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Title: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on January 31, 2013, 12:16:08 PM
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A British film institution since 1934, Hammer Studios has been responsible for hundreds of classic films, arguably the most memorable being produced under the infamous 'Hammer Horror' moniker from 1955 onwards, starting with their TV adaptation The Quatermass Xperiment.

I'm a huge fan of the studio and the films they've produced. Even though they've seen a minor resurrection in recent years, what with their recent incarnation being the production company behind Wakewood, Let Me In, and The Woman in Black.

Whilst I'm pleased that Hammer has made a minor comeback of sorts, my fondest memories of the studio are during their horror 'golden age' throughout the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

Some of my personal favourites:

Dracula (AKA Horror of Dracula) (1958)

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The Mummy (1959)

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Brides of Dracula (1960)

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The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

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Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

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The Devil Rides Out (1968)

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Twins of Evil (1972)

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Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

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Discuss all things Hammer here!
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Splat on January 31, 2013, 03:54:49 PM
Always wanted to see QUATERMASS AND THE PIT. Believe it got a DVD release finally last year. Used toread about it quite a bit and it sounded and looked pretty amazing.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: General Ox on January 31, 2013, 11:40:42 PM
Loved all the Hammer films I've seen, but I haven't seen many. Fuck all really. Not even their most known ones. I really need to check more of them out!
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Splat on February 01, 2013, 07:52:28 AM
Back in the day of videos I saw quite a few but be damned if I remember the titles now!
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on February 01, 2013, 11:16:35 AM
I'd highly recommend that anyone wishing to dig deeper into Hammer get this boxset (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Ultimate-Hammer-Collection-Disc/dp/B000HN31KQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359738875&sr=8-1). It's by no means definitive, but has some well known (and not so well known) greats inside!
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: klownz on February 04, 2013, 09:59:30 AM
@Blood, I have that box set, its pretty kick ass :yes:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Splat on February 26, 2013, 09:29:15 PM
Well a blu-ray boxset is coing out with PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES and QUATERMASS AND THE PIT along with I think four other classic Hammer films.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Midnight-Kroovy on February 27, 2013, 04:23:18 PM
I'd highly recommend that anyone wishing to dig deeper into Hammer get this boxset (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Ultimate-Hammer-Collection-Disc/dp/B000HN31KQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359738875&sr=8-1). It's by no means definitive, but has some well known (and not so well known) greats inside!

Yeah I've had that boxset a while but been slow watching them. It's annoying because most of the Dracula and Mummy films (my favorite) are missing. Still has a good bunch of films though and I'll try and get round to watching more.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Sek'Tal Alcyone on February 27, 2013, 05:24:56 PM
Ya know, I'm quite a fan of this

The Reptile (1966) Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVszBcy-gxQ#)

Which never seems to get a mention.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: RIP on February 27, 2013, 05:36:52 PM
I love Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter. It's so cheesy but yet good.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 10, 2013, 02:55:53 AM
Anyone seen the Karnstein trilogy?

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(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c5/Lustforvampire.jpg)
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/92/Twins_of_Evil_poster.jpg)

I haven't seen Lust for a Vampire yet, but the other two are a perfect blend for me.. a bit of eroticism/gorgeous voluptuous women and old-fashioned vampire slaying/neck biting.  Peter Cushing being a vampire hunting badass.  Hammer delivers the goods.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on August 10, 2013, 03:31:50 AM
Yes, I have. These films came at the latter end of Hammer's horror film cycle as they upped the eroticism to compete with some of the films that were coming out of Europe at the time. Despite more of the erotic, they still manage to capture the gothic elements, which made Hammer films great.

Lust is easily the weakest of the trilogy (but still worth a watch), and Twins of Evil is my personal favourite.  :yes:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 10, 2013, 05:03:52 AM
I watched Twins on friday, and it was f'king awesome.  I even drafted it over at Horror Mansion.  I have Vampire Lovers on dvd.

I still want to check out Lust.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 12, 2013, 07:21:19 AM
Lust was great, a little cheesy but just as fun as the other two.  The guy doing an obvious Christopher Lee impression was hilarious.

The ladies were smoking hot as usual.. check out a still of the movie in my current avatar, that I don't remember being in the actual movie so it must be a cut scene or something.  I thought it could've used a bit more eroticism and gore but no doubt that was the censor's fault.

Fantastic trilogy, next to the Dracula series my favourite.   8)
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on August 12, 2013, 07:55:47 AM
I'm glad you enjoyed it.

It is certainly a bit cheesier than the other two in the trilogy, but still highly enjoyable.

As for your avatar picture, I can't recall that particular scene either... maybe it was a promotional shot that never made it into the film (?) I'll have to check my 'Hammer Glamour (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hammer-Glamour-Marcus-Hearn/dp/1848562292/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376312249&sr=8-1&keywords=hammer+glamour)' book by Marcus Hearn when I'm next back in the UK to see if it is featured in there. As you (quite rightly) seem to be a fan of the ladies of Hammer, I'd highly recommend it.  :yes:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 12, 2013, 10:08:29 AM
I've heard of that book..  They certainly had one of most gorgeous collection of ladies I have ever seen.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on August 12, 2013, 10:18:35 AM
I've heard of that book..  They certainly had one of most gorgeous collection of ladies I have ever seen.

It's a decent read - lots of interesting stuff in there.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 13, 2013, 10:09:09 PM
Gorgeous and classy, but not trashy.  Not like modern MTV models they use for every horror film these days.  Ones that can't act and emote like a piece of wood.

Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde tonight.... maybe Kiss of the Vampire as well.  8)
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 14, 2013, 10:26:59 PM
Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde - this combines the Jekyll/Hyde tale with Jack with the Ripper, except Hyde/the evil version is a seductive woman. Pretty fun and entertaining Hammer horror flick. 8/10

Kiss of the Vampire - after an awesome opening, this is mainly a slow-burner, but it builds atmosphere and the score by James Bernard is like his Horror of Dracula score.. Not much vampire action, though, and no nudity so extremely tame but still a very well done vampire film. 7/10

Next up:  Frankenstein Created Woman and Vampire Circus  :yes:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on August 14, 2013, 10:54:57 PM
Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde - this combines the Jekyll/Hyde tale with Jack with the Ripper, except Hyde/the evil version is a seductive woman. Pretty fun and entertaining Hammer horror flick. 8/10

I'm glad you enjoyed this one, as it's a bit of a favourite of mine in some respects. It has a kind of 'Hammer meets exploitation' vibe to it that I find fascinating.

Kiss of the Vampire - after an awesome opening, this is mainly a slow-burner, but it builds atmosphere and the score by James Bernard is like his Horror of Dracula score.. Not much vampire action, though, and no nudity so extremely tame but still a very well done vampire film. 7/10


One of the few Hammer films that I've yet to see. I need to remedy this in the near future.

Next up:  Frankenstein Created Woman and Vampire Circus  :yes:

Frankenstein Created Woman is regarded as one of the best films amongst Hammer's varied Frankenstein cycle. There is a thread (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=170.0) about it on here too.

Vampire Circus, whilst not generally considered a Hammer great, is one I really enjoy and which always manages to entertain me.

Hopefully you will enjoy them both.  :yes:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 15, 2013, 12:37:23 AM
Vampire Circus has 80% on rotten tomatoes.  It's supposed to be one of the greats but we'll see.  Basically, I just want to have fun... like with Lust for a Vampire (which is considered the weakest entry in the Karnstein trilogy), which I had a lot of fun with despite the low rating.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Darkgod on August 16, 2013, 08:39:34 AM
Vampire circus is pretty good... a little campy at times, but still solid
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 16, 2013, 11:03:46 PM
Vampire Circus was a little too campy for me, and the plot and characters were barebones, just a vampire revenge tale pretty much.  Was interesting to see Lalla Ward play a vampire.. and Dave Prowse aka Darth Vader as a circus strongman.  The circus stuff was a little left field.. a midget clown wtf?  A half-panther, half-vampire?..  Still watchable, though.  6/10

Frankenstein Created Woman was better, much more interesting story.. Frankenstein is a little more sympathetic here, while in the original he was more cold and ruthless.  The cast did a great job.  I would say I like this better than the original.. 8/10
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 18, 2013, 02:05:57 AM
Next up is Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell and Plague of the Zombies.. [e]150[/e]
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on August 18, 2013, 06:53:03 PM
Vampire Circus was a little too campy for me, and the plot and characters were barebones, just a vampire revenge tale pretty much.  Was interesting to see Lalla Ward play a vampire.. and Dave Prowse aka Darth Vader as a circus strongman.  The circus stuff was a little left field.. a midget clown wtf?  A half-panther, half-vampire?..  Still watchable, though.  6/10

Frankenstein Created Woman was better, much more interesting story.. Frankenstein is a little more sympathetic here, while in the original he was more cold and ruthless.  The cast did a great job.  I would say I like this better than the original.. 8/10

Vampire Circus is certainly campy, but it's one I really enjoy. Not so much for the fact that it is a great film (which it clearly isn't), but because it is so unconventional yet entertaining.

The cast are great in Frankenstein Created Woman, and I too prefer it to the original (Curse) - this is mainly due to me thinking that Lee's talents stretched further than playing the monster, though. ;) Revenge is possibly my favourite Hammer Frankenstein film.

Next up is Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell and Plague of the Zombies.. [e]150[/e]

Both Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell and The Plague of Zombies (Zombies in particular) are personal favourites, so I hope that you enjoy them.  :yes:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 20, 2013, 07:48:38 AM
Plague of the Zombies - an interesting early zombie film, I only wish that there was a bit more zombie action.  This sequence, in particular, absolutely badass:

Plague of the Zombies clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io-ia6IQGGA#)

^I wish there was more of that in the film.  Nevertheless, it was a good 'voodoo zombie' film and I have to respect it's classic status.  (I love voodoo zombies, particularly that in White Zombie, Lucio Fulci's Zombie and Serpent and the Rainbow).

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell - another good entry in Hammer's Frankenstein series.  Loved Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton (in a nice cameo), Madeleine Smith (who was in Vampire Lovers) and David Prowse as the Monster.  A bit more gore this time around which is nice to see.  And going by the ending it sounds like there could have been a sequel.. oh well.

I think I'll take a break from Hammer for a little bit, because I have other movies to catch up on.  :nerdystraight:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Necromancer on August 20, 2013, 10:18:48 PM
I liked the Hammer films, but loved the Amicus films more..... especially the anthologies
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 23, 2013, 05:12:57 AM
Hands of the Ripper (1971)

Holy shit, this is the best Jack the Ripper movie I have ever seen.  Just a very intense plot that draws you in.  No campiness, just straight up drama/thriller, with the murder scenes pulling no punches.  Great ending as well.  8/10
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 26, 2013, 12:43:16 AM
Saw 3 Hammer films yesterday:  The Reptile, Countess Dracula and Brides of Dracula.

Brides of Dracula is definitely my favourite of the lot.  Classic.

Countess Dracula seems more like a historical drama than a horror.  Still good, though.  Great performance by Ingrid Pitt but I think her voice was dubbed.

The Reptile is another classic Hammer.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on September 03, 2013, 11:21:18 PM
The Mummy :dream:

Extremely awesome!

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Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Splat on September 03, 2013, 11:30:02 PM
They got this at the local markets, if there was a tonne of UG stuff I want to purchase I would grab it.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on September 04, 2013, 02:30:08 AM
You're certainly watching a lot of Hammer, Count... you can never have too much Hammer, though.  ;)

Hands of the Ripper is great, plus is surprisingly brutal in respect to the murders. It's one I plan to revisit in the near future, having not seen it in such a long time. I'm glad you enjoyed The Mummy too; one of my favourites.

Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Splat on September 04, 2013, 09:45:21 AM
I saw a TONNE of Hammer back in my young days when they still only had VHS and the video rental was named as such simply because that was what it was. I remember some of these that come up in mentioning here but it has been far too long for me just to start yabbering about it, to my embarrassment  :tongue2:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on September 18, 2013, 11:43:25 AM
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Hot.  8)
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on January 16, 2015, 01:58:29 PM
A few Hammer rewatches have graced my screen over the past few months (I am a self confessed Hammer junky after all and can rarely go too long without a dose) including Countess Dracula, Hands of the Ripper, and Kiss of the Vampire.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: General Ox on January 16, 2015, 10:39:54 PM
I really want to see Twins of Evil. Cushing looks badass in that one.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Splat on January 16, 2015, 11:12:01 PM
Each time I saw The Hammer Thread  I kept thinking "It's Hammer Time!"  :eat: Going to go have a shower and go to work know  :nerdyembarassed:


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Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Dave on January 16, 2015, 11:48:09 PM
I re-watched 'Horror of Dracula' (a better film than the also great Universal '31 version IMHO) recently and I need to watch a load of others again as well and watch stuff I haven't seen yet.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: biosphere on January 30, 2015, 02:14:59 PM
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My very first hammer film I see when I was a wee youngster!!  I will never forget asking my mum to tape it for me cause it was late and I was going to school the next day lol - she always used to let me watch 18 rated films :) - in the good ol' days of LP VCR!!! Still to this day this is my all time favourite Hammer film!!  So much love and respect for Hammer!!

I truly believe that Hammer were pioneers and horror what not be what it is today if Hammer never existed!
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Odin 22 on March 27, 2017, 12:05:45 PM
Doh! Didn't see this thread.
The last hammer film I saw was
Taste The Blood of Dracula.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: IrishG3nt on March 30, 2017, 06:43:53 AM
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Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Odin 22 on March 30, 2017, 12:09:26 PM
Man, there is one hammer film I want to see but I know I'll never see it.

The Damned.
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on April 01, 2017, 10:22:40 PM
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Too bad that didn't get made.  :hahanot:

They made it in 1996 as a low budget b movie by a different studio of course.

Man, there is one hammer film I want to see but I know I'll never see it.

The Damned.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2TrfVCtzW8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2TrfVCtzW8)

 :yay:

Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: Odin 22 on April 02, 2017, 12:09:25 AM
 :yay:
Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on July 01, 2019, 07:35:51 AM
My favourite Hammer film is Dracula Prince of Darkness, that is just awesome on so many levels.

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Title: Re: The Hammer Thread
Post by: CountOrlok on August 14, 2019, 08:12:26 PM
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

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