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Director:
Writers:
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) and
Barbara S. Harper (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
13 June 1962 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
What is the blood freezing secret of the night creatures? See more »
Plot:
In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Peter Cushing ... Rev. Dr. Blyss
Yvonne Romain ... Imogene - serving wench
Patrick Allen ... Captain Collier

Oliver Reed ... 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

Milton Reid ... Mulatto

Jack MacGowran ... 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)

Gordon Rollings ... Wurzel
Bob Head ... Peg-Leg
Colin Douglas ... Pirate Bosun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerry Crampton ... Tattooed Sailor (uncredited)
Harold Gee ... Fiddler (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Parishoner (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Graham Scott 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds  screenplay (as John Elder) and
Barbara S. Harper  additional dialogue

Russell Thorndike  novel "Dr. Syn" (uncredited)

Produced by
John Temple-Smith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Don Banks 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
Terry Poulton .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Ian Scoones .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bob Simmons .... fight sequence staged by
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Jack Curtis .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical director
 
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Captain Clegg" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
80 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The tavern scenes feature a modern violin.See more »

FAQ

Why is the main character Reverend Blyss, and not Dr Syn?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Lost Hammer treasure, 3 October 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I'd be lying if I said that Night Creatures is one of Hammer's finest hours, but even with lesser material; the studio manages to inject lots of fun into the proceeds, and the stellar cast shines throughout. This is actually something of a departure from the studio's usual horror fare, and it actually reminds me more of Fritz Lang's Moonfleet than the rest of the studio's output. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. My favourite aspect of Hammer's work is that you can always expect lots of imagination and films that are different from the norm, and so this film delivers on that front. The story follows the fortunes of a society of smugglers, lead by the upstanding citizen and reverend, Dr Blyss and kept in fear by the sinister threat of the phantoms that roam the surrounding marshes. The king decides to dispatch a troop of his best men to investigate the allegations of smuggling, and while there they find that local superstitions of 'marsh phantoms' may actually be true. This isn't the only thing they discover, and as the story moves on; we find that not everything in this society is what it seems.

The main downfall for this film is the plotting. When it gets going, it's actually quite exciting; but the film can be dull during it's downtime and this brings the positive elements down with it. The fact that there isn't a great deal of horror doesn't help it either, especially since it's billed as horror along with most of the rest of Hammer's oeuvre. There's some good imagery on display, however, and the phantoms themselves represent the best of it. They really have to be seen to be believed. In today's age of special effects, it makes you wonder how Hammer ever thought they could get away with it - but not only have they done just that, they've made it work to the film's advantage! The effects are extremely silly, but they fit so well with the rest of the film that I wouldn't have it any other way. The cast is excellent, with Hammer icon Peter Cushing delivering an excellent camp performance, and Oliver Reed not far behind him in terms of the billing. Hammer stalwart Michael Ripper ensures that we know it's a Hammer film, and on the whole; despite not being one of the studio's masterpieces, this flawed film is well worth seeing for the Hammer fan. And now that there's a shiny new DVD out...nobody has an excuse not to!

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