The Creeping Flesh

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The Creeping Flesh
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Freddie Francis
Produced by Michael P. Redbourn
Written by Peter Spenceley
Jonathan Rumbold
Starring Christopher Lee
Peter Cushing
Lorna Heilbron
Jenny Runacre
George Benson
Kenneth J. Warren
Music by Paul Ferris
Cinematography Norman Warwick
Edited by Oswald Hafenrichter
World Film Services
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates 1973
Running time 94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Creeping Flesh is a 1973 British horror film. The film was directed by Freddie Francis, and stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Lorna Heilbron.


Prof. Emmanuel Hildern (Peter Cushing), a Victorian era scientist, is locked away in an insane asylum run by his brother Dr. James Hildern (Christopher Lee). Prof. Hildern tells (in flashback form) the tale of how he returned from New Guinea with an abnormally large humanoid skeleton which contained malevolent powers. When exposed to water, the skeleton grows skin and turns into a vicious monster. He deduces from the monster's blood that evil is a sickness that one can get like a cold. By combining good and bad blood, Prof. Hildern's theory is he can make someone immune to evil. He promptly injects it into his daughter Penelope (Lorna Heilbron), hoping she will not become mentally ill like his wife who recently died in a sanitarium. Flash-forward to the present time (3 years later), his theory did not work. Both Emmanuel and Penelope were imprisoned in a mental hospital with Emmanuel missing his left hand middle finger which the monster took to replace the one Emmanuel took from him in his testing.



Freddie Francis replaced Don Sharp as director at the last minute.[1]


  1. ^ Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 93

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