The Creeping Flesh (1973)

PG  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  1973 (UK)
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A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Hildern
Emmanuel Hildern
Lorna Heilbron ...
George Benson ...
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Duncan Lamont ...
Harry Locke ...
Hedger Wallace ...
Doctor Perry
Michael Ripper ...
Catherine Finn ...
Robert Swann ...
Young Aristocrat
Young Doctor
Maurice Bush ...
Tony Wright ...
Marianne Stone ...
Female Assistant


A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones unleashing a malevolent being on the scientist's family and friends. Written by Ray Hamel <>

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A terrifying journey through the nightmare worlds of evil, insanity and terrible revenge.


Horror | Sci-Fi


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1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Auferstehung des Grauens  »

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Larry Taylor is dubbed by Michael Ripper. See more »


When Emmanuel comes in out of the heavy rainstorm, his hair is dry and his cloak shows only a few wet spots. See more »


James Hildern: I've got to get hold of that skeleton somehow.
Doctor Perry: Oh I don't know... There is the question of professional ethics.
James Hildern: Oh indeed, indeed... that is why I shall have to employ someone for whom ethics have no significance.
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Intelligent script, excellent performances and lush cinematography highlight thriller in horror vein
2 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an easy to take "horror" movie without too many chills and deaths but replete with atmosphere and a steadily building tension, such that it is more psychological thriller than horror.

The photography, often dark and shadowy but with deep color, and the Victorian sets add immensely to an intelligent story in which evil is something identifiable in the blood. Cushing's intensity steals the show but his pretty daughter gone mad is a close second. Lee is rather stiff as his role requires. The basic skeleton monster is a marvelous invention.

The story goes somewhat flat in the middle, especially during a somewhat overlong sequence in a tavern. This and the sub-plot involving an escaped inmate of Lee's asylum do not integrate all that well with the main plot. Don't expect an altogether tight story line but relax and enjoy what there is and you will see the overall merit in this movie. The opening and closing sequences are the best.

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