The Reptile

1966

John Gilling
Director
Hammer Films
Studio

Strange and violent deaths are the norm at a remote Cornish village where a young couple inherit their brother's estate.

Efficient Hammer effort boasts an effective atmosphere and a good cast, particularly the gorgeous Jacqueline Pearce who would go on to become the villainess of Blake's Seven.

...and I think Roy Ashton's make-up for the Reptile itself is as super as anything from the heyday of Universal's monster movies.

According to the BBFC site, the film was originally trimmed for it's X-rated UK release!

-Wearysloth

Filmed back-to-back with The Plague of the Zombies, using the same sets and some of the same cast. An interesting film, perhaps not as perfectly paced as Plague, but a fine horror film. The cast is uniformly good, but Ripper's helpful innkeeper (probably his finest performance) and Laurie's madman are highlights. Maitland, as usual, makes the most of the stereotypical sinister Asian he always seemed to play. And Ashton's makeup, as mentioned above, is outstanding.

-Dave W.


The Reptile
6th March 1966
Cinema



91 mins
1.66:1

The Reptile
26th October 1999
DVD



90 mins
1.85:1



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Noel Willman
Dr. Franklyn
Ray Barrett
Harry Spalding
Jennifer Daniel
Valerie Spalding
Jacqueline Pearce
Anna Franklyn
Jacqueline Pearce
Anna Franklyn
Michael Ripper
Tom Bailey
John Laurie
Mad Peter Crockford
Charles Lloyd Pack
Vicar
Marne Maitland
The Malay
David Baron
Charles Edward Spalding
Harold Goldblatt
Solicitor
George Woodbridge
Old Garnsey
Unknown
Gravedigger (uncredited)
Unknown
Gravedigger (uncredited)
Jim Brady
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Fred Peck
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Dickey Luck
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Phipps
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Katy the Kitten
Herself
Peter Diamond
Stunts (uncredited)
Oakley Court
Dr. Franklyn's House

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