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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 ... 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

The final film of Harry Locke. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, when the creature is approaching Emmanuel Hildern's house, the creature's shadow is cast on the front of the house, meaning the creature is between the house and a source of light. However, its shadow grows larger as the creature moves, which suggests that the creature is actually walking towards the source of light and away from the house, rather than the other way round. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Svengoolie: The Creeping Flesh (2011) See more »

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A great classic horror movie
14 July 2000 | by filip.rooseSee all my reviews

If you are a fan of ancient horror stories, don't miss this one! This is not a movie with a lot of blood and gore or violence, but simply a well-intentioned thriller with decidedly horrifying overtones. Freddie Francis' direction is atmospheric, imaginative and highly absorbing. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are giving one of their best performances in a story of archaeology gone berserk. A startling musical score from Paul Ferris and well written screenplay make this a true horror classic.


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