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hammer horror flicks

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Joel D, May 3, 2002.

  1. Joel D

    Joel D Extra

    Mar 31, 2002
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    ive went through some threads on here and couldnt really find too much info. see i have been a huge fan of horror movies since i was a kid. but i havent seen any hammer films so i wanted to call out for suggestions, as it seems the people into horror on this board show impecible taste. as well as hammer feel free to suggest any must see movies that are more obscure or dont really get enough credit. thanks
  2. Peter Apruzzese

    Peter Apruzzese Producer

    Dec 20, 1999
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    Hammer titles I'd recommend

    On DVD:

    The Mummy

    The Devil Rides Out

    Frankenstein Created Woman

    Kiss of the Vampire

    Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas

    Quatermass II

    Quatermass and the Pit

    X The Unknown

    Dracula: Prince of Darkness

    Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde


    Horror of Dracula

    Curse of Frankenstein

    Brides of Dracula

    Curse of the Werewolf

    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

    There are a lot of others I enjoy, but these should give you a good sampling of the different types that hammer produced.
  3. Rex Bachmann

    Rex Bachmann Screenwriter

    Nov 10, 2001
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    Joel D wrote:


    as well as hammer feel free to suggest any must see movies that are more obscure or dont really get enough credit

    For the most part I leave it to others to recommend Hammer Films to you, since I'm only a moderate fan of some of them, but there are some others:
    1. Curse of the Werewolf (Hammer/Universal,1961) (uncut!) (the most serious werewolf picture I've ever seen; probably the scariest "werewolf" ever on screen)
    2. Countess Dracula (Hammer/Fox, 1970)
    3. The Monster Club (1980) (the "Shadmok" episode)
    4. The Haunting (MGM, 1962) (the "BMW" of all ghost movies)
    5. Baron Blood (1972) (spooky, yet fun Mario Bava film)
    6. The Sender (Paramount, 1982)
    7. City of the Dead (a.ka. Horror Hotel) (1960)
    8. Black Sunday (1960) (Mario Bava's masterpiece debut film)
    9. The Fly (1986) (gross, but poetic sci-fi horror)
    10. The Keep (Paramount, 1983) (sci-fi/horror; presumably a director's cut is coming to DVD in 2003; all versions I've seen of this appear to have been butchered)
    11. Planet of the Vampires (1965) (Mario Bava again; supposedly one of the inspirations for Alien)
    12. Near Dark (1987) (DVD from Anchor Bay due fall of 2002)
    13. Event Horizon (Paramount, 1997) (semi-successful horror-sf mix; special edition or director's cut rumored for fall 2002)
    14. The Howling (MGM/Orion(?), 1980) (great transformations, great fun)
    15. The Norliss Tapes (1973; Dan Curtis Prods./NBC) (good tv horror movie)
    16. Les Yeux sans Visage (a.k.a. The Eyes without a Face) (1959) (famous, famous gut-wrenching Georges Franju (French-language) film)
    17. The Beast Within (MGM, 1982) (last of a string of "werewolf" films of the early '80s with then new make-up effects)
    18. Black Sabbath (1963; 3-episode Mario Bava film)
    19. The Vampire (a.k.a. Mark of the Vampire) (UA/Gramercy, 1957)
    20. The Undying Monster (a.k.a. The Hammond Mystery) (Fox, 1942)
    21. The Creeping Flesh (Tigon/Columbia, 1973) (Hammer-like film, with great central horror premise, but with a not so good side story)[/list=1]

      That should be a good start!
  4. PhilipG

    PhilipG Cinematographer

    Jan 13, 2000
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    Unfortunately, a lot of the better Hammers were released early by Anchor Bay with non-anamorphic transfers. I for one am waiting for reissues (esp. for Dracula: Prince of Darkness). I can wait only so long as I'm not spending money on other DVDs (so far it's not been a problem [​IMG] ) Of the anamorphic Hammers, I recommend:
    The Devil Rides Out
    The Mummy
    The Lost Continent
    Dr Jeckyll and Sister Hyde
    Frankenstein Created Woman

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