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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 »

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writers:

Peter Spenceley (original screenplay), Jonathan Rumbold (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... James Hildern
Peter Cushing ... Emmanuel Hildern
Lorna Heilbron ... Penelope
George Benson George Benson ... Waterlow
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Lenny
Duncan Lamont ... Inspector
Harry Locke ... Barman
Hedger Wallace Hedger Wallace ... Doctor Perry
Michael Ripper ... Carter
Catherine Finn ... Emily
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Young Aristocrat
David Bailie ... Young Doctor
Maurice Bush Maurice Bush ... Karl
Tony Wright ... Sailor
Marianne Stone ... Female Assistant
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auferstehung des Grauens See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Larry Taylor was dubbed by Michael Ripper. See more »

Goofs

When Emmanuel visits Dr. Hildern after the death of his wife, a book stand appears out of nowhere between cuts, to the right of Hildern at his desk. See more »

Quotes

James Hildern: I've got to get hold of that skeleton somehow.
Doctor Perry: Oh I don't know... There is the question of professional ethics.
James Hildern: Oh indeed, indeed... that is why I shall have to employ someone for whom ethics have no significance.
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Alternate Versions

Early UK cinema versions were cut by the BBFC to remove a shot of a sailor's slashed throat. All later releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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A bit of a let down considering my expectations...
17 June 2015 | by Reaper-of-SoulsSee all my reviews

I want to start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoy most of Freddie Francis' films, especially those he made with Hammer. But...I was expecting so much more from THE CREEPING FLESH. With the recent passing of Christopher Lee (RIP), I wanted to go back and re-watch his films that I loved and also to find some that I hadn't previously viewed. So I stumbled upon THE CREEPING FLESH and immediately sought it out. Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but I was a bit let down. As I said, I really like Freddie Francis. I also love Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. So it was a no-brainer that I would like this film. And I did like it...just not as much as I thought I would going in to it.

The Victorian age set pieces were fantastic. The subject matter of the story (though not scientifically accurate) was interesting. The acting was great. The atmosphere was pretty good. It was the lack of the horror element that I was expecting and it just didn't seem to show up until the final 15 minutes or so of the film. When it did show up it was great. I just wish the movie would have used it sooner.

I also disagree with the many people who feel THE CREEPING FLESH is Freddie Francis' best film. TORTURE GARDEN, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF and maybe even THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and THE SKULL were all better in my opinion. I especially loved LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF...but I am partial to werewolves.

All in all, THE CREEPING FLESH is a good movie worth watching, especially if you are a Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing fan (or a fan of Hammer films even though this is not a Hammer production). It's a good, solid 6 out of 10.


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