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The Reptile (1966)

Unrated | | Horror | 6 April 1966 (USA)
In a Cornish village, various locals die from mysterious snake bites, but the coroner rules the deaths as heart attacks, until a family of newcomers starts an investigation.

Director:

John Gilling

Writer:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Noel Willman ... Dr. Franklyn
Jennifer Daniel Jennifer Daniel ... Valerie Spalding
Ray Barrett ... Harry George Spalding
Jacqueline Pearce ... Anna Franklyn
Michael Ripper ... Tom Bailey
John Laurie ... Mad Peter
Marne Maitland ... The Malay
David Baron David Baron ... Charles Edward Spalding
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... The Vicar
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... The Solicitor
George Woodbridge ... Old Garnsey
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Storyline

Harry Spalding and his wife Valerie inherit a cottage in a small country village after his brother mysteriously dies. The locals are unfriendly and his neighbor Dr. Franklyn (a doctor of theology) suggests they leave. They decide to stay only to find that a mysterious evil plagues the community. Written by H P Holley

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Half woman - half snake! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El reptil See more »

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Budget:

£100,599 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last Hammer film of George Woodbridge. See more »

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Referenced in Endeavour: Nocturne (2014) See more »

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Sitar Music
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Philip Martell
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Efficient chiller from Hammer...absorbing and atmospheric...
20 October 2003 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

A young couple inherits the husband's cottage in Cornwall, England and soon find themselves confronting a mysterious, unknown serial killer that has been murdering villagers. That's the basic premise of THE REPTILE and the only drawback is that nothing much is explained until the final reel--but along the way it's an absorbing mystery of the kind that Hammer does so well with plenty of chills to keep you watching until the denouement.

It's all done up in the best kind of British color cinematography with sets that look substantial enough and appropriate costumes for the period. Under John Gilling's direction the actors go through their paces in realistic fashion. Noel Willman is especially sinister as Dr. Franklyn while Ray Barrett and Jennifer Daniel play the troubled young couple with conviction. Barrett is especially good in the leading role and Michael Ripper does a fine character role as the tavern owner who helps them.

Summing up: an efficient chiller from Hammer, mysterious and absorbing from beginning to end.


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