I was 11 years old when I saw my first horror movie starring Peter Cushing. It happened in January 1976, on a midnight session at a movie theatre that no longer exists, the Cinema Lumiar in Lisbon.
At the time, I only knew Cushing for his work as Sherlock Holmes on a television series, but I knew he was a regular at horror movies and he was the main reason I had to convince my parents to take me to see this movie. The director was Terence Fisher, a horror veteran, but I didn’t know that yet.
This is what I remember from the plot. On an island, something is killing people by sucking the bones out of their bodies. Soon we found out that strange creatures, called silicates, where the responsible for the deaths and they had to find a way to destroy them before they kill everybody. If my memory is correct, the climax happens inside some sort of building where the silicates try to get inside by using their tentacles. Years later, John Carpenter would do something similar in the church scene at the end of his THE FOG. By reading the plot at IMDb, I discovered that the creatures were the accidental result of a possible cure for cancer experiment, but I confess I don’t remember anything about that.
There are two things they stayed in my mind forever. The aspect of the bodies devoid of bones and the way the silicates multiply; it was like a strange turtle splitting in half and a large amount of spaghetti. Today this makes me smile, but at the time the movie was quite effective. I had a great time seeing it and I recommend it to fans of the genre.
This movie is also known as NIGHT OF THE SILICATES – THE NIGHT THE SILICATES CAME – THE CREEPERS – THE NIGHT THE CREATURES CAME.