Night Creatures (1962) aka Captain Clegg (as released in the UK)
Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Producer: John Temple-Smith
Screenwriter: Anthony Hinds
Date Released: June 13, 1962
Peter Cushing as Parson Blyss (also Captain Clegg)
Yvonne Romain as Imogene
Patrick Allen as Captain Collier
Oliver Reed as Harry
Michael Ripper as Mipps
David Lodge as Bosun
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Night Creatures (1962) follows the daily lives of the people of a small village, Dymchurch on the Romney Marsh in England. There is said to be Marsh Phantoms at night which haunt the surrounding areas. The village is headed by Parson Blyss. One day, they are visited by the Royal Navy who is investigating potential smuggling of spirits within the village. With them, the Navy has a sailor who’s tongue was torn out and left for dead at an island under the command of Captain Nathaniel Clegg. Although Captain Clegg was said to be captured and hung by the Royal Navy, he may be closer than one thinks.
There is gore or blood in this film. However, there are some scenes that depict mild violence such as knife stabbing or gun shots.
The Grave Review
Night Creatures is classified as a horror film primarily because Hammer Productions, in part, produced the film with Major Productions. For those who are unaware, Hammer Productions produces majority horror films. Although the film does contain some horror elements and creates an eerie vibe using mist, cemeteries and other scary environments, Night Creatures is not entirely a horror film. The film arguably can also be classified as a thriller/mystery/drama in some ways because the story is more about the village people avoiding conflict with the Royal Navy rather than the presence of the Marsh Phantoms. That said, Night Creatures is well-done, and the storyline is well-executed incorporating witty dialogue and twists within the plot. Overall, Night Creatures (1962) is a fun watch.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Night Creatures (1962) three and one-half graves out of five graves.
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