Night Creatures

1962

Action / Adventure / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Romance

37
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 2190

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Cast

Oliver Reed as Harry Cobtree
Peter Cushing as Rev. Dr. Blyss
Jack MacGowran as Frightened Man
Kate O'Mara as Girl at Inn
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1hr 22 min
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1hr 22 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Nigel P 6 / 10

Marsh phantoms!

Possibly one element of Hammer's early horror films (Curse of Frankenstien, Dracula) that really got them noticed was the infusion of bright red blood and gruesome gore into otherwise sedate pictures.

Captain Clegg doesn't contain those extra elements – it is a tale of 19th century smugglers who disguise themselves as skeletal 'marsh phantoms' to obfuscate their wrong-doings. Despite references to having ears and tongues cut out, the horror element is very much in the background, and instead this is more of a period caper full of derring-do and spirited British performances. Sadly, this makes it substantially less interesting than Hammer's better known output.

Yvonne Romain, who starred in the similarly anemic 'Curse of the Werewolf (1960)' plays the subject of pirates' desire and the daughter of Captain Clegg (Peter Cushing), and her co-star from that earlier film (although they never shared scenes), Oliver Reed is mostly wasted in the under-written role as innocent Harry, her would-be suitor.

This is a well-played, intriguing, mannered film with plenty of good performances. It's a rollicking yarn - as a horror tale however, it doesn't deliver the goods unless you are frightened by men riding around dressed as skeletons, on similarly disguised horses.

Reviewed by Rainey Dawn 7 / 10

Neat Melodrama

Night Creatures AKA Captain Clegg

I found this to be a pretty neat melodrama... a good period piece. Lots great Gothic imagery.

Peter Cushing he's great as always this time as Rev. Dr. Blyss, same can be said for Oliver Reed who plays Harry Cobtree. The rest of the cast is good as well.

It's an interesting story - there is a mystery as well as to who or what the Marsh Phantoms are so it's not just a straight horror film.

The film is worth watching if you like any of the other Hammer Horror films.

7.5/10

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 6 / 10

A fun but flawed adventure from Hammer.

Captain Clegg marks one of Hammer Studios few departures from horror in the '60s, telling the tale of a group of 18th century smugglers who operate from a small village on the outskirts of Romney Marshes, using the local legend of the marsh phantoms as a way of keeping the curious at bay (ala Scooby Doo).

With the always reliable Peter Cushing in the lead, plus able support from Hammer regular Michael Ripper, a young Oliver Reed, and buxom beauty Yvonne Romain, and a plot that includes some spooky elements, the film will undoubtedly be of interest to avid Hammer horror fans, but it does suffer somewhat from a script that features no easily identifiable good guys or villains: Captain Clegg and his gang are clearly ruthless, bloodthirsty criminals, as evidenced from the opening scene in which they punish a man by slitting his ears, cutting out his tongue, and leaving him to die on a desert island (and, as pirates, I'm sure that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their nefarious behaviour); meanwhile, the king's men—who are technically the good guys upholding the law—are obviously intended to be seen by the viewer as the film's baddies.

In the end, it's all a bit of a mess—albeit a rather fun mess with skeletal horses and riders, Oliver Reed as a scarecrow, and Peter Cushing sporting very silly hair.

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