The Reptile

The Reptile

Director: John Gilling Cast: Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Ray Barrett

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Overview

This chilling monster film metaphorically examines the horrors brought home by British colonialism. Harry and Valerie (Ray Barrett, Jennifer Daniel) inherit the Cornwall home of Harry's brother, who died under mysterious circumstances. The local villagers are tight-lipped and afraid, and the couple's neighbor, the hostile Dr. Franklin (Noel Willman), hides in a large mansion with his frightened daughter Anna (Jacqueline Pearce) and a strange foreign man (Marne Maitland). The truth is that Franklin had been investigating a secret tribe of snake-people on his last trip to Borneo, and they had reacted to his intrusion by making Anna one of them. As a result, the girl turns into a hideous cobra-woman every winter, with bulging eyes, a scaly face, and large, venomous fangs. Other than the unusual monster, The Reptile may as well be a direct remake of Hammer's The Mummy, a film which this one apes in many of its contrivances. Director John Gilling does manage some effective setpieces, such as the sulfur-spring below the mansion, which keeps Anna warm as she writhes beneath a blanket to shed her skin. Underrated character-actor Michael Ripper appears in one of his more substantial roles as Tom, the local pub-owner, who goes from avoidance to digging up graves and risking his life to save the couple. There are some inconsistencies in Anthony Hinds' script, but the film is handsomely mounted and delivers its share of shocks.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2019
UPC: 0826663200249
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 13,639

Special Features

New audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman, filmmaker/film historian Ted ; Newsom and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr; New interview with 1st assistant director William P. Cartlidge; "The Serpent's Tale" documentary; World of Hammer episode "Wicked Women"; Theatrical trailer; TV spot; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Noel Willman Dr. Franklyn
Jennifer Daniel Valerie Spalding
Ray Barrett Harry Spalding
Jacqueline Pearce Anna Franklyn
Michael Ripper Tom Bailey
John Laurie Mad Peter
Marne Maitland Malay
David Baron Charles Spalding
Charles Lloyd Pack Vicar
Harold Goldblatt Solicitor
George Woodbridge Old Garnsey

Technical Credits
John Gilling Director
Roy Ashton Makeup
Don Banks Score Composer
Les Bowie Special Effects
John Elder Screenwriter
Bowie Films Special Effects
Arthur Grant Cinematographer
Anthony Hinds Screenwriter
Roy Hyde Editor
Anthony Nelson Keys Producer
Philip Martell Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Mingaye Art Director
James Needs Editor
Bernard Robinson Production Designer

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