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Ten Days of Helloween Horror: The Creeping Flesh

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

by Mat Weir

Good evening, boils and ghouls. October is once again upon us, bringing with it pumpkins, crisp weather and hauntings aplenty. ‘Tis the season to be bloody, possessed, decapitated, slashed, hexed and all other macabre holiday fun. I meant for this to be a daily installment of horrific movies for the entire month, but you can’t always get what you want, can you Mick? So what better time to kick-start the first installment when I’m lying in bed, doped-up on cold medicine, weed and syzr’p while my brain slowly oozes from my raw nostrils? And with that I give you, The Fifteen Days of Helloween Horror, starting with, The Creeping Flesh! The 1972 flick starring the morbidly classic pair, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, begins with 19th Century scientist, Emmanuel Hildern (Cushing) as he recants his tale of monstrosity. It appears the good doctor Hildern discovered the gigantic skeleton of a primitive race while excavating in New Guinea, three years prior. Upon returning home to his adult daughter, Penelope (who remained isolated within the house during her father’s absence out of propriety), he begins to clean the skeleton, only to discover water makes the skeleton grow flesh! Dun—dun—duuuuuun! He quickly discovers the skeleton is actually evil incarnate, and decides to make an evil serum with its blood (but of course, why WOULDN’T you make a serum out of pure evil itself?) He quickly sees the error in his ways and decides the evil must be stopped. While this is going on, Hildern’s brother, James (Lee) who, of course, also runs the local insane asylum, discovers Emmanuel is up to something and quickly begins to watch his every move. What’s more, Penelope seems to be slowly going insane the more she learns about her mysterious mother’s past. Will Hildern stop the great Evil from ascending upon man, or is it just the insane ramblings of a lunatic scientist? While the dialogue can, at times, be drawn out and dull, the overall impact of The Creeping Flesh is as cult-status deserving as any of Lee/Cushing’s previous work. Cushing appears old and thin, the ghost of a man whose life has withered away down to his sunken cheeks. Makeup Artist Rob Ashton’s recreation of the skeleton’s flesh is oozy and transparent, adding a nice gore factor. Plus, the screenplay itself is original while still playing around with “who’s the real monster” idea ala Frankenstein. Overall, this is a definite must-see, but don’t expect to be scared. The Creeping Flesh is probably best watched with friends who preferably have strong weed and an even stronger love for cheesy-horror.

SPOILER ALERT: The following video is the last scene in the movie.

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