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CREATURE FEATURES 1

THE REPTILE (1966)

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Directed By:
John Gilling

Starring:
Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel,Ray Barrett and Jacqueline Pearce

Not Rated
Genre: Horror
Format Used: Netflix DVD
Contains: Graphic Violence
Country: England

THE PLOT:

Charles Edward Spalding is found dead after a deadly encounter with a humanoid reptile. In his will his house goes to his older brother Harry. Not knowing the true nature of the danger Harry decides to move into the charming old house along with his wife Valerie.

The town is not happy to see another member of the Spalding family because even though they don't want to talk to him they fear for his safety. They know the monstreous truth that lies in the house next door.

Harry starts finding clues that his brother Charles and the other people who died in the area is connected and investigates the crimes with the local pub owner. But will end up being their undoing?

ZEDD'S OPINION:

I got to admit the creature effects could have been better, but keeping in mind it was 1966 compinsates for that. Also, I do like the other effects. Some forms of snake vemon do make the area around the wound turn black, like it's rotting. That's true, the story works, the cast does a great job. A little bit of a mystery. All and all a great HAMMER classic. I give it...7 STARS

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I agree with Zedd on this one. The Reptile is a classic and interesting. A bit draggy at points and I would have liked to seen more of the Reptile. But that's just me. I too give THE REPTILE...7 STARS

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ MAKE UP EFFECTS (The poison around the black marks are very realistic.)
+ CAST (The cast did a great job.)
+ STORY (We both liked the story.)
+ MURDER MYSTERY (Who is the REPTILE and What caused this creature to be?)
+ CREATURE EFFECTS (Allthough far from perfect, but still impressive.)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES)

- CREATURE EFFECTS (Not perfect, I wish the eyes moved more.)
- SLOW (It's very slow at points.)

AND FINALLY...

- NOT ENOUGH REPTILE (VOLTRON would have liked to have seen more of the Reptile earlier in the film.)

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