The Creeping Flesh (1973 film)
"A terrifying journey through the nightmare worlds of evil, insanity and terrible revenge." Madness and horror result from a one Victorian scientist's accidental reanimation of the fossilized remains of a grotesque giant from pre-human history, and his brother's research into the nature of insanity and evil.
- Release Date: 1973
- Country/Language: UK, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy, Sci-fi
- Runtime: 1 hr 34 min
- Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron
- Director: Freddie Francis
- Writer: Peter Spenceley and Jonathan Rumbold (original screenplay)
- Producer/Production Co: Shepperton Studios, Tigon Pictures, World Film Services
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- Rated: PG (mild Violence, mild Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)
A gaslight-era scientist discovers the impossible skeletal remains of a hideous giant with vast brain size and capacity for evil at an excavation site far below the level where Neanderthal remains were found, accidentally reanimates the fossil, and soon links the being to legends of pre-human gods.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- The Celluloid Highway (link) - "The Creeping Flesh has some important failings which prevent it from standing as a truly great example of gothic horror. It has a plot which is too ambitious, and a series of muddled sub-plots and incidental details which add more confusion. The entire story is told in the form of a flashback, and there are flashbacks within this flashback. The result is an unwieldy story that is unable to gel."
- Eye for Film (3.5/5 Stars) (link) - "All in all, one of the better examples of a style of horror that was soon thereafter to disappear forever in the wake of The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
- The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3/5 Stars) (link) - "From a good beginning, The Creeping Flesh quickly travels downhill, breaking up into too many loose subplots..."
- Not Coming To A Theater Near You (link) - "Save for a modest twist ending, The Creeping Flesh is altogether predictable and not entirely frightening – but, mind you, this is a horror film of manners, and its two villains are as polite as they are conniving."
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Madness and horror result from a one Victorian scientist's accidental reanimation of the fossilized remains of a grotesque giant from pre-human history, and his brother's research into the nature of insanity and evil.
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