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Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Reptile (1966)

Starring Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Ray Barrett, Jacqueline Pearce, Michael Ripper
Directed by John Gilling
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A Navy captain and his wife move into his deceased brother's cottage only to discover he and the rest of the community are threatened by a mysterious plague that's struck several men down.

One of the lesser Hammer horror films, but still fun, it does feature a tremendous creature makeup from Roy Ashton that should be well remembered by any viewer of the picture.  The film's screenplay isn't bad, although we don't really see enough of the monster, and it unfortunately lacks an acting presence like Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee to anchor the picture, although Michael Ripper is very good in one of his larger supporting roles for the company.  Also, the art direction is consistent with Hammer's best work, bringing the Cornish period setting to life.

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