curious, or by posing as someone he is not? Written by Dylan Conner

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13 June 1962 (USA)  »

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Night Creatures  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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The film takes place in 1776 and 1792. See more »

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The tavern scenes feature a modern violin. See more »

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Remake of Doctor Syn (1937) See more »

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The Hammer That Time Forgot...
2 September 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

One of Hammer's finest films yet unseen for years. It has not been broadcast on British television since 1981 when it was under its American title, Night Creatures. But it's a wonderful little movie. Peter Cushing is on fine form as is the ever-reliable Patrick Allen and Oliver Reed gives a nice performance as an innocent young man (as if!) The irreplaceable Michael Ripper gets a bigger role here than in most of his films and shines too with a nice line in sarcasm. The story is fun and the location filming is very pleasant (actually Denham in Bucks and not Dymchurch at all!) but the thing that lifts this movie to classic status is the electrifying scenes of the Marsh Phantoms, a brilliant realisation of real fear. Remarkably considering that the viewer is aware from the start that they are villagers dressed up, their appearance is incredibly convincing! The opening sequence of scrolling scene setting and narration with a faint glimpse of a skeletal figure on horseback weaving through the background is only a hint of the awesome scenes that follow. After that the film settles down to good historical adventure, lively and funny and only occasionally marred by slapstick, as in the fight in the church. A neglected gem from a more simplistic age.


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