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Comments: 0Tuesday, October 27, 2015 07:10:55 PM
There is an argument to be made about heavy metal audiences being the best ones out there: They are committed to the band, open to new material and very involved at concerts. The documentary Wacken 3D: Louder than Hell is a snapshot of the communion between hard rock groups and their public. It may not be all that insightful, but makes up for it with top tier bands and plenty of music.Wacken is a
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 27, 2015 02:53:09 PM
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is the last of the Hammer Frankenstein films. Dr. Simon Helder (Shane Briant) is caught performing experiments on the dead and sentenced to an insane asylum. Helder is excited because his hero Dr. Frankenstein is being held there. When Helder arrives he's told the Frankenstein died some time ago. Then he meets Dr. Victor aka Dr. Frankenstein who faked his
Comments: 0Monday, October 26, 2015 02:42:28 PM
Hammer's Frankenstein movies are some of their best work. The series as a whole is brilliant especially because they focus on the exploits of Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and not the monster. Cushing starred in six of the seven Frankenstein movies that Hammer produced. The second last, the 1970 Horror of Frankenstein was actually a more comedic remake of the first film with Ralph Bates as
Comments: 0Sunday, October 25, 2015 04:58:55 PM
We are heading into the home stretch and for the last week of October I'll be focusing on Hammer's brilliant Frankenstein movies. But before that one last excellent Hammer movie that always seems to get lost in Hammer's massive output of monsters and vampire movies, 1968's The Devil Rides Out.Dennis Wheatley was a very prolific writer in England from the 1930's to 1960's an
Comments: 0Saturday, October 24, 2015 03:03:23 PM
Ok this is a bit of guilty pleasure for me. This 1974 movie was Hammer's last of its Dracula movies and it tried to mix the standard Hammer horror with the Shaw Brothers kung fu.Having watched all of Hammer's Dracula movies, there was steady decline as the series progressed. That's not to say that there wasn't enjoyable films in the series and enjoyable ideas but the movies in gene
Comments: 0Friday, October 23, 2015 02:56:59 PM
Changing things up from their standard Dracula or Karnstein vampire movie, Hammer introduced Kronos to the world in 1974. The movie was actually made in 1972 but it took a couple of years to find a distributor for the film.In the 1800's in a small village young girls have killed by someone in cloak and all the victims have the same condition. They've all been robbed of their youth and turn
Comments: 0Thursday, October 22, 2015 02:54:17 PM
Hammer's 1971 Countess Dracula isn't a vampire movie. It's actually a retelling of the Elizabeth Báthory legend. While she wasn't a vampire she still needed blood. Lots and lots and lots of blood.Ingrid Pitt stars as Countess Elizabeth Nádasdy. A vain elderly woman whose husband, the count, has just passed away. During the reading of the will Elizabeth discovers that
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 21, 2015 03:06:55 PM
At the start of the 1970's Hammer decided to up their game with more sex and violence than they previously had featured in their films. The reason was that the industry had changed and while the studio was the forerunner of horror and gore in the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's they were now seen as old fashioned costumed dramas. Films like Rosemary's Baby had started changin
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 20, 2015 03:12:10 PM
With Dracula a huge hit for Hammer they naturally wanted to make a sequel but Christopher Lee was reluctant to return to the role. So instead of resurrecting the Count, Hammer decided to follow the adventures of Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) for the next movie.While traveling to a school to become a new teacher there, young Marianne (Yvonne Monlaur) is forced to stop for the night at an inn. The
Comments: 0Monday, October 19, 2015 03:03:27 PM
When Hammer found itself with a massive hit on their hands with The Curse of Frankenstein, they quickly decided to try and recreate that success by tackling another legendary horror classic, Dracula. Created by the same team that worked on The Curse of Frankenstein, writer Jimmy Sangster, director Terence Fisher and stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, the success of this film would help make
Comments: 0Sunday, October 18, 2015 05:13:20 PM
Hammer's love of vampires is the theme for this week and starting things off is the 1963 movie Kiss of the Vampire.This movie was intended to be another Dracula sequel without Dracula (or Christopher Lee) as in Brides of Dracula but eventually the film just evolved into a strange and dark tale of decadent vampires preying on the weak. The story starts with a funeral. A distraught Professo
Comments: 0Saturday, October 17, 2015 03:10:17 PM
After Hammer's successes with Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy they decided to tackle another legendary horror icon in 1960, Dr. Jekyll.Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde had already been made into several movies, a couple of them are brilliant horror masterpieces so Hammer had their work cut out for them. They had already tackled the subject matter a c
Comments: 0Friday, October 16, 2015 03:31:39 PM
Fanatic or as it's known in the U.S. Die! Die! My Darling! is a 1965 thriller from screenwriter Richard Matheson based on the novel Nightmareby Anne Blaisdell.This wasn't Matheson's first work for Hammer. Back in 1957 he adapted his novel I Am Legend into a screenplay for Hammer that at the time was supposed to be directed by Fritz Lang. The British censors rejected the script and Hamm
Comments: 0Thursday, October 15, 2015 03:26:26 PM
The Ashby family has a few problems. Mr. and Mrs. Ashby were killed in a plane crash when their three children were young. The oldest son Anthony committed suicide when he was 15 by jumping off of a cliff.A few years pass and sister Eleanor (Janette Scott) seems to be going insane, she believes she keeps seeing Anthony and it looks like the estate will be going to son Simon (Oliver Reed). And then
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 14, 2015 01:26:31 PM
No not that crappy TV show from 1990's although I'm sure it managed to cause a few nightmares itself but today's 31 Days of Hammer is the 1965 thriller starring Bette Davis.10-year-old Joey Fane (William Dix) has been away in a "special" school. It seems that he drowned his baby sister two years ago and has spent in an institute hopefully getting better. Joey's parents Bi
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 13, 2015 03:11:23 PM
A young woman named Janet (Jennie Linden) is plagued by nightmares. Terrifying nightmares about her mother in a padded room.The teacher at Janet's school, Mary (Brenda Bruce), is worried and decides to send Janet home to her legal guardian Henry (David Knight). Henry hires a nurse named Grace (Moira Redmond) to look after the poor girl but the nightmares get worse once she gets home.It seems t
Comments: 0Monday, October 12, 2015 05:30:33 PM
Young Annette Beynat (Liliane Brousse) is raped by a neighbour. Annette's father knocks out the man responsible, drags him to a shed and then kills the man with a welding torch. That's how Hammer's 1963 thriller Maniac starts.The father is ruled insane by courts and institutionalized. Four years later Jeff Farrell (Kerwin Mathews) arrives in town and attracts both Annette and Annette&#
Comments: 0Sunday, October 11, 2015 05:27:15 PM
Hammer didn't just make horror movies, they made several other genres but most took a backseat once Hammer found success with the horror genre. They also found success with suspense thrillers which will be the focus on 31 Days of Hammer this week.Writer Jimmy Sangster started off as a production manager for Hammer back in the 1950s. He got into writing when Hammer asked him to write X The Unkn
Comments: 0Saturday, October 10, 2015 06:32:31 PM
A plague seems to be affecting a small English village at the turn of the century (Hammer loved recycling sets, actors, directors and plot ideas). Charles Spalding (David Baron) finds a note telling to go to Dr. Franklyn's (Noel Willman) house. Charles arrives but finds no one home. He enters the house only to be attacked and bitten by something in the shadows. He dies with his face all blacke
Comments: 0Friday, October 9, 2015 02:59:38 PM
I love a good werewolf movie but they do seem to be few and far between. There's more bad than good. Hammer Films only attempted one werewolf movie but fortunately it was one of the few good ones.A beggar stumbles upon a Marques' wedding and ends up insulting the evil nobleman who throws the beggar into the dungeon. 15 years pass by and the beggar has been largely forgotten in the cells. H
Comments: 0Thursday, October 8, 2015 03:11:45 PM
In a smaller German village in the early 1900's, a young man is arrested for murder of his girlfriend after the two of them stumble upon something in the woods. The man commits suicide and the court quickly rules that he murdered the girl and then killed himself. The boy's father Professor Jules Heitz (Michael Goodliffe) doesn't believe the ruling and decides to discover the killer for
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 7, 2015 02:52:12 PM
By the mid-1960's Hammer was in full swing pumping out a several horror movies a year. On top of their many many Frankenstein and Dracula movies, they also tackled mummies, more vampires, werewolves, aliens, mythological monsters and more. Zombies were a natural next step.Zombies first hit the screen back in 1932's awesome White Zombie. In that film an evil  voodoo master has a horde
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 6, 2015 03:02:35 PM
As Hammer starting having a massive success with horror films like The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula they struck up and agreement with Universal Studios to remake several of their monster movies. The first up on the list was 1959's The Mummy.Instead of remaking Universal's classic 1932 movie starring Boris Karloff, this version was closer to remaking Universal's The Mummy
Comments: 0Monday, October 5, 2015 02:57:15 PM
1957 was a big year for Hammer. They had Quatermass 2 and this horror film from Quatermass writer Nigel Kneale based on Kneale TV play The Creature. But both features were overshadowed by the release of The Curse of Frankenstein. Still Kneale's The Abominable Snowman or The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas as it was known in the U.S. (I guess Americans needed to be told where yetis come fro
Comments: 0Sunday, October 4, 2015 06:02:15 PM
When Hammer found international success with The Quatermass Xperiment they knew they quickly wanted to repeat their success and created a new sci-fi horror story but found that Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale refused to allow them the rights to Quatermass. Kneale didn't want his characters used in a story not written by him, so after quick renaming of the main character, Hammer was ready to ma
Comments: 0Saturday, October 3, 2015 04:06:42 PM
Even though the first two Quatermass movies were big hits for Hammer, they wouldn't adapt Nigel Kneale's third Quatermass TV serial until 1967 almost 10 years after the serial was televised.It took a while for the production to get going but this time Nigel Kneale got his wish and Quatermass was recast. Andrew Keir stepped into the good professor's shoes. Construction of the Londo
Comments: 0Friday, October 2, 2015 03:06:38 PM
With the success of the first Quatermass movie Hammer quickly went and secured the rights to Nigel Kneale's next Quatermass story Quatermass II.Kneale wanted more control over his creation so he wrote the first draft of the screenplay but was disappointed when Brian Donlevy returned as Quatermass. The movie was released in 1957 and while successful it was overshadowed by another breakout horro
Comments: 0Thursday, October 1, 2015 03:05:47 PM
Another year and it’s time for another 31 Days of Horror. This year will focus on British Hammer Films massive contribution to the horror genre. Changing things up a bit this year instead of every day being a complete random movie of my choosing like they have in the past each week will be themed starting with the Quatermass trilogy this week followed by a week of monster movies, psychologic
Comments: 0Wednesday, September 30, 2015 09:48:50 PM
This Wednesday, Robert Zemeckis' latest film The Walk arrives to IMAX theatres (it will expands wide next Friday the 9th). The tale of Philippe Petit -who walked between the Twin Towers in a memorable high-wire act- is one that lends itself to the 3-D format. The CGI is seamless and the use of perspective is remarkable. This is a movie that benefits from bein
Comments: 0Saturday, September 19, 2015 02:14:02 AM
I’ve nursed a crush on Julie Delpy since I was 17 and I saw back-to-back Europa, Europa and Voyager. It crystalized upon watching Before Sunrise, the movie that launched thousands of backpackers in pursuit of their own feisty French gal (few were successful).This Friday I met her in person. The circumstances weren’t ideal: I was accompanied by three journos unable t