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April 7, 2017
How this wasn't made by Hammer or Amicus, I'll never know. It's a tip notch horror flick. You get Cushing, Lee, Freddie Francis directing, a mad scientist plot and a Victorian era setting. The only flaw is the actual reveal of the monster, which looks underwhelming and cheap. Even by early 1970s standards.
October 23, 2016
Silly but entertaining horror yarn about a scientist (Peter Cushing) who believes he has discovered that evil is a disease and he has found a specimen (a dismembered finger) that contains evil in it's purest form. Freddie Francis directs the film and Christopher Lee also appears in the film. Overall, this is a kind of a fun monster film, even if it's an awfully silly one.
½ October 17, 2016
Cushing is the only reason to watch this tripe
May 9, 2016
I love both the horror films of Britain's Hammer Studios and the pairings of Sir Peter Cushing and Sir Christopher Lee so very much. Though this is one of their latter and lesser-known, it doesn't disappoint. Very much worth purchasing and rewatches for the horror connoisseurs amongst you...
May 9, 2016
I love both the horror films of Britain's Hammer Studios and the pairings of Sir Peter Cushing and Sir Christopher Lee so very much. Though this is one of their latter and lesser-known, it doesn't disappoint. Very much worth purchasing and rewatches for the horror connoisseurs amongst you...
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
Wonderfully-eerie and rarely- seen horror flick in the gothic Hammer vein, even featuring its two greatest stars together once again. Peter Cushing stars as meek-and-mild scientist Dr. Emmanuel Hildern who has unearthed an enormous, aberrantly-humanoid skeleton and brings it back to his English Country estate for further research, unaware of its latent evil properties. To his horror, he discovers that the frighteningly-fiendish-fossil find can regenerate tissue, veins, muscle---the titular "Creeping Flesh"---upon exposure to water. Needless to say, the heinous heap of bones winds up in the hands of his unscrupulous half-brother (Christopher Lee), and as he attempts to abscond with it, his coach overturns in a rain storm....you can probably fill in the rest! A well-produced, superbly-acted offbeat chiller.
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.
October 25, 2011
Preposterous on every level, the movie treats its material with such a straight face that it's hard not to love it a little. Longer than it needs to be (there's some padding in there), but the ending sticks the landing.
July 15, 2011
Nice little twist ending.
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