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The Reptile (1966)

The Reptile (1966)

The Reptile





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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. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Anthony Hinds
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On DVD: Nov 2, 1999


Noel Willman
as Dr. Franklyn
Jennifer Daniel
as Valerie Spalding
Ray Barrett
as Harry Spalding
Jacqueline Pearce
as Anna Franklyn
Michael Ripper
as Tom Bailey
John Laurie
as Mad Peter
David Baron
as Charles Spalding
George Woodbridge
as Old Garnsey
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Critic Reviews for The Reptile

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the better Hammer films.

Full Review… | October 7, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Better than average -- and often overlooked -- Hammer opus.

July 19, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Eye for Film

October 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Reptile


This is what happens when you move to Cornwall. A couple move into a cottage left to them by the man's deceased brother. But when they arrive they find that mysterious deaths plague the quiet countryside. This film was fantastic fun, and looked stunning on Blu-ray. There are a series of interesting characters, especially the Dr. Franklyn, who is very abrasive and cold, but all for good reason. You get a real sense, thanks to Willman's performance, that there is a kind and considerate man trying to get out. The make-up is amazing and the monster is very unsettling to look at. I believe this may be my first real Hammer film that I've seen and I can't wait to watch some more. Chilling, fun, and also a bit camp around the edges.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

more strange goings on in the cornish countryside. the reptile builds good suspense with plenty of spooky atmosphere but the creature itself is a bit of a letdown. cheers to hammer for featuring a female monster tho :)

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


As with most Hammer horror, it's dated but still an enjoyable watch. If you can forgive the bad make up effects, they were on a budget after all.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

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