Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Creeping Flesh (1973)

A tremendous scientific discovery ends in ghastly horror when Doctor Emmanuel Hildern returns home from New Guinea with the skeletal remains of an unidentified life-form. Hildern's tests reveal a concentration of pure evil within the creature's blood when it begins to reconstitute itself after being exposed to water, leading the desperate doctor to try and immunize his daughter from the deadly disease before she suffers the same unfortunate fate as her mother. Instead, she is overwhelmed with unconscionable evil, and Dr. Hildern will be left to stop her before she falls into the hands of his sadistic brother. Horror greats Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in THE CREEPING FLESH, a dreary Gothic horror film that is filled with shock and suspense. No stranger to the genre, himself, director Freddie Francis instills the same sinister mood and eerie atmosphere that has poured out of his previous efforts with Hammer and Amicus Productions. Cushing and Lee are at their usual best, with Lee taking on the role of the heavy as usual. THE CREEPING FLESH succeeds most in its slowly unfurling plot and key character development rather than relying on make-up and special effects, as evidenced by the rather shoddy reveal of the creature in the film's terrifying finale. A minor classic in the footnotes of British Horror.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE CREEPING FLESH:
ASYLUM, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, HORROR EXPRESS.

2 comments:

  1. One of my childhood favorites... and Peter Cushing gives a great performance of his character's descent into madness...

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  2. Spot-on. The creature is pretty bad, but everything else is great.

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