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The Creeping Flesh (1973)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1973 (UK)
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 ...
Robert Swann ...
Young Aristocrat
Young Doctor
Maurice Bush ...
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 <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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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 Dr. Hildern draws a blood sample from the severed finger, he only pulls what amounts to a few drops into the syringe. Minutes later, when he combines his own blood with that from the sample, the syringe is now about 1/4 full. See more »


James Hildern: Unfortunately, in the state of society as it exists today, we are not permitted to experiment on human beings. Normal human beings.
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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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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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