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THE REPTILE (1966) – Episode 168 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“This has become an evil place. Corrupt and evil. Ignorant fools! Peasants! … Oh. Good evening sir. Ever so sorry ma’am. Beg your pardon.” So corrupt evil, ignorant, … and polite? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr – as they dip again into the Hammer well with The Reptile (1966)!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 168 – The Reptile (1966)

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Harry Spalding and his wife Valerie inherit a cottage in a small country village after his brother mysteriously dies. The locals are unfriendly and his neighbor Dr. Franklyn (a doctor of theology) suggests they leave. They decide to stay only to find that a mysterious evil plagues the community.

The Classic Era podcast returns to Hammer for another monster movie gem. This is one of their far too infrequent original creations, The Reptile (1966), directed by John Gilling from an Anthony Hinds (writing as John Elder) script. The film features a stellar cast that includes Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Ray Barrett, Michael Ripper, John Laurie, Marne Maitlan, and Jacqueline Pearce as the titular character. Shot at the same time as Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Plague of the Zombies, and Rasputin the Mad Monk – all four released in 1966 – The Reptile was featured on a double bill stateside with Rasputin: The Mad Monk. Are you a fan of The Reptile and if so, do the Grue Crew agree with you?

At the time of this writing, The Reptile is available on physical media as a Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Doc, is Konga (1961)! You knew when they covered Gorgo (1961) in episode 157, Konga wouldn’t be far behind. Written by Aben Kandel and Herman Cohen and starring the inimitable Michael Gough, this one should be fun!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.