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 Posted:   Nov 1, 2022 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

Last night I watched "Dracula A.D. 1972", not expecting much, but had a fun time. Long live "Alligator Man."

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2022 - 4:53 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Love it! We even get a guy in a red velvet jacket and frilly shirt to remind us the updated Hammer Dracs were written by the Pertwee era Doctor Who's Don Houghton. And he even appears to be wearing Tom Baker's hat for good measure...lol

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 7, 2022 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   Soundtrack Fanatic   (Member)

I am a HUGE Hammer Horror fan... They are my favorite horror films,
along with Classic Universal Horror films of the 30's & 40's... and John Carpenter films of the 70's & 80's...

I love ALL the Hammer films... However, if I had to choose, my ABSOLUTE TOP 5 FAVORITE Hammer Horrors are (in no order):

HORROR OF DRACULA
THE BRIDES OF DRACULA
DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS
DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE
SCARS OF DRACULA

Obviously, I am very bias to the Dracula films, as I love that series so much...

So, here are my Top 5 Runners-up (in no order) to include some other classics:

THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED
THE MUMMY
THE GORGON
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT

You can't go wrong with Hammer films, especially with ones featuring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and director Terence Fisher... And of course with ones featuring the great music of James Bernard!

And if the preceding wasn't enough British Horror greatness for you, as a bonus, I also highly recommend the following classic from Hammer's competitive studio, Amicus Films... That film being...

DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS



Watch HORROR OF DRACULA Trailer https://youtu.be/sdFUpPAApJQ
Watch BRIDES OF DRACULA Trailer https://youtu.be/5cHQMEnveP4
Watch DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Trailer https://youtu.be/BKVVJqPCseU
Watch DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE Trailer https://youtu.be/aGOERZPg3EI
Watch SCARS OF DRACULA Trailer https://youtu.be/Y2d2efzmdpg

Watch CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN Trailer https://youtu.be/QxNVNGydx5U
Watch FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED Trailer https://youtu.be/iI4I6DRfR4Y
Watch THE MUMMY Trailer https://youtu.be/nTnkLTRR6v8
Watch THE GORGON Trailer https://youtu.be/UeQTmGt-7wE
Watch QUATERMASS AND THE PIT Trailer https://youtu.be/033K233GIWs

Watch DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS Trailer https://youtu.be/PpfRzcOFnwA

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2022 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Definitely the 1967 version of QUATERMASS AND THE PIT !!



 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2023 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

October once more. I'm going through the Hammer Mummy movies this time before returning to old favorites. Are there any Hammer fans here who dig (pun intended) this mummy series?

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2023 - 9:43 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

Definitely the 1967 version of QUATERMASS AND THE PIT !!


I also still need to do the complete Quatermass series. (I've only seen the first one.)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2023 - 10:52 PM   
 By:   On the Rooftops   (Member)


Terence Fisher’s version with Lee and Cushing is terrific, one of
the best Hammer films.
The other ones are a little dumber.If I remember correctly, the
mummy pitches Michael Ripper out a window in one of them.
They’re entertaining.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2023 - 10:58 PM   
 By:   On the Rooftops   (Member)


Quatermass and the Pit is also essential Hammer viewing.
Check out Disco Stu’s commentary a while back concerning
Barbara Shelley in this film which I wholeheartedly endorse.

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2023 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

Quatermass and the Pit is also essential Hammer viewing.
Check out Disco Stu’s commentary a while back concerning
Barbara Shelley in this film which I wholeheartedly endorse.


I did see Blood from a Mummy's Tomb a couple of years back and was impressed only with Valerie Leon's leonine beauty. But I'll be giving the two 1960s Hammer mummy movies a try over the next few days.

And I most certainly want to complete the Quatermass trilogy this month as well!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2023 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

I think the two mummy films have some of the best music, in all of hammer films.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2023 - 1:53 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I think the two mummy films have some of the best music, in all of hammer films.

That's you, me, n' Christopher Lee.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2023 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Maybe the composers were inspired by the mummy not saying muchsmile
Also I usually forget Lee does an intro and thus shit myself when he opens his gob.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2023 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

"Dracula" aka "The Horror of Dracula" is my ultimate favorite. It was my 1st Hammer film that I saw as a kid. And then in no particular order:

Brides of Dracula
The Gorgon
The Curse of Frankenstein
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
Quatermass and the Pit
Frankenstein Created Woman
The Mummy
Kiss of the Vampire
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter
Fanatic - aka Die! Die! My Darling

Heck, I like almost all of the Hammer output, including their dramas, costume dramas and suspense films.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2023 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Even the ones that are a bit limp look good.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2023 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

May I include "Carry on Screaming" which is in many ways a spoof of Hammer although definitely not made by Hammer? Oh well consider it added...

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2023 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

May I include "Carry on Screaming" which is in many ways a spoof of Hammer although definitely not made by Hammer? Oh well consider it added...

Carry on Screaming is excellent! Hammer themselves made some comedies like Up the Creek and Watch It, Sailor! Have you seen any of those?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2023 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

May I include "Carry on Screaming" which is in many ways a spoof of Hammer although definitely not made by Hammer? Oh well consider it added...

Carry on Screaming is excellent! Hammer themselves made some comedies like Up the Creek and Watch It, Sailor! Have you seen any of those?


Let's be honest, Carry On and Hammer have much in common. The better films are the earliest, with gems in the middle, and a downturn in quality relying on smut towards the end.

Love them both of course! Frying tonight!!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2023 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Do you mind if I smoke?

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

Definitely the 1967 version of QUATERMASS AND THE PIT !!


I also still need to do the complete Quatermass series. (I've only seen the first one.)


I finally watched Q 2 and Q and the Pit during the last few days. Pit has some true red-hot sequences that approach Altered States-level of intensity; I also like the late afternoon mood of some of the early scenes - the subway dig, the curious public and journalists in the area.

I can see now why John Carpenter used a "Quatermass" pseudonym for the screenplay to his 1987 Prince of Darkness - that film also is about uncovering an alien "crypt" which contains secrets that shake the world.

I'll probably be rewatching The Evil of Frankenstein tonight and seeing To the Devil a Daughter for the first time also tonight or tomorrow.

Share your Hammer viewings if you're doing any this month!

 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2023 - 2:41 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

LIFEFORCE was also more or less influenced by QUATERMASS AND THE PIT.

However, I am really surprised about the similarities of many shots and sequences both in Q&tP and Star Trek's RETURN OF THE ARCHONS !! I think they most have been written and made ca. at the same time ?

 
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