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The Reptile (1966)

Unrated | | Horror | 6 April 1966 (USA)
In a Cornish village, various locals die from mysterious snake bites, but the coroner rules the deaths as heart attacks, until a family of newcomers starts an investigation.

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Noel Willman ...
Dr. Franklyn
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Valerie Spalding
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Harry George Spalding
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Anna Franklyn
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Tom Bailey
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Mad Peter
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The Malay
David Baron ...
Charles Edward Spalding
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
The Vicar
Harold Goldblatt ...
The Solicitor
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Old Garnsey
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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

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6 April 1966 (USA)  »

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£100,599 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Last Hammer film of George Woodbridge. See more »


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Sitar Music
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Arranged by Philip Martell
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Sssssmashing fun!
5 March 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Made back-to-back with Plague of the Zombies, and using many of the locations, the same director, and some of the cast from that film, The Reptile isn't quite as good as Hammer's only zombie movie, but is still splendid fun nonetheless.

Ray Barrett plays Harry Spalding, an ex-soldier who moves to Cornwall with his wife Valerie (Jennifer Daniel), after he inherits a country cottage from his recently deceased brother.

Unfortunately, the Spaldings' new life in the West country is far from idyllic: the locals are less than friendly (with the exception of Tom Bailey, the pub landlord, played by Hammer regular Michael Ripper); their new neighbours—Dr. Franklyn (Noel Willman), his beautiful daughter Anna, and their manservant—are more than a little creepy; and some kind of extremely venomous creature is on the loose and claiming victims right, left and centre.

Don't expect too much in the way of blood and boobs in this offering from Hammer: there is very little of both. What you do get, however, is a decent cast giving some fine performances (Michael Ripper, in particular, gets a chance to shine), some suitably atmospheric direction from John Gilling, and a memorable monster which, despite being kinda silly looking, is still pretty freaky.

And that's good enough for me!


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