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The Creeping Flesh (1973)

 -  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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James Hildern
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Emmanuel Hildern
Lorna Heilbron ...
Penelope
George Benson ...
Waterlow
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Lenny
Duncan Lamont ...
Inspector
Harry Locke ...
Barman
Hedger Wallace ...
Doctor Perry
Michael Ripper ...
Carter
Catherine Finn ...
Emily
Robert Swann ...
Young Aristocrat
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Young Doctor
Maurice Bush ...
Karl
Tony Wright ...
Sailor
Marianne Stone ...
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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 unleashing a malevolent being on the scientist's family and friends. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Freddie Francis took over from Don Sharp at short notice See more »

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

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Emmanuel Hildern: Now, listen to this in relation to what happened last night when I was cleaning the skeleton. It's about the primitive people of New Guinea today who believe that their ancestors were a race of giants who carried on a titanic war between good and evil when the world was created. When the Evil One shall be exposed, the Sky Father shall weep. Weep, Waterlow! That means rain! Water! Weep for the departure of Paradise from the Earth. And his tears - water again, do you see? - his tears, falling ...
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Great Horror Fun!

Throw in Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hammer director Freddie Francis, a wonderful story about the found remains of a giant beast, gothic, Victorian sets and costumes, an eerie score, a wonderfully ironic and unexpected ending, and the philosophical question about the nature of evil...and you have The Creeping Flesh, and one HELL of a good film! The cast is superb, and this is probably one Of Cushing's best roles in the 70s as a good-natured, yet-determined anthropologist seeking to rid humanity of evil through the aid of some giant skeletal remains found in New Guinea that fleshes out with water contact. The plot is interesting...and complex...and a bit like Swiss Cheese...yet it is great fun in the hands of Francis(underrated as a director in my humble opinion!) Lee is as ever cold and austere and a joy to behold. The rest of the cast is quite good. The sets are lavish and the costumes very Victorian. The skeleton itself is most impressive! A wonderful way to spend the evening and a wonderful ending for the viewer unawares!


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