Creeping Flesh Reviews

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½ October 4, 2013
Terrible... and NOT a Hammer film
½ January 31, 2013
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.
½ January 22, 2013
I will watch anything if Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are in it.
November 1, 2012
Columbia pictures teams Hammer Horror legends Cushing and Lee in this fairly pedestrian tale of a scientist (Cushing) who believes he has found the essence of evil - and works to harness it - all the while competing with his half-brother psychiatrist (Lee) who is conducting similar experiments of his own. Performances from the iconic duo elevate the subject matter on the whole, with the final act (and closing scene) particularly ripping. Not elite genre fare, but better than most.
September 29, 2012
Starts off all cool and science-y, then turns into what appears to be a melodramatic metaphor for syphilis. But it's always fun to see Cushing & Lee in action.
April 19, 2012
I dont care to watch.
April 3, 2012
I love Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing! I love the old Hammer flims too. This film is not for the 'lite' horror film fan. It is truly a victorian age classic tale. BONUS:The phallic monster part is especially histerical!
April 3, 2012
Peter Cushing and Christopher lee excell in this genuinely atmospheric film.
April 3, 2012
In the late 19th century, scientist Emmanuel Hildern (Peter Cushing) returns home to London with a prehistoric skeleton that he acquired in Papua New Guinea. While cleaning the skeleton, he learns that water triggers a horrific reaction - reanimation. He slices off the finger, now covered in flesh, and preserves it for later experiments.

While having breakfast with his daughter, Penelope (the breathtaking Lorna Heilbron), Emmanuel reads a letter informing him of his wife's death. Unbeknowst to Penelope, her mother has been in an insane asylum since she was a little girl. Fearful that his wife's mental illness may be hereditary, Emmanuel has sheltered his daughter at their estate with only the servants to keep her company. She's not allowed outside, except for short walks within the gated premises.

Emmanuel travels to the institution where his wife died. He meets up with his half-brother, James (Christopher Lee), who happens to be the insane asylum's director and a competing scientist. Emmanuel was always the favorite of the two siblings, the one destined to achieve greatness, so it's with great pleasure that James tells him that he is in the running for the prestigious Richter Award. In addition, he will no longer fund Emmanuel's transcontinental trips.

I'm not familiar with most horror predating 1980. I rate this somewhere between 60%-70% (about a 6.5/10). I've never watched a movie, horror or other genre, with so much anticipation and dread for what may come. The climax is truly a frightening one. The suspense is nail-biting! Lee and Cushing are great but it's the beautiful Heilbron who steals the show. I want to watch more films she stars in.

I recommend this to horror fans who want to explore the classics. No gore, torture, or loud music cues to instill a false sense of fear. I liked it!
January 4, 2012
Classic Lee and Cushing horror with great atmosphere, mad scientists, and one creepy monster. Very cool movie.
July 22, 2009
Good old-fashioned monster movie made in 1970īs England and set in Victorian times. Cozy Hammeresque look and Christopher Lee as truly nasty asylum director.
½ February 2, 2009
Now this is a fine example of Hammer-era horror. Multiple plot-lines intertwine to create a surprisingly complex, atmospheric adventure through the macabre. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are, of course, excellent, and the rest of the cast - particularly Lorna Heilbron as Penelope - are a joy to watch as well. Certainly recommended to fans of Gothic horror.
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2008
Under rated Hammer horror, with a nice twist at the end.
½ May 16, 2008
Later Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee pairing featuring science, sex, and insanity.
February 17, 2008
A 19th century paeleontologist (Cushing) uncovers what he first believes is the missing evolutionary link between apes and men, but later finds it to be the skeleton of a demon... a skeleton that flesh appears on when it becomes wet. He devises what he believes is a innoculation against evil, injects his innocent daugther with it... and that's when the nightmare begins.

"The Creeping Flesh" is a decent chiller that is a bit slow in getting started, but once it gets going, it's a riviting experience. It's got Peter Cushing giving one of his best performances as a mentally unstable scientist, Christopher Lee at his most effective as a monstrous villain hiding behind a veneer of respectablity, and the uniquely beautiful Lorna Heilbron as a gorgeous and completely deranged young woman.

Out of all the films that uses Victorian-style fantasy, horror, and pseudo-science, this is perhaps the film that captures the sexual repression and misogynism that was at the heart of so much of Victorian thought. And Cushing and Heilbron capture this mindset to a tee.

It may not be the best horror film ever made, but "The Creeping Flesh" definately captures the mood of "gothic horror" that I was shooting for back when I worked on the Ravenloft line. It's also a film that fans of both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee will be happy for seeking out.

The Creeping Flesh
Starring: Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron, Christopher Lee, and George Benson, and Hedger Wallace
Director: Freddie Francis
February 6, 2008
I dont care to watch.
½ January 10, 2008
good story wonderful sets
October 1, 2006
Not interested. I generally avoid horror movies.
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