Night Creatures is not exactly what I thought it would be on the basis on the movie's opening scenes. If you're looking for horror you'll be disappointed. However, if you're looking for an excellent drama/thriller this one will meet and probably exceed your expectations.
I really liked Night Creatures. It has a lot going for it. Let's start with the screenplay which was smart and well written. The story is a period piece set in an 18th Century coastal English town that is suspected of smuggling and bootlegging. Navy Captain Collier arrives on the scene to inspect the town and uncover the truth of the situation. The story is interesting and takes a few unexpected turns along the way. It's definitely one I felt like I had not seen before which is pretty hard to do. I've seen a LOT of films!
The cast is stellar. Peter Cushing [Horror of Dracula, Star Wars IV] stars as Rev. Dr. Blyss, who leads the flock in this little town. He is marvelous at every turn and has a commanding presence of screen. Patrick Allen is also excellent as Blyss' nemesis, Captain Collier. The two play off each other very well. Finally, Oliver Reed [Oliver, Gladiator] plays Harry Cobtree who has been totally smitten by the "serving wench" at the local bar, Imogene, played by Yvonne Romain [The Curse of the Werewolf, Devil Doll]. They are great together and provide the emotional heart of the film.
All aspects of the Night Creatures' production are first rate as well. Director Peter Graham Scott gives us a film that is both beautiful to look at and has the right amount of action to keep the viewer interested. The score and cinematography are a delight as well. This is the kind of movie that made Hammer Studios the horror juggernaut it was. There is nothing negative I can say about it. Just sit back and enjoy this little gem of a movie.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.