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Author Topic: The Hammer Thread  (Read 24852 times)

Offline I_Drink_Your_Blood

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The Hammer Thread
« on: January 31, 2013, 12:16:08 PM »




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)




The Mummy (1959)




Brides of Dracula (1960)




The Plague of the Zombies (1966)




Quatermass and the Pit (1967)




The Devil Rides Out (1968)




Twins of Evil (1972)




Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)



Discuss all things Hammer here!

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #2 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!
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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #3 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!

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 11:16:35 AM »
I'd highly recommend that anyone wishing to dig deeper into Hammer get this boxset. It's by no means definitive, but has some well known (and not so well known) greats inside!

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2013, 09:59:30 AM »
@Blood, I have that box set, its pretty kick ass :yes:

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2013, 04:23:18 PM »
I'd highly recommend that anyone wishing to dig deeper into Hammer get this boxset. 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.

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2013, 05:24:56 PM »
Ya know, I'm quite a fan of this



Which never seems to get a mention.

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2013, 05:36:52 PM »
I love Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter. It's so cheesy but yet good.
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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2013, 02:55:53 AM »
Anyone seen the Karnstein trilogy?





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.

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #11 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:

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #12 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.

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #13 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)

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Re: The Hammer Thread
« Reply #14 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' 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: