Sunday, 9 October 2011
More Dreaded Than Dracula
Another decade, another Francis / Cushing / Lee collaboration. 'The Creeping Flesh' is an interesting little film, bringing together elements from all over the place and giving them a slight twist to create something offbeat and memorable. Mr. Cushing plays Professor Emmanuel Hildern, a sort of general scientist / egghead who returns from a field trip to Papua New Guinea with a massive skeleton. Horribly, when water is spilled onto the bones it begins to regenerate and then gets really nasty.
In a somewhat imagination stretching breakthrough, Cushing discovers that the creatures blood contains viral evil, and that it is a disease, like flu, or herpes, or that made up one when you just feel tired all the time. I'm not sure how science-y this all is, but I know that his next move, to inject his mentally unstable daughter with a mix of good and bad blood to stop her going crazy, is pretty much off the chart in terms of malpractice, and can only end in madness, murder and blood spattered bosoms.
More than a bit different, 'The Creeping Flesh' could have been a minor classic but for its infernally slow pacing. Shame, but well worth the time and effort if you can find it.