4 / 5
Tagline: A Terrifying Journey Through The Nightmare Worlds Of Evil, Insanity and Terrible Revenge
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Written by: Peter Spenceley, Jonathan Rumbold
Actors include: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron
Length: 94 minutes
So this has Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing in it, and it's directed by Freddie Francis but yet this is not a Hammer picture nor is it an Amicus...just a rogue copycat but a good one. It's rather slow moving, and if you don't appreciate slow moving story oriented British flicks this one will probably not satisfy. I thought it had a good build up, interesting story and I never knew quite what was going on until quite a ways in. This story is about a scientist who has bones of "the missing link" potentially. Really it's a weird looking skeleton with an abnormally shaped head and weird feet and stuff. It grows flesh and comes to life when wet, and it's a pretty cool looking monster (although you have to wait until the last 15 minutes or so to see it in action). There is also a plot about the Scientist's wife who died in an asylum and his daughter who is on her way to insanity. Rest assured it all ties in this interesting little picture. Nicely shot in the gothic style most fans of this style of film will definitely want to catch this one.