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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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James Hildern
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Emmanuel Hildern
Lorna Heilbron ...
Penelope
George Benson ...
Waterlow
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Lenny
Duncan Lamont ...
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Harry Locke ...
Barman
Hedger Wallace ...
Doctor Perry
Michael Ripper ...
Carter
Catherine Finn ...
Emily
Robert Swann ...
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Maurice Bush ...
Karl
Tony Wright ...
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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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Auferstehung des Grauens  »

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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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Origin of man and origin of evil
11 September 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie as part of a Peter Cushing DVD box. I did not really expect much but was pleasantly surprised. The special effects, which always are a bit cheesy in the Hammer films, was really very good, but it was the themes covered in this movie really impressed me. The desire to eradicate evil in the world and to create a kind of paradise only to see these great ambitions fail was great. The second theme, were Christopher Lee tries to find the scientific basis for insanity to find a cure for it, slowly connects to the story line of Peter Cushings research. The ambiance of the movie is very Gothic and illustrates nicely the futile human endeavor to create a paradise. The evil is a part of us and will always remain so. It is also far from the all to common American moralizing horror movies which tend to focus on the perils on pre-marital sex, e.g., "Friday the 13th".

For those of you who are a bit unsure about the horror genre I would say that this is a great introduction for it is a) a very good movie b) a nice intellectual exercise (!) and c) it stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in one of their best performances. Even giving this movie a 10 feels a bit unsatisfactory since I would like to give it more just to show my appreciation of it.


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