The Creeping Flesh

Tag: Movie

Title: The Creeping Flesh
AKA: The Creeping Flesh
Year: 1973
Character: James Hildern
Director: Freddie Francis
Cameraman: Norman Warwick
Screenplay: Peter Spenceley, Jonathan Rumbold
Runtime: 94
Country: UK
Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi
Studio: Tigon Pictures, World Film Services
Classification: PG

Language: English
Audio: Mono
Colour: Color (Eastmancolor)
Tagline: A terrifying journey through the nightmare worlds of evil, insanity and terrible revenge.



Peter Cushing delivers one of his finest hand-wringing performances as Emmanuel Hildern, a Victorian man of science who relates a mad tale of horror to his half-brother and professional rival James (Christopher Lee). His tale begins with the discovery of the weird skeletal remains of a large unknown humanoid in Papua, new Guinea, which he carts back to England for study. Even more unusual than the skeleton's ghastly appearance is its ability to grow new flesh when moistened with water. Further research reveals that the creature may actually be instilled with the very essence of malevolence (basically freeze-dried, instant evil), indicating that it would be best kept out of the rain. Despite an incongruous subplot involving the doctor's insane daughter, whom he believes can be cured by injections of serum derived from the creature's reanimated tissue, this is an effectively creepy period piece with heady Gothic atmosphere (and a neat twist ending) that ranks among director Freddie Francis's finest work.


Christopher Lee as James Hildern
Peter Cushing as Emmanuel Hildern
Lorna Heilbron as Penelope
George Benson as Waterlow
Kenneth J. Warren as Lenny
Duncan Lamont as Inspector
Harry Locke as Barman
Hedger Wallace as Doctor Perry
Michael Ripper as Carter
Catherine Finn as Emily
Robert Swann as Young Aristocrat
David Bailie as Young Doctor
Maurice Bush as Karl
Tony Wright as Sailor
Marianne Stone as Female Assistant
Alexandra Dane as Whore
Jenny Runacre as Emmanuel's Wife
Larry Taylor as 1st Warder
Martin Carroll as 2nd Warder
Dan Meaden as Lunatic rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue Bond as Girl in Tavern (uncredited)

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