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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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The final film of Harry Locke. 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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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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