The Reptile

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  • 1966
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.1  (3,947)

The Reptile is a 1966 horror film written by Anthony Hinds, directed by John Gilling, and produced by Hammer Film Productions. The movie stars Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, and Ray Barrett. The story is set in the small village of Clagmoor Heath in Cornwall, where strange deaths occur due to a mysterious creature. The movie begins as a young couple, Harry and Valerie, arrive to take over her deceased father's cottage in Clagmoor Heath. The villagers, who are hostile and superstitious, are not happy about their arrival. Their only neighbor is the mysterious Dr. Franklyn, who has an attractive daughter named Anna. Harry and Valerie soon learn that the villagers suffer from a mysterious plague that causes a fever and a paralysis leading to death.

After Valerie's brother dies of the disease, Harry decides to investigate the cause of the epidemic. They discover that there is a strange reptilian creature that inhabits the nearby marshes and that the villagers have made an unholy pact with it. The creature feeds on the life force of the villagers, and in return, they worship it as a god. Dr. Franklyn and Anna, who are initially seen as the prime suspects, assist Harry and Valerie in their quest.

As the movie progresses, the creature is slowly revealed to be the source of the plague. The villagers are under its spell, and those who resist it are also its victims. Harry learns that Dr. Franklyn has a personal connection to the creature, and he asks for his help. With the aid of Franklyn's secrets, Harry and Valerie face off with the creature in an epic showdown.

The strong performances of the cast are a highlight of the movie, with Noel Willman delivering a standout performance as the troubled Dr. Franklyn. Jennifer Daniel is also exceptional as Valerie, the protagonist who fights for the safety of her loved ones. The movie follows a traditional horror movie formula, with suspenseful music and eerie scenes as the mystery unfolds.

The Reptile is a well-made movie that showcases the classic horror genre. The cinematography and special effects are impressive, with the creature revealing its full form in the climax, which is a highlight of the movie. The story is gripping, and the overall mood of the movie is creepy and engaging. The climax is thrilling and does not disappoint, making for a satisfying conclusion.

Overall, The Reptile is an excellent horror movie to watch. It is a testament to the strength of the Hammer Horror legacy, and it distinguishes itself as a well-crafted horror movie that has stood the test of time. It is a movie that showcases the perfect blend of suspense, terror, and drama, making it a must-watch for horror fans.

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    1 hr 30 min
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    6.1  (3,947)