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Night Creatures (1962)

Captain Clegg (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Horror | 13 June 1962 (USA)
In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms.

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Cast

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Imogene - serving wench
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Captain Collier
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Harry Cobtree
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Jeremiah Mipps (coffinmaker)
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Mr. Rash (innkeeper)
David Lodge ...
Navy Bosun
Derek Francis ...
Squire Anthony Cobtree
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Mrs. Rash
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Mulatto
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Frightened Man
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1st Sailor Jack Pott
Terry Scully ...
2nd Sailor Dick Tate
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Old Tom Ketch
Rupert Osborne ...
Gerry (as Rupert Osborn)
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Storyline

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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Adventure | Horror

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13 June 1962 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hammer was originally due to film "I Am Legend" (the Richard Matheson novel) under the title "Night Creatures", but this was abandoned when the BBFC informed them that they would not pass the film. As Hammer had promised the U.S distributors a film called "Night Creatures" the title was passed on to the already completed Night Creatures (1962) instead. See more »

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The tavern scenes feature a modern violin. See more »

Quotes

Imogene - serving wench: Well if youv,e all done staring.
1st Sailor Jack Pott: If it,s all the same to you miss i,d like a few minutes more.
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Remake of Doctor Syn (1937) See more »

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Enjoyable addition to the Hammer Legacy
4 July 2004 | by (Amsterdam, Holland) – See all my reviews

"Captain Clegg" is definitely not the best Hammer movie ever (that is in my opinion "Dracula"(1958) which is one of the best horror movies ever by the way) but it still generates some fine acting and a pleasing 80 minutes of non pretentious fun.

This is not a genuine horror movie,it is more a costume drama with some horror elements but it never becomes scary of gruesome.The best part of the movie is the acting by Hammer legend Peter Cushing.He carries the movie with his usual skills,it is a shame that he was never recognized as a first class actor which he is in my view.Only George Lucas gave him a big time role in the original "Star Wars"(1977).The other actors also do their best.There is a wonderful performance from Patrick Allen and even Oliver Reed is not annoying.

Overall,I can't say that is a classic but it is enjoyable in ways that is difficult to explain.It probably is the strength of Peter Cushing that helps a lot. 6/10


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