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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony Hinds
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On DVD: Nov 2, 1999



as Dr. Franklyn

as Valerie Spalding

as Harry Spalding

as Anna Franklyn

as Tom Bailey

as Mad Peter

as Charles Spalding

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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