Tag Archive | Hammer

Countess Dracula (1971)

Director: Peter Sasdy

Starring: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Eles

Release date: January 31(UK). Oh, hello, a foray into the horror genre. I haven’t got many of these in the series. This one doesn’t exactly sparkle in the memory. Let’s do it. May contain virgins and spoilers…

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X The Unknown (1956)

Director: Leslie Norman

Starring: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern

I did promise an almost-but-not-quite-Quatermass and here it is. I shall also doff my cap respectfully in the direction of Conti for reminding me of this one. “People melting indeed!”

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Good Vampire Films: Captain Kronos- Vampire Hunter

It’s very hard, in fact probably impossible, to write a series of reviews on Vampire films without mentioning Hammer. The British studio made hundreds of horror films over a period of decades, and many of the archetype vampire movies have either Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee in them- and invariably something-of-Dracula in the title. Later Hammer tended towards the poor, if I’m absolutely honest, but occasionally they did try something different, and usually it was treated with utter disdain by the public. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the attempts to break the mold were bad, quite the reverse as they tended to be better than the stock Hammer fare. Captain Kronos is a fine example of this.

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