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Harry Spalding and his wife Valerie inherit a cottage in a small country village after his brother mysteriously dies. The locals are unfriendly and his neighbor Dr. Franklyn (a doctor of theology) suggests they leave. They decide to stay only to find that a mysterious evil plagues the community. Written by
H P Holley
Not one of my favorite Hammer films but it's worth a look
Hammer horror flick about a man who goes to a small village to claim the house he inherited from his late brother. He meets with the usual distrustful locals wary of outsiders and soon finds there are mysterious goings-on around the village, namely a suspicious doctor and people dropping dead from snake bites. In many ways a by-the-numbers Hammer plot. The only thing different really is the monster of the picture, which should be no real surprise given the title and even a quick glance at a poster or DVD cover. It's not a bad movie of its type, just slow-going and familiar. The cast is all good and the special effects are...interesting. There are some nice atmospheric moments as you might expect from Hammer but I do wish they had revealed the monster sooner. The last ten minutes or so is the most exciting.
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