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Release Date:
6 April 1966 (USA) See more »
Half woman - half snake! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Efficient chiller from Hammer...absorbing and atmospheric... See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Noel Willman ... Dr. Franklyn
Jennifer Daniel ... Valerie Spalding

Ray Barrett ... Harry George Spalding
Jacqueline Pearce ... Anna Franklyn
Michael Ripper ... Tom Bailey

John Laurie ... Mad Peter

Marne Maitland ... The Malay
David Baron ... Charles Edward Spalding
Charles Lloyd Pack ... The Vicar
Harold Goldblatt ... The Solicitor
George Woodbridge ... Old Garnsey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim O'Brady ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
Ernie Rice ... Man in Pub (uncredited)

Directed by
John Gilling 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
Original Music by
Don Banks 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography) (as Arthur Grant)
Film Editing by
Roy Hyde 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Production Management
George Fowler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William P. Cartlidge .... assistant director (as Bill Cartlidge)
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... sound editor
Leonard Bulkley .... sound recordist (as William Bulkley)
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Moray Grant .... camera operator
Bob Jordan .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Other crew
Lorna Selwyn .... continuity

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91 min | Germany:86 min | USA:90 min
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:(Banned) (1966) | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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It was well known that Jacqueline Pearce, as documented in several books on Hammer's history, disliked wearing the Reptile make-up as she suffers from claustrophobia. After this she vowed never to wear "creature" make-up in her future acting projectsSee more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Efficient chiller from Hammer...absorbing and atmospheric..., 20 October 2003
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

A young couple inherits the husband's cottage in Cornwall, England and soon find themselves confronting a mysterious, unknown serial killer that has been murdering villagers. That's the basic premise of THE REPTILE and the only drawback is that nothing much is explained until the final reel--but along the way it's an absorbing mystery of the kind that Hammer does so well with plenty of chills to keep you watching until the denouement.

It's all done up in the best kind of British color cinematography with sets that look substantial enough and appropriate costumes for the period. Under John Gilling's direction the actors go through their paces in realistic fashion. Noel Willman is especially sinister as Dr. Franklyn while Ray Barrett and Jennifer Daniel play the troubled young couple with conviction. Barrett is especially good in the leading role and Michael Ripper does a fine character role as the tavern owner who helps them.

Summing up: an efficient chiller from Hammer, mysterious and absorbing from beginning to end.

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