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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.


John Gilling


Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)




Complete credited cast:
Noel Willman ... Dr. Franklyn
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


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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Despite playing the title role, Jacqueline Pearce only speaks 38 minutes into the film. See more »


The bartender draws an ale for Harry Spaulding and sets it before him on the bar. The ale is completely flat, with no foam, which it should have if just drawn or poured. See more »


Dr. Franklyn: I could kill you!
The Malay: Possibly, but you could never be free then, could you?
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Alternate Versions

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 »


Referenced in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »


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Superb horror film from Hammer.
18 August 2008 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

6 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


GBP100,599 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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