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
When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. It is believed all cuts were waived in 1994 when the film was granted a '15' certificate for home video. However Hammer have put out a call trying to locate lost or censored footage from the following scene: An extended knife in neck/snake bite scene (this is thought to exist, but no known evidence). This rather suggests that this is the footage censored from the 1966 cinema release and that it is still missing from home video releases. The BBFC cut was described in The DarkSide magazine as: A gloating close-up during the lancing of a snake bite. See more »
A small village in England which is terrorized by a horrible creature:part woman-part reptile.A captain Harry quickly discovers that several locals have been killed by mysterious snake bites,something which is also found to have been the cause of his brother death.It seems that Dr Franklyn's daughter Anna was abducted by a snake cult Franklyn was researching in Borneo and now periodically transforms into a snake creature."The Reptile" was actually shot back-to-back with another John Gilling's horror classic "Plague of the Zombies".The reptile attack pattern is even identical to the vampire's and the random killings are creepy enough.The film is quite moody and very subtle,so don't expect any gore.The plot moves swiftly and the direction is effective in creating suspense and menacing atmosphere.9 out of 10.
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