director John Gilling
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.