The Reptile Reviews
A slightly above average attempt from Hammer and a good watch for fans, but with a few less tricks up its sleeve than some of of its similar aged relatives making it by far from one of the best.
The End Result Is A Typical & Enjoyable Hammer Horror Which Sadly Doesn't Capture The Gothic Atmosphere As Well As Most Hammer Horror's But All In The Film Is Extremely Well Put Together With A Decent Script And A Decent Cast Of Lesser Known British Actor's & A Some-What Memorable Monster That Kills Her Victims By Poisoning Them. A Great Film If You've Got 90 Minutes To Spare.
The set up is classic Hammer strange goings on in a Cornish village where people keep turning up dead with blackened faces foaming at the mouth.
Whats the cause ? well the villagers wont say and any newcomers are given that impression despite the fact the body count is verging on double figures.
The clues are presented in a nice old fashioned way and the film gets plenty of milage from its Cornish gothic surrondings with plenty of misty desolate locations .
One can see when watching this Part of the film where John Landis came up with the ideas for the Slaughtered Lamb parts of American Werewolf In London.
The repitile itself isnt half bad considering its 1966 and the film has plenty of light scares to keep the film fans happy.
Whereas the latter Hammer films became a parody this really has stood the test of time to become one of the studios more classier projects.