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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:34 pm



Here's Jimmy Sangster's 1972 Hammer film Fear In The Night in it's entirety:




One of the very first Hammer films I watched as a kid, staying at a relative's house and having the B&W portable bedside TV on (complete with snowy picture from the old loop aerial and tuned in via the old front-of-set tuning dial) at about 1am, making sure to keep the volume down low enough for nobody to hear I was still awake, as I had to be in school the following morning. Those were the days..... or nights. An engaging film from Mr Sangster, with a dependably good cast.

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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:57 pm

Shame. The last of his kind. Rest in peace.

Also, thanks for that video link, Laz.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:29 pm

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Bloody hell. Judy Geeson. The days when it was obligatory for a British leading lady to get her kit off. She had the sexiest mouth I'd ever seen. Last I heard she was running an antiques shop in LA.

British newspapers have been slow to publish obituaries of Sangster, but the Guardian's is up. Surprisingly fair for such a vicious rag, but that's because it's by Kim Newman. One day that section will come to reflect the rest of the newspaper:
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Sangster was a talentless misogynist who placed men in the lead in Dracula and Frankenstein....




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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:58 pm

The new Hammer film, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, has a new trailer:

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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:16 am

Looking forward to "Woman in Black" though the vibe is more the Corman AI pictures than Hammer from the trailers. All in all I am more anxious for more Hammer films see the light of day on Blu Ray, seems to be a very slow and erratic process.

Quatermass and the Pit has just had a UK release (blu-ray/dvd combo) and looks tremedous in HD, it may only be a 2 channel soundmix but the bass is well used and the spooky effects really do have a 3d element to underline them. Highly recommended (I concede this is my favorite Hammer film)

My other favourites here are the Dracula series (excepting Scars - which just doesn't work imo), The Devil Rides Out, Curse and Revenge of Frankenstien, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Brides of Dracula, Kiss of the Vampire, Plague of the Zombies, Man Who COuld Cheat Death, Nightcreatures, and there's more....

Other Hammer Blu rays are slightly off beat Vampire Circus (fun but showing some signs of the studio's decline imo), Paranoiac (a great Thriller with an icy performance from Oliver Reed) and a double pack of 'Man Who could cheat Death' and Amicus' the Skull. If there are any others released please enlighten me.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:23 am

Some good news at last re Blu Ray releases here - looks like they are finally going to get the kind of restoration and special treatment imo they deserve.

BBC News Link here
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:06 am

I don't know much about Hammer, but I do know Quatermass and the Pit is one of the best sci-fi/horror films I've ever seen.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:21 am

Perilagu Khan wrote:
I don't know much about Hammer, but I do know Quatermass and the Pit is one of the best sci-fi/horror films I've ever seen.

I would certainly suggest it is one of Hammer's very best and a a rarity for them in terms of being Sci Fi (also my personal favourite of their catalogue), but the production style and flavour is very typical of Hammer's product so there is a good chance you might enjoy more of their output. From the same period watch out for 'The Devil Rides Out' and the early Draculas - 1958's Dracula (Horror of Dracula in the US) and Dracula Prince of Darkness epitomise the studio's output....I think they will give you a good handle on whether you would enjoy seeing more etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:26 am

Thanks, lachesis. I'll keep an eye out for those.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:12 am

Should I give TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER a go? Richard Widmark is one of my favourite actors as is Denholm Elliot, and plus it apparently features a 15 year old nude Nastassja Kinski.

More importantly it was the last Hammer motion picture and tried to compete with the psychological horror and satanism ROSEMARY'S BABY and THE EXORCIST and so on - but was deemed too little too late. Or so I've read.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:20 am

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Should I give TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER a go?

I'd like to answer this question honestly, but I don't want the thought police coming for me in 30 years time.

Can't be bothered to check, but I thought the last Hammer was a lame remake of The Lady Vanishes?


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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:23 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
Largo's Shark wrote:
Should I give TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER a go?

I'd like to answer this question honestly, but I don't want the thought police coming for me in 30 years time.

Has Albania an extradition treaty with the UK?
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:25 am

Not at the moment, but once Albania joins the EU I will have to move to Ecuador.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:38 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
Largo's Shark wrote:
Should I give TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER a go?

I'd like to answer this question honestly, but I don't want the thought police coming for me in 30 years time.

Can't be bothered to check, but I thought the last Hammer was a lame remake of The Lady Vanishes?

You're right, Ambler -

 'In the latter part of the 1970s, Hammer made fewer films, and attempts were made to break away from the then-unfashionable Gothic horror films on which the studio had built its reputation. Neither The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), a co-production with Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers which attempted to combine Hammer's Gothic horror with the martial arts film, nor To the Devil a Daughter (1976), an adaptation of the Dennis Wheatley novel, were very successful. Hammer's last production, in 1979, was a remake of Hitchcock's 1938 thriller The Lady Vanishes, starring Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd. The film was a failure at the box office and all but bankrupted the studio'.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:41 am

What I meant was TTDAD was that last Hammer Horror picture. After that they went to television with Hammer House of Horror and Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:47 am

The TV series had great title music. I remember getting a warning from some mini mod on MI6 for saying the opening episode - which is set in a recording studio and features topless witches and a modular synthesiser- made me happier than a pig in shit. Another classic scene featured Deham Elliot and some floozy having a knee-trembler in a red telephone box. There was always dirt beneath Hammer's fingernails.

Was the opening music by James Bernard?
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:56 am

It was composed by Roger Webb. Here's what HAMMER FILM SCORES AND THE MUSICAL AVANT-GARDE by David Huckvale says on it:

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To reflect this duality of past achievements and contemporaneity, the popular music idiom of the title music, composed by Roger Webb (drums, electric guitar, etc.) is combined with traditional symphonic elements. The melody, however, avoids obvious tritones and overt discords, and is based on scales and perfect fifths. The result is atmospheric but rather blander than the more full-blooded musical style of Hammer's earlier films. As a piece of Gothic pop it made sense to release the theme as a seven-inch single at the time of the series' original broadcast.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:00 am

I assume this is the 7". It starts well (only the first 20 seconds are heard in the credits), then goes off on a strange tangent. Reminds me of Morricone on a bad day.

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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:20 am

I remember much chat at school about 'The House That Dripped Blood' episode ... as a timid youngster, I wasn't allowed to watch that sort of thing (love it now of course, but 'back in the day' the Doctor Who theme would send me scampering from the room. Until I was about 13, I failed to see what fun there was in watching TV and movies intended to scare).
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:48 am

Largo's Shark wrote:
Should I give TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER a go? Richard Widmark is one of my favourite actors as is Denholm Elliot, and plus it apparently features a 15 year old nude Nastassja Kinski.

More importantly it was the last Hammer motion picture and tried to compete with the psychological horror and satanism ROSEMARY'S BABY and THE EXORCIST and so on - but was deemed too little too late. Or so I've read.

Did you catch up with this one?

I was/am a big fan of Hammers 'Devil Rides out' and greatly enjoyed Wheatley's other 'black magic' novels so was stoked when Hammer announced they were making 'To The Devil a Daughter' unfortunately I can only recall disappointment with the finished result, though it has been many a year since I last saw it.

The Hammer TV sereis was decent for it's time but like much of Hammers 70's output is rather set in its time. Suzanne Danielle as the 'Carpathian Eagle' particularly comes to mind, great legs and what a way to go!
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:16 am

I couldn't bear to finish TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER.
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PostSubject: Re: Hammer Horror   Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:51 am




Vamps, Virgins & Babes
00:00 Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Kate O'Mara, Pippa Steele & Kirsten Kindholm
00:20 an following: Linda Hayden
01:30 Kirsten Lindholm
01:40 Barbara Shelley
02:00 Pauline Peart
02:30 Linda Hayden
02:40 Madeline Smith
02:50 and following: Judy Geeson
03:20 and following: Veronica Carlson
03:40 and following: Susan Denberg
04:40 Linda Hayden
04:50 and following: Yutte Stensgaard
05:50 and following: Suzanna Leigh
06:20 Ingrid Pitt & Pippa Steele
06:30 Elke Sommer (no Hammer Babe, but a Babe to remember)
06:40 Elke Sommer & Sylva Koscina
06:50 Kate O'Mara
07:00 Ingrid Pitt
07:10 Ingrid Pitt & Kate O'Mara
07:20 Ingrid Pitt
07:30 Ingrid Pitt & Madeline Smith
07:40 an following: Ingrid Pitt
08:00 Ingrid Pitt & Madeline Smith
08:30 Kate O'Mara
08:50 and following: Madeleine Collinson
09.10 Mary Collinson
09:30 Madeleine & Mary Collinson
09:40 Madeleine Collinson
09:50 Madeleine & Mary Collinson
10:00 and following: Martine Beswick
10:50 Stephanie Beacham
11:00 and following: Caroline Munro
12:10 Stephanie Beacham
12:20 Linda Hayden
12:30 Martine Beswick
12:40 and following: Yutte Stensgaard
13:10 Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Kate O'Mara, Pippa Steele & Kirsten Kindholm
13:20 Adrienne Corri & Elizabeth Seal
13:30 Susan Denberg
13:40 Linda Hayden & Isla Blair
13:45 Caroline Munro
13:50 Linda Hayden & Isla Blair

Courtesy of the fabulously named Lars Hellmann


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