"Hammer" classics!by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 13 Feb 2019 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
A new kind of horror film. The "Hammer" horror films were quite ground-breaking when they first appeared in late 50s Britain. The combination of sex and violence went a long way toward giving the horror film genre a new look, after it had been dominated by "Universal" studios during the 30s and 40s. A whole gallery of highly respected actors contributed much in attracting the slightly older cinemagoers. Amongst them were as follows: Peter Cushing (my number 1 favourite), Christopher Lee, Andre Morell, Clifford Evans, Bette Davis, Rupert Davies, Michael Ripper, Patrick Troughton, Hazel Court amongst others. The ones made from 1957 till about 1969 represent the very best in my opinion. In addition, the company produced films from other genres. Amongst them - sci fi, comedies, thrillers, war films and action/adventure films.
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1. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended.
Votes: 8,799 | Gross: $17.44M
The one responsible for the whole craze! This is the best horror film from "Hammer." Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee appear together properly for the first time.
2. Horror of Dracula (1958)
Not Rated | 82 min | Horror
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.
A film that's nearly as good as the above. Peter Cushing is still THE Van Helsing.
3. The Mummy (1959)
Unrated | 88 min | Adventure, Horror
In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.
Slightly slow in places but the film is both imaginative and atmospheric.
4. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.
A highly memorable film, putting "Hammer" on the map.
5. Quatermass 2 (1957)
Approved | 85 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.
6. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.
Far too artificial-looking and this weakens the film considerably. Andrew Keir is outstanding as Professor Quatermass, the best one of the lot.
7. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Baron Frankenstein escapes from the guillotine and goes to Germany. There, he names himself Dr. Stein and plans to restart his experiments by using parts of dead bodies.
I enjoyed this follow-up, well paced and a great performance from Peter Cushing.
8. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
Unrated | 84 min | Horror
Upon returning to his home village to continue his experimental research, the destitute Dr. Frankenstein revives his old creature, but a hypnotist wants the monster to control for himself.
Very disappointing in all departments.
9. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Approved | 93 min | Horror
In 18th Century Spain, an adopted boy becomes a werewolf and terrorizes the inhabitants of his town.
The uncensored version is a slight improvement but the plot is weak until about 20 minutes before the end.
10. Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
PG | 94 min | Horror
An archaeological expedition brings back to London the coffin of an Egyptian queen known for her magical powers. Her spirit returns in the form of a young girl and strange things start to happen.
Quite original and made at a time when the British film industry in general was in sharp decline. A rather troubled production throughout.
11. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Unrated | 90 min | Horror
Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.
Votes: 8,445 | Gross: $0.80M
Pretty good but not enough Christopher Lee in the film. The supporting cast are superb.
12. The Reptile (1966)
Unrated | 90 min | Horror
In a Cornish village, various locals die from mysterious snake bites, but the coroner rules the deaths as heart attacks, until a family of newcomers starts an investigation.
Some good bits but inferior to "Plague of the Zombies."
13. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth and health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person.
An interesting experiment.
14. The Gorgon (1964)
Not Rated | 83 min | Horror
In the early twentieth century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.
Cushing and Lee carry this one between them but Richard Pasco is also good.
15. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
88 min | Horror
Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.
Largely poor, some miscasting and with a leaden pace.
16. The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
Approved | 90 min | Horror
Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his ... See full summary »
17. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery
When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.
On my top 10 "Hammer" horrors. Peter Cushing is brilliant as the Baker Street sleuth.
18. The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Music
Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show's past who has an obsession with one of the production's chorus girl.
A pale imitation of the 1925 masterpiece.
19. The Vampire Lovers (1970)
R | 91 min | Horror
Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.
Some effective scenes.
20. Lust for a Vampire (1971)
R | 91 min | Horror
In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful Mircalla - or as she was in 1710, Carmilla.
Simply pitiful! A good thing Peter Cushing didn't bother with this one.
21. Countess Dracula (1971)
PG | 93 min | Horror
In 17th-century Hungary, elderly widow Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy maintains her misleading youthful appearance by bathing in the blood of virgins regularly supplied to her by faithful servant Captain Dobi.
Could have been good but fails for the most part.
22. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
PG-13 | 101 min | Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi
Baron Frankenstein, with the aid of a young doctor and his fiancée, kidnaps the mentally sick Dr. Brandt in order to perform the first brain transplant operation.
Votes: 3,985 | Gross: $0.10M
A big return to the former glory days!
23. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Unrated | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After being reanimated, Baron Frankenstein transfers the soul of an executed young man into the body of his lover, prompting her to kill the men who wronged them.
Ok but nothing special.
24. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Baron Frankenstein works with a mental patient to reanimate the dead.
A poor final film from Terence Fisher.
26. Scars of Dracula (1970)
R | 95 min | Horror
A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town where all the traces end to look for him.
This goes beyond the scrapping the bottom of the barrel. Appalling!
27. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
G | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man's beautiful niece and her friends.
Rupert Davies takes the acting honours.
28. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
Approved | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant, by making the trio die in the hands of their own children.
Better than I remembered.
29. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
Approved | 90 min | Horror
In 1920 an archaeological expedition discovers the tomb of an ancient Egyptian child prince. Returning home with their discovery, the expedition members soon find themselves being killed ... See full summary »
30. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)
Not Rated | 81 min | Horror
British archaeologists and their American investor ship an Egyptian mummy's sarcophagus to London but someone has the amulet to revive the mummy that will then kill all those who disturbed its tomb.
Bland, uneventful and poorly directed.
31. To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
R | 95 min | Horror
An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.
The success of this film might have led to further co-productions. A case of what might have been.
32. The Devil Rides Out (1968)
G | 95 min | Horror
Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.
A marvellous film. The script is well above average and the casting is ideal.
34. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)
R | 89 min | Action, Horror
While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.
The combination of vampires and Kung Fu is a surprisingly effective one.
35. The Witches (1966)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.
36. Paranoiac (1963)
Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.
Not too bad, has a certain level of intrigue but the plot can be difficult to follow.
37. Cash on Demand (1961)
Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.
A basic story is sometimes better. Cushing and Morell are excellent.
38. These Are the Damned (1962)
Approved | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.
39. Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, History
While King Richard is away at the Crusades, some Nottingham nobles and their Sheriff plot to confiscate estates of fallen Crusaders but Robin Hood and Maid Marian foil their plan.
Too talky and not enough action. Peter Cushing is the best cast member.
40. The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
Approved | 81 min | Action, Drama, History
Deep in Malaya, as World War II is rapidly coming to an end, men, women and children, trapped by the Japanese invasion, are held captive in the Blood Island prison camp. Knowing that ... See full summary »
41. Hell Is a City (1960)
93 min | Crime, Thriller
In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison.
Tough, gritty, thrilling.
42. Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
Approved | 95 min | Drama, War
In World War II, during the Japanese invasion of Burma, the lost remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ, led by the ruthless Captain Alan Langford, escapes through the jungle toward the British lines.
43. Scream of Fear (1961)
Approved | 81 min | Horror, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.
44. Moon Zero Two (1969)
G | 100 min | Crime, Sci-Fi
A space salvage expert and his partner become involved with a group of criminals intent on hijacking a small asteroid made of sapphire and crashing it into the moon for later recovery. The ... See full summary »
45. On the Buses (1971)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »