The Reptile (1966)

The Reptile (1966) movie poster

director John Gilling
viewed: 08/03/2016

I think it’s fair to say by any standard, John Gilling’s Hammer horror, The Reptile, is weird.  Weird and doesn’t make a huge amount of sense.

That doesn’t stop it from being kind of entertaining and worth seeing.

It’s not another Dracula or Frankenstein, it’s something new and unusual.  It’s a reptile lady, who sheds her skin (nice touch), is very influenced by cold versus warmth (sleeps near an open sulfur pit), and has a crazy venomous bite.  More than anything, her best feature, is her features themselves.  She’s a mix of good and bad in the make-up department, some really cool looking fangs (I also liked that she could talk with those things in there) and super-goofy googly eyes.

This is B-list Hammer, with no superstars, but still a solid cast.  The story slithers along nicely, though it doesn’t make a lot of sense why the villagers shun the newbies.  The effects of The Reptile venom seem to vary as convenient, as do loyalties.

I don’t know.  I’m glad to have seen it.

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