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Title: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 10, 2005, 06:12:40 AM
Does anybody else apart from me have a passion for the classic British horror movies of the 1960's and '70's.
Like SW's(also from the same era!) these movies were shown in great frequency in the UK 20+ years ago although BBC and ITV have always shown a good selection every now and again.After seeing and getting totlally obsessed with the Wicker Man(Nicolas Cage leave this movie alone,Hollywood have already slaughtered the Italian Job and Get Carter -its utter sacrilege) i decided to tape every Hammer/Tigon/Amicus/British Lion etc  horror film off the telly as it came up and i have the following so far:-
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN
SCARS OF DRACULA
BLOOD FROM A MUMMIES TOMB
PSYCOMANIA
SHE
VENGEANCE OF SHE
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED
DRACULA AD1972
BRIDES OF DRACULA
LEGEND OF 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES
THE DEVILS
WITCHFINDER GENERAL
TALES FROM THE CRYPT
VAMPIRE LOVERS
BLOOD BEAST TERROR
THE GHOUL
BEAST MUST DIE
COUNTESS DRACULA
LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF
CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF
PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES
HANDS OF THE RIPPER
FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
CRUCIBLE OF TERROR
TOWER OF EVIL
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE
VAMPIRE CIRCUS
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
THE GORGON
TWINS OF EVIL
I MONSTER
THE MUMMIES SHROUD
HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN
DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA
AND THE SCREAMING STARTS
TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER
MEDUSA TOUCH
DEVILS OF DARKNESS
THE SHOUT
THE UNCANNY
BEAST IN THE CELLAR
DOOMWATCH
NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT
CITY OF THE DEAD
DR TERRORS HOUSE OF HORROR
CURSE OF THE MUMMYS TOMB
QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT
QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT 2
DR JECKYL AND SISTER HYDE
THE REPTILE
DRACULA
DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS
THE MUMMY
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT
HORROR EXPRESS
CREEPING FLESH
THEATRE OF DEATH
SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA
THE WICKER MAN

What i like about these movies is they nearly always have stella British casts,good storylines, great look atmosphere and music,the quaintness including the pre-historic special effects-i can't stand all the CGI of blood and guts we get nowadays-its tiresome and definately not scary.What happened to all the suspense and having to use your own imagination.
I do like some USA oldies also like the Omen and The
Exorcist which are both very well made,well acted,suspenseful and scary!! 



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 10, 2005, 06:32:34 AM
Wow, thats a hell of a collection there banjo. I havent seen a lot of them but The Wicker Man is a personal favourite of mine. I recomend picking up the studio canal release (quickly because I hear they are going OOP) of the two disc DVD release which has the theatrical and extended cut along with some excellent extras.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 10, 2005, 07:07:01 AM
All good stuff there Banjo, though my own fave Brit horror film (also currently suffering the ignominy of a Hollywood remake), DON'T LOOK NOW seems to be missing.

The trouble with a lot of the versions shown on TV (until not long ago) is that they are old prints hacked up by the BBFC. It's only recently that a film like Freddie Francis's splendid TALES FROM CRYPT has finally appeared complete with writhing intestines (horray!) and beating, butcherd heart.

Just to be Mr. Pedantic (as usual), THE OMEN actually is a British film. Spooky! (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/sterb293.gif)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 10, 2005, 07:10:02 AM
Leone_Admirer,I hadn't realised i had so many until today when i went through all the video tape covers and made the list.
The Wicker Man would probably be in my personal top 10 movies from all genres.I just love the cast,the weird pagan rituals,the fantastic Scottish locations,unique stoyline and the wonderful folk music-i have the CD!
I've been meaning to pick up the 2 disc dvd and in view of what you say i will do so very quickly!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 10, 2005, 07:14:18 AM
All good stuff there Banjo, though my own fave Brit horror film (also currently suffering the ignominy of a Hollywood remake), DON'T LOOK NOW seems to be missing.

The trouble with a lot of the versions shown on TV (until not long ago) is that they are old prints hacked up by the BBFC. It's only recently that a film like Freddie Francis's splendid TALES FROM CRYPT has finally appeared complete with writhing intestines (horray!) and beating, butcherd heart.

Just to be Mr. Pedantic (as usual), THE OMEN actually is a British film. Spooky! (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/sterb293.gif)
I don't know why i haven't got this down on tape because i've seen and enjoyed this-will have to make amends!
Is the whole Omen trilogy British then?
I've also got House of Wax and Mask of the Red Death Death-both Vincent Price but i think they may be Amercican!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 10, 2005, 09:12:35 AM
Is the whole Omen trilogy British then?
I've also got House of Wax and Mask of the Red Death Death-both Vincent Price but i think they may be Amercican!

The other 2 OMEN films are US productions. HOUSE OF WAX is an American film also. Although MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH is a Roger Corman film, it was actually shot in Britain, with an almost entierly Brit cast and was a Brit production.

It also has a connection with DON'T LOOK NOW. It's director, Nic Roeg, was the cinematographer behind the lush colour lighting on the Corman gig.

By the way, any of you folks been to any of THE WICKER MAN locations in Scotland?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 10, 2005, 09:23:46 AM
I'm sure i read that the Wicker Man was released in British cinemas as a double header with Don't Look Now in 1973!
I have got Allan Browns excellent book "Inside The Wicker Man" and i see the filming locations are spread all over the place in Scotland but i'd love to go!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 10, 2005, 09:27:03 AM
Your correct, it was released in a time when even double headers were old hat. Its funny to think that even the filmmakers all admit that if the film had been very popular then and there hadn't been any studio interferance, then the film wouldn't be heralded nearly as much as it is today.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 10, 2005, 09:39:56 AM
And reading the whole history of the movie in Allan Browns (very reccomended)book is like one extremely long drawn out horror story in itself.The only reason there is an extended version of the film available is because a positive(from which a new negative was eventually made) was left and forgotten about in the hands of some American guy,the original negative toghether with other footage being either destroyed or buried beneath a motorway somewhere!!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 10, 2005, 12:54:40 PM
isnt it the M1 or the M4? Roger Cormon had the positive but it has degraded a bit.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 01:34:35 AM
Yeau thats the guy i was trying to think of and yes the quality of the longer print(on my video tape) is not as good as the butchered version which i understand is the only version stereo on the DVD?
I'm one of those nutters who thinks they should dig up the M1(or 4),if theres any truth in it- its that important!!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 11, 2005, 05:57:10 AM
I think for repairs they should try and have a look and see if the cans are in any state of repair and have done any preservation of the neg. The Theatrical version on the DVD is in 5.1 and the Extended Cut is in 2.0 Mono.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 06:29:30 AM
It would do the UK balance of payments a big boost if we could unearth(literally he,he) the missing footage because the Wicker Man is a worldwide cult especially in the USA i understand.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 11, 2005, 06:39:44 AM
The funny thing is, the major scene still missing is the apple scene in which Lord Summerisle talks to Howie about the beauty of apples, it waa cut because it was long and boring etc and everyone agrees with this except the director and Lee.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 06:47:04 AM
Christopher Lee claims that theres up to 3 hours footage filmed in total though Allan Brown thinks he may be exaggerating somewhat.
For quite some while there been mention of Wicker Man director Robin Hardy writing and directing a loose sequel with similar themes,including Lee and other cast members from the original, called Riding of the Lairdie although i think the latest title is Mayday.They must be moving extremely slowly because there never seems to be any news of whether its in production or a release date given!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 11, 2005, 07:04:52 AM
Its being made, it stars Nicholas Cage (actually a favourite actor of mine, but wrong for this role) as the non-virgin police officer.

 I really think its going to be abysmal.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 07:20:35 AM
WHAT?
I understood that they were both making their own separate productions Cage in the USA with a near copy American style of the original storyline  and Hardy with his own movie again in Scotland,and Hardy was even slagging off Cages version.
So they're now collaboraters-Shaffer will turn in his grave.I never believed Hardy trying to take credit for the original Wicker Man script and storyline.A few months ago the Horror channel was showing his The Fantasist filmed in Ireland in the 80's but i heard its not very good having neglected to watch it.
Do you know where the new movie will be filmed and whether it will include Christopher Lee etc or even any folk music?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 11, 2005, 08:07:29 AM
I fear the Hardy sequel will most likely not get off the ground, especially if the US one fails. If I remember, the Island is going to be off New England. I'll have to flip through my copies of Variety to check.  I doubt it'll have folk music and I think Lee isn't in it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 08:11:32 AM
What a shame,the Hardy version sounded infinately more interesting than Cages.In Allan Browns book before Anthony Shaffer died he was also working on a script for a sequel to the Wicker Man but i guess this'll never see the light of day!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 11, 2005, 08:13:48 AM
It's possible that both the Hardy film and the Cage film will never see an actual movie camera.

Hardy has been announcing since 2003 that RIDING THE LADDIE will go into production "next year", and still it's not happened. Names "confirmed" to be on board to date have included Chris Lee, Vanessa Redgrave, Sean Astin, Ewan McGregor and LeAnn Rimes. Location shooting has been announced to take place in Scotland, Texas, Oklahoma and Nova Scotia. So far though, this is all in Hardy's head.

Similarly, the Cage version is constantly announced as being cast and that "shooting will commence next year". Let's hope this abomination never actually gets off the ground. Last I heard (in September) Hardy was even suing Emmett/Furla (producers of the Cage film) for 40 million dollars.

I used to quite like Cage as a performer untill I visited Kephalonia in Greece, where he lived for several months during the shooting of CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN. By the time he left it seems everybody on the Island absolutely hated him, such was his brattish and obnoxious behavior the entier time he was there. John Hurt on the other hand is considered a local now, and all round great bloke.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 11, 2005, 08:14:46 AM
I maybe wrong, as I said before I'll have to go and dig out one of my copys of Variety to check, but I thought the Cage film was begining production or was about to begin. (I belive Cage is filming the Stone 9/11 movie at present)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 11, 2005, 08:21:48 AM
or was about to begin.

Lets hope it stays that way.

RIDING THE LADDIE is such a terrible title it's no wonder they changed it to MAYDAY instead. It sounds like a Scottish porno film.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: boardwalk_angel on December 11, 2005, 08:23:40 AM
The Horror Of Dracula......w/ Christopher Lee is one of my favorites....& actually...truer to the Bram Stoker novel than Lugosi's Dracula.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 08:33:25 AM
Juan Miranda i totally agree with you because i feel remakes always devalue the original.Like the Wicker Man,The Italian Job and Get Carter(i love Michael Caine) are both close the the heart and part of the British psych for many people,and i will never watch the American remakes-the originals are already perfect.I hate it when Hollywood starts interfering with our treasures and not coming up with new ideas of its own.
   Boardwalk_Angel you are right,Chistopher Lee IS Dracula and i've never wanted to see the recent remake with Gary Oldman-it looks crap!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 11, 2005, 08:41:19 AM
HORROR OF DRACULA (the US title for DRACULA) is a major landmark in world cinema. A bit talky in places now (1958), it still has Lee's most iconic performance, and a thrilling climax with Cushing out performing whole teams of Olympic gymnasts with his flying leap at the curtains. Great stuff.

My own fave Lee Drac film was his next stab at the role (8 years later!) in DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Full of startling imagery. However my fave Hammer vampire film doesn't even star Lee, just the mighty Peter Cusing in BRIDES OF DRACULA (with no Dracula). It has some of the most sumptuous colour cinematography I've ever seen (by Jack Asher) and is chock full of perverse phycological terror, even without the fangs and rubber bats going "Sqeeek! WeeeeeK!".

As for the Gary Oldman Dracula, we were chatting about the creative bankruptcy of Francise Ford Coppola only the other day on the GODFATHER III thread. Coppola is of course Nic Cage's uncle. It's all wheels within wheels, ins't it? Spooky!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 11, 2005, 08:43:35 AM
I remember talking to a director who told me, the worst thing that happened was that Sofia become a director. I thought that was harsh as I did enjoy mildly Lost In Translation. (The man is a big Cage fan though)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 11, 2005, 08:51:50 AM
I hate it when Hollywood starts interfering with our treasures and not coming up with new ideas of its own.

I know what you mean Banjo. My reaction when I heard that Hollywood were remaking DON'T LOOK NOW was one of despair. Hollywood does seem to have been going through a dreadful crisis of creative drive for the last couple of years, churning out sequils, adaptations of comic books and computer games and remakes. Almost all of them will be unwatchable dross amimed at folk who have yet to grow pubic hair.

HOWEVER!

Don't forget that Hammer started it's history by taking the entire roster of Universal studio's monster's DRACULA, THE MUMMY, FRANKENSTEIN and THE WEREWOLF and remaking them (in colour for modern audiences).

Similarly we are all here on this board to celebrate the films of a man who made his name intenationally by doing an Italian remake of a Japanese movie.

And this Christmas's most anticipated release? A remake of a 1933 classic, KING KONG. Yes, remakes are usually abysmal, but sometimes...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 08:53:00 AM
HORROR OF DRACULA (the US title for DRACULA) is a major landmark in world cinema. A bit talky in places now (1958), it still has Lee's most iconic performance, and a thrilling climax with Cushing out performing whole teams of Olympic gymnasts with his flying leap at the curtains. Great stuff.

My own fave Lee Drac film was his next stab at the role (8 years later!) in DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Full of startling imagery. However my fave Hammer vampire film doesn't even star Lee, just the mighty Peter Cusing in BRIDES OF DRACULA (with no Dracula). It has some of the most sumptuous colour cinematography I've ever seen (by Jack Asher) and is chock full of perverse phycological terror, even without the fangs and rubber bats going "Sqeeek! WeeeeeK!".

As for the Gary Oldman Dracula, we were chatting about the creative bankruptcy of Francise Ford Coppola only the other day on the GODFATHER III thread. Coppola is of course Nic Cage's uncle. It's all wheels within wheels, ins't it? Spooky!
I think i read it was Cushing idea to perform that giant leap to spice up the ending.I happen to like all the Christopher Lee Dracula's even the ones towards the end especially Dracula AD 1972 with Christopher Neame playing Johnny Alucard(Dracula backwards everone-geddit?) and all the hippy carry-ons.Dracula Prince of Darkness is probably the best one but i also like the Ralph Bates character in Taste The Blood Of Dracula and Dracula Has Risen From The Grave is up there too!
I haven't watched Brides of Dracula for ages but doesn't it have the mummy's boy Dracula(not very scary) locked up the the caslte?
I should really do a horror top 10 but it would take me ages to go through everything because some i've only watched once or twice!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 09:03:03 AM
Thats two new things i didn't know,firstly Nicolas Cage is Coppolas nephew and (OH NO!) theres to be a remake of Don't Look Now.
I don't think the Hammer remakes were quite the same but anyway they were British movies of works by famous novelists from the 19th Century British Isles and are definately a BIG IMPROVEMENT on the old b&w universal movies.The American horror industry was already dead on its feet in 1957,pretty much like the westerns before Leone and the boys intervened!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 11, 2005, 09:27:12 AM
I haven't watched Brides of Dracula for ages but doesn't it have the mummy's boy Dracula(not very scary) locked up the the caslte?

Oh I dunno. He has his moments.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/brides4.jpg)

And the bi-sexual threat is something entierly new in horror. Something that Polanski took up and ran with for years in his films, even having a gay vampire in his Hammer homage/spoof, DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES.

The sheer range of dark perversion going in BRIDES OF DRACULA (made in 1960) should be enough to recommend it to anybody. The first person "pretty boy" seduces and turns into a vampire on his release is his own mother!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 09:38:41 AM
Juan Miranda,do you like the Hammer Camilla trio of Vampire Lovers,Lust For A Vampire and Twins of Evil.I think they're ace and add an interesting slant to the Dracula vampire as well as all the lovely lesbianism and bare boobs.Long live Ingrid Pitt!!!
Thanks for the picture,i'm gonna have to re-watch Brides of Dracula but i don't think its one of my favourites!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 09:56:08 AM
Does anybody in the UK with Sky Digital think that the Horror Channel could be alot better?
The only British horror we seem to get is Satanic Rites of Dracula,City of the Dead or Nothing But The Night.When the channel(according to the website) started it promised to show plently of Hammer classics including Captain Kronos(which i haven't seen) but we only get the one Dracula!
In the daytime we only seem to get the ok but ancient scratchy stuff from the 20's and 30's like Nosferato or Bela Lugosi but not the real Universal Karloff Frankenstein type classics.
Later on apart from the (good)Hellraiser or (rubbish)Children Of the Corn they only tend to show low budget American B grade crud full of non-actors with the odd bit of porn here and there.
Bout time the Horror Channel pulled their finger out!!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 11, 2005, 10:13:25 AM
The guy running the horror channel at the moment was quite a regular poster on a horror films board I use a lot. He was always promising that he would try and do more about the content. Sadly he gets a rubbish budget, as horror is still seen a such a niche market.

I'm crazy about THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, and TWINS OF EVIL is just fantastic too. Just a shame the Collinson twins and Maddy Smith didn't do more of this kinda thing. LUST FOR A VAMPIRE on the other hand is only worth watching for a laugh. It's got that stupid song in it, "Strange Love", and while Yutte Stensgaard may be a good lookin' bird, her idea of acting lustfull is to go all cross eyed. Very peculiar.

It also has one of cinema's great howlers of all time in it, when from a point of view shot from a moving stage coach we plainly see an entier second unit film crew hanging around looking really bored. I know it's a "day for night" shot, but how this got past the editor is an all time mystery, but only ads to the "charm" of the thing.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 11, 2005, 10:46:54 AM
Lust for a Vampire is the weakest of the trio,the song is a bit stupid but i wouldn't want to be without it!
I'll have to look out for that blooper!
As regards the Horror Channel budget,are Hammer Horrors that expensive considering the age of them?There's still a few i haven't seen like Kiss of the Vampire which i'd much prefer than Children of the Corn.
Why don't they get a refund on half a dozen cruddy American B movies and buy something like Suspiria?
Grrrrrrr!!!!!!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on December 11, 2005, 02:55:36 PM
Banjo have you seen the R1 Universal Hammer box set. A must have!! It has Brides, Curse of W, Nightmare, Paranoiac, Capt Clegg, Evil of Fr, Kiss of Vampire and Phantom of Opera. Really cheap too. I had been waiting to see Nightmare for 30 years as it was the first hammer film i saw as a kid. Some of the others don't turn up that often either.
The Wicker Man i love too. I got the R1 wooden box set and then the R2 which came out the next year here. I think it had an extra documentary or commentary on it.
I love the Val lewton ones too...Cat People, Bedlam, I Walked with a Zombie etc. Cat People is on BBC1 this friday too. There is a great R1 Lewton set just out which i plan to get. Tournier directed Night of the Demon as well, another of my favourites. There is a new book on the making of this which has a intro by Chris Frayling and foreward by ALex Cox .


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 11, 2005, 03:27:42 PM
I had the Lewton on pre-order and was still waiting for it to be shipped nearly two motnhs after release date. I've just given up and will re-order it next year.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 12, 2005, 03:20:57 AM
Its funny how a few of us SW fans are into our Hammer horrors also!
LeBon i'll have to check out that box set as theres some titles there i haven't got.I'll also have to check out this Val Lewton guy.
By the way while watching Texas Adios on itv4 last night they showed a trailer for Dracula Prince of Darkness showing next weekend,i think?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 12, 2005, 04:43:55 AM
banjo, check out Cat People. Its a beautful, haunting nightmare of a film starring Simone Simon.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 12, 2005, 06:46:22 AM
I just looked up Cat People in the TV guide and that really is an oldie-made during World War 2!!
I'll give it  a go,i do like some of these b&w horrors like City of the Dead.
George Romeros Night of the Living Deads in b&w and pretty scary.The follow-up Dawn of the dead isn't really scary but great fun in the shopping precinct and all that.I think by the time of Day of the Dead the whole thing starts going flat,despite the humour,with too much reliance on the OTT blood and guts.I haven't taken much notice of the recent resurgence in the Zombie movies but Shaun of the Dead looks like it could be fun!
I think that Hammers Plague of the Zombies is pretty good,set in Cornwall,with the zombies the innocent party here being controlled by a mad white witchdoctor type!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 12, 2005, 08:05:18 AM
I'm a huge Romero fan, have you checked out Land Of The Dead yet?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 12, 2005, 08:48:48 AM
No and i kinda missed out on reading the reviews at the time of release.From your tone i guess Romero still has it but how has he managed to update the formula,has he relied on CGI special effects?Don't laugh but we bought Charlie & The Chocolate Factory the other day mainly because we are mad about grey squirrels(i've built special feeders in the back garden and we have more than a dozen of the naughty little buggers!) and the scene where they have 40 trained squirrels (with some help from pretend CGI squirrels admittedly)shelling walnuts and placing them on a conveyor belt before taking out Veruca Salt is wonderful.The point i'm trying to make is that a high proportion of the sets were built manually including a waterfall and river carrying several thousand gallons of chocolate and i've a lot more respect for these sort of effects which to me is a proper artform compared to the computer game type.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 12, 2005, 11:42:46 AM
In my opinion Land doesn't reach the heights that his previous three films reached but is still enjoyable. I saw it twice in the cinema, once in NY and once in London, both times the cinema was empty. The second time in London I saw it with a fan of Romero who didn't enjoy it. This is the same with me regarding History of Violence. I am a massive Cronenberg fan (more then Romero) but I was bitterly disapointed by this film. There is CGI in Land but not really intrusive. I've seen better films this year, put it that way. 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on December 12, 2005, 11:58:30 AM
Banjo... Yes catch Cat People on tv this friday then you may get hooked and want to see his others. It leaves a lot to the imagination and is very atmospheric. partly due to the low budgets but it got great results.
Another couple of my favourites also in this vein are:
THE INNOCENTS and THE HAUNTING (the original not the effects laden remake).




Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Smoker on December 12, 2005, 03:48:52 PM
Sorry bit late to this..
put me down for..
Blood on Satans Claw (1969)
Deathline (1973) comes a close second.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 12, 2005, 04:59:02 PM
Deathline (1973) comes a close second.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/icon_lol1.gif) I've just got home from the movies and got the tube home. I'm on the Picadilly line, so I often think of DEATH LINE when I go through Russell Square (where much of it was set, if not actually shot).

"Mind the doors!"

DEATH LINE has a jaw dropping 4 minute take (which wipes into an even longer take) which even if you hate the rest of the film will have you thinking "How the **** did they do that?!" (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/a1.gif)

The cinematography was by Alex Thomson, who was Nic Roeg's regular camera operator (Roeg shot MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and directed DON'T LOOK NOW, wheels within wheels etc), so I'm certain the idea for the shot must have come from him, rather than Gary Sherman the director. Beatutifully operated too, it must have been a bugger to achieve.

For our US posters, the film is called RAW MEAT in the States.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on December 12, 2005, 05:03:18 PM
Some more... WITCHFINDER GENERAL, THEATRE OF BLOOD, THE SKULL, DR TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS, THE SHUTTERED ROOM, PEEPING TOM and one not so great CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR.
BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW is great too.
Does anyone like any of the Italian Horrors such as MASK OF THE DEMON or BLOOD & BLACK LACE.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 12, 2005, 05:17:20 PM
Mario Bava's LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO/BLACK SUNDAY/MASK OF SATAN/MASK OF THE DEMON/ is a fab film, even if bits of it (even seen uncut) don't make a great deal of sense. It's always got the scumptous Barbara Steele to watch, which is never a bad thing. Some "ahead of it's time" gore meant that pristine uncut version's were hard to see in the UK untill quite recently.
I know. It's pathetic isn't it, the film was made in 1960, f'er God's sake. (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/teu42.gif)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 13, 2005, 03:18:42 AM
Leone_Admirer,interesting stuff about Land Of The Dead,not so good as the others eh-i'd assumed Romero would have pulled out all the stops to outdo himself!Have you seen Shaun of the Dead,if so any good?
Is Cronenberg the guy that did The Thing?-i can't think offhand what his other movies are but i'm certain i have some on tape,one of the Aliens perhaps?-yes i know Ridley Scott did the original but not sure who did Aliens!
    LeBon i'll have to add The Innocents,The haunting,Theatre of Blood(this is with Vincent Price isn't it?),The Skull,Shuttered Room,Peeping Tom,Blood on Satan's Claw and those Italian horrors to my wanted list.
LeBon i've got a really cool book by Jonathan Sothcott called The Cult Films Of Christopher Lee which has a chapter on Curse of the Crimson Altar,with great pictures including Boris Karloff,and i've been wanting to see this for a long time.Other Lee movies with devoted chapters i haven't seen are Curse of Frankenstein(i did actually see this one a long,long time ago),Two Faces Of Dr Jeckyl,Rasputin(not horror),Night Of The Big Heat and a few more mentioned besides.
Juan Miranda,i saw Death Line on TV about 4 years ago but messed up with the taping having removed the video tabs-damnit and i remember Lee had only had a one scene cameo,unfortunately.I always dislike the fact that Lee disappears halfway through the Theatre of Death movie because he's really good in this!BTW i've made a note of the Mario Bava movie.
Oh Yeau,Leone_Admirer thanks once again for the tip off about the Wicker Man 2DVD Set.We ordered a copy this morning from Amazon for just £4.97!!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 13, 2005, 03:34:08 AM
Thats fine, £4.97! Wow. Good bargain. Romero tries to pull out the stops but the film is too short and I'm not keen on the head zombie, Big Daddy. The Thing was directed by John Carpenter (and that is a fantastic fright film) David Cronenberg directed Videodrome, Scanners, Dead Ringers (his best film), The Fly, Naked Lunch to name a few.  James Cameron directed Aliens. (If your an Alien fan, its worth picking up the nine disc Quadrilogy set, its has at least 6 hour docos for each film.)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 13, 2005, 07:17:49 AM
Of course it was Cameron with Aliens and i'm really making myself look silly with this mixing up of directors!!!
I'm gonna chance my arm and say i really enjoy the Carpenters The Fog(please let it be him!).I really like Cronenbergs The Fly too!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 13, 2005, 08:26:52 AM
I very much enjoy John Carpenter' s The Fog also as well as the excellent The Fly (Which I recently double dipped and bought the R1 version with the 2 1/2 hour excellent making of doco).


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Smoker on December 13, 2005, 08:50:27 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/icon_lol1.gif) I've just got home from the movies and got the tube home. I'm on the Picadilly line, so I often think of DEATH LINE when I go through Russell Square (where much of it was set, if not actually shot).

Isn't there now a closed station linked to Holborn (Next stop down to Russell on the Picadilly south).
Aldwych, I think.. they purely use it for TV/film. Or maybe it was called Museum (mentioned in the film) not sure. Its a odd little dead end station in the middle of Holborn and Covent Garden.
Which has now vanished off modern maps.

So the physicallity of filming in a abondened tube station is reality. spooky.

Donald Pleasence charactor is great, not your stereotipical part for him. Proper pre-Sweeney Detective hamming it up.. I had to do a rewind on his film introduction. Couldn't believe it. Had me in stitches when hes drunk in the pub and the scene with Christopher Lee.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 13, 2005, 08:54:17 AM
You are right Smoker, it featured heavily in Die Another Day.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 13, 2005, 08:55:31 AM
"Tea bags!? And I was blamin' the Indians..."


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Smoker on December 13, 2005, 10:56:33 AM
Marsha wheres my football coupons!?!

'Taking hes tea bag out of the cup with a dart'


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 15, 2005, 05:41:33 PM
Let's hear it for Donald Pleasence!

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/PDVD_002.jpg)

One of cinema's great eccentrics, and one of it's hardest workers. He was in such a bewidering array of movies that I'm surprised he never made a Euro Western (if I'm wrong let me know).

He was a superb nutter in the US western WILL PENNY, acting every one off the screen as usual. He was a mercurial and utterly unpredictable actor, once seen never forgotten, and it was always a joy/moment of anxiety when he suddely showed up in something you were watching, unexpectedly.

My fave acts from him are his tragic boffin in THE GREAT ESCAPE, his daft copper in DEATH LINE (pictured), his creepy war veteran (starring with his equally spooky daughter!) in FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, and especially in CUL-DE-SAC. In this Polanski directed slice of unclassifiable genius, Pleasance takes his weak, pathetic character and runs off with it into astounding realms of acting, much of it slighly repulsive to watch, but always riviting. Pure genius! (CUL-DE-SAC also starred Lionel Stander from OUTITW)

I always love watching him in the Columbo episode he did too, ANY OLD PORT IN A STORM, partly because there are scenes where he clearly throws Peter Falk (no stranger to improvisation, via his Cassavetes collaborations). I swear that there are moments when Pleasance does some peculiar little bit of acting biz, a sudden unexpected expression, or shift of tone, and you can actualy see Falk on screen watching him in awe and thinking "Boy! Look what this guy is doing now!"


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 16, 2005, 03:49:08 AM
You're right about Pleasence's versatility including playing Blofeld with scar very well in You Only Live Twice,the President of the USA in Escape fron New York and a wonderfully nutty performance as the mafia boss's
analyst in the great Hill & Spencer slapstick comedy Watch Out We're Mad.
And we all should'nt forget that he starred in a spaghetti western alongside Franco Nero in Django Strikes Again.In this enjoyable official sequel to the original Django Pleasence plays Ben Gunn an intellectual  who helps Nero escape from a labour camp.
   From looking at his filmography he starred in a few horror films i don't have including the Haloween series which i usually try and avoid because the slasher type movies don't do anything for me!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 16, 2005, 06:05:07 AM
Ah ha! So he was in a spaghetti!

I've only ever seen the first HALLOWEEN film. Teen slashers are not a genre I find in the least bit interesting either. Pleasance was the third actor to be approached for this role. Carpenter originally wanted Chris Lee, but he turned it down. Just as well for Carpenter, as he would have been utterly wrong in that part.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on December 16, 2005, 12:10:30 PM
He was also in SOLDIER BLUE. Was it as a Gun runner or Medicine man or is that Will Penny ?  I also liked his performances in FROM BEYOND, CUL DE SAC and GREAT ESCAPE. His Blofeld i did not care for in YOLT - too bland.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Smoker on December 16, 2005, 02:49:06 PM
Did a wonderful turn as Father Loomis in Prince Of Darkness. Carpentor loved using the guy.
Cul De Sac is probably my fav performance.

Let's hear it for Donald Pleasence!

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/PDVD_002.jpg)


'Er Greengrocer.. No er.. twit'. That screenshot is class.  ;D

Pleasence was Micheal Reeves intended choice actor for Matthew Hopkins Witchfinder General. But the US backers wanted Vincent Price.

For all you UK bods out there..

Why? because well.. i like the UK title better.
And the original MGM cover was god awful to my eyes. Unmistakable NewYork Subway train & tunnel on the front cover. And our frazzled carnivorous friend looks like he's got to red shiny billiard balls for eyes. very poor.

(http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/3460/deathlinerawmeat0bf.th.jpg)

Hi Res Printable copy here:
http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/3460/deathlinerawmeat0bf.jpg

Deathline custom cover for the MGM Region 1 DVD (Raw Meat) - Used a subway map (Russell Square is highlighted in the titles) and some soundtrack artwork. The internet isn't exactly swamped with posters for this movie as expected. 



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 17, 2005, 10:55:44 AM
Hey everyone,Dracula Prince of Darkness is showing twice on itv4 tonight starting from 10pm.Like the Spaghetti westerns on this channel could this be the start of a great Hammer Horror season?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on December 17, 2005, 01:19:04 PM
Thanks banjo. My daily paper still does not give listings for ITV4 so i hadn't seen that.
By the way SATAN'S SLAVE with Michael Gough is on BBC1 tomorrow night. And BBC4 also tomorrow night are showing two of the old Xmas Ghost stories by M.R.James - THE SIGNALMAN and THE ASH TREE preceded by a documentary. Great stuff!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on December 17, 2005, 04:47:42 PM
BBC4 are showing a whole season of classic ghost stories, right up 'till Christmas, starting from tomorrow night. I don't get the channel though, so you'll have to get the listings from else where. (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/fryingpan.gif)

They are screening some fantastic, classic productions from the 70's n' all like THE SIGNALMAN. One of the scariest films I ever saw as a kid.  :o With a superb performance by Denholm Elliot.

Bah. Humbug!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 20, 2005, 07:41:11 AM
I'm struggling to think of other horror films in my collection(having watched quite a few only once or twice i'm embarrassed  to admit!) starring the great Denholm Elliot but one brilliant performance springs to mind as Natasha Kinski's troubled father,Henry Beddows, in  To The Devil A Daughter.Apparently this was the last of the Hammer Horrors and is often derided by Hammer purists apparently(why?)and i think Denis Wheatley author of the original book disowned it.This is a shame because i happen to think its pretty good and the only problem i have is  the lame way in which Christopher Lee is killed in the ending.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 21, 2005, 07:09:44 AM
Hey everyone,Dracula Prince of Darkness is showing twice on itv4 tonight starting from 10pm.Like the Spaghetti westerns on this channel could this be the start of a great Hammer Horror season?
Similar in style to the SW season trailers that have been appearing,i saw a trailer last night for some upcoming horror films on ITV4 including i think Scars of Dracula and the not so good Childs Play.Can't see anything much in my Xmas TV guide so i guess it will be a New Years horror season!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: boardwalk_angel on December 22, 2005, 12:05:27 PM
I noticed that The City of the Dead (1960)...w/ Christopher Lee has become public domain and is available--> (I recommend the MPEG2..that's DVD quality)
http://www.archive.org/details/Horror_Hotel

There are other Horror films that you might find interesting-->
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=mediatype%3Amovies%20AND%20collection%3Afeature_films%20AND%20%2Fmetadata%2Fsubject%3A%22Horror%22


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 23, 2005, 05:01:43 AM
City of the Dead is a fantastic movie although i'm never 100% sure whether to call  this British or American because its set in the USA-but i've read or heard somewhere that it is British!Anyway lucky enough the Horror Channel free-to-air on Sky digital are always screening this Christopher Lee classic as well as him in the brilliant Nothing But The Night and Satanic Rites of Dracula.
I've been looking at Christopher Lees filmography and there's tons of horror movies that never see the light of day -so c'mon Horror channel give the public what they want instead of this modern "B" movie trash you seem determined to show!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: boardwalk_angel on December 23, 2005, 06:44:54 AM
One of my all time favorites is the hugely influential Dead of Night (1945)... it's style..as well as it's stories have been copied for 60 years...a true gem of supernatural..& psychological horror. Dotted with bits of marvelous British humor...its series of 4 creepy, spooky vignettes woven into a genuinely engrossing and ingenious plot...including a wonderful and now famous, critically acclaimed performance by Michael Redgrave...is a must see for lovers of great films.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on December 23, 2005, 07:55:40 AM
Yes Dead of Night is a classic  in the style of the portmanteau film with which Amicus made their trademark years later.
Do you like Night of the Demon '56. One of my favourites.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 23, 2005, 08:12:47 AM
Same as me lacking a bit of knowledge regarding the non-spaghetti westerns i really need to catch up on the horror movies apart from the old British Hammer-type horrors to which i stubbornly cling onto!!!
What do you mean by the "portmanteau" style and which Amicus movies are you refering to?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on December 23, 2005, 08:26:36 AM
I mean having 4 or 5 stories in one film. The Amicus films in this style are Dr Terrors House of Horrors, Tales from the Crypt, Asylum, House that Dripped Blood, From Beyond the Grave and Torture Garden. I think thats all of them!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 23, 2005, 08:28:34 AM
Sorry that was obvious,i shudda read Boardwalk Angels last post more carefully!!l


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 23, 2005, 08:29:43 AM
I've seen Tales From The Crypt quite a few times now, I've never really liked it, excpet perhaps the Christmas story with Collins.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: boardwalk_angel on December 23, 2005, 08:32:07 AM
One type of a "portmanteau"  kind of film is demonstrated by "Dead Of Night"......w/ 4 stories...linked by a main narrative.....each directed by a different director.....
Alberto Cavalcanti          
Charles Crichton       
Basil Dearden       
Robert Hamer
each directed 1 segment.       


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 23, 2005, 08:46:12 AM
Was Asylum an Amicus production because i watched this a year or so ago and it was full of short stories including one with tacky toy size robots.Wasn't there another one with a small girl turning into a deadly cat?I'm regretting not keeping this on tape now which is normally my policy for spaghetti/euro westerns and  British Horror regardless of the quality!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on December 23, 2005, 09:28:41 AM
Yes Asylum was an Amicus movie, not one of their best. It had a good spooky main theme though. I can't remember if it had the cat story right now. There was another film called the Uncanny about "77 with Cushing and Pleasence i believe, which had if i recall correctly cat themed stories.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 24, 2005, 04:48:07 AM
I'm terribly guilty of taping so many of these British horrors watching them the once then filing them away-i'm gonna have to resolve this in the New Year methinks.
From what i recall about the Uncanny i pretty much liked every story especially the one with the vicious cats that were trying to stop whoever from ripping of  inheritance from a cat lover.This one comes up on the Horror Channel every now and again i notice.Another movie i really enjoyed of the Horror Channel which they don't seem to want to repeat is the Monster Club starring the brilliant but very ageing Vincent Price and again this is made up of 4 short stories-please repeat it Horror Channel!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on December 26, 2005, 03:40:01 AM
I got round to watching the excellent Special Edition version of the Wicker Man on Xmas Day and the picture quality of the extended Directors Cut is pretty good and i see that this was in part due to the augmentation of the shorter theatrical version where possible.Interestingly there is an extra scene in the theatrical version that isn't in the Directors Cut and i'm very surprised that the DVD people didn't insert it into the longer film!!This is the scene where Willow takes in Howeys breakfast into his bedroom, the morning after she tries to entice him with her wall slapping Willows Song.
The Mark Kermode conducted commentary track featuring Christopher Lee,Edward Woodward and Robin Hardy is very spontaneous and obviously done on the one take.Woodward even confuses the scene where he is preying on his bed while Ash Buchanan is getting his oats from Willow,with the Willows Song scene.
Finally the Wicker Man Enigma documentary and Christopher Lee/Robin Hardy TV interview are both excellent and help make this 2dvd set unbelievable value-it cost me less than a fiver from Amazon!!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 27, 2005, 04:47:25 AM
It's a very good DVD, gald you enjoyed it banjo.  :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: boardwalk_angel on February 28, 2006, 10:59:12 PM
City of the Dead is a fantastic movie

I just watched it...& really enjoyed it. For a movie shot entirely in a studio...w/ a miniscule budget, it really delivers. Atmospheric..creepy...well done.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 01, 2006, 03:08:59 AM
Good to hear you liked it  Boardwalk Angel.I've only watched it once having taped it of the British Horror channel and i think it deserves another viewing-i recall this movie in b&w has got some great creepy atmosphere and Christopher Lee is in fine form.
   I picked up the SE Omen DVD cheaply recently which i've yet to watch and i'm patiently waiting for the two sequels to drop to a similar price(£4).I think the whole trilogy is of a very high standard-even though the Damien-Omen is a retread of the original-Omen 3's almost as good as the first though!I much prefer these psychological type horrors which i find much more scary than the unimaginative gore fests of recent years.
   Theres been rather alot of horror on British TV just very recently and i'm gonna have to stop being a lazy sod and post here any future tv listings!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on March 01, 2006, 05:12:49 AM
I suppose you've heard of the new film banjo, coming out on the 06.06.06  ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 01, 2006, 06:36:20 PM
Talking of Robin Hardy THE FANTASIST. Here's my review, from another board:

Written and directed by Robin Hardy, if ever proof were needed that the auture theory is bollocks, this awful piece of crap is it. The only possible resemblence it bears to the estemed "other" Hardy film THE WICKER MAN is it's interest in kinky sex, which it reveles in in a rather squalid way (which left me feeling queasy), and it's main protaganist being drawn into a trap.

If it could be said to fall into any sub-genre of horror it would be one of two. Either the "all men are bastards" one, or the "Ugh, weren't the eighties so shit!" one.

Young coutry girl Moira Harris puts off taking over her uncle's farm for a year of living in the "big city" of Dublin, which judging by this this film was a right ugly dump in the '80's. Or "That cess pit." as Harris's mum puts it.

Once in the cess pit she soon finds herself caught up with an unbearble group of eccentrics, including her virgin but sex obsessed room mate, her punch bag of a next door neighbour and her irritating, sex obsessed American husband and her sex obsessed co-worker. He's a weirdy beardy, tweedy type with a baloon fetish, who's idea of a good seduction technique is to ask girls to "Rub my tummy". He's probabaly a virgin 'n all, though that hussy Harris admits that she's done it the once.

Later she becomes aquainted with a one legged copper, who, just to complicate things for the drab cast of charaters, is investigating a nutter going round Dublin, stalking women on the telephone and then stripping them naked and stabbing them repeatedly in the back. Indeed the film opens with such a scene, and I've rarely seen such a downright nasty and gleefuly mysoginistic bit of warped film making in my life. It makes Jess Franco look like Andrea Dworkin. To make things worse, the movie looks like it was shot on the cheapest, most degraded 16mm film stock ever produced, assuming this was all they could afford - it merely adds to the sleazy feeling of much of the film. Bits of it are suddenly, jarringly played as bawdy comedy, but in the context of the rest of the film it merely feels like extremely bad taste.

The killer could be any of the above blokes, and the film turns into a who-dunnit. The victims all recieve a postcard of Roccoco painter Boucher's extravigantly erotic painting of Irish courtisan Louise O'Murphy before they are killed, and the "why-dunnit" involves that fact that the killer is obsessed by this image.

I won't say any more, for risk of giving away any of the plot to those of you brave enough to seek out this rubbish and watch it for yourselves. I'll just say it's abysmally written, performed with some confusion, dreadfully photographed and directed and has some dire, typical '80's music by Level 42, who also appear in the film at one point. Their bass player is slapping on one of those hidious 80's bass guitars with the neck cut off. Yeeeeuch! Ugly ugly ugly film!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 02, 2006, 06:26:57 AM
Interesting write-up Juan Miranda.On its launch a couple or so years ago the Horror channel was showing this regularly and i'm kicking myself for not giving it a look despite the fact it sounds like a total stinker!
Leone Admirer i haven't heard of the new movie coming out on the 6th June.Is it a remake of the original or is it Omen 5?
I hired an Omen 4 video many years ago and can barely remember a thing about it apart from the fact it had a devil girl instead of a boy and it was not very good!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on March 02, 2006, 10:50:52 AM
It's a remake, directed by John Moore and starring Liev Schreiber, Mia Farrow and Julia Styles
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466909/


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 03, 2006, 09:06:20 AM
Not another flipping Hollywood remake!!!
I must admit though we hired out the  War of the Worlds remake DVD the other week and apart from the annoying stupidity of Tom Cruises kids i think in this case the special effects made this movie compulsive.
Blimey i'm not becoming a convert to these CGI effects,am i?
About this Omen remake apart from Mia Farrow i haven't heard of the director or the other names you mention.What do you reckon about these Leone Admirer?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 03, 2006, 11:57:25 AM
Not another flipping Hollywood remake!!!
I must admit though we hired out the  War of the Worlds remake DVD the other week and apart from the annoying stupidity of Tom Cruises kids i think in this case the special effects made this movie compulsive.
Blimey i'm not becoming a convert to these CGI effects,am i?
About this Omen remake apart from Mia Farrow i haven't heard of the director or the other names you mention.What do you reckon about these Leone Admirer?


i hate to go off topic but, since we are in a discussion of remakes and this is also a thread of british horror films...i wanted to let everybody know of the horrible news that will befall us soon.

hollywood(in there infinite wisdom) has decided to remake DONT LOOK NOW. while i personally think the film could use a bit of a fixer upper, now i just wish they wouldnt touch the film after what i heard what they plan to do with the remake.


they plan NOT to have...

*spoilers!!!*


the dwarf as a part of the movie. that is correct the dwarf will not be in the remake.


*spoiler ends*

explain to me why would they leave that element out of the remake. that was the whole point to the original. was it not? also they want to add more sex scenes. so now this has turned into "lets try to top the long sex scene in the original" type situation.


sigh

i must admit..I'll still go see it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 03, 2006, 12:28:57 PM
hollywood(in there infinite wisdom) has decided to remake DONT LOOK NOW.

I mentioned it on page one and page two of this thread already.

And here:

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=2015.15


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 03, 2006, 12:35:41 PM
I mentioned it on page one and page two of this thread already.

And here:

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=2015.15


sorry about that. I just read the start of the thread and figured that was the end of DONT LOOK NOW and everybody would move on to other horror flicks.  I guess i will have to read the rest of the thread before i type stuff in the future.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on March 03, 2006, 03:43:28 PM
Not another flipping Hollywood remake!!!
I must admit though we hired out the  War of the Worlds remake DVD the other week and apart from the annoying stupidity of Tom Cruises kids i think in this case the special effects made this movie compulsive.
Blimey i'm not becoming a convert to these CGI effects,am i?
About this Omen remake apart from Mia Farrow i haven't heard of the director or the other names you mention.What do you reckon about these Leone Admirer?

I'm not sure to be honest banjo. Moore's remake of Flight Of The Phoenix was poor and Behind Enemy Lines didn't really work for me (even though it was edited in the building where I work). I do have a bad feeling about this and I'm not really a big Julia Styles fan. M


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 03, 2006, 10:50:46 PM
what is the title of the christopher lee dracula movie with pot smoking hippies? saw it so many years ago i cannot remember the title.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on March 04, 2006, 07:59:39 AM
Dracula AD 1972 i think is the one you mean. The next one Satanic Rites of Dracula also had a modern day setting.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 05, 2006, 06:00:56 PM
Dracula AD 1972 i think is the one you mean. The next one Satanic Rites of Dracula also had a modern day setting.


yeah that is the one thanks.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 06, 2006, 03:36:52 AM
Just to be Mr. Pedantic (as usual), THE OMEN actually is a British film.
Juan Miranda,considering the London,Yorkshire and Cornwall locations would you call Omen 3 a British Horror film even though most of the actors are American?
It will be interesting to see if the Omen remake sticks to the original with the American ambassador based in England.Theres so many great actors,British and American,that its hard to see a remake coming up to the same standard and can one imagine an Omen movie without the very scary Jerry Goldsmith music?
Like Leone Admirer i'm very dubious about a rekake of the original which for me has always been the best and most frightening horror film-the Exorcists great but the demon girl makes me laugh wih all the neck twisting and vomitting-the medical test involving the tube inserted into Regans neck is truly disturbing though!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 06, 2006, 05:03:26 AM
Juan Miranda,considering the London,Yorkshire and Cornwall locations would you call Omen 3 a British Horror film even though most of the actors are American?

Question is already answered, Page 1, post 6, Banjo. (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/icon_lol1.gif)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 06, 2006, 06:24:54 AM
Oh yes a US production!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 12, 2006, 10:59:29 AM
For any DON'T LOOK NOW fans out there, check out my guide to it's Venice locations here:

http://britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/board/index.php?act=ST&f=5&t=5807&s=8487abcd7acaa086291c266d8c1439a8

If anybody has any info on locations in the movie not covered, please let me know. I'm very keen on the subject, as you may have guessed. :D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 13, 2006, 06:45:55 AM
Cheers for that-did you see one of the Sunday newspapers were giving away free DLN dvds last weekend?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 13, 2006, 11:00:46 AM
Wow. I didn't know there were horror fans here too. Apart from kung fu movies(particularly Shaw Bros.)horror is my favorite genre. Some of my fave Brit horrors are LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES-a film until a few years ago was not highly regarded while the vastly inferior(but not without its moments)CAPTAIN KRONOS received more attention. Originally Dracula was not to be part of the story but as the Dracula character was popular in Hong Kong at the time the Shaws at the last minute requested he be included. VAMPIRE CIRCUS-if it had been completed no doubt it would be one of Hammers best but is there best 70s film. TWINS OF EVIL-hands down the best of the Karnstein trilogy and dynamite performances from Peter Cushing(whose wife had just passed away)and Michael Damian. CITY OF THE DEAD-Excellent horror from 1960 with absolutely creepy atmosphere on par with the equally magnificent BLACK SUNDAY. HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD-IMO, Amicus' best anthology with good production values, a witty script(particularly the comical swipe at Christopher Lee during the final story), spooky house, spooky music, Chris Lee, Peter Cushing, John Pertwee, Denholm Elliott, Geoffrey Bayldon and Ingrid Pitt all star. CIRCUS OF HORRORS(1960)-way ahead of its time in terms of exploitation elements both suggestive and visual. Anton Diffring plays a  Doctor who takes up residence in Donald Pleasance's circus and conducts cosmetic surgery on beautiful women who suffered scars and deformations during the war. He forces them to stay within the circus and causes gruesome "accidents" to befall those who want to leave the big top. SCARS OF DRACULA-although camps are divided on this one it's one of my faves because Lee is given more to do as well as more dialog than all his Draculas combined, nice touches from the novel this time out like Dracula scaling a wall, startling scenes of violence and gore(particularly where Dracula tortures Patrick Troughton with a burning sword), Draculas resurrection is both nasty and original this time out and another fine score. There's too many more to mention so I'll stop there for now.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 13, 2006, 01:30:46 PM
You should check out the British horror film's forum, Arizona Colt. With you're knowledge and enthusiasm, I'm sure you'd be made very welcome.

http://britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/board

They like... new blood.

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Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on April 13, 2006, 03:59:39 PM
I just today received a DVD of CASTLE OF BLOOD [DANSE MACABRE] directed by Antonio Margeriti and starring Barbara Steele. This is the full version with some added scenes in French with English subtitles. can't wait to see it!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 13, 2006, 04:17:27 PM
Whats Black Sunday about Arizona Colt?
I really love the Camilla trilogy too and Ingrid Pitts wonderful in Vampire Lovers!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 13, 2006, 07:40:16 PM
Didn't mean to sound exclusive when I mentioned the BHF board earlier, by the way. If you like horror films I think its the best on the net.

Whats Black Sunday about?

This is actually an Italian film directed (and photographed) by Mario Bava. It's often mentioned in Brit horror context, because it was an early Italian response to Hammer Studio's run away success in the Gothic horror genre, released in 1960. It was cut to shreds by the British censor, and it's only fairly recently that a fully uncut and excellent region 1 DVD has been released.

Bava's film, starring the intensly gorgous Barbera Steele, was easily the equal of any of most of Hammer's output at that time (if not better), and certainly beat them hand's down in terms of shock effects and gore. Just a shame we had to wait for around 40 years to see it properly! Same old story with almost any pre-1990's horror in the UK.

Hammer's DRACULA is a more important work in terms of sheer iconography, for me. And Hammer's 1960 vampire film THE BRIDES OF DRACULA easily beats the Bava film in every department but the gore and the beauty of it's leading lady, British ex pat Ms. Steele. Well worth seeing.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054067/


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 14, 2006, 04:12:38 AM
You should check out the British horror film's forum, Arizona Colt. With you're knowledge and enthusiasm, I'm sure you'd be made very welcome.

http://britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/board

They like... new blood.

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Hey Juan Miranda-i've just checked out the new horror board and it looks absolutely brilliant-how long's this been going-i'm gonna have to go through my Brit Horror collection as i can't remember most of them very well.Do you have a personal fave top 5 or 10-maybe there should be a poll at some point unless of course its done on the other board-i'm gonna have to register as soon as i think of an alias!
Thanks for the Black Sunday info :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 14, 2006, 04:27:05 AM
Oh Yeah,Vampire Circus is on tonight(Good Friday) on British TV-pretty good i remember!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 14, 2006, 07:06:08 AM
Do you have a personal fave top 5 or 10-maybe there should be a poll at some point.

There was a pretty exhustive top 100 poll recently on the Brit horror board. The guy who runs it liked the thread so much he's pinned it.

http://britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/board/index.php?s=847dc221eb98e5baed72f1d2b6acbd0e&act=ST&f=19&t=5399&st=0

The forum has been going for 3 or 4 years, but only recently managed to shake off a series of hacker attacks and mysterious crashes. It's all working fine now (we hope!).

Like this here Leone forum, it seems to be one of the very few on the web where chatting about movies in an intelligent and adult way is positivly encouraged, and flamers, trolls and annoying bratty teenagers writing as though they are using text messaging (U NO WOT I MEEN?) are thankfully absent.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 14, 2006, 11:15:20 PM
Hey Banjo, if you can still locate it Image Entertainment released a gorgeous DVD of BLACK SUNDAY a few years back along with several other Bava classics such as BAY OF BLOOD(TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE), BARON BLOOD, and THREE FACES OF FEAR aka BLACK SABBATH. They also released Bava's venture into spaghetti western territory ROY COLT & WINCHESTER JACK. Also from Image one of my all time favorites, the Brit-spanish co-production HORROR EXPRESS. If you've never seen this you owe it to yourself to track down the Image DVD as it's one of the finest double acts for Cushing and Lee who both get to deliver some priceless lines throughout. The story is way ahead of its time and also features Kojak himself, Telly Savalas! Another fave of mine while not a Brit horror but features Cushing is a nifty little shocker entitled SHOCK WAVES. Nazi zombies rise from the depths of the ocean to terrorize vacationers stranded on an island whose sole inhabitant is Peter Cushing who we learn was involved in experiments to turn murderers, psychopaths and sadists into unstoppable killing machines that could function in desert climates, underwater, etc....A truly creepy soundtrack and a nice SHOCK ending round out the feature.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 15, 2006, 03:54:27 AM
Cheers Arizona Colt!!!
Yes i have Horror Express on video tape but none of the very interesting other titles you mention-and i've never heard of Bava's Roy Colt and Winchester Jack-is it any good and are there any horror elements like in Django Kill and 4 of the Apocalypse?
Shock Waves sounds very enticing too-i like movies spiced up a bit with those evil Nazi types!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 15, 2006, 04:40:59 PM
Cheers Arizona Colt!!!
Roy Colt and Winchester Jack-


its an awful film Banjo. Minus an opening shoot out joke(they shoot a cripples crutches off) all the other jokes are stale and unfunny. It is unbearable to watch actually. it would be featured on my crap reviews but I did not see all of it. saw it late one night on Encore westerns.

and no there is no horror elements(non that I saw anyway!)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 15, 2006, 04:42:47 PM
Don't you ever videotape any of these sws on tv if only to boost your collection? ::)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 15, 2006, 04:43:53 PM
Don't you ever videotape any of these sws on tv if only to boost your collection? ::)

hell I wish I could. My vcr hasnt worked in years!
Chino was on today! couldnt tape it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 15, 2006, 04:47:56 PM
Chino's(a Euro i think!) on sattelite tv regularly and i must get round to taping-but from glimpses it doesn't look all that good! :o


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 15, 2006, 06:11:43 PM
Chino's(a Euro i think!) on sattelite tv regularly and i must get round to taping-but from glimpses it doesn't look all that good! :o

its very anti-climactic as I hear...
Chino is a peaceful farmer who falls in love with a big rancher's(also a land grabber) daughter. the big rancher does not approve of this and has Chino beaten to a pulp. Chino recovers and instead of seeking revenge he burns down his ranch so that the land grabbing big rancher cannot take it...it ends there.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 15, 2006, 07:31:57 PM
excellent, "Chino" is on again tonight. this time I will see it.


I realize this is going a wee bit off topic so I will stop now.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 16, 2006, 09:35:48 AM
Tell me what you think and i may make a point of investigating myself!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 16, 2006, 09:37:09 PM
Tell me what you think and i may make a point of investigating myself!

couldnt. The damn satellite always has a way of screwing me over when I want to catch "Chino". It wasnt working the other night. It will be on again I am sure...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 22, 2006, 12:24:11 PM

Shock Waves sounds very enticing too-i like movies spiced up a bit with those evil Nazi types!


shock waves is a hammer film?
I always thought it was a cheap American production...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 23, 2006, 06:54:23 AM
Juan Miranda says its not British but does have the great Peter Cushing!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 23, 2006, 07:14:05 AM
Juan Miranda says its not British but does have the great Peter Cushing!

I did? Don't remember doing so, but I was right.  ;) It's a US production, shot in Florida.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 23, 2006, 07:15:08 AM
Sorry,i meant Arizona Colt! ::)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 23, 2006, 10:05:22 AM
I did? Don't remember doing so, but I was right.  ;) It's a US production, shot in Florida.


I thought so...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 23, 2006, 11:09:35 PM
I believe I stated that SHOCK WAVES wasn't a Brit production but did feature Peter Cushing and is an excellent suspensful horror picture with a truly creepy soundtrack, several seriously spooky sequences involving the zombies simply standing still just watching there victims and a great shock ending. It's been a favorite of mine since I saw it on SHOCK THEATER as a kid.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 23, 2006, 11:11:23 PM
I believe I stated that SHOCK WAVES wasn't a Brit production but did feature Peter Cushing and is an excellent suspensful horror picture with a truly creepy soundtrack, several seriously spooky sequences involving the zombies simply standing still just watching there victims and a great shock ending. It's been a favorite of mine since I saw it on SHOCK THEATER as a kid.

I'll have to check it out but I always thought zombie Nazis was always a silly idea(that wont stop me from watching it though). either way Blue underground has a copy and its transfer is bound to be excellent.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 12:02:01 AM
Actually I thought the transfer was lacking(apparently this was the only known print to be found) as I used to have the old Prism tape which had much better picture quality. Still, the graininess of the BU disc adds to the experience of seeing it late at night on SHOCK THEATER. The Nazi zombies here are definitely not silly. Particularly unsettling are the scenes during a storm where they are merely watching the stranded tourists from a distance just standing there and another where Cushing, spotting them off in the distance, tries to make them halt as they watch him before submerging below the depths.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 12:03:57 AM
Actually I thought the transfer was lacking(apparently this was the only known print to be found) as I used to have the old Prism tape which had much better picture quality.

strange, they usually have wonderful transfers.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 12:19:35 AM
I believe that was the explaination given on the back of the box or on the commentary that this print was the only one they could find. It's fine but it's not outstanding like say there disc of Fulci's ZOMBIE.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 12:21:43 AM
Fulci's ZOMBIE.

I am tempted to buy it, but i was thinking I just might go with the sequel instead. they say that "Zombie 2" is everything "zombie" isnt.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 12:28:17 AM
Wait Firecracker, ZOMBIE is the italian release title for a film known here as DAWN OF THE DEAD(1979). ZOMBIE 2 is the italian release title for Fulci's film which here was christened as just ZOMBIE. This was then followed by ZOMBIE 3(only partially directed by Fulci)1989 and ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH 1990. It's a bit confusing I know.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 12:29:20 AM
Wait Firecracker, ZOMBIE is the italian release title for a film known here as DAWN OF THE DEAD(1979). ZOMBIE 2 is the italian release title for Fulci's film which here was christened as just ZOMBIE. This was then followed by ZOMBIE 3(only partially directed by Fulci)1989 and ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH 1990. It's a bit confusing I know.

but you said it was "Fulci's zombie" not George a romero. ???


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 12:43:22 AM
Yes, Fulci's ZOMBIE. Media Blasters released an excellent 2 disc set with the original italian title ZOMBIE 2 on the front of the box. When you stated you heard that Z2 was everything Z wasn't you confused me as Fulci's film was released here in the US as simply ZOMBIE. In Italy it was released as ZOMBIE 2 as an unauthorized sequel to Romeros DAWN OF THE DEAD which was released there as ZOMBIE. Supposedly Fulci's film outgrossed Romero's internationally. I also after several years obtained an original US poster of ZOMBIE with that immortal picture of the maggot infested zombie visage with the tagline "we are going to eat you!"


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 12:47:41 AM
Yes, Fulci's ZOMBIE. Media Blasters released an excellent 2 disc set with the original italian title ZOMBIE 2 on the front of the box. When you stated you heard that Z2 was everything Z wasn't you confused me as Fulci's film was released here in the US as simply ZOMBIE. In Italy it was released as ZOMBIE 2 as an unauthorized sequel to Romeros DAWN OF THE DEAD which was released there as ZOMBIE. Supposedly Fulci's film outgrossed Romero's internationally. I also after several years obtained an original US poster of ZOMBIE with that immortal picture of the maggot infested zombie visage with the tagline "we are going to eat you!"


I understand now.

how would you rate it?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 12:58:19 AM
Fulci's ZOMBIE is inarguably a 10 out of 10. You'd be hard pressed to find somebody that's a horror fan who'd disagree. Gave me many sleepless nights when I saw it as a kid in 84.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 01:00:51 AM
Fulci's ZOMBIE is inarguably a 10 out of 10. You'd be hard pressed to find somebody that's a horror fan who'd disagree. Gave me many sleepless nights when I saw it as a kid in 84.

well I have become disenchanted with the horror genre now that I am older. everything fails to frighten me. I have recently turned to really old horror films for some type of scare. I dont know whether it is just the make-up but Nosferatu is one of the creepiest vampires of all time!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 01:01:28 AM
forgot to mention I saw "Silent Hill" last night.

worth a view.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 01:05:17 AM
I hated the game version. Resident Evil is probably my favorite game but I absolutely abhor the movies. I read Christoph Gans, who directed the excellent BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF directed SILENT HILL so I may like it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 01:07:11 AM
hate all survival horror games. The controls are always cluncky. Its like the game developers just want you to run into a wall as a zombie is chasing you.


bastards >:(


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 01:22:03 AM
You should go out right now and buy RESIDENT EVIL 4 for Gamecube or the new one for PS2. The best game ever. Supremely Intense game that will require about 25 hours to finish. Great controls and completely overhauled gameplay as opposed to earlier entries.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 01:23:27 AM
You should go out right now and buy RESIDENT EVIL 4 for Gamecube or the new one for PS2. The best game ever. Supremely Intense game that will require about 25 hours to finish. Great controls and completely overhauled gameplay as opposed to earlier entries.


I have heard nothing but good things about it. I will pick up a copy one day. Right now video games have been absent from my life for a long time. I rather like it this way too, I spend less money that way...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 01:41:55 AM
I only spent 30 dollars for the GC version. The only reason I bought a GC along with STAR WARS ROGUE SQUADRON 3. I heard the PS2 version didn't lose much in the way of graphics.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 01:44:40 AM
I only spent 30 dollars for the GC version. The only reason I bought a GC along with STAR WARS ROGUE SQUADRON 3.


rogue squadron 3 was huge disappointment when compared to part two.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 01:53:22 AM
Part 2 is included as a co-op game on the third game. My only beef with it is that I wish the entire game had the original music as opposed to parts of it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 01:59:32 AM
Part 2 is included as a co-op game on the third game.


yes I know but you dont get the feel for it because you can only play it split screen.

Part 2 is the superior game.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 02:08:17 AM
If I can still find it I will pick it up. I have about five games I've not finished yet and I haven't picked up a controller for around 6 months. Sometimes I'll play for a couple of weeks and then not play for a couple months. One game I wish would get made is RED DEAD REVOLVER 2 as I'm a HUGE fan of the original.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 02:11:10 AM
One game I wish would get made is RED DEAD REVOLVER 2 as I'm a HUGE fan of the original.

amen to that. I think the last one tanked though(go figure its a western, a genre nobody will give a chance to anymore) so there will be no hope for a sequel.

too bad. they could really expand on the first one.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 02:21:01 AM
It's a part of PS2's greatest hits list so it must have sold at least a million copies as that is the criteria to be sold as a greatest hits.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 02:21:58 AM
It's a part of PS2's greatest hits list so it must have sold at least a million copies as that is the criteria to be sold as a greatest hits.

really? did not know this. then there is no excuse for the hold up of a sequel.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 24, 2006, 02:28:02 AM
At first I thought the new western game GUN was going to be teh sequel but as it turned out it wasn't.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 02:28:37 AM
At first I thought the new western game GUN was going to be teh sequel but as it turned out it wasn't.

and it also turned out that "Gun" wasnt as exciting.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 24, 2006, 10:03:28 AM

I understand now.

how would you rate it?

I've just gotta add, ZOMBIE, known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS in the UK (just to add even more confusion) has one of the all time greatest bikini's in screen history.

Although not the world's greatest Fulci fan, I do rate this one a lot, and was lucky enough to see an excellent uncut print of it at the ICA cinema a few years ago.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 24, 2006, 02:03:30 PM
I've just gotta add, ZOMBIE, known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS in the UK (just to add even more confusion) has one of the all time greatest bikini's in screen history.


even better than Ursula Andrew's bikini in "Dr. no"?
And what of Princess Leia's slave girl bikini in "Return of the jedi"?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 25, 2006, 11:24:16 AM
Actually I believe Juan Miranda is referring to the "lack of" a bikini as worn by Auretta Gay it's a "true" one piece. I could watch that scene all day. Taking nothing away from the rest of the film of course.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 04:11:50 PM
Actually I believe Juan Miranda is referring to the "lack of" a bikini as worn by Auretta Gay it's a "true" one piece. I could watch that scene all day. Taking nothing away from the rest of the film of course.


mmm...methinks I have to check out "Zombie 2" then.
It has been sitting comfortably on a shelf at best buy for ten bucks for awhile. Watch...when I go next time with the intention to buy the dvd it will be gone :o
it always happens.  :(


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 04:57:33 PM
"Alien" and "Aliens" are both considered british horror films!?
what? ???


I thought these two were American productions...

well either way my thoughts on these two films...

Alien: used to love it as a kid, but watching it again recently I see that it hasnt aged well...or maybe it is just that nothing happens within the first hour. It is much to slow.

Aliens: I consider this more of an action movie than anything else. keeps the tension high, very good film with great action scenes. The queen alien still looks terrific!
great stuff.


stay away from the 3rd entry. The last entry is worth a look just for its badness.

And for those who are daring you may want to check out the "Predator v.s. Alien" movie just for kicks.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: franksgrandson on April 25, 2006, 05:26:47 PM
I am a fan of the Aliens series and Predator I like a good si-fi adveture horror movie and these are really classy films.
Another favourite of mine was an old Richard Burton film called the Medusa Touch, Lee Remick of The Omen was in that as well.
a pretty good effort of British horror.
And need I say more Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price they were my childhood heroes, double bill of horror on Saturday night on BBC2 scared out of my head, Now when I rewatch them I still love them but kick myself for getting scared hahaha


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 25, 2006, 05:32:15 PM
The first three ALIEN films were all indeed British, with almost the entire cast of the 1 and 3 British, all 3 films shot in Britain with British technicians and in the case of ALIEN, a British director.

And yes, ALIEN3. I prefere to think it never happened.

Shame ALIEN is an almost total rip of off of Mario Bava's 1968 Italian film, PLANET OF THE VAMIRES.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 05:33:48 PM
PLANET OF THE VAMIRES.


I'll have to check this out.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 25, 2006, 05:40:08 PM
Another favourite of mine was an old Richard Burton film called the Medusa Touch, Lee Remick of The Omen was in that as well.

Pure unadultarated genius! I saw this at the movies when it first came out, and a soused old Burton gives one of his greatest ever performances as the man who can create disasters. Far more convincing, meanacing and intense than most of the work he put into more "serious" and "prestigious" films.

The movie deals with a great deal of the fears then prevelant in the 1970's, the Apollo 13 mission failure, the dangers of nuclear power (the 3 Mile Island disaster happened within a few weeks of the film's premier) etc. But it's the film's opening disaster which is now the most chilling and prophetic, that of a passenger airliner being deliberatly flown into into a skyscraper.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 25, 2006, 05:46:17 PM
"Alien" and "Aliens" are both considered british horror films!?
what? ???


I thought these two were American productions...

well either way my thoughts on these two films...

Alien: used to love it as a kid, but watching it again recently I see that it hasnt aged well...or maybe it is just that nothing happens within the first hour. It is much to slow.

Aliens: I consider this more of an action movie than anything else. keeps the tension high, very good film with great action scenes. The queen alien still looks terrific!
great stuff.


stay away from the 3rd entry. The last entry is worth a look just for its badness.

And for those who are daring you may want to check out the "Predator v.s. Alien" movie just for kicks.
Alien is the better movie for me in that the suspense(like in Jaws!) makes it alot scarier.The more and more we see of the Alien in later enties ruins it for me!Aliens 2 is the last decent effort in the series but this plays more like a "lets go and get 'em boys" Rambo type movie.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 05:54:06 PM
Alien is the better movie for me in that the suspense(like in Jaws!) makes it alot scarier.The more and more we see of the Alien in later enties ruins it for me!Aliens 2 is the last decent effort in the series but this plays more like a "lets go and get 'em boys" Rambo type movie.

like I said...more of an action movie.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 25, 2006, 06:00:05 PM
Alien is THE real horror film in the series.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 06:01:25 PM
Alien is THE real horror film in the series.
agreed.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 25, 2006, 06:03:19 PM
agreed.

Ahhrrrr! You sounded just like "Young Noodles" there. ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 06:03:50 PM
Ahhrrrr! You sounded just like "Young Noodles" there. ;)


 :( sorry.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 25, 2006, 06:48:55 PM
Have you just signed up at the Brit Horror Board, Firecracker?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 25, 2006, 06:50:38 PM
Yeah Firecracker which Brit Horrors do you have and what are your favourites?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 06:51:04 PM
Have you just signed up at the Brit Horror Board, Firecracker?
indeed I have. :)
how did ya know?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 06:52:50 PM
Yeah Firecracker which Brit Horrors do you have and what are your favourites?

I have very few. I signed in just so I can get a better feel of the genre.

I have seen...

Fright Night
Dr. Phibes
Alien
Aliens
 and others I dont recall just now...
check my post as the "crypt kicker 5 member"
on british horror films board. I have the complete list there.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 25, 2006, 06:59:14 PM
Don't they show much on USA tv?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 07:01:34 PM
Don't they show much on USA tv?
not to my knowledge...
Late nights is when they usually show obscure horror movies but I am not waiting for 4am to roll around just to see a film on television.

either that or wait for halloween to come back, then they show all types of horror stuff on the tele.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 25, 2006, 07:08:40 PM
Thats a shame-British tv is very generous with the old Hammer type stuff and i built up my collection purely by taping within about 3/4 years!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 07:17:19 PM
Thats a shame-British tv is very generous with the old Hammer type stuff and i built up my collection purely by taping within about 3/4 years!

we mostly get american horror films from the 80's. I am not complaining. Films like "Pumpkin head" are wonderfully trashy and entertaining.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 25, 2006, 11:41:49 PM
If you have dish network there is Monsters HD and there is the Horror Channel, Fangoria TV, the Drive-In Channel on canadian cable. Showtime Beyond frequently shows Vincent Price movies and others like AT THE EARTHS CORE and GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE with the great William Smith as a vampire!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2006, 11:43:48 PM
I have showtime Beyond, but they usually show crappy television movie rejects from the scfi channel.
"Return of the living dead:7 body count" anyone?


also I forgot to mention I have seen a lot of Vincent price films!

"The Tingler" is wonderful.

are they all british?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 26, 2006, 12:08:44 AM
No. THE TINGLER is one of William Castle's films who also helmed another Price classic HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. My fave Price flicks are the two PHIBES movies, THEATER OF BLOOD(heavy classic) and WITCHFINDER GENERAL. FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM would be one if Price were in it more as it's a surprisingly nasty late 80s horror anthology that Price wished he never did as he didn't realize it was going to be so bloody and violent.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 26, 2006, 12:11:16 AM
FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM would be one if Price were in it more as it's a surprisingly nasty late 80s horror anthology that Price wished he never did as he didn't realize it was going to be so bloody and violent.

yeah Price was pretty classy when it came to his horror films.

I think the first Phibes pushed the envelope i some places though(for a Price film).

example the "crushing frog mask".


also have you seen "Last man on earth" that is a fun view.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 26, 2006, 12:13:59 AM
Yes and the Charlton Heston version THE OMEGA MAN.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 26, 2006, 12:15:01 AM
THE OMEGA MAN.

"Omega Man" was fun but it leaned more towards an action film than a horror.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 26, 2006, 12:18:03 AM
I forgot to mention another fave Price flick THE RAVEN. I can watch that over and over. Jack Nicholson, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Hazel Court. They all had fun on this one.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 26, 2006, 12:21:04 AM
I forgot to mention another fave Price flick THE RAVEN. I can watch that over and over. Jack Nicholson, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Hazel Court. They all had fun on this one.

Always skip it when it comes up on "Encore Mystery". When I found out it has nothing to do with the Edgar Allan Poe poem I kinda lost interest.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 26, 2006, 12:31:27 AM
Oh you've gotta see it! It's more of a comedy with horror elements. Peter Lorre steals the show. It's funnier than COMEDY OF TERRORS with much the same cast although that's a good one too.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 26, 2006, 12:33:30 AM
COMEDY OF TERRORS

I have seen this. I guess I will check out "the Raven" after all...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 26, 2006, 12:37:56 AM
The opening of the film is the only real connection to the poem.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 26, 2006, 05:16:37 AM
we mostly get american horror films from the 80's. I am not complaining. Films like "Pumpkin head" are wonderfully trashy and entertaining.
We tend to get all these American "B" horrors on our sattelite Horror Channel which i avoid totally apart from when it shows the occasional Hellraiser or whatever at 10pm.It started off reasonably well with films like Nothing But The Night,The Shout and The Uncanny but not even these are shown now.At the outset we were promised by the website  a feast of Hammer horrors like Captain Kronos(which i haven't got) and a Peter Cushing season but none of this materialised and they're even showing Vampie High all the time now which i daren't look at >:(


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 26, 2006, 01:57:09 PM
I have been a member at the British Horror board for a little bit over 24 hours now.

First Impression:
Nice setup. A bit more easier to navigate when you have to post with a quote from another then here. However the look of the place kinda hurts the eyes a bit. Sometimes you have get in close to the screen to read what others have written. However I am sure that is just me used to this board(which is far more colorful).

I am a bit uncomfortable with the place due to some members's behavoir (I wont go into specifics) which only reminds me where I really belong, I am talking about HERE of course. :)


you guys are my people.
That doesnt mean I will not go back to the other forum but it just states that this is where I belong.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 27, 2006, 05:30:13 PM
They are obviously in dire need of moderaters,the unwelcome comments made towards you as a new member would be intolerable on this site :(


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on April 27, 2006, 09:20:52 PM
They are obviously in dire need of moderaters,the unwelcome comments made towards you as a new member would be intolerable on this site :(



true

but to save me from looking like a whiner(which by now is probably too late) it was only two members that were the problem I cannot say the same for the rest of the bunch which all sound like decent people.

 As I recall a member from another board say once  "There is always a few bad apples in bunch" ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 28, 2006, 06:09:46 AM
It sounds a bit like they've got their own clique and don't take kindly to newcombers-the" when we were in pampers" cliche perhaps!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 05, 2006, 10:24:59 AM
Attention UK Horror fans-classic Hammer "Hands of The Ripper" is showing on itv4 on Saturday-thats if we've all sobered up from an opening England victory!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 05, 2006, 04:23:26 PM
Correction  :-[ -its on Sunday at 11pm.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on June 07, 2006, 06:00:03 PM
Thanks for the heads up  ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on August 19, 2006, 09:00:04 PM
Banjo...

   I have almost every one of the films you listed on DVD R1 or R2.  I am a Hammer collector and love Hammer films.  Check out my Hammer Poster group which has alot of my original Hammer poster collection on file in the photo section. http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/hammerposters/

I visisted Bray studio's and Oakley Court last may in the UK to see were Hammer filmed  their work.  I can send you some pictures...

Glad to find another British Horror fan...

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on August 20, 2006, 03:19:14 AM
Banjo...

   I have almost every one of the films you listed on DVD R1 or R2.  I am a Hammer collector and love Hammer films.  Check out my Hammer Poster group which has alot of my original Hammer poster collection on file in the photo section. http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/hammerposters/

I visisted Bray studio's and Oakley Court last may in the UK to see were Hammer filmed  their work.  I can send you some pictures...

Glad to find another British Horror fan...

Cheers,

Eric
Cheers Eric and thats a great site you've set up there and i see you are a bit of a rock 'n' roller too!(i take it thats your Les Paul? ::) )
I've been neglecting my British Horror just recently by rapidly expanding my sw collection(i grew up on watching both genres when we only had 3 channels in the UK).By co-incidence my horror DVD collection only started yesterday when i received from a friend Italian dvd editions of Curse Of The Crimson Altar(a new one for me :) ) and Dr Terrors House Of Horrors,and my appetite may have been whetted to get some more! ::)
   Please feel free to litter this thread with some of your pictures because as you can see theres a few others here that enjoy these films.  ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on August 21, 2006, 04:39:17 AM
I watched Curse Of The Crimon Altar yesterday-a very good 60's horror with Christopher Lee AND Boris Karloff.In Jonathan Sothcotts "The Cult Films Of Christopher Lee" theres a photo still of some nude footage absent from the British version but apparently exists in continental versions.Similar stills are on the sleeve of the Italian dvd but very surprisingly DON'T appear on the disc itself.The book also states there an impromptu striptease at the party in the continental version-again not on the disc.
Does anyone know here (Juan Miranda?) how much footage there is missing from the British version?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on August 21, 2006, 03:36:28 PM
I watched Curse Of The Crimon Altar yesterday-a very good 60's horror with Christopher Lee AND Boris Karloff.In Jonathan Sothcotts "The Cult Films Of Christopher Lee" theres a photo still of some nude footage absent from the British version but apparently exists in continental versions.Similar stills are on the sleeve of the Italian dvd but very surprisingly DON'T appear on the disc itself.The book also states there an impromptu striptease at the party in the continental version-again not on the disc.
Does anyone know here (Juan Miranda?) how much footage there is missing from the British version?
It's possible Banjo that scenes were shot specifically for the foreign audience as often happened. Such is the case with THE FLESH & THE FIENDS with Peter Cushing. I think CURSE OF THE.... was called THE CRIMSON CULT here. I saw it a few years back. Does the ending feature a house burning down, a spooky attic and one of the characters in a wheel chair? I didn't care for it much. Is this the one with Barbara Steele?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on August 22, 2006, 03:50:05 AM
It's possible Banjo that scenes were shot specifically for the foreign audience as often happened. Such is the case with THE FLESH & THE FIENDS with Peter Cushing. I think CURSE OF THE.... was called THE CRIMSON CULT here. I saw it a few years back. Does the ending feature a house burning down, a spooky attic and one of the characters in a wheel chair? I didn't care for it much. Is this the one with Barbara Steele?
Yes thats the movie and its Boris Karloff in the wheelchair who plays a professor specialising in withcraft.Barbara Steele is the totty in this movie and is the neice of Chris Lees character.
   We're going through a bit of a horror renaisance here at the moment.I went through a period of taping several dozen Hammers etc ,watching them the once and then filing them away.Saw City Of The Dead again yesterday and what a terrific film that is!
Nothing But The Night i watched too-good stuff from the likes of Lee,Cushing and Diana Dors and a great finale of the adults in kids bodies trying to haul Lee into the fire!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on August 22, 2006, 08:37:58 PM
Banjo...

    Great to hear from you!  Glad you liked the posters!  Yes, those are some of my amps etc.  I do play in a Art Rock Psychedelic Raw Blues Power Trio.  Click the link for some live sound Clips of the music and pix... http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=579600 .

   Yes My wife and I love "Curse of the Crimson Altar".  Boris and his man-servant are real hoot!!  Boris has another man servant in Die Monster Die which is very similar.

   Here are some various pix of stuff below.  Glad to be apart of this group!

Cheers,

Eric

My #1 Historic 59 Les Paul Flametop and 1969 Marshall half stack with EP3 Echoplex (you can see the bottom half of my "Kiss of the Vampire" 1963 Hammer poster. The Goldtop is a backup..

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/phase100/RO1.jpg)

Horror of Dracula 1958 poster with real Dry Ice at our Hammer movie night party (a guest in the picture).
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/phase100/Dustincopy.jpg)

Live band show outside with B-Bender Telecaster..
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/phase100/EricBand1copy.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/phase100/Dustincopy.jpg

Visiting Raglan Castle location from "The song Remains the Same" 1976...
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/phase100/Ericraglancopy.jpg

Screen capture from our short band Movie shot on 16mm in 2000..
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/phase100/MetaSpectra3copy.jpg


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on August 23, 2006, 02:39:15 AM
Wow what a great band!! -reminds me of all those blues power trios from the early 70's.I'll have to dig out some of my old Taste LPs ::)
Many thanks for all the great soundclips and stills-i want that Les Paul ;D
Think i'll keep a look out for Die Monster Die-thats a new one on me!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on August 23, 2006, 07:00:50 AM
Quote
Wow what a great band!! -reminds me of all those blues power trios from the early 70's.I'll have to dig out some of my old Taste LPs Roll Eyes
Many thanks for all the great soundclips and stills-i want that Les Paul Grin
Think i'll keep a look out for Die Monster Die-thats a new one on me!

Taste....w/Rory Gallahager was quite good.  I love Power Trio's.  There is alot of room musically to move around in.

Glad you lliked the pix and clips!

Die Monster Die is availalbe from Midnight Movies MGM on DVD and is a great transfer 16x9.  Based on a Lovecraft short called "The Color from out of space".  Great stuff! 1965.

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on August 23, 2006, 10:09:28 AM
Taste....w/Rory Gallahager was quite good.  I love Power Trio's.  There is alot of room musically to move around in.
I'm also a big fan of the Jeff Healey Band -if they're still going  ::).I'm really impressed with your guitar playing and trust that you have a huge following! :)
Cheers Eric for the dvd tip off ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on August 23, 2006, 10:49:44 PM
DIE MONSTER DIE! also has Nick Adams as the hero who if you remember was in numerous westerns and was up for best supporting actor for REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. He was so sure he was going to win he even stood up before the name was called out. It wasn't him though.

Adams was very pompous around this time stating in interviews his disdain for foreign productions. Well, a few months after the Oscars incident Adams was in Japan filming GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO (GREAT MONSTER WAR), FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD (FRANKENSTEIN VS BARAGON) and THE KILLING BOTTLE. his arrogance tempered from his Awards embarassment.

Adams also had a much publicized affair with his co star Kumi Mizuno during his stay in Japan which led to his divorce in the states. Adams was found dead in a hotel shortly after the release of THE KILLING BOTTLE. Cause unknown.

Although he only did three films there, (Russ Tamblyn took his place for WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS aka 2 FRANKENSTEIN MONSTERS: SANDA VS GAIRA) his performances are as good as his Hollywood work. Amongst Kaiju fans he became the most popular of american actors to appear in japanese sci fi.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on August 24, 2006, 01:06:52 PM
I think he did a great job in Die Monster Die....it is one of most spooky API films.  Lot's of great foggy outdoors action.

Cheers,

Eric

Quote
.I'm really impressed with your guitar playing and trust that you have a huge following!


Banjo..We have more fans of this type of music on the global net than locally by far.  People in general are not into what I consider real Art Rock I guess due to a lack of attention span or knowledge of anything beyond five years ago ???.

 In the south there is very little support for original acts and often bands are paid little if anything if it is original music.  Clubs want current acts doing radio pop-material, or cover bands. 

I really do appreciate your compliments....very nice indeed!

Keep posted on the site below for more clips in the near future..


http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=579600


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on August 24, 2006, 03:35:42 PM
I vaguely remember this very trippy British horror film about zombie bikers that came out of their graves every night on their choppers... (quite a sight!)

anybody know the title?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on August 24, 2006, 03:45:11 PM
Psychomania??  I think that is it.

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on August 24, 2006, 03:47:45 PM
Psychomania??  I think that is it.

Eric
Thats it! Thanks!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on August 25, 2006, 01:50:46 AM
I've got that on video,only watched it once but they all worship a frog idol or something,become invincible and create all sorts of carnage and i think Beryl Reid is the lead bikers mum.Its all very silly but fun i recall-I'm gonna have to watch this again very soon! ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on August 25, 2006, 11:12:03 PM
Anyone seen FRIGHT from 1971 starring the beautiful Susan George? She plays a babysitter who is stalked by an insane lunatic that has escaped from an asylum. The couple she is sitting for have a secret all there own. Very creepy movie.

RAW MEAT (DEATHLINE) is another great one sorta remade recently as CREEP, one of the best recent brit horrors along with THE DESCENT. RAW MEAT has Donald Pleasence and Chris Lee in a bit part.

THE FREAKMAKER is another recommended brit horror that has Donald Pleasence again, Tom Baker and a slew of real life freaks. Recently released in an excellent sp edition from Subversive Cinema with a documentary, galleries, 4 lobby card reproductions and a small poster.

CITY OF THE DEAD 1959, CIRCUS OF HORRORS 1959(way ahead of its time) and THEATER OF DEATH 1965 are all recommended the latter for Chris Lee's manic, arrogant performance alone.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on August 26, 2006, 04:57:27 AM
  Thanks Arizona and i've noted down Fright,the Freakmaker and Circus Of Horrors? ;)
   Chris Lee is excellent in Theatre Of Death and unfortunately the movie sadly lacks his presence when he disappears halfway through :(


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on August 26, 2006, 06:26:58 AM
RAW MEAT (DEATHLINE) is another great one

Oh I love DEATHLINE. I became so obsessed with the celebrated long take I even wrote to the film's cinematographer Alex Thomson, to ask him how it was achieved:

http://britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/board/index.php?s=9b513ed357583a129851fbdd1e8b0fa2&act=ST&f=5&t=5436&st=0

I was very impressed by Susan George in FRIGHT, she even gets to suddenly and unexpectedly swear, but thought the rest of the movie was a huge let down. That Ian Bannen could give such superb performances in THE OFFENCE, THE HILL and FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE etc, and yet be such a ham here as "the nutter" is puzzling. I almost expecteding him to start going "Eek! Wibble wibble!" at one point.

DIE, MONSTER, DIE was of course a German film, the thranslation of which is "The, Monster, The".

Ermm...

 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on August 28, 2006, 11:35:55 AM
OK you lot. I had a very pleasant surprise last week when out of the blue I got an e-mail from an old collegue of mine, cinematographer Chris Maris. Turns out he had shot a horror film in Sweden, directed by another old ex-college chum of mine Anders Bank. We were all at VGIK in Moscow together. Chris was in town for the screening.

Called FROSTBITTEN, the film is Sweden's first vampire feature film, and it's brilliant stuff. It's out on DVD at the end of next month, and is well worth a look:

http://www.frostbiten.se/

My review here:

http://britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/board/index.php?act=ST&f=14&t=6816&s=bacc936a002114b21fae6dddff926c5a



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: cigar joe on August 28, 2006, 09:06:58 PM
looks very good.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on October 01, 2006, 07:25:41 AM
Having re-subscribed to Sky Digital into order to be able to watch Englands away football games i've just seen and recorded Hammers Revenge Of Frankenstein.What a neat little film but i don't understand the very end when Baron Frankenstein appears as Dr Frank still with Peter Cushing facade when it seemed clear his brain had been transplanted into another body :o


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 11, 2007, 08:20:04 AM
Having only watched the majority of my British horror films once(shame on me :-[ ) i've now decided to rate them whilst transferring one by one onto dvdr.

**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid

So far its:-

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ***
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****

I picked up Blood On Satans Claw last week and its instantly one of my favourites.Right from the haunting begining credits with that mesmorising creepy but brilliant score this film has a fantastic atmosphere ,a great cast (including the gorgeous Linda Hayden) and original storyline which keeps you gripped throughout.Easily essential as The Wicker Man O0
After reading Jonathan Rigbys (author of English Gothic)recommendation of Witchfinder General i gave this a 2nd look last week but i can't say i'm that keen.Granted the English countryside footage looks great but everything else about this movie is bleak and dreary despite the graphically gory treatment of the suspected witches.Biggest disappointment of all is Vincent Price playing it straight as  Matthew Hopkins-very one dimensional and i prefer seeing him camping it up more in lighter roles.
I agree with Rigbys opinion though that From Beyond The Grave maybe the best of Amicus's short story collection films with not one dodgy storyline which is normally the case and the performances all round are outstanding.I'm gonna have to look at Dr Terrors House Of Horror and House That Dripped Blood again very soon!
Another disappointment was Legend Of Hell House-a haunted house story that Rigby doesn't rate but i got swayed by reviews on IMDB.com.Rigby was right unfortunately-despite the OTT shocks i struggled to stay awake for this one and the ending was a letdown.Do as i didn't do and wait for this one to come up on the tv. :-\
The Frankenstein and Dracula movies are all consistently class acts but probably not the among the best in their respective series.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 11, 2007, 01:56:14 PM
Hey Banjo, here's a few reviews from my DVD catalog in my personal collection--

 ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, THE 1970- Classic black horror comedy starring Vincent Price as a doctor who exacts revenge on the nine doctors who failed to save his dying wife on the operating table. The nine plagues of the Pharaohs are his elaborate tools for revenge. A sequel followed.
 
BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB 1971-Kinda boring Hammer horror outing that is their only Mummy picture to not have a Mummy in the film. A jewel belonging to an evil Egyptian Queen possesses a woman that becomes the tool of the Queens resurrection by murdering all who get in the way. Some gore and a little skin from the gorgeous Valerie Leon barely save it. Based on Bram Stoker’s novel JEWEL OF THE SEVEN STARS. Remade in 1980 as THE AWAKENING with Charlton Heston.

BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, THE 1971-the devilish Linda Hayden uses children to murder their parents to resurrect Satan himself and Patrick Wymark must come to the rescue. Some good gore and a shocking rape scene for the time. The film became a mainstay on Elvira's Movie Macabre.

BEAST MUST DIE, THE 1973-Strange Amicus horror-blaxploitation re-telling of TEN LITTLE INDIANS. A big game hunter invites a group of individuals to his island estate whom all share something in common. The hunter plans to hunt the ultimate quarry, a werewolf which one of his guests happen to be. During the finale the film stops for “the werewolf break” where viewers are given the opportunity to guess who they think is the monster. Let down by a shoddy excuse of a werewolf but still fun. Peter Cushing stars.

BRIDES OF DRACULA 1960- One of the best ever from Hammer Studio’s. A great first film for newbies. Peter Cushing returns as Van Helsing to do battle not with Dracula but one of his disciples. Sumptuous sets, costumes and atmosphere make for a highly recommended horror classic.

CRY OF THE BANSHEE 1969- Disappointing witch hunting movie riding the coattails of the superior WITCHFINDER GENERAL also starring Vincent Price. From Gordon Hessler (GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, PRAY FOR DEATH)

CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE 1957- The Hammer classic that started it all. The first color Frank film and also the first to feature gore (tame by today’s standards). According to star Christopher Lee this film once released in the US single handedly saved Warner Brothers from bankruptcy. A major classic.
 
COUNTESS DRACULA 1970- So-so Hammer horror redeemed only by the performance of Ingrid Pitt even though she is dubbed by another actress. Her beautiful body demands your attention. Not nearly as good as the similarly themed DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS.

CIRCUS OF HORRORS 1960- Grisly British horror starring Anton Diffring as an evil Nazi doctor working as a plastic surgeon under the guise of a traveling circus . Those that want to leave or threaten to reveal who he is meet with gruesome deaths. Its nasty streak was a bit ahead of its time.

COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE 1964- Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff star in this delightful horror comedy that’s not quite as good as the trios previous collaboration THE RAVEN the year previous.  Price & Lorre run a funeral parlor and business becomes slow so they find ways to speed up production. Also features Basil Rathbone in a cameo.

CAPTAIN KRONOS-VAMPIRE HUNTER 1972- Swashbuckling Hammer entry featuring a sword wielding vampire killer who along with his hunchback assistant track a vampire that walks around in daylight and sucks the life essence as opposed to blood. Director Clemens (THE AVENGERS TV series) initially envisioned the film to spin off into a TV series of its own but it bombed at the box office scuppering plans for the show. The cheap sets and lackluster choreography (save for the last fight) showed Hammer were on their last legs. Recommended for Hammer completists only. Caroline Munro also stars.

DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN 1972- Sequel to the classic original. This time Phibes does battle with a group of adventurers looking for the Elixir of Life. Even more elaborate death scenes follow and several cameos from famous British stars and comedians. Vincent Price, Robert Quarry and Peter Cushing.

DRACULA-PRINCE OF DARKNESS 1965- First official sequel to Hammers HORROR OF DRACULA. Chris Lee returned but decided since the script didn’t have anything decent for him to say he was content to perform the role silently. Andrew Keir takes over for Peter Cushing not as Van Helsing but as a priest from a nearby monastery. He is quite good in the role although Cushing is missed.

DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE 1973- Interesting take on the Jekyll and Hyde story. Here, when Jekyll drinks the serum he turns into a murderous female. Also of note, the murders are linked with the Jack the Ripper killings. Burke & Hare also figure into the mix. Starring Ralph Bates and Martine Beswicke. Excellent score by David Whitaker. Directed by Roy Ward Baker.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 12, 2007, 11:47:32 AM
DEVIL RIDES OUT, THE 1967-Chris Lee gets to play a hero against Charles Gray’s villain in a classic example of the Devil Movie genre that was set to be remade but is in developmental limbo. One of Hammer’s finest films.

DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE 1968- Freddie Francis takes over for Terence Fisher in this third outing with Chris Lee. Features a classic scene where an atheist stakes the count but upon refusing to pray, fails to put Drac away.

DRACULA AD 1972 1972- Decent Hammer outing with a kick ass opening and ending and a cool soundtrack but fails in allowing the Dracula character to explore his new surroundings keeping him confined to a defiled church.

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN 1966- Excellent Frankenstein with Peter Cushing (my fave actor) playing more of a good guy then his usual vicious self. Playboy model Susan Denberg is the vengeance seeking “creature” this time out. A most unusual storyline this time out. One of the best. Hammer and brit cinema regular Thorley Walters stars.

FRANKENSTEIN & THE MONSTER FROM HELL 1973- The final Frank and the bloodiest has Cushing performing experiments inside an insane asylum and Shane Briant (who was being groomed by Hammer as the next big horror star) his understudy. Bodybuilder and future Darth Vader Dave Prowse is the hairy Neolithic monster. One of the goriest Hammer’s. The scene where Cushing sews on a hand using only his teeth(!) is missing from the US version along with some gore. The Japanese LD is uncut.

FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED 1969- My favorite Frank flick features Cushing at his most evil. Cushing was very hesitant and embarrassed to do the rape scene (and it shows) but it adds immensely to the sadistic viciousness of his character. One of the best scenes involves Cushing in a boarding house indulging in conversation with a group boarders who “know what they’re talking about”.

FREAKMAKER, THE 1974- Deliciously over the top piece of british exploitation starring Donald Pleasance as mad scientist creating a race of plant people. Julie Ege provides some nudity and Tom Baker (Dr. Who) plays a murderous freak. The film features real carnival freaks. A semi-remake of Browning’s FREAKS.

FLESH & BLOOD-HAMMERS HERITAGE OF HORROR Excellent documentary on the House of Hammer and the making of many of the films. Essential viewing for fans.

FRIGHT 1971- Susan George plays a babysitter who is stalked by an escaped lunatic in this superb horror thriller. Honor Blackman stars as the wife with the dark secret surrounding the killer.

HOUSE OF USHER 1960- Roger Corman classic was a huge hit and made Vincent Price the premier horror star for years to come. Price would do close to a dozen of the Poe adaptations, some more faithful than others. Also stars Mark Damon.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, THE 1959-Excellent Sherlock Holmes that accentuates the horror elements. Cushing owns this role dominating the film. Chris Lee also stars and during the spider scene, his terror was real. Worth repeated viewings for Cushing’s performance alone. Highlights are his comments about “rabbit pie” and the scene where he uses a knife in a unique and funny way to get a rise out of a suspect. The recent MGM DVD is uncut.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 12, 2007, 11:48:32 AM
HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE 1970-Lesser entry in the series but with its moments. A blackly humorous remake of the first Frank film. Cushing sat this one out to look after his wife who would pass on around this time. Hammer’s next big star Ralph Bates takes over and does a fine job. Dave Prowse plays the lumbering He-monster.

HORROR OF DRACULA 1958-One of the finest horrors ever made. THE starting place for newbies interested in Hammer Horror. Chris Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough.

HORROR EXPRESS 1972-Excellent, ahead of its time Brit-Spanish co-production involving an alien who stows away on a train and body hops from passenger to passenger. Chris Lee and Cushing in their finest pairing ever get many funny lines and features a suitably garish performance from Telly Savalas. This was Cushing’s first film after the passing of his wife (at the urgings of Lee). Nifty music that is played on the piano or whistled by the cast members when not heard on the soundtrack.

HAUNTED PALACE, THE 1961- Another Price-Corman movie, the only one based on H.P. Lovecraft, has Price as the villain trying to resurrect “the Old Ones”.

HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, THE 1971-My fave Amicus anthology and easily the best. Scared me as a kid. Cushing, Lee, Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who), Ingrid Pitt, fill out the cast in stories involving a writers murderer that comes to life, a gruesome wax museum exhibit, a voodoo doll and a cloak that turns the wearer into a vampire plus the wraparound.  Contains a hilarious in-joke at Hammer’s Dracula series. Love this movie.

INSEMINOID 1980- British-Shaw Brothers co-production with the gorgeous Stephanie Beachum about a female astronaut impregnated by an alien when she stumbles upon an uncovered cave on an unknown planet. She then cannibalizes the crew before giving birth to some baby monsters at the conclusion. The original poster had to be censored then finally redone when the Shaws demanded the images be more graphic.

KISS OF THE VAMPIRE 1961-Lesser Hammer horror that’s wonderful until the final moments. Intense and suspenseful vampire film is let down a bit by the weak finale. Cool concept regardless; the hero must summon evil to destroy evil.

LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES, THE 1974-One of my favorite Hammer’s. One of two Hammer-Shaw co-productions features Chris Lee journeying to China to combat Dracula who has resurrected the 7 Golden Vampires thus Van Helsing recruits 7 brothers proficient in kung fu to battle Drac and his 7 followers AND an army of the Undead! Famed choreographer Liu Chia Liang handled the fight sequences. Director Roy Ward Baker had an unpleasant time shooting in HK claiming the Shaws wanted to dominate them even though the Shaws provided the resources for the bulk of the filming. Originally, Dracula wasn't in the script but at the last minute the Shaws demanded he be included. Released in the US in a severely re-edited form as THE 7 BROTHERS MEET DRACULA to capitalize on the kung fu craze that gripped the US during the 70s and early 80s.

LUST FOR A VAMPIRE 1971-Second and least of Hammer’s Karnstein trilogy which was initially to feature much more stronger sexual elements. Ralph Bates replaced Cushing here and pin up girl Yutte Stensgaard is the wooden lesbian vampiress along with a Chris Lee-alike Mike Raven (whose voice is dubbed). Some decent moments. The much ridiculed song isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. The soundtrack is very good though and there is one shot at the end where the entire film crew is onscreen!

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE 1964-Probably the best of the Corman Poe’s. Price is deliciously sadistic as Prince Prospero who gets a special visit from Death one fateful evening. Shot on left over sets from BECKETT.

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE 1973-Another Poe adaptation without Price features Herbert Lom and a murderous Michael Dunn and a killer gorilla. Nice photography.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 12, 2007, 11:51:39 AM
MUMMY, THE 1959-One of the best Mummy movies with Chris Lee a most energetic Egyptian shambler. The action scenes although good become stale as three set pieces take place in the same room! Cushing delivers another fine performance. One standout scene has Cushing pay a visit to the man who is attempting to kill him using the Mummy Kharis. Wonderful set design and photography.

MUMMY’S SHROUD, THE 1966-Lesser Mummy flick without Lee or Cushing but features several worthy sequences. Michael Ripper turns in a good supporting role but the gypsy woman who controls the Mummy portrayed by Eddie Powell (Chris Lee’s stunt double) steals the show.

MADHOUSE 1974-Amicus-AIP co-production with Price as a horror film star blamed for several gruesome murders taken from his films. Clips from Price’s Poe movies are featured. Also stars Linda Hayden and Cushing in a decidedly different role than usual.

OBLONG BOX, THE 1970-Minor Poe entry in AIP’s cycle no longer handled by Corman but starring Price and involving a sort of werewolf as part of the revenge plot. Sloppy direction by Gordon Hessler.

PIT & THE PENDULUM, THE 1962-One of the best remembered Poe films directed by Corman and starring Price. The wonderful Barbara Steele also stars. The MGM DVD contains a rare prologue that was not part of the movie during its original release.

PREMATURE BURIAL, THE 1963-Another Poe film from Corman minus Price this time starring Ray Milland as a man obsessed with being buried alive and those close to him who want to see it  happen. Suitably atmospheric but hampered by Price’s absence. Milland does an admirable job nonetheless.

PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, THE 1966-Hammer’s sole Zombie film features one outstanding scene that makes the movie worthwhile where the dead rise from their graves resulting in the decapitation of one of the undead. John Gilling filmed this concurrent with Hammers THE REPTILE. Gilling also directed THE MUMMY’S SHROUD.

REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1958-Fine first sequel takes place immediately after the conclusion of CURSE. This Frank flick features cannibalism as a story conceit. Blackly grotesque ending.

REPTILE, THE 1966-Interesting Hammer horror about an unusual Asian curse that befalls a young woman. Features some good makeup by Roy Ashton.

RAW MEAT 1974-Gruesome British horror about a cave-in years earlier trapping subway passengers who result to cannibalism to survive. Some are still alive and kill anyone that wanders too close. Donald Pleasance is the quirky detective on the case and features a small role by Chris Lee. Remade a couple of years ago in the scary british horror film CREEP.

RAVEN, THE 1963-My favorite of the Corman-Poe films with Price this time with the addition of Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson. More of a comedy, Lorre steals the show as the drunk and volatile father to Nicholson. Price, Lorre and Karloff would reunite the following year in COMEDY OF TERRORS with Basil Rathbone.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 12, 2007, 11:54:04 AM
RASPUTIN-THE MAD MONK 1965-Hammer’s loose take on the real maniacal Czar of Russia. Christopher Lee owns this one delivering a highly over the top and psychotic performance. With the beautiful Barbara Shelley.

SCREAM & SCREAM AGAIN 1969-AIP-Amicus film with the star power of Price, Lee and Cushing although the three terror titans never get a scene together! Worth a look for its delirious storyline and the blackly horrifying opening. A missed opportunity however.

SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA, THE 1973-The final Lee Dracula movie goes out with a whimper although if Lee had done the next entry it would have been a bang. This time Dracula is a Howard Hughes type tycoon who battles Van Helsing’s great grandson in a plot that involves spies, bubonic plague and much nudity and gore. The sad thing about the Hammer films is that a new way to defeat the Count is introduced with each new film revealing him to be not such a powerful villain after all. For Hammer completists only.

SCARS OF DRACULA 1970-Horror fans are divided on this one. Very popular entry in the series nonetheless, is closer to the novel than any previous entry and Chris Lee is given more dialog than all the other Dracula films combined but a sadistically mean streak (lots of torture and violence) caused this to be the first R rated Dracula. The title comes into play when Dracula disciplines his servant Patrick Troughton (Dr. Who) by burning him with a flaming sword. Some shots of Drac sucking the blood from a woman’s stomach after repeatedly stabbing(!) her are present on lobby cards but not in the film.

THEATER OF BLOOD 1973-Price’s finest hour, a sort of redux of the PHIBES movies sees him revenging himself on critics who denied him an award for his Shakespearean performances by graphically murdering them in the style of the Bard’s plays. Features many famous british performers and gallons of blackly humorous gore. Price would meet his wife (and electrocute her in the film) on the set.

TALES OF TERROR 1962-Anthology Corman-Poe adaptation with Price in all three tales and Lorre and Rathbone also featured. MORELLA, THE BLACK CAT (combines Cask of Amontillado) and THE STRANGE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR make up the tales.

TWICE TOLD TALES 1963-Another AIP anthology this time based on tales from Nathaniel Hawthorne. Not as scary or atmospheric as the Poe films but worth a look. The film is overlong at 120 minutes.

TWINS OF EVIL 1971-The best of the Karnstein trilogy and one of Hammer’s best later efforts. Peter Cushing and Damien Tomas both serve up wonderful performances as good and evil respectively. Great soundtrack and the presence of Playboys first twin playmates, the Collinson twins provide the nudity. Spooky atmosphere and a great scene where Cushing decapitates a vampire with a mean looking cleaver, the body tumbling down a staircase. Lots of gore and David Warbeck too. Highly recommended.

THEATRE OF DEATH 1967-Nice little whodunit that features a vampiric-cannibal killer offing people in an acting troupe as part of a revenge plot. Chris Lee is despicably excellent as the arrogant and rude acting teacher.

TOWER OF EVIL 1972-Precursor to the slasher films about a group of scientists who journey to a fog enshrouded island with a lighthouse that contains a terrifying secret. High gore content and a surprising amount of sex and nudity. Severely cut in America. One of my favorites.

TOWER OF LONDON 1962-B/W Corman-Price film with Price essaying the villain very well knocking off any one in his way to become King. He is later haunted by those he murdered. A remake of an earlier film features a bit of stock footage from the earlier picture.

TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE 1968-Price’s final and favorite of his Poe-Corman collaborations. Slow in places but grows on you after repeated viewings. The usual spooky atmosphere. One of Corman’s best ever.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 12, 2007, 11:57:20 AM
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA 1969-The setting is Victorian England this time involving Drac’s revenge on a circle of playboy’s who murder his disciple using the men’s children as instruments of his vengeance. Very good movie is hindered by a lack of Drac action. Originally the film wasn’t to feature Drac at all but a showcase for Ralph Bates. Lee was begged to return (as he was every time) and is only in the movie for maybe five minutes tops. Features the most original way thus far of killing the count-God actually intervenes reducing the count to ashes. The recent US DVD release restores around 4 minutes of missing nudity and gore that is painfully apparent in the cut versions.

VAMPIRE CIRCUS 1971-Damn fine Hammer film whose opening 12 minutes is a film unto itself! Count Mitterhouse curses the village of Shtettle and the curse comes true when the Circus of Nights visit’s the plague ridden village. The circus made up of shape shifters and vampires kill off the children and adults to resurrect the count. LOTS of gore and action that Chris Lee’s films could have used. Director Robert Young went over schedule and was forced to complete the film with what he had resulting in some scenes starting or stopping rather abruptly. Still, as is, one of the finest Hammer films from their later period and features a dynamite final act where nearly everyone dies. Highly recommended.

VAMPIRE LOVERS, THE 1969-First in the Karnstein trilogy starring Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla Karnstein, busty Madeline Smith as her love interest and Peter Cushing as one of the Vampire Hunters who gets to show off gleefully during the finale decapitating and staking the vamps. Fine direction from Roy Ward Baker. Wonderful soundtrack. The recent MGM DVD is uncut reinstating much cut footage.

WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP 1965-Vincent Price-Poe film with Price as the ruler of an undersea kingdom using fishmen to kidnap a scientist. Tab Hunter is the hero. Some good moments and a sense of childish adventure keep it afloat.

WITCHFINDER GENERAL 1968-Critically lauded final film from Michael Reeves before his untimely suicide. Price portrays real witch hunter Matthew Hopkins who roams the countryside torturing and murdering “witches” to satisfy his sadistic and lustful needs. Wonderful and highly profitable film resulted in two similar films--MARK OF THE DEVIL and BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW. One of Price’s best.

AT THE EARTH’S CORE 1976-AIP-Amicus co-production. The second of four films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs stories. All directed by Kevin Conner and all starring Doug McClure. This time McClure and Peter Cushing in a giant drilling machine journey to the Earth’s center and encounter monsters, a tribe of ape like creatures who make slaves of their captives and sacrifice them to the Mayha’s, a flock of dinosaurian bird creatures. Caroline Munro (in some revealing attire!) joins the cast this time out in a very enjoyable adventure that was the 18th most profitable british film in 1976.

FLASH GORDON 1980-Not horror but fantastic and ahead of its time fantasy adventure that features many british and Italian technicians behind as well as in front of the camera. A 22 million misfire is regarded as a cult item now. De Laurentiis discovered Sam Jones on the Dating Game and the Queen title track was a top ten hit in Britain in 1980. Stunning visuals and perfectly captures the FG serials from the 40s. Max Von Sydow is THE Ming the Merciless. Timothy Dalton, Peter Wynyard (as Klytus) and Ornella Muti (who sadly keeps her clothes on in this one) A rocking fantasy classic not to be missed.

KRULL 1983-Another superb british fantasy spectacular that was ignored during its original release. A 30 million bomb released the same weekend as RETURN OF THE JEDI, KRULL was branded a STAR WARS clone. Ken Marshall is fine as the hero and the predominantly brit cast Lysette Anthony (who went on to do many erotic movies and Playboy), Freddie Jones and Franchesca Annis. The bombastic and thrilling score from James Horner is his favorite and one of the best film scores ever. The complete 2 disc score is a collectors item now.

LAND THAT TIME FORGOT, THE 1975-The first of Amicus’ dinosaur adventures.  Doug McClure and company take over a Nazi U-boat and end up lost in the lost world of Caprona, inhabited by cave men and dinosaurs. Stunning set design and some good and bad mock up dinosaurs. Regardless, one of the last great lost world adventure movies. A good soundtrack and one of the most successful films ever for Amicus (14th for the year). Originally Stuart Whitman was to play Tyler but was paid to not appear(!) and was then replaced by McClure who was reportedly difficult to work with for personal issues.
Followed by 3 sequels.

ONE MILLION YEARS BC 1966-Excellent Hammer-US production with some of the best stop motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. John Richardson and the luscious Raquel Welch star among their dinosaurian co-stars. Two more Hammer prehistoric films would follow.

PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT, THE 1977-My favorite of the Amicus-AIP dino movies. Patrick Wayne (the Duke’s son) along with Thorley Walters, Sarah Douglas and Shane Rimmer journey to Caprona to find Doug McClure and find the gorgeous Dana Gillespie who takes them to the Mountain of Skulls where Tyler is held captive by the Naga’s, deformed but advanced cave people who dress like Samurai warriors and wear masks to hide their monstrous faces. Not as many dinosaurs as the others but a sense of adventure and a very good soundtrack add to the enjoyment. Amicus folded before this film saw release due to producer disputes and the parting of ways of Subotsky and Rosenberg. Douglas and Gillespie would both try out for the role of Ursa in SUPERMAN 2 immediately after this film. Gillespie (a former protégé of David Bowie) would go on to a successful singing career. Wayne would also appear as Sinbad the same year in Columbia’s SINBAD & THE EYE OF THE TIGER.




Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 13, 2007, 02:17:08 AM
Arizona,in reply to your posting on the other thread yes Witchfinder General certainly delivers a chiling atmosphere  but it kinda left me feeling depressed at the end of it .It also felt more like i watching an period drama rather than a horror film. I know about the Matthew Hopkins character but there isn't any historical evidence about what actually happened to him-he just sorta disappeared after he fell out of favour with everyone,though i saw it suggested on a docu that he may have resurfaced for the Salem witch trials(not that many years afterwards!!) because apparently there is mention of a "Hopkins"  in the surviving paperwork.As i said the film looks very nice considering i only have it in pan & scan.I dunno,i may pick up the dvd if i saw it cheaply.I've never seen Mark Of The Devil but i'd like to hear more about it. :)
     Shame you can't retype the review of Blood On Satans Claw because i can see myself getting totally obsessed with this movie and i that brilliant music is still running around in my head-one week on!!
I cannot recommend the dvd highly enough with a good serving of extra's O0
      Maybe *** is slightly generous for Dracula AD1972 but this admittedly daft film(yes Draculas confinement is a major flaw) is so damn enjoyable and the hippy setting is a total hoot.The Johnny Alucard character(and the music including the live band) is brill. :)
     Count Yorga is another one i haven't seen that i need to look up. ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 13, 2007, 02:47:46 AM
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA 1969-The setting is Victorian England this time involving Drac’s revenge on a circle of playboy’s who murder his disciple using the men’s children as instruments of his vengeance. Very good movie is hindered by a lack of Drac action. Originally the film wasn’t to feature Drac at all but a showcase for Ralph Bates. Lee was begged to return (as he was every time) and is only in the movie for maybe five minutes tops. Features the most original way thus far of killing the count-God actually intervenes reducing the count to ashes. The recent US DVD release restores around 4 minutes of missing nudity and gore that is painfully apparent in the cut versions.

VAMPIRE CIRCUS 1971-Damn fine Hammer film whose opening 12 minutes is a film unto itself! Count Mitterhouse curses the village of Shtettle and the curse comes true when the Circus of Nights visit’s the plague ridden village. The circus made up of shape shifters and vampires kill off the children and adults to resurrect the count. LOTS of gore and action that Chris Lee’s films could have used. Director Robert Young went over schedule and was forced to complete the film with what he had resulting in some scenes starting or stopping rather abruptly. Still, as is, one of the finest Hammer films from their later period and features a dynamite final act where nearly everyone dies. Highly recommended.

VAMPIRE LOVERS, THE 1969-First in the Karnstein trilogy starring Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla Karnstein, busty Madeline Smith as her love interest and Peter Cushing as one of the Vampire Hunters who gets to show off gleefully during the finale decapitating and staking the vamps. Fine direction from Roy Ward Baker. Wonderful soundtrack. The recent MGM DVD is uncut reinstating much cut footage.

WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP 1965-Vincent Price-Poe film with Price as the ruler of an undersea kingdom using fishmen to kidnap a scientist. Tab Hunter is the hero. Some good moments and a sense of childish adventure keep it afloat.

WITCHFINDER GENERAL 1968-Critically lauded final film from Michael Reeves before his untimely suicide. Price portrays real witch hunter Matthew Hopkins who roams the countryside torturing and murdering “witches” to satisfy his sadistic and lustful needs. Wonderful and highly profitable film resulted in two similar films--MARK OF THE DEVIL and BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW. One of Price’s best.

AT THE EARTH’S CORE 1976-AIP-Amicus co-production. The second of four films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs stories. All directed by Kevin Conner and all starring Doug McClure. This time McClure and Peter Cushing in a giant drilling machine journey to the Earth’s center and encounter monsters, a tribe of ape like creatures who make slaves of their captives and sacrifice them to the Mayha’s, a flock of dinosaurian bird creatures. Caroline Munro (in some revealing attire!) joins the cast this time out in a very enjoyable adventure that was the 18th most profitable british film in 1976.

FLASH GORDON 1980-Not horror but fantastic and ahead of its time fantasy adventure that features many british and Italian technicians behind as well as in front of the camera. A 22 million misfire is regarded as a cult item now. De Laurentiis discovered Sam Jones on the Dating Game and the Queen title track was a top ten hit in Britain in 1980. Stunning visuals and perfectly captures the FG serials from the 40s. Max Von Sydow is THE Ming the Merciless. Timothy Dalton, Peter Wynyard (as Klytus) and Ornella Muti (who sadly keeps her clothes on in this one) A rocking fantasy classic not to be missed.

KRULL 1983-Another superb british fantasy spectacular that was ignored during its original release. A 30 million bomb released the same weekend as RETURN OF THE JEDI, KRULL was branded a STAR WARS clone. Ken Marshall is fine as the hero and the predominantly brit cast Lysette Anthony (who went on to do many erotic movies and Playboy), Freddie Jones and Franchesca Annis. The bombastic and thrilling score from James Horner is his favorite and one of the best film scores ever. The complete 2 disc score is a collectors item now.

LAND THAT TIME FORGOT, THE 1975-The first of Amicus’ dinosaur adventures.  Doug McClure and company take over a Nazi U-boat and end up lost in the lost world of Caprona, inhabited by cave men and dinosaurs. Stunning set design and some good and bad mock up dinosaurs. Regardless, one of the last great lost world adventure movies. A good soundtrack and one of the most successful films ever for Amicus (14th for the year). Originally Stuart Whitman was to play Tyler but was paid to not appear(!) and was then replaced by McClure who was reportedly difficult to work with for personal issues.
Followed by 3 sequels.

ONE MILLION YEARS BC 1966-Excellent Hammer-US production with some of the best stop motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. John Richardson and the luscious Raquel Welch star among their dinosaurian co-stars. Two more Hammer prehistoric films would follow.

PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT, THE 1977-My favorite of the Amicus-AIP dino movies. Patrick Wayne (the Duke’s son) along with Thorley Walters, Sarah Douglas and Shane Rimmer journey to Caprona to find Doug McClure and find the gorgeous Dana Gillespie who takes them to the Mountain of Skulls where Tyler is held captive by the Naga’s, deformed but advanced cave people who dress like Samurai warriors and wear masks to hide their monstrous faces. Not as many dinosaurs as the others but a sense of adventure and a very good soundtrack add to the enjoyment. Amicus folded before this film saw release due to producer disputes and the parting of ways of Subotsky and Rosenberg. Douglas and Gillespie would both try out for the role of Ursa in SUPERMAN 2 immediately after this film. Gillespie (a former protégé of David Bowie) would go on to a successful singing career. Wayne would also appear as Sinbad the same year in Columbia’s SINBAD & THE EYE OF THE TIGER.



Yeah i totally agree with you about the Abominable Dr Phibes(****) and to a lesser extent its sequel (***)both of which i only caught on sattelite tv over the Xmas period and Phibes various methods of murdering all those doctors were inspired.

I really need to watch Blood From A Mummys Tomb again but i thought this was easily the best sequel if not as good as the Hammer original The Mummy and this adaptation from a Bram Stoker novel is certainly unique.The Awakening is another new one to me!!
 
Again i need to look at Vampire Circus real soon which i have fond recollections of (including lots of nude female totty - btw have AC have you seen Vampyres?)  but Mrs Banjo had a problem with the animals used in this one though i'm sure there was no cruelty involved.

Vampire Lovers like all of the Camilla trilogy is great.I only have the VHS of this and i wasn't aware of it being cut.Whats the running time on the dvd AC?
 
Haven't seen War Gods Of The Deep :-[

Yeah i gotta check out Mark Of The Devil methinks. O0

I absolutely love At The Earths Core,Land That Time Forgot,One Million Years BC all of which from an early age.People That Time Forgot(on Film4 next week and hopefully in widescreen!!) and Flash Gordon i also like but i've never seen Krull.

Talking about childhood films ,did you ever see Amazing Mr Blunden AC?
     


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 13, 2007, 03:05:25 AM
Hey Banjo, here's a few reviews from my DVD catalog in my personal collection--
 
BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, THE 1971-the devilish Linda Hayden uses children to murder their parents to resurrect Satan himself and Patrick Wymark must come to the rescue. Some good gore and a shocking rape scene for the time. The film became a mainstay on Elvira's Movie Macabre.

BEAST MUST DIE, THE 1973-Strange Amicus horror-blaxploitation re-telling of TEN LITTLE INDIANS. A big game hunter invites a group of individuals to his island estate whom all share something in common. The hunter plans to hunt the ultimate quarry, a werewolf which one of his guests happen to be. During the finale the film stops for “the werewolf break” where viewers are given the opportunity to guess who they think is the monster. Let down by a shoddy excuse of a werewolf but still fun. Peter Cushing stars.

BRIDES OF DRACULA 1960- One of the best ever from Hammer Studio’s. A great first film for newbies. Peter Cushing returns as Van Helsing to do battle not with Dracula but one of his disciples. Sumptuous sets, costumes and atmosphere make for a highly recommended horror classic.

CRY OF THE BANSHEE 1969- Disappointing witch hunting movie riding the coattails of the superior WITCHFINDER GENERAL also starring Vincent Price. From Gordon Hessler (GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, PRAY FOR DEATH)

CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE 1957- The Hammer classic that started it all. The first color Frank film and also the first to feature gore (tame by today’s standards). According to star Christopher Lee this film once released in the US single handedly saved Warner Brothers from bankruptcy. A major classic.
 
COUNTESS DRACULA 1970- So-so Hammer horror redeemed only by the performance of Ingrid Pitt even though she is dubbed by another actress. Her beautiful body demands your attention. Not nearly as good as the similarly themed DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS.

CIRCUS OF HORRORS 1960- Grisly British horror starring Anton Diffring as an evil Nazi doctor working as a plastic surgeon under the guise of a traveling circus . Those that want to leave or threaten to reveal who he is meet with gruesome deaths. Its nasty streak was a bit ahead of its time.

COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE 1964- Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff star in this delightful horror comedy that’s not quite as good as the trios previous collaboration THE RAVEN the year previous.  Price & Lorre run a funeral parlor and business becomes slow so they find ways to speed up production. Also features Basil Rathbone in a cameo.

CAPTAIN KRONOS-VAMPIRE HUNTER 1972- Swashbuckling Hammer entry featuring a sword wielding vampire killer who along with his hunchback assistant track a vampire that walks around in daylight and sucks the life essence as opposed to blood. Director Clemens (THE AVENGERS TV series) initially envisioned the film to spin off into a TV series of its own but it bombed at the box office scuppering plans for the show. The cheap sets and lackluster choreography (save for the last fight) showed Hammer were on their last legs. Recommended for Hammer completists only. Caroline Munro also stars.

DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN 1972- Sequel to the classic original. This time Phibes does battle with a group of adventurers looking for the Elixir of Life. Even more elaborate death scenes follow and several cameos from famous British stars and comedians. Vincent Price, Robert Quarry and Peter Cushing.

DRACULA-PRINCE OF DARKNESS 1965- First official sequel to Hammers HORROR OF DRACULA. Chris Lee returned but decided since the script didn’t have anything decent for him to say he was content to perform the role silently. Andrew Keir takes over for Peter Cushing not as Van Helsing but as a priest from a nearby monastery. He is quite good in the role although Cushing is missed.

DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE 1973- Interesting take on the Jekyll and Hyde story. Here, when Jekyll drinks the serum he turns into a murderous female. Also of note, the murders are linked with the Jack the Ripper killings. Burke & Hare also figure into the mix. Starring Ralph Bates and Martine Beswicke. Excellent score by David Whitaker. Directed by Roy Ward Baker.

yep Blood On Satans Claw is a MUST!!!

I transfered Beast Must Die onto dvdr last weekend without watching it but i've got memories of it as being totally crap and once knowing who the werewolf in this whodunnit ruins repeated viewings possibly.

Need to rewatch Brides Of Dracula but i didn't like the guy subbing for Christopher Lee-some sorta mummys boy i recall!

Cry Of The Banshee i read about in Rigbys book and i'd like to see this.

I'm in agreement about Curse of Frankenstein.

Didn't know about Ingid Pitts dubbing in Countess Dracula but yes another highly recommended Hammer horror.

Not seen Circus Of Horror or Comedy Of Terrors  :-[

Captain Kronos is another Hammer Horror i only got recently and i thought it was great fun!!

Phibes Rises Again is pretty good-but not a patch on the original.Would've liked to have seen more of Peter Cushing.

Dracula Prince Of Darkness(on ITV4 next weekend) though Cushingless for me maybe the best of the Dracula series.

I'd highly recoomend Dr Jeckyl and Sister Hyde for its unique take on the Jeckyl & Hyde story and the combination of Ralph Bates and Martine Beswick works briliantly.



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 13, 2007, 03:37:51 AM
DEVIL RIDES OUT, THE 1967-Chris Lee gets to play a hero against Charles Gray’s villain in a classic example of the Devil Movie genre that was set to be remade but is in developmental limbo. One of Hammer’s finest films.

DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE 1968- Freddie Francis takes over for Terence Fisher in this third outing with Chris Lee. Features a classic scene where an atheist stakes the count but upon refusing to pray, fails to put Drac away.

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN 1966- Excellent Frankenstein with Peter Cushing (my fave actor) playing more of a good guy then his usual vicious self. Playboy model Susan Denberg is the vengeance seeking “creature” this time out. A most unusual storyline this time out. One of the best. Hammer and brit cinema regular Thorley Walters stars.

FRANKENSTEIN & THE MONSTER FROM HELL 1973- The final Frank and the bloodiest has Cushing performing experiments inside an insane asylum and Shane Briant (who was being groomed by Hammer as the next big horror star) his understudy. Bodybuilder and future Darth Vader Dave Prowse is the hairy Neolithic monster. One of the goriest Hammer’s. The scene where Cushing sews on a hand using only his teeth(!) is missing from the US version along with some gore. The Japanese LD is uncut.

FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED 1969- My favorite Frank flick features Cushing at his most evil. Cushing was very hesitant and embarrassed to do the rape scene (and it shows) but it adds immensely to the sadistic viciousness of his character. One of the best scenes involves Cushing in a boarding house indulging in conversation with a group boarders who “know what they’re talking about”.

FREAKMAKER, THE 1974- Deliciously over the top piece of british exploitation starring Donald Pleasance as mad scientist creating a race of plant people. Julie Ege provides some nudity and Tom Baker (Dr. Who) plays a murderous freak. The film features real carnival freaks. A semi-remake of Browning’s FREAKS.

FLESH & BLOOD-HAMMERS HERITAGE OF HORROR Excellent documentary on the House of Hammer and the making of many of the films. Essential viewing for fans.

FRIGHT 1971- Susan George plays a babysitter who is stalked by an escaped lunatic in this superb horror thriller. Honor Blackman stars as the wife with the dark secret surrounding the killer.

HOUSE OF USHER 1960- Roger Corman classic was a huge hit and made Vincent Price the premier horror star for years to come. Price would do close to a dozen of the Poe adaptations, some more faithful than others. Also stars Mark Damon.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, THE 1959-Excellent Sherlock Holmes that accentuates the horror elements. Cushing owns this role dominating the film. Chris Lee also stars and during the spider scene, his terror was real. Worth repeated viewings for Cushing’s performance alone. Highlights are his comments about “rabbit pie” and the scene where he uses a knife in a unique and funny way to get a rise out of a suspect. The recent MGM DVD is uncut.

Devil Rides Out is fantastic.Like with Quatermass and the Pit its a great shame Hammer never followed this up with sequels.

Need to rewatch Dracula Has Risen From The Grave but its a pretty decent sequel.

Yeah Frankenstein Created Woman is excellent featuring a very kindly Cushing Frankenstein character unlike the monster he becomes in the equally excellent Frankenstein and The Monster Fron Hell(featuring a brilliant neandertal creation with conscience) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed.In fact i'm struggling to decide which is the best in the series.

Hound Of The Baskervilles-a solid Hammer effort and surely Cushing is the best ever Sherlock Holmes.

House Of Usher along with Tomb Of Ligeia i've seen very recently and i enjoyed Vincent Price and(sw star) Mark Damon in this terrific Poe tale.I'd love to see Cormans Pit & The Pendulum.

Haven't seen Fright,Freakmaker or the Hammer documentary.You really are putting me to shame AC! ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 13, 2007, 04:02:30 AM
HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE 1970-Lesser entry in the series but with its moments. A blackly humorous remake of the first Frank film. Cushing sat this one out to look after his wife who would pass on around this time. Hammer’s next big star Ralph Bates takes over and does a fine job. Dave Prowse plays the lumbering He-monster.

HORROR OF DRACULA 1958-One of the finest horrors ever made. THE starting place for newbies interested in Hammer Horror. Chris Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough.

HORROR EXPRESS 1972-Excellent, ahead of its time Brit-Spanish co-production involving an alien who stows away on a train and body hops from passenger to passenger. Chris Lee and Cushing in their finest pairing ever get many funny lines and features a suitably garish performance from Telly Savalas. This was Cushing’s first film after the passing of his wife (at the urgings of Lee). Nifty music that is played on the piano or whistled by the cast members when not heard on the soundtrack.

HAUNTED PALACE, THE 1961- Another Price-Corman movie, the only one based on H.P. Lovecraft, has Price as the villain trying to resurrect “the Old Ones”.

HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, THE 1971-My fave Amicus anthology and easily the best. Scared me as a kid. Cushing, Lee, Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who), Ingrid Pitt, fill out the cast in stories involving a writers murderer that comes to life, a gruesome wax museum exhibit, a voodoo doll and a cloak that turns the wearer into a vampire plus the wraparound.  Contains a hilarious in-joke at Hammer’s Dracula series. Love this movie.

INSEMINOID 1980- British-Shaw Brothers co-production with the gorgeous Stephanie Beachum about a female astronaut impregnated by an alien when she stumbles upon an uncovered cave on an unknown planet. She then cannibalizes the crew before giving birth to some baby monsters at the conclusion. The original poster had to be censored then finally redone when the Shaws demanded the images be more graphic.

KISS OF THE VAMPIRE 1961-Lesser Hammer horror that’s wonderful until the final moments. Intense and suspenseful vampire film is let down a bit by the weak finale. Cool concept regardless; the hero must summon evil to destroy evil.

LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES, THE 1974-One of my favorite Hammer’s. One of two Hammer-Shaw co-productions features Chris Lee journeying to China to combat Dracula who has resurrected the 7 Golden Vampires thus Van Helsing recruits 7 brothers proficient in kung fu to battle Drac and his 7 followers AND an army of the Undead! Famed choreographer Liu Chia Liang handled the fight sequences. Director Roy Ward Baker had an unpleasant time shooting in HK claiming the Shaws wanted to dominate them even though the Shaws provided the resources for the bulk of the filming. Originally, Dracula wasn't in the script but at the last minute the Shaws demanded he be included. Released in the US in a severely re-edited form as THE 7 BROTHERS MEET DRACULA to capitalize on the kung fu craze that gripped the US during the 70s and early 80s.

LUST FOR A VAMPIRE 1971-Second and least of Hammer’s Karnstein trilogy which was initially to feature much more stronger sexual elements. Ralph Bates replaced Cushing here and pin up girl Yutte Stensgaard is the wooden lesbian vampiress along with a Chris Lee-alike Mike Raven (whose voice is dubbed). Some decent moments. The much ridiculed song isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. The soundtrack is very good though and there is one shot at the end where the entire film crew is onscreen!

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE 1964-Probably the best of the Corman Poe’s. Price is deliciously sadistic as Prince Prospero who gets a special visit from Death one fateful evening. Shot on left over sets from BECKETT.

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE 1973-Another Poe adaptation without Price features Herbert Lom and a murderous Michael Dunn and a killer gorilla. Nice photography.

In total agreement about Horror Of Dracula and House That Dripped Blood.

Horror Of Frankenstein doesn't deserve the criticism it often suffers and Ralph Bates is an excellent Baron.

Lust For A Vampire-the weakest in the Camilla trilogy but still very enjoyable including plenty of nude lesbian totty. ;)

Masque Of The Red Death-very surreal,need to see again.

Legend Of 7 Golden Vampires.Were Hammer on their last legs here? ;D The vampires and Dracula look ridicolous,the Kung Fu action doesn't blend well and Cushing looks embarrased and all at sea.Much prefer Captain Kronos.

I haven't seen any of the others :-[


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 13, 2007, 04:16:32 AM
MUMMY, THE 1959-One of the best Mummy movies with Chris Lee a most energetic Egyptian shambler. The action scenes although good become stale as three set pieces take place in the same room! Cushing delivers another fine performance. One standout scene has Cushing pay a visit to the man who is attempting to kill him using the Mummy Kharis. Wonderful set design and photography.

MUMMY’S SHROUD, THE 1966-Lesser Mummy flick without Lee or Cushing but features several worthy sequences. Michael Ripper turns in a good supporting role but the gypsy woman who controls the Mummy portrayed by Eddie Powell (Chris Lee’s stunt double) steals the show.

MADHOUSE 1974-Amicus-AIP co-production with Price as a horror film star blamed for several gruesome murders taken from his films. Clips from Price’s Poe movies are featured. Also stars Linda Hayden and Cushing in a decidedly different role than usual.

OBLONG BOX, THE 1970-Minor Poe entry in AIP’s cycle no longer handled by Corman but starring Price and involving a sort of werewolf as part of the revenge plot. Sloppy direction by Gordon Hessler.

PIT & THE PENDULUM, THE 1962-One of the best remembered Poe films directed by Corman and starring Price. The wonderful Barbara Steele also stars. The MGM DVD contains a rare prologue that was not part of the movie during its original release.

PREMATURE BURIAL, THE 1963-Another Poe film from Corman minus Price this time starring Ray Milland as a man obsessed with being buried alive and those close to him who want to see it  happen. Suitably atmospheric but hampered by Price’s absence. Milland does an admirable job nonetheless.

PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, THE 1966-Hammer’s sole Zombie film features one outstanding scene that makes the movie worthwhile where the dead rise from their graves resulting in the decapitation of one of the undead. John Gilling filmed this concurrent with Hammers THE REPTILE. Gilling also directed THE MUMMY’S SHROUD.

REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1958-Fine first sequel takes place immediately after the conclusion of CURSE. This Frank flick features cannibalism as a story conceit. Blackly grotesque ending.

REPTILE, THE 1966-Interesting Hammer horror about an unusual Asian curse that befalls a young woman. Features some good makeup by Roy Ashton.

RAW MEAT 1974-Gruesome British horror about a cave-in years earlier trapping subway passengers who result to cannibalism to survive. Some are still alive and kill anyone that wanders too close. Donald Pleasance is the quirky detective on the case and features a small role by Chris Lee. Remade a couple of years ago in the scary british horror film CREEP.

RAVEN, THE 1963-My favorite of the Corman-Poe films with Price this time with the addition of Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson. More of a comedy, Lorre steals the show as the drunk and volatile father to Nicholson. Price, Lorre and Karloff would reunite the following year in COMEDY OF TERRORS with Basil Rathbone.

The Mummy is one of Hammers best but for me Mummys Shroud was  pretty poor effort .

I'm sure i liked Revenge Of Frankenstein,The Reptile and Plague Of Zombies and i'm looking forward to seeing those again soon.

Not seen the others i'm afraid.

Many thanks AC for keeping this thread lively :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 13, 2007, 04:28:50 AM
RASPUTIN-THE MAD MONK 1965-Hammer’s loose take on the real maniacal Czar of Russia. Christopher Lee owns this one delivering a highly over the top and psychotic performance. With the beautiful Barbara Shelley.

SCREAM & SCREAM AGAIN 1969-AIP-Amicus film with the star power of Price, Lee and Cushing although the three terror titans never get a scene together! Worth a look for its delirious storyline and the blackly horrifying opening. A missed opportunity however.

SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA, THE 1973-The final Lee Dracula movie goes out with a whimper although if Lee had done the next entry it would have been a bang. This time Dracula is a Howard Hughes type tycoon who battles Van Helsing’s great grandson in a plot that involves spies, bubonic plague and much nudity and gore. The sad thing about the Hammer films is that a new way to defeat the Count is introduced with each new film revealing him to be not such a powerful villain after all. For Hammer completists only.

SCARS OF DRACULA 1970-Horror fans are divided on this one. Very popular entry in the series nonetheless, is closer to the novel than any previous entry and Chris Lee is given more dialog than all the other Dracula films combined but a sadistically mean streak (lots of torture and violence) caused this to be the first R rated Dracula. The title comes into play when Dracula disciplines his servant Patrick Troughton (Dr. Who) by burning him with a flaming sword. Some shots of Drac sucking the blood from a woman’s stomach after repeatedly stabbing(!) her are present on lobby cards but not in the film.

THEATER OF BLOOD 1973-Price’s finest hour, a sort of redux of the PHIBES movies sees him revenging himself on critics who denied him an award for his Shakespearean performances by graphically murdering them in the style of the Bard’s plays. Features many famous british performers and gallons of blackly humorous gore. Price would meet his wife (and electrocute her in the film) on the set.

TALES OF TERROR 1962-Anthology Corman-Poe adaptation with Price in all three tales and Lorre and Rathbone also featured. MORELLA, THE BLACK CAT (combines Cask of Amontillado) and THE STRANGE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR make up the tales.

TWICE TOLD TALES 1963-Another AIP anthology this time based on tales from Nathaniel Hawthorne. Not as scary or atmospheric as the Poe films but worth a look. The film is overlong at 120 minutes.

TWINS OF EVIL 1971-The best of the Karnstein trilogy and one of Hammer’s best later efforts. Peter Cushing and Damien Tomas both serve up wonderful performances as good and evil respectively. Great soundtrack and the presence of Playboys first twin playmates, the Collinson twins provide the nudity. Spooky atmosphere and a great scene where Cushing decapitates a vampire with a mean looking cleaver, the body tumbling down a staircase. Lots of gore and David Warbeck too. Highly recommended.

THEATRE OF DEATH 1967-Nice little whodunit that features a vampiric-cannibal killer offing people in an acting troupe as part of a revenge plot. Chris Lee is despicably excellent as the arrogant and rude acting teacher.

TOWER OF EVIL 1972-Precursor to the slasher films about a group of scientists who journey to a fog enshrouded island with a lighthouse that contains a terrifying secret. High gore content and a surprising amount of sex and nudity. Severely cut in America. One of my favorites.

TOWER OF LONDON 1962-B/W Corman-Price film with Price essaying the villain very well knocking off any one in his way to become King. He is later haunted by those he murdered. A remake of an earlier film features a bit of stock footage from the earlier picture.

TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE 1968-Price’s final and favorite of his Poe-Corman collaborations. Slow in places but grows on you after repeated viewings. The usual spooky atmosphere. One of Corman’s best ever.

Rasputin-i've been waiting years for British tv to repeat this for years but to no avail.I can't remember anything about it.

Satanic Rights Of Dracula i thought was pretty good but alot more could've been done with a very promising plot.

Scars of Dracula may well be one of the weakest in the series but its still very enjoyable and Lee and substantially more screen time here than in any of the others.I don't have a probably with the dodgy rubber bats on strings ;D

You might be right about Twins Of Evil being the best of the Karnteins.Excellent film.

Theate of Death is very good but i hate Lees early departure.

Theatre Of Blood is great and i'm still kicking myself for not taping it a year or so back.

Tomb Of Ligeia-very good but i like House Of Usher better.

Tower Of Evil-gonna watch again soon but i'm not sure its all that great regardless of the extreme content.

Don't know about the rest  :-[


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 13, 2007, 04:39:01 AM
MUMMY, THE 1959-One of the best Mummy movies with Chris Lee a most energetic Egyptian shambler. The action scenes although good become stale as three set pieces take place in the same room! Cushing delivers another fine performance. One standout scene has Cushing pay a visit to the man who is attempting to kill him using the Mummy Kharis. Wonderful set design and photography.

MUMMY’S SHROUD, THE 1966-Lesser Mummy flick without Lee or Cushing but features several worthy sequences. Michael Ripper turns in a good supporting role but the gypsy woman who controls the Mummy portrayed by Eddie Powell (Chris Lee’s stunt double) steals the show.

MADHOUSE 1974-Amicus-AIP co-production with Price as a horror film star blamed for several gruesome murders taken from his films. Clips from Price’s Poe movies are featured. Also stars Linda Hayden and Cushing in a decidedly different role than usual.

OBLONG BOX, THE 1970-Minor Poe entry in AIP’s cycle no longer handled by Corman but starring Price and involving a sort of werewolf as part of the revenge plot. Sloppy direction by Gordon Hessler.

PIT & THE PENDULUM, THE 1962-One of the best remembered Poe films directed by Corman and starring Price. The wonderful Barbara Steele also stars. The MGM DVD contains a rare prologue that was not part of the movie during its original release.

PREMATURE BURIAL, THE 1963-Another Poe film from Corman minus Price this time starring Ray Milland as a man obsessed with being buried alive and those close to him who want to see it  happen. Suitably atmospheric but hampered by Price’s absence. Milland does an admirable job nonetheless.

PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, THE 1966-Hammer’s sole Zombie film features one outstanding scene that makes the movie worthwhile where the dead rise from their graves resulting in the decapitation of one of the undead. John Gilling filmed this concurrent with Hammers THE REPTILE. Gilling also directed THE MUMMY’S SHROUD.

REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1958-Fine first sequel takes place immediately after the conclusion of CURSE. This Frank flick features cannibalism as a story conceit. Blackly grotesque ending.

REPTILE, THE 1966-Interesting Hammer horror about an unusual Asian curse that befalls a young woman. Features some good makeup by Roy Ashton.

RAW MEAT 1974-Gruesome British horror about a cave-in years earlier trapping subway passengers who result to cannibalism to survive. Some are still alive and kill anyone that wanders too close. Donald Pleasance is the quirky detective on the case and features a small role by Chris Lee. Remade a couple of years ago in the scary british horror film CREEP.

RAVEN, THE 1963-My favorite of the Corman-Poe films with Price this time with the addition of Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson. More of a comedy, Lorre steals the show as the drunk and volatile father to Nicholson. Price, Lorre and Karloff would reunite the following year in COMEDY OF TERRORS with Basil Rathbone.

The Mummy is definately one of Hammers best and the Mummys Shroud is very poor in comparison.

I'm very keen and looking to seeing again The Reptile,Revenge Of Frankenstein and Plague Of Zombies.

Don't know about the others. :-[


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on February 13, 2007, 06:48:26 AM
Nice set of short reviews. RAW MEAT is called DEATH LINE here in the UK, and is a stupendous little film. I had a brief correspondence with it's cinematographer Alex Thomson about the famous long take, last year. I was curious about how it was achieved, and who's idea it was in the first place (it was Sherman's).

Although Stephanie Beacham is in INSEMINOID in a small role, it's actual star is Judy Geeson. I'm meeting the film's director Norman J. Warren in a couple of weeks time. He runs a film club in West London, and I'm going along for a screening of NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER. Apparently it's star Janina Faye is gonna be there too. I've heard Norman is a lovely bloke, but I'm afraid I've yet to see a film of his that I've liked. INSEMINOID is just awful and really dumb too.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 14, 2007, 07:43:55 AM
**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***

Just rewatched The Gorgon-an outstanding and unique Hammer film in which an ancient Medusa type spirit has taken human form in the body of female horror legend Barbara Shelley and anybody who looks at her immediately turns to stone.Peter Cushing plays the evil doctor who hides the truth behind several murders in the village and Christopher Lee is the professor who tries to solve the mystery.Excellent performances all round,a decent soundtrack and the cinematography is lovely.Recommended. O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 14, 2007, 07:50:28 AM

TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE 1968-Price’s final and favorite of his Poe-Corman collaborations. Slow in places but grows on you after repeated viewings. The usual spooky atmosphere. One of Corman’s best ever.

Yes AC i only saw this very recently and was slightly disappointed after seeing House Of Usher-it is pretty slow but i'll try and give it another go ;)
BTW i looked up Mark Of The Devil in Rigby's English Gothic who calls it a "Witchfinder General rip-off" but i see its actually a German production starring Herbert Lom.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 14, 2007, 08:12:07 AM
Juan Miranda,did you catch this film on BBC2 last Sunday?

  http://www.britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/fiend.shtml

I've yet to put it  on but the reviewer rates the musical score higher than The Wicker Man :o


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on February 14, 2007, 08:33:15 AM
Juan Miranda,did you catch this film on BBC2 last Sunday?

At the time Chris wrote his review of THE FIEND he was going through a very anti-THE WICKER MAN phase. I know he's since changed his mind about the film. I taped THE FIEND last time it was on telly a couple of years ago, and do you know, I STILL haven't got round to watching the thing yet. I've stuck it on late at night and then fallen asleep. It does have a quite superb song near the beginning, in a Gosple stylee, "Wash Me In His Blood".

Warning about MARK OF THE DEVIL, it is a really unpleasant, nasty and quite misogynistic piece of work, very brutal and quite gleeful in the way women are hacked up. As a marketing gimmick on it's origional release special MARK OF THE DEVIL sick bags were handed out to the audience.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 14, 2007, 03:00:11 PM
I've seen others these were just the ones in my DVD collection. I couldn't remember the actresses name from INSEMINOID as I didn't have a book or the disc handy. I just pasted the brief reviews from my catalog. MARK OF THE DEVIL is unpleasant. Good score though. I posted a review with background info on my Grindhouse Classics and Legendary Shockers thread. I paired it with two other popular Devil pictures--RACE WITH THE DEVIL and THE DEVILS RAIN directed by the PHIBES man Robert Fuest. I abandoned the thread as it seemed nobody was interested.

I've never cared for KRONOS: VH beyond the inventive story ideas and cinematography. The action scenes are lousy save for the final duel which itself loses  momentum for its lack of music during the scene. Everything in 7 GOLDEN to me is superior from the set design, to the creatures particularly the skeletal undead who rise in slow motion amidst fog and a pounding score. (An excellent soundtrack if you can still find it) The scene recalls Ossorio's BLIND DEAD films with there Blind Templar Zombies riding apocalyptic horses in slow motion accompanied by one of the greatest horror movie scores ever.

John Forbes Robertson wasn't even originally to be in it. The Shaws demanded at the last minute that Dracula be included but given the poor returns afforded the previous entries, Lee, by this point could not be persuaded back.

The Anchor Bay dvd release has both the brit uncut version and the bastardized US cut which a completely different movie altogether with hardly any dialog. Warner UK released an anamorphic disc of this a couple of years back.

THEATER OF BLOOD can be had for $10.00 Banjo by itself or on a double feature with MADHOUSE which I think you'd like particularly for Cushings role here. In fact many of the Price films can be had for $10.00. They are part of MGMs Midnite Movies as are three of the Doug McClure dino movies. Sadly, WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS isn't available here in the US but there is a brit disc.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 14, 2007, 03:38:39 PM
Banjo, have you seen the creepy as all hell US horror from 71 called LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH? Directed by Richard Franklin. If you like moody, films that get under your skin, this one's for you.

I was disappointed in TOMB OF LIGEIA myself but upon seeing it again I was pleasantly surprised. Quite an accomplished work. It's paired on disc with AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLEN POE, a Made For TV movie that consists of Price in a single room reciting three Poe Tales. He gets REALLY into it.

RASPUTIN can be had on an Anchor Bay double feature with DEVIL RIDES OUT for $10-15.

I absolutely love TOWER OF EVIL. I was so surprised at how much nudity and gore was on hand. Saw it on TV years ago as HORROR ON SNAPE ISLAND. The fog enshrouded lighthouse, the dark caverns and the devilish secret of the island lend this one some quality scares. several slashers of the 80s have obviously and quite blatantly borrowed elements from this sleazy brit spooker. Love the scene near the beginning where the sailor docks on the island and finds several mutilated bodies including a naked girl at the top of the lighthouse staircase. Upon checking to see if she is alive, her head then bounces down the stairs.

CRY OF THE BANSHEE is nothing to "Shout" about. Lots of nudity and a bit of gore in another stab at WITCHFINDER GENERAL. See MARK OF THE DEVIL instead.

You simpy must see CIRCUS OF HORRORS. Very sleazy for 1959. Anton Diffring is excellent.

CITY OF THE DEAD should be paramount on your MUST SEE list if you haven't already. Easily ****

BURN, WITCH, BURN--Another classic that was to be released on the MGM Midnite Movies label but Sony has yet to release it. Peter Wyngaard is excellent here. Another MUST SEE. aka NIGHT OF THE EAGLE.

Banjo, if you like FLASH GORDON you owe it to yourself to see KRULL. Saw this in a mostly empty theater in 83. The film has since went on to achieve respectability. Originally called THE DRAGONS OF KRULL, Columbia changed the name because Disney's surprisingly violent film DRAGONSLAYER had failed miserably at the BO. It didn't make any difference though. Wonderful movie. One of a few I can watch over and over. The score alone rates ****

BEAST MUST DIE is a fun, schlocky good time. Dark Sky Films recently re-released this in a better print than the Image disc so I'll have to upgrade. These I have yet to purchase--

ASYLUM--Didn't like it the first time I saw it. Give it another go.

DR. TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS--Not sure if I saw a cut version, but some of the stories seemed to end before they really finished. Nice ending.

FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE--Pretty good anthology. Warners was supposed to put this out. Not sure if it's out now or not.

TORTURE GARDEN--I bought this and still have it but I'm giving it away. Awful Amicus Anthology has Burgess Meredith as El Diablo spinning four silly stories. the final tale with Cushing and Palance is the only good one and even it's not great. You can find it for $10.

AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS--Didn't care much for this either but then I've yet to see the nice widescreen print. Cushing is in this also.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 15, 2007, 01:48:04 AM
At the time Chris wrote his review of THE FIEND he was going through a very anti-THE WICKER MAN phase. I know he's since changed his mind about the film. I taped THE FIEND last time it was on telly a couple of years ago, and do you know, I STILL haven't got round to watching the thing yet. I've stuck it on late at night and then fallen asleep. It does have a quite superb song near the beginning, in a Gosple stylee, "Wash Me In His Blood".

Warning about MARK OF THE DEVIL, it is a really unpleasant, nasty and quite misogynistic piece of work, very brutal and quite gleeful in the way women are hacked up. As a marketing gimmick on it's origional release special MARK OF THE DEVIL sick bags were handed out to the audience.
Yeah i think i'm gonna give the Fiend a look later today.I see you now have to register to get on that Horror forum.

Thanks for the warning-as its not British anyway i'll probably give Mark Of The Devil a miss.Don't want to give Mrs Banjo any nightmares :(


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 15, 2007, 01:49:34 AM
THEATER OF BLOOD can be had for $10.00 Banjo by itself or on a double feature with MADHOUSE which I think you'd like particularly for Cushings role here. In fact many of the Price films can be had for $10.00. They are part of MGMs Midnite Movies as are three of the Doug McClure dino movies. Sadly, WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS isn't available here in the US but there is a brit disc.
Thanks for that AC,i'm very tempted ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 15, 2007, 02:02:07 AM
Banjo, have you seen the creepy as all hell US horror from 71 called LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH? Directed by Richard Franklin. If you like moody, films that get under your skin, this one's for you.

I was disappointed in TOMB OF LIGEIA myself but upon seeing it again I was pleasantly surprised. Quite an accomplished work. It's paired on disc with AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLEN POE, a Made For TV movie that consists of Price in a single room reciting three Poe Tales. He gets REALLY into it.

RASPUTIN can be had on an Anchor Bay double feature with DEVIL RIDES OUT for $10-15.

I absolutely love TOWER OF EVIL. I was so surprised at how much nudity and gore was on hand. Saw it on TV years ago as HORROR ON SNAPE ISLAND. The fog enshrouded lighthouse, the dark caverns and the devilish secret of the island lend this one some quality scares. several slashers of the 80s have obviously and quite blatantly borrowed elements from this sleazy brit spooker. Love the scene near the beginning where the sailor docks on the island and finds several mutilated bodies including a naked girl at the top of the lighthouse staircase. Upon checking to see if she is alive, her head then bounces down the stairs.

CRY OF THE BANSHEE is nothing to "Shout" about. Lots of nudity and a bit of gore in another stab at WITCHFINDER GENERAL. See MARK OF THE DEVIL instead.

You simpy must see CIRCUS OF HORRORS. Very sleazy for 1959. Anton Diffring is excellent.

CITY OF THE DEAD should be paramount on your MUST SEE list if you haven't already. Easily ****

BURN, WITCH, BURN--Another classic that was to be released on the MGM Midnite Movies label but Sony has yet to release it. Peter Wyngaard is excellent here. Another MUST SEE. aka NIGHT OF THE EAGLE.

Banjo, if you like FLASH GORDON you owe it to yourself to see KRULL. Saw this in a mostly empty theater in 83. The film has since went on to achieve respectability. Originally called THE DRAGONS OF KRULL, Columbia changed the name because Disney's surprisingly violent film DRAGONSLAYER had failed miserably at the BO. It didn't make any difference though. Wonderful movie. One of a few I can watch over and over. The score alone rates ****

BEAST MUST DIE is a fun, schlocky good time. Dark Sky Films recently re-released this in a better print than the Image disc so I'll have to upgrade. These I have yet to purchase--

ASYLUM--Didn't like it the first time I saw it. Give it another go.

DR. TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS--Not sure if I saw a cut version, but some of the stories seemed to end before they really finished. Nice ending.

FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE--Pretty good anthology. Warners was supposed to put this out. Not sure if it's out now or not.

TORTURE GARDEN--I bought this and still have it but I'm giving it away. Awful Amicus Anthology has Burgess Meredith as El Diablo spinning four silly stories. the final tale with Cushing and Palance is the only good one and even it's not great. You can find it for $10.

AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS--Didn't care much for this either but then I've yet to see the nice widescreen print. Cushing is in this also.
Not seen Lets Scare Jessica To Death :-[ but i'll make a note of it.

Tower of Evil i'm gonna see again shortly but yes a definate influence on those 80's slasher movies.

I taped City Of The Dead from the UK Horror Channel before it went crap.A brillaint film O0

I didn't like Asylum either but i wish i'd have kept it on video tape :'(

And Now The Screaming Starts-transfered to dvd,will watch soon.

I've got the Italian dvd of Dr Terrors House Of Horrors but i'll take a look again regarding any possible cuts .

Flash Gordon and Krull aren't really horror,are they?

Cry Of The Banshee,Torture Garden,Night Of The Eagle,Circus Of Horrors all look very interesting in Rigbys book so for collection purposes i'll pick all these up at some point.

Gonna have to look up Burn,Witch,Burn.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 15, 2007, 08:29:15 AM
Juan Miranda,did you catch this film on BBC2 last Sunday?

  http://www.britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/fiend.shtml

I've yet to put it  on but the reviewer rates the musical score higher than The Wicker Man :o
Just finished watching The Fiend and i really didn't care much for it at all.In fact contrary to the review in the above link it really dragged for me and the overbearing religious maniac of a mother grated on me terribly so it was a relief when she was allowed to kick the bucket.Tom Beckley as the Fiend was suitably creepy but because you know who he is right from the word go  sadly relieves this film of any suspense whatsoever.And i'm afraid the dodgy gospel music and naked breasts aren't enough to save this film for me.

**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 15, 2007, 08:43:16 AM
ASYLUM--Didn't like it the first time I saw it. Give it another go.

FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE--Pretty good anthology. Warners was supposed to put this out. Not sure if it's out now or not.

TORTURE GARDEN--I bought this and still have it but I'm giving it away. Awful Amicus Anthology has Burgess Meredith as El Diablo spinning four silly stories. the final tale with Cushing and Palance is the only good one and even it's not great. You can find it for $10.
Just remembered that Asylum was the one with the toy robots which both myself and Mrs Banjo found rather tacky but i'm hoping the BBC will repeat again soon so i can take a 2nd look.

Yeah From Beyond The Grave is probably as good as anything Amicus produced.All 4 stories are great as are the interlinking segments with Cushing as the shady antiques dealer.

Looked up Torture Garden and i see that Rigby has quite a low opinion of this too,suggesting that only the first and last stories were of any worth and that Burgess Meredith as the devil in between sketches wasn't much cop either.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 15, 2007, 03:22:48 PM
NIGHT OF THE EAGLE is an aka for BURN, WITCH, BURN.

No, FLASH GORDON and KRULL are not horror I only included them for their fantasy elements. KRULL however, does feature some nasty bits. Such as when the heroes kill the Slayers, minions of the Beast, creatures pop out of their heads and burrow underground. Freddie Jones is very good in this. I should have included DUNE also since it too has british technicians such as cinematography by Freddie Francis as well as several nasty elements and a good score by Toto(!).



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 17, 2007, 01:19:04 AM
NIGHT OF THE EAGLE is an aka for BURN, WITCH, BURN.
Just looked this up.Quite an old film(in black and white) and looks very interesting!

Rewatched Vampire Lovers-the moment when Hammer started to introduce sex into their films,and Ingrid Pitt is as effective as the vampire in the start of this Karnstein series as Christopher Lee was as Dracula.An excellent film and the reason i haven't given it **** is due to the too easy way that Carmilla is finally defeated and Peter Cushings too brief screen time.

**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 17, 2007, 01:33:15 PM
Oh, from one of your earlier posts Banjo, I have VAMPYRES in my collection. You should check out DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS the definitive Countess Bathory movie. Wonderful atmosphere and simultaneously creepy and sexy. Another film you should look into is an italian movie called MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN. Lots of gothic trappings here as well.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 18, 2007, 03:09:34 AM
Oh, from one of your earlier posts Banjo, I have VAMPYRES in my collection. You should check out DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS the definitive Countess Bathory movie. Wonderful atmosphere and simultaneously creepy and sexy. Another film you should look into is an italian movie called MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN. Lots of gothic trappings here as well.
Is Vampyres any good AC?
I think they show a Daughters Of Darkness movie on the UK Horror Channel every now and again but i think it maybe a recent remake.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 19, 2007, 03:08:47 AM
CIRCUS OF HORRORS 1960- Grisly British horror starring Anton Diffring as an evil Nazi doctor working as a plastic surgeon under the guise of a traveling circus . Those that want to leave or threaten to reveal who he is meet with gruesome deaths. Its nasty streak was a bit ahead of its time.
Yippee!!!!  This is being shown next Sunday night about 3am in the morning.About it being ahead of its time,Rigby says that this predates what Hammer were to do more than a decade later.Can't wait to see this. :) 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 19, 2007, 11:18:40 AM
VAMPYRES is very good. It was heavy trimmed for its british release if I remember correctly and also in America. There's A LOT of sex and blood in this one. The storyline is very interesting and the castle setting and the landscape lend an eerie visual quality to the film. Blue Underground released this and DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS.

BTW, DOD just got a 2 disc re-release last month with new special features including a similar film THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE.

You should be pleasantly surprised with CIRCUS OF HORROR. Should you miss out on it, Anchor Bay released it a few years ago and you can find it for around $10.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 21, 2007, 05:00:56 AM
VAMPYRES is very good.
Ordered this along with Sorcerers,Oblong Box/Scream & Scream Again,Theatre Of Blood/Madhouse and also this dvd of a (apparently) classic 70's British tv series:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000FAOAZG/026-3667700-8386051


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on February 21, 2007, 06:43:38 AM
Ohhhh. THE SORCERERS is Michael Reeve's real masterpiece for me, not that awful Witchfinder rubbish, as superb as the later more famous film (shot just a few months later) is bad. Partly due to Catherine Lacey's movie stealing performance. Even the usually wooden Ian Ogilvy is good in it, essentialy playing Reeves himself.

As said before, don't miss CIRCUS OF HORRORS, it is indeed a pioneer of the sort of intensly colourful,sexy and gory picture Hammer studios would go on to perfect over the following decade. The plot is utterly bonkers, with Anton Diffring playing a disgraced plastic surgon, who determines to re-enter the world of legitimate medicine by errrm... buying a circus. As you do....

It's main attractions belong to Yvonne Romain (the main two reasons for watching CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF) and Douglas Slocombe's magnificnt cinematography. Where the film does drag is the over-exposure of acts from Billy Smart's Circus, of which we see huge chunks of far too many, and the truly appaling pop song, LOOK FOR A STAR, which you hear so often that a lesser man may end up holding his hand over his bleeding ears and bellowing "Stop that!! STOP IT I SAY!!"


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on February 21, 2007, 06:52:55 AM
(apparently) classic 70's British tv series:-

I forgot to mention this one. While it is an admittedly mixed bag, with the jury split over some of the episodes, the consensus is that the programme called BABY is one of the most terrifying things ever made for British telly. It does have a slow build up, but it achieves a cloying, stifling waking nightmare atmosphere difficult to shake. I'll say no more about it, except maybe leave it for last? Lots of people really dislike the one called BUDDY BOY, about a (ahem!) ghost of a dolphin, but I really rate this one, with Martin Shaw giving his best ever non-Polanski performance. It's so hard to imagin him playing such a sleazy character these days he comes as something of a revelation.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 22, 2007, 02:00:12 AM
Do you know of any other tv series worth getting on dvd Juan Miranda?I'm very tempted by the Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense but i've heard this isn't up to the standard of the original Hammer House Of Horror which has a good handful of brilliant storylines. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on February 22, 2007, 06:29:34 AM
Must admit I'm not up with any of the Hammer stuff made for TV. Most of the greats of Brit horror on telly seem to have been one off's rather than a series, THE YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS, 1984, THE SIGNALMAN, WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YOU and THE STONE TAPE to name few. I must admit that I do have an immense soft spot for SAPPHIRE AND STEEL, especially the "second adventure", usually known as THE RAILWAY STATION. For me this was terrifying and daring stuff. However, it remains such an experimental series that a lot of people just don't "get it", even today some decades later.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 22, 2007, 07:06:38 AM
THE YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS, 1984, THE SIGNALMAN, WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YOU and THE STONE TAPE to name few.
Thanks for those JM,i'll have to take a nosey on Amazon.

I just picked up a copy of Jonathan Rigbys biography on Christopher Lee (which looks a lot more informative than Jonathan Sothcotts "Cult Films Of...") and i see that he appeared in a handful of Italian horrors(plus the odd German horror) which i'm gonna try and look up too!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 22, 2007, 01:48:02 PM
Not a huge fan of Brit horror (though I do love The Wicker Man (the Robin Hardy version) and I do have fond memories of watching some Hammer Horror classics at 2am in the morning on CH 4 on Christmas Day) but I picked up this Criterion set (more for the B-Movie Sci Fi films) but the first two films should interest Brit Horror fans.

(Apologies if this has been posted before)

Monsters and Madmen

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=364

The Haunted Strangler
Corridors of Blood

Both starring Boris Karloff (and Corridors star's a youthful Christopher Lee). I bought the set as all the films look like good fun but my personal interest is the two Sci-Fi B-Movies

The Atomic Submarine
First Man into Space

+ You gotta love the artwork on the boxset.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 23, 2007, 05:25:18 AM
   They always classiy Nigel Kneales Quatermass films/tv series as horror but to me its closer to sci-fi but i'll check out that box set though i already taped Corridors Of Blood off the tv recently.Christopher Lee was excellent as Resurrection Joe in that film!! O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 23, 2007, 02:55:59 PM
http://search.deepdiscount.com/search?p=KK&srid=S7%2d1&lbc=deepdiscount&ts=custom&pw=i%2c%20monster&uid=67480545&&isort=score&w=Christopher%20Lee&rk=2

Banjo, here is CIRCUS OF HORRORS paired with THEATRE OF DEATH for $8.00. Anchor Bay re-released LOTS of their back catalog on double features. Some are no longer available.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 25, 2007, 03:04:06 AM
  I've already got Theatre Of Death(taped of the television) and of course Circus of Horrors is on tv tonight but thanks for the link-you never know,i might upgrade to a decent dvd print O0

 **** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**

Just rewatched Twins Of Evil and Lust For A Vampire.The former is most definately the strongest Karnstein film and one of Hammers best but what happened to Mircalla after she turned the Count into a vampire?
   Lust For A Vampire is very lacklustre compared to the other two but the increased amount of naked totty makes up for this!! :D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 25, 2007, 02:39:16 PM
Mircalla's character was more of a cameo showing up long enough to turn her brother into a vampire. The main focus was on the Cushing-Damian Thomas conflict with the two nieces as the central story conceit; their seduction from good to evil (one of them anyways).


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 26, 2007, 03:44:09 AM
   Arizona did the musical score for Twins Of Evil remind you of Morricones  trumpet driven score for Hellbenders?

  Put on Countess Dracula again (which is based on Elizabeth Bathory who bathed herself in virgins blood in order to preserve her youth) and with Ingrid Pitts briliant dual role performance as the ageing Countess and her much younger seductive rejuvinated self this is definately a must view i say O0

**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****

Remembered to record Circus Of Horrors last night and considering the age of this movie i'm surprised to see its in colour and (i think) widescreen too :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 26, 2007, 07:56:30 AM
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS is the best Bathory movie and puts COUNTESS DRACULA to shame. I have a book on her and her crimes were far worse than anything CD was willing to show. It's an OK movie, but inferior to the other, more accomplished film. You should really see this one. It makes a great double bill with Larraz's VAMPYRES. I'll take a look at TWINS and HELLBENDERS again and see. I don't remember the similarities but I'll check it out.

I'll make a thread listing all my horror titles. Maybe there's some others you may have seen or interested in seeing.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 27, 2007, 04:34:12 AM
    I watched Vampyres the other day and while its undeniable that this film delivers a great atmosphere with a nice creeppy musical score ,in between the moments of OTT gore nothing much at all seems to happen and the acting is pretty awful(which i suppose is to be expected with two well known porn stars of that era).In fact for a lot of this movie i was a bit bored so its doubtful whether i'll bother with any more of these British horror/sex films.Anyway i think theres a good chance Daughters Of Darkness will show up again on the UK sattelite Horror Channel at some point.
   
  **** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres **

I'll check out your new horror thread as i'm interested in reading up on some American horror. O0



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 27, 2007, 05:09:21 AM
Hey,just looked through next weeks UK TV Guide and see that Hammers excellent Hands Of The Ripper is on ITV4 on Sunday. O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 27, 2007, 05:55:50 AM
You guys might be interested in some of the horror announcements here  O0

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=5051.0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 28, 2007, 05:10:49 AM
Thanks LA.
Hopefully those upcoming releases will include some British horror titles i'm missing ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 28, 2007, 05:31:03 AM
As soon as I hear any more I'll post it here  :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on February 28, 2007, 08:07:47 AM
   Just finished watching The Sorcerers ,a true classic i'd say and much better than Witchfinder General by the same director.Loved the 60's feel including some pretty cool music footage and some tasty mini-skirted dolly birds.Karloff plays a professor who develops a mind controlling device and together with his wicked wife they experiment on a very young Ian Ogilvy to eventual deadly effect.A must!!!

**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
The Sorcecers****


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 01, 2007, 05:50:27 AM
I forgot to mention this one. While it is an admittedly mixed bag, with the jury split over some of the episodes, the consensus is that the programme called BABY is one of the most terrifying things ever made for British telly. It does have a slow build up, but it achieves a cloying, stifling waking nightmare atmosphere difficult to shake. I'll say no more about it, except maybe leave it for last? Lots of people really dislike the one called BUDDY BOY, about a (ahem!) ghost of a dolphin, but I really rate this one, with Martin Shaw giving his best ever non-Polanski performance. It's so hard to imagin him playing such a sleazy character these days he comes as something of a revelation.
Watched 3 so far Juan Miranda.
Yes Baby is scary with a great ending.I actually liked Buddy Boy very much and if anything Dummy(number 3 on the dvd set) is sillier than this dolphin poltergeist saga, but i've enjoyed all 3 so far ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on March 01, 2007, 01:07:42 PM
I have come late to this thread...well the latest posts anyway, so apologies if this has already been covered. Has anyone got the 21 disc Hammer collection. I was thinking of buying it and was wondering if anyone has any comments on the quality. I have some of the films in other collections but it seems worth getting.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 01, 2007, 01:20:03 PM
I have most all of those titles already but you can email Tony Simonelli at xploited.com. He'll tell you about the quality. He's always been honest with me about releases. I was curious about purchasing it down the road as it free up some space.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 01, 2007, 01:23:43 PM
Hey Banjo, I forgot to include these titles--

EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN
PARANOIAC
NIGHTMARE
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
NIGHT CREATURES (first time on disc)

There was a 2 disc set from Universal with 8 Hammers previously unreleased on disc that came out last year. I forgot to include these others in my catalog. Haven't watched NIGHTMARE yet though.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 02, 2007, 05:01:55 AM
Hey Banjo, I forgot to include these titles--

EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN
PARANOIAC
NIGHTMARE
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
NIGHT CREATURES (first time on disc)

There was a 2 disc set from Universal with 8 Hammers previously unreleased on disc that came out last year. I forgot to include these others in my catalog. Haven't watched NIGHTMARE yet though.
What are those 8 Hammers AC?

Paranoiac,Nightmare and Night Creatures are new to me.Are they British?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 02, 2007, 05:04:34 AM
**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****

Watched Theatre Of Blood yesterday,and with Vincent Price on top form together with an imaginative script and unbeatable British cast this may well be the best ever British comedy horror O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 02, 2007, 12:04:41 PM
Yes, they are all British. NIGHT CREATURES is the US retitling of Hammers CAPTAIN CLEGG starring Peter Cushing in one of his most action oriented roles. He and his band of pirates dress up in glowing skeletal outfits riding horses outfitted the same to scare people throughout the countryside. Wonderful swashbuckler making its first time on disc.

The 2 disc 8 movie set from Universal contains the following Hammer titles--

BRIDES OF DRACULA
THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF
PARANOIAC
NIGHTMARE
KISS OF THE VAMPIRE
NIGHT CREATURES (First ever release on home video)

This set came out Halloween of 05 and can be bought for $20 to $25.00.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on March 02, 2007, 01:39:07 PM
The Universal 8 disc set was notorious for disc pressing problems which resulted in picture freezing and pixelating. My disc of WEREWOLF has this fault.

Paranoiac and Nightmare were part of what was dubbed the Hammer Mini Hitchcock's!!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 02, 2007, 01:55:06 PM
I heard about that too, but so far, I've yet to encounter any problems with the discs.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 03, 2007, 10:01:21 AM
**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**

Just saw the Madhouse part of the 2 on 1 dvd and i'd only say it was ok.Vincent Price is always more effective(not here i'm afraid) when he's the bad guy in control calling all the shots,Linda Hayden disappears much too soon and showing all those older Poe film footage just seemed like a lazy space filler to me.Quite a good ending though!




Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 03, 2007, 10:02:50 AM
Yes, they are all British. NIGHT CREATURES is the US retitling of Hammers CAPTAIN CLEGG starring Peter Cushing in one of his most action oriented roles. He and his band of pirates dress up in glowing skeletal outfits riding horses outfitted the same to scare people throughout the countryside. Wonderful swashbuckler making its first time on disc.

The 2 disc 8 movie set from Universal contains the following Hammer titles--

BRIDES OF DRACULA
THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF
PARANOIAC
NIGHTMARE
KISS OF THE VAMPIRE
NIGHT CREATURES (First ever release on home video)

This set came out Halloween of 05 and can be bought for $20 to $25.00.
Thanks AC,i'm very tempted because i'm missing four of those titles but concerned about those disc problems :-\


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 03, 2007, 01:11:23 PM
Well, like I said, I haven't had any problems yet, and I've watched all of them twice except for PARANOIAC and I have yet to see NIGHTMARE. The main reason I bought the set was for BRIDES OF DRACULA and CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF.

And the set is very inexpensive. If there are problems, you can get replacement discs.

What I liked about MADHOUSE was the cast, the way the film revolved around the film industry itself and Peter Cushing as a villain. Plus, Adrienne Corri from one of my fave Hammers, VAMPIRE CIRCUS.

I can't remember if you've said already, but what did you think of CITY OF THE DEAD, Banjo? Essentially the first Amicus movie, it has some of the creepiest scenes of foreboding dread I've ever seen and an absolutely evil to the core Chris Lee.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on March 03, 2007, 02:40:35 PM
One film i see is just out on DVD is the rarely seen THE PROJECTED MAN  made in 1966. I think it's only been on TV once about 10-12 years ago and is worth a look.

Someone was asking about TV series as well. I picked up the old THRILLER ITV series by Brian Clemens from the 70's and while it looks quite dated with wobbly sets and all, it brings back fond 'oh i remember this one' memories.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 04, 2007, 03:57:33 PM
Well, like I said, I haven't had any problems yet, and I've watched all of them twice except for PARANOIAC and I have yet to see NIGHTMARE. The main reason I bought the set was for BRIDES OF DRACULA and CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF.

And the set is very inexpensive. If there are problems, you can get replacement discs.

What I liked about MADHOUSE was the cast, the way the film revolved around the film industry itself and Peter Cushing as a villain. Plus, Adrienne Corri from one of my fave Hammers, VAMPIRE CIRCUS.

I can't remember if you've said already, but what did you think of CITY OF THE DEAD, Banjo? Essentially the first Amicus movie, it has some of the creepiest scenes of foreboding dread I've ever seen and an absolutely evil to the core Chris Lee.
You talked me into it AC-just ordered the box set.The titles i'm missing are Kiss Of The Vampire,Night Creatures,Paranoiac and Nightmare but i'm sure at least a couple of the remaining four i currently have only on p&s so it'll be good to replace those assuming everythings in widescreen.
    Yes the cast in Madhouse was excellent.Was Adriene Corri the woman with the spiders?
I'm a big fan of City Of The Dead which i taped in widescreen from the UK Horror channel before it turned crap.



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 04, 2007, 04:03:31 PM
Someone was asking about TV series as well. I picked up the old THRILLER ITV series by Brian Clemens from the 70's and while it looks quite dated with wobbly sets and all, it brings back fond 'oh i remember this one' memories.
I don't remember that series LeBon (i was born in 1967 so maybe i was slightly too young) but i've seen that box set on Amazon which looks great value.However i do remember the Armchair Thriller series(well the one about the nun anyway-this memory was recently prompted by Channel 4's top 100 horrors program)but i don't think i've seen a dvd of this anywhere.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 05, 2007, 03:31:52 AM
Hey good news horror fans in the UK.I clicked forward a week on the Sky tv guide and see that next Saturday night BBC1 are showing A Study In Terror,a Jack-The-Ripper type film which is a new one to me :)
Have anyone seen this?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 05, 2007, 11:14:09 AM
Yes, they're all widescreen. Here's the specs'

BRIDES-1.66
CURSE OF WEREWOLF-1.85
PHANTOM-2.00
PARANOIAC-2.35
KISS OF VAMPIRE-1.85
NIGHTMARE-2.35
NIGHT CREATURES-2.00
EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN-1.85

Adrienne Corri is the one with the spiders. She is the circus leader in VAMPIRE CIRCUS.

Is the THRILLER show the one with Boris Karloff?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 06, 2007, 01:56:07 AM
Is the THRILLER show the one with Boris Karloff?
No it was a long running series shown on British tv during the 70's.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 06, 2007, 02:12:07 AM
**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**
Oblong Box***

Watched the Oblong Box yesterday with low expectations after what i'd read so far-it even has a bogus Edgar Allan Poe title :( .However i have to report that both myself and Mrs Banjo thought this was excellent.A surprisingly subdued Vincent Price(Julian Markham) keeps his brother Edward locked in an attic who has been  badly disfigured (because of Price)due to a voodoo ceremony in Africa.Edward for various reasons gets buried alive but eventually escapes to reek revenge.Its a pretty engaging storyline throughout and the tragic crimson masked Edward very much reminds me of Hammers Phantom Of The Opera.Best of all is Christopher Lees performance of the doctor experimenting on grave robbed dead bodies but ends up aiding Edward.Recommended! O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 06, 2007, 02:16:50 PM
I only watched it watched it once. The poorly done effects work appeared slapped together at the last minute and it had neither the charm nor the heart of the earlier films. I'd rewatch one of the better earlier efforts before this one, although it's not a total wash.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 06, 2007, 04:03:31 PM
I only watched it watched it once. The poorly done effects work appeared slapped together at the last minute and it had neither the charm nor the heart of the earlier films. I'd rewatch one of the better earlier efforts before this one, although it's not a total wash.
I thought the direction was ok but all the throat cutting gory stuff etc looked like the victims being savaged with a red lipstick tube or a paintbrush ;D
Which earlier films are you refering to AC?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 07, 2007, 08:53:35 AM
**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**
Oblong Box***
Scream And Scream Again***

Just watched Scream & Scream Again(the flip side of the Oblong Box dvd) and despite its confusing plot involving Nazi's,vampires and swinging 60's London this was great fun.And you get Vincent Price,Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing all the the one movie O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 07, 2007, 11:38:27 AM
I am referring to the earlier Poe adaptations from Corman and starring Price. SCREAM & SCREAM AGAIN is okay, but did you notice the three horror titans do not share a scene together?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 08, 2007, 04:55:14 AM
I am referring to the earlier Poe adaptations from Corman and starring Price. SCREAM & SCREAM AGAIN is okay, but did you notice the three horror titans do not share a scene together?
How many did Corman and Price do together AC?
Yes Lee and Cushing only had minor parts with Cushing only in one scene.Though hard to fathom right until the end i thought it was a pretty neat storyline with lots of black humour thrown.I thought the police inspector was a great character. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 09, 2007, 02:47:42 PM
I believe there're 8--

HOUSE OF USHER
THE PIT & THE PENDULUM
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
THE PREMATURE BURIAL (Ray Milland; no Price)
THE RAVEN
TALES OF TERROR
THE TOMB OF LIGEIA
THE HAUNTED PALACE (mixes a bit of H.P. Lovecraft)

So that would make 7 with VP and one without unless I'm missing one. The latter films Corman did not want to do as he got tired of the series.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 09, 2007, 09:35:31 PM
Watched a double feature early this morning between 1-4 am of VAMPIRE CIRCUS and TWINS OF EVIL, two of my favorite Hammers. Hadn't seen either in a while. They both hold up admirably--

TWINS benefits greatly from cramped but elaborate gothic sets and atmosphere and two searing performances by Peter Cushing and Damien Thomas. It's interesting that Cushing, until the final act, appears to be just as much, if not moreso a villain than Thomas's character. Even Cushing's characters name Gustav Weil (pronounced vile) sums up his actions throughout the film. The burning of innocent girls, the verbal assaults on his niece and wife and a rather vicious scene where Gustav visits Anton (David Warbeck) proclaiming that if he interferes with the Brotherhoods practices again, he will suffer for it then hints that his sister will as well.

Thomas, a stage actor is exciting to watch and probably the films most memorable performance. He would have made a good Dracula. His back and forth good vs evil banter with Cushing is top notch. A highlight is when Weil finds the Count in a cabin. Karnstein taunts Weil and his men to kill him and his black servant but suffer hanging from the Emperor for doing so. As Weil and his men exit, Karnstein sarcastically pronounces for Weil to pray for him. Although the films look is a return to the glory days, there is a much in evidence amount of gore, although not quite as explicit as arguably Hammer's classiest 70s flick HANDS OF THE RIPPER the same year.

Probably the most memorable scene is where Weil decapitates one of the vampires and the headless corpse tumbles down some stone steps in one shot. Weil stands with a formidable looking blade in one hand and the vampires head in the other.

The soundtrack is also very well done, at times sounding militaristic notably during the witchhunting sequences.

Some misteps however, do not hinder the enjoyment although some who are overly picky may find it annoying--
Some of the scenes involving mirrors casting no reflection are obviously done using a mirror with no glass. Sometimes candle flames can be seen blowing in opposite directions. Another bit involves the discovery of a vampirized corpse before vampires have even been introduced into the movie. Karnstein is a human at first. He sacrifices a young girl resurrecting his descendant Mircalla who then turns him. Before this, Gustav and his band are hunting witches who are all obviously innocent.

Another scene illicits slight chuckles. Near the end, Karnstein thinks the townsfolk are coming to burn him although fire cannot harm him. His mute servant rushes in and plays what looks all for the world like Charades! "Crosses!....and stakes!....and axes!" yells Karnstein as his servant humorously describes the weapons of death to his master.

Some interesting stills from this film show alternate takes of bloody bits in the film such as Dennis Price's death scene and an alternate shot of the poor guy who gets that nasty looking machete-axe looking weapon buried into his noggin by the black man.

VAMPIRE CIRCUS I first saw on Commander USAs Groovy Movies on the USA Network back in the late 80s. He specialized in Mexican horror and mexi-horror wrestling movies like the great SAMSON VS THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (Santo in the original version) and 70s Hammer films. Depending on how much had to be cut from said film, the Commander would often show an episode from an old serial like UNDERSEA KINGDOM before the show. VAMPIRE CIRCUS was one such movie. Even at 83 minutes in its uncut form, it had much footage removed by 20th Century Fox (whom I think still holds the US rights) and a bit more for its TV broadcast.

The first Hammer release of 1972, the film is a notable change of pace although still another vampire feature, it has enough original elements for several other productions. The exciting opening 12 minutes is a mini movie unto itself and sets up the proceedings nicely. Count Mitterhouse is attacked by around ten men with Mitterhouse dispatching most of them with bites or blades. Robert Tayman plays the Count and in his few dialog bits he delivers a worthy performance as Damien Thomas did in TWINS OF EVIL.

CIRCUS has a very impressive cast--Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, John Moulder Brown, Laurence Payne, Anthony Corlan and Dave Prowse.

Corlan steals the movie as the vampire panther man Emil. All his scenes reek of menace and evil. He is involved in the films most accomplished effects shot. As he ascends a staircase to massacre a group of music students, the camera follows his boots which then transform into panther legs in one seamless shot.  Corlan also gets to show off at the finale similar to Tayman during the opening. Chris Lee's Dracula never got this energetic save for choking a man or tossing a poker.

Another standout moment takes place when one of the heroines breaks through the roadblock and falls into some shrubbery. She sees what appears to be the glowing eyes of the panther that has just mutilated an escaping family but it's actually a shiny emblem on a soldiers boots moving towards her. The aformentioned scene with the panther killing the fleeing villagers was cut from TV broadcast as was the nude circus dance bit earlier in the film which was also missing from Fox's theatrical release.

Among other highlights, a pair of siamese twin vampire acroBATS that change into bats, a magical hall of mirrors that doubles as a portal to the lair below the destroyed castle, a shot during the opening where blood drips from Anna's lips temporarily reviving the Count to give further instructions and a superbly bombastic score from the underrated David Whitaker (DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE, SWORD & THE SORCERER).

Without doubt Hammers most complex vampire film. As mentioned earlier there are enough plot devices and story threads for several other films and its ambitiousness is too much for what is obviously a very tight budget. Hammer films by this time had lost their place in cinema. Moviegoers had grown tired of the gothic Draculas and Frankensteins. Even with the added sex and gore, patrons were turning away to the more realistic horrors of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE EXORCIST and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE to name a few.

Director Robert Young (who also directed the CHARLY BOY episode of HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR) does an admirable job with what he has to work with and when the film ran over schedule, Young had to cobble together what he had. This would explain a couple of scenes that have a dream like quality about them as well as several scenes that make you feel as if you've missed something. Still, he delivers in the areas that "count" for this sort of film delivering the best action scenes of any of Hammers vampire flicks as well some startling violence and gore.

The plot holes in the film concerns Mitterhouse's curse. He says in the opener that his persecutors as well as their children will die to give him back his life. A plague befalls the village which is thought to be Mitterhouse's curse. But when the Circus shows up, and the performers are seen to be shapeshifters of sorts, no one questions their origins.

Then, the children are gradually killed and the blood spilled over the Counts corpse. Well, during the finale, Mueller (Payne) pulls the stake from Mitterhouse's corpse impaling Emil with it which then results in his resurrection. If all they had to do was remove the stake, then why did they not do it sooner? This may have been explained further had the film been fully completed but then too, if the vamps had done this, there'd been no movie.

Both films are/were available from Carlton seperately or in a box set with COUNTESS DRACULA. All three are excellent transfers especially CIRCUS and TWINS which the latter was released here uncut from Vidamerica in a murky VHS release and CIRCUS has yet to see tape or disc. I had a Japanese VHS which was decent but the disc from Carlton is colorful and vibrant like the version I saw on tv years before. No extras apart from an original trailer on the VAMPIRE CIRCUS disc.





Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 09, 2007, 09:59:35 PM
Banjo, here are some books I have on this subject you might want to check out. Some of these I think are out of print but you may find them used--

HAMMER-HOUSE OF HORROR- Howard Maxford, hardcover, film by film account generously illustrated.

HOUSE OF HORROR-THE COMPLETE HAMMER FILMS STORY- a British soft cover book. There's been at least one other revision but mine is from 94. Loaded with stills, posters, nude photos of Hammer girls! and publicity shots.

MEMORIES OF HAMMER- hardcover, a bit expensive, a collection of interviews and reminisces from Hammer actors from Baltimore's Fanex Conventions. James Bernard, Martine Beswicke, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Francis, Val Guest, Chris Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster and others interviewed.

NIGHTWALKERS-GOTHIC HORROR MOVIES-glossy soft cover. covers Hammer, Amicus and US gothic horror from the 50s-70s.

AMICUS-THE STUDIO THAT DRIPPED BLOOD- Britain's own Dark Side magazine put this beautifully glossy book that is worth it for its sumptuous illustrations, posters, behind the scenes shots but it just scratches the surface on the many films in the book.

TEN YEARS OF TERROR-BRITISH HORROR FILMS OF THE 1970s-large hardcover, British book from Fab Press who put out the best books on the horror genre. Probably the best tome I have on Brit horror. Highly recommended.

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HORROR FILMS- large softcover, pretty much covers everything. The one I have is from silents up to 1984.

HORRORS-A HISTORY OF HORROR MOVIES- large hard cover, lavishly illustrated covers the gamut.

HORROR FILMS- Nigel Andrews, large hard cover, not as thorough as the above title but also heavily illustrated and features a British horror section.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 10, 2007, 05:16:00 AM
I believe there're 8--

HOUSE OF USHER
THE PIT & THE PENDULUM
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
THE PREMATURE BURIAL (Ray Milland; no Price)
THE RAVEN
TALES OF TERROR
THE TOMB OF LIGEIA
THE HAUNTED PALACE (mixes a bit of H.P. Lovecraft)

So that would make 7 with VP and one without unless I'm missing one. The latter films Corman did not want to do as he got tired of the series.
Thanks for that AC.I'll keep an eye on the tv schedules!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 10, 2007, 05:41:25 AM
Watched a double feature early this morning between 1-4 am of VAMPIRE CIRCUS and TWINS OF EVIL, two of my favorite Hammers. Hadn't seen either in a while. They both hold up admirably--

TWINS benefits greatly from cramped but elaborate gothic sets and atmosphere and two searing performances by Peter Cushing and Damien Thomas. It's interesting that Cushing, until the final act, appears to be just as much, if not moreso a villain than Thomas's character. Even Cushing's characters name Gustav Weil (pronounced vile) sums up his actions throughout the film. The burning of innocent girls, the verbal assaults on his niece and wife and a rather vicious scene where Gustav visits Anton (David Warbeck) proclaiming that if he interferes with the Brotherhoods practices again, he will suffer for it then hints that his sister will as well.

Thomas, a stage actor is exciting to watch and probably the films most memorable performance. He would have made a good Dracula. His back and forth good vs evil banter with Cushing is top notch. A highlight is when Weil finds the Count in a cabin. Karnstein taunts Weil and his men to kill him and his black servant but suffer hanging from the Emperor for doing so. As Weil and his men exit, Karnstein sarcastically pronounces for Weil to pray for him. Although the films look is a return to the glory days, there is a much in evidence amount of gore, although not quite as explicit as arguably Hammer's classiest 70s flick HANDS OF THE RIPPER the same year.

Probably the most memorable scene is where Weil decapitates one of the vampires and the headless corpse tumbles down some stone steps in one shot. Weil stands with a formidable looking blade in one hand and the vampires head in the other.

The soundtrack is also very well done, at times sounding militaristic notably during the witchhunting sequences.

Some misteps however, do not hinder the enjoyment although some who are overly picky may find it annoying--
Some of the scenes involving mirrors casting no reflection are obviously done using a mirror with no glass. Sometimes candle flames can be seen blowing in opposite directions. Another bit involves the discovery of a vampirized corpse before vampires have even been introduced into the movie. Karnstein is a human at first. He sacrifices a young girl resurrecting his descendant Mircalla who then turns him. Before this, Gustav and his band are hunting witches who are all obviously innocent.

Another scene illicits slight chuckles. Near the end, Karnstein thinks the townsfolk are coming to burn him although fire cannot harm him. His mute servant rushes in and plays what looks all for the world like Charades! "Crosses!....and stakes!....and axes!" yells Karnstein as his servant humorously describes the weapons of death to his master.

Some interesting stills from this film show alternate takes of bloody bits in the film such as Dennis Price's death scene and an alternate shot of the poor guy who gets that nasty looking machete-axe looking weapon buried into his noggin by the black man.

VAMPIRE CIRCUS I first saw on Commander USAs Groovy Movies on the USA Network back in the late 80s. He specialized in Mexican horror and mexi-horror wrestling movies like the great SAMSON VS THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (Santo in the original version) and 70s Hammer films. Depending on how much had to be cut from said film, the Commander would often show an episode from an old serial like UNDERSEA KINGDOM before the show. VAMPIRE CIRCUS was one such movie. Even at 83 minutes in its uncut form, it had much footage removed by 20th Century Fox (whom I think still holds the US rights) and a bit more for its TV broadcast.

The first Hammer release of 1972, the film is a notable change of pace although still another vampire feature, it has enough original elements for several other productions. The exciting opening 12 minutes is a mini movie unto itself and sets up the proceedings nicely. Count Mitterhouse is attacked by around ten men with Mitterhouse dispatching most of them with bites or blades. Robert Tayman plays the Count and in his few dialog bits he delivers a worthy performance as Damien Thomas did in TWINS OF EVIL.

CIRCUS has a very impressive cast--Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, John Moulder Brown, Laurence Payne, Anthony Corlan and Dave Prowse.

Corlan steals the movie as the vampire panther man Emil. All his scenes reek of menace and evil. He is involved in the films most accomplished effects shot. As he ascends a staircase to massacre a group of music students, the camera follows his boots which then transform into panther legs in one seamless shot.  Corlan also gets to show off at the finale similar to Tayman during the opening. Chris Lee's Dracula never got this energetic save for choking a man or tossing a poker.

Another standout moment takes place when one of the heroines breaks through the roadblock and falls into some shrubbery. She sees what appears to be the glowing eyes of the panther that has just mutilated an escaping family but it's actually a shiny emblem on a soldiers boots moving towards her. The aformentioned scene with the panther killing the fleeing villagers was cut from TV broadcast as was the nude circus dance bit earlier in the film which was also missing from Fox's theatrical release.

Among other highlights, a pair of siamese twin vampire acroBATS that change into bats, a magical hall of mirrors that doubles as a portal to the lair below the destroyed castle, a shot during the opening where blood drips from Anna's lips temporarily reviving the Count to give further instructions and a superbly bombastic score from the underrated David Whitaker (DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE, SWORD & THE SORCERER).

Without doubt Hammers most complex vampire film. As mentioned earlier there are enough plot devices and story threads for several other films and its ambitiousness is too much for what is obviously a very tight budget. Hammer films by this time had lost their place in cinema. Moviegoers had grown tired of the gothic Draculas and Frankensteins. Even with the added sex and gore, patrons were turning away to the more realistic horrors of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE EXORCIST and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE to name a few.

Director Robert Young (who also directed the CHARLY BOY episode of HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR) does an admirable job with what he has to work with and when the film ran over schedule, Young had to cobble together what he had. This would explain a couple of scenes that have a dream like quality about them as well as several scenes that make you feel as if you've missed something. Still, he delivers in the areas that "count" for this sort of film delivering the best action scenes of any of Hammers vampire flicks as well some startling violence and gore.

The plot holes in the film concerns Mitterhouse's curse. He says in the opener that his persecutors as well as their children will die to give him back his life. A plague befalls the village which is thought to be Mitterhouse's curse. But when the Circus shows up, and the performers are seen to be shapeshifters of sorts, no one questions their origins.

Then, the children are gradually killed and the blood spilled over the Counts corpse. Well, during the finale, Mueller (Payne) pulls the stake from Mitterhouse's corpse impaling Emil with it which then results in his resurrection. If all they had to do was remove the stake, then why did they not do it sooner? This may have been explained further had the film been fully completed but then too, if the vamps had done this, there'd been no movie.

Both films are/were available from Carlton seperately or in a box set with COUNTESS DRACULA. All three are excellent transfers especially CIRCUS and TWINS which the latter was released here uncut from Vidamerica in a murky VHS release and CIRCUS has yet to see tape or disc. I had a Japanese VHS which was decent but the disc from Carlton is colorful and vibrant like the version I saw on tv years before. No extras apart from an original trailer on the VAMPIRE CIRCUS disc.




Lots of interesting points about Twins Of Evil which unlike me you've obviously seen more than a couple times.Yes Cushings unpleasant character is influenced by Witchfinder General i reckon.
Yes i liked the decapiation scene too and unlike the waxwork heads in House That Dripped Blood ,the head was totally believable.Hands Of The Ripper(shown on itv4 last weekend)i'm looking forward seeing again and theres another Jack The Ripper themed horror A Study In Terror on BBC1 tonight O0

I've purposely avoided your Vampire Circus review for now until i give it another look  ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 10, 2007, 05:50:56 AM
Banjo, here are some books I have on this subject you might want to check out. Some of these I think are out of print but you may find them used--

HAMMER-HOUSE OF HORROR- Howard Maxford, hardcover, film by film account generously illustrated.

HOUSE OF HORROR-THE COMPLETE HAMMER FILMS STORY- a British soft cover book. There's been at least one other revision but mine is from 94. Loaded with stills, posters, nude photos of Hammer girls! and publicity shots.

MEMORIES OF HAMMER- hardcover, a bit expensive, a collection of interviews and reminisces from Hammer actors from Baltimore's Fanex Conventions. James Bernard, Martine Beswicke, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Francis, Val Guest, Chris Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster and others interviewed.

NIGHTWALKERS-GOTHIC HORROR MOVIES-glossy soft cover. covers Hammer, Amicus and US gothic horror from the 50s-70s.

AMICUS-THE STUDIO THAT DRIPPED BLOOD- Britain's own Dark Side magazine put this beautifully glossy book that is worth it for its sumptuous illustrations, posters, behind the scenes shots but it just scratches the surface on the many films in the book.

TEN YEARS OF TERROR-BRITISH HORROR FILMS OF THE 1970s-large hardcover, British book from Fab Press who put out the best books on the horror genre. Probably the best tome I have on Brit horror. Highly recommended.

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HORROR FILMS- large softcover, pretty much covers everything. The one I have is from silents up to 1984.

HORRORS-A HISTORY OF HORROR MOVIES- large hard cover, lavishly illustrated covers the gamut.

HORROR FILMS- Nigel Andrews, large hard cover, not as thorough as the above title but also heavily illustrated and features a British horror section.
Thanks for that AC.
Is that encyclopedia by Richard Davis(with a Peter Cushing intro) in which case i've got it?

Other than that i have Jonathan Rigbys English Gothic which similar to Howard Hughes Once Upon A Time In The Italian West i've been unable to put down.It covers 100 top British horrors in detail but also discusses several 100 more.Really like sw's i had no idea so many were made in the 60's and 70's-my favourite era for movies.

I also have 2 Christopher Lee biographys,screen guides by again Rigby and also Jonathan Sothcott.

I'd like to get hold of a good Cushing film guide too.

I think i borrowed that story of Hammer book from the library and yes its a good read.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 10, 2007, 12:39:55 PM
Ah yes, the Rigby book. I forgot I have that one too I think. Is this it? I also found these others in my library--

ENGLISH GOTHIC-A CENTURY OF HORROR CINEMA- Jonathan Rigby, soft cover, British book (Have yet to read this. Got this with about 4 other books. The mail lady placed the package on the pavement and my puppies got ahold of the package tearing up the books mainly the front and back covers. The Rigby book has tears in the upper corners on the last few pages. I re-ordered all the these but they never charged my card and I didn't get replacements).

CHRISTOPHER LEE-TALL DARK & GRUESOME, An autobiography that also came with an autographed book plate signed by Chris Lee from the Fanex Con (which I had planned to attend) a few years back.

PETER CUSHING-AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY & PAST FORGETTING- Written by Cushing himself, it discusses his life and his films.

PAUL NASCHY-MEMOIRS OF A WOLFMAN- Not Hammer but close, details his illustrious career in his own words and also came with an autographed book plate.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 10, 2007, 02:15:30 PM
The ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HORROR MOVIES is by Phil Hardy. It's a must have if you can find it used. It has a picture of Nicholson from THE SHINING on the front cover. It's 408 pages with 450 b/w photos.

The TEN YEARS OF TERROR-BRITISH HORROR FILMS OF THE 1970s is also a must have. It may be out of print but I've seen copies on US web sites. It's a british publication from Fab Press so you should be able to find this easily.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 10, 2007, 02:37:00 PM
Here's a link for some used copies of the encyclopedia--

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060961465/ref=olp_product_details/002-5196914-8012010?ie=UTF8&seller=

....and a link for the superb TEN YEARS OF TERROR book, which appears to be out of print save for some very expensive copies! These are just the soft cover edition. The reviews are spot on.

http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Years-Terror-Harvey-Fenton/dp/1903254086/ref=sr_oe_3_1/002-5196914-8012010?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173562058&sr=1-3


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 12, 2007, 01:37:06 PM
Banjo, I watched a DVD I've had for over a year now and I was shocked to see it was directed by John Hough of TWINS OF EVIL. The movie was the nifty little chase flick called DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY. I'd seen bits of it on TV but didn't know that Hough directed this. What a cast, too--

Peter Fonda, Susan George, Vic Morrow, Roddy McDowall and Kenneth Tobey.

Other horror flicks he did was THE INCUBUS (in my horror collection thread) and AMERICAN GOTHIC from 87. Wish this one would get a legit DVD release about a plane load of vacationers stranded on an island inhabited by a family of psychopaths led by Rod Steiger and Yvonne DeCarlo. Michael J. Pollard also stars as one of the loony sons.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 12, 2007, 06:36:25 PM
Banjo, I watched a DVD I've had for over a year now and I was shocked to see it was directed by John Hough of TWINS OF EVIL. The movie was the nifty little chase flick called DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY. I'd seen bits of it on TV but didn't know that Hough directed this. What a cast, too--

Peter Fonda, Susan George, Vic Morrow, Roddy McDowall and Kenneth Tobey.

Other horror flicks he did was THE INCUBUS (in my horror collection thread) and AMERICAN GOTHIC from 87. Wish this one would get a legit DVD release about a plane load of vacationers stranded on an island inhabited by a family of psychopaths led by Rod Steiger and Yvonne DeCarlo. Michael J. Pollard also stars as one of the loony sons.
I've heard of Dirty Mary,Crazy Larry.Think i saw it mentioned in a Peter Fonda docu.

AC have you seen Persecution(from about 1974?) which is showing on BBC next weekend?Apparently it was made by the short lived Tyburn studio which also made Legend Of The Werewolf and The Ghoul round about the same time.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 13, 2007, 06:20:12 AM
Got next weeks UK tv guide and i see that as well as Persecution(1974) at Sunday Night 2.25am  theres another obscure British horror for me to record-Terror(1978) Saturday Night 2.30am which is something to do with a witches curse apparently. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 13, 2007, 11:42:48 AM
I saw THE GHOUL and LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF years ago. Cushing is in one or both of these I think. Isn't the GHOUL about the family keeping the title creature locked in an attic or basement? I don't remember either being particularly memorable but I'd like to see them again just the same.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on March 13, 2007, 12:45:47 PM
For those who live in London who plan to visit it soon, the National Film Theater are showing a season of British Horror Films From the 70's.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/southbank/seasons/horror/titles.php


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 14, 2007, 07:34:45 AM
I saw THE GHOUL and LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF years ago. Cushing is in one or both of these I think. Isn't the GHOUL about the family keeping the title creature locked in an attic or basement? I don't remember either being particularly memorable but I'd like to see them again just the same.
Yes Peter Cushing is the guy harbouring The Ghoul in his abode.While not great The Ghoul is much better than Legend Of The Werewolf which i recall is just a rubbish retread of Hammers great Curse Of The Werewolf,which i thinks on that Universal box set i'm still waiting for. ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 14, 2007, 07:42:11 AM
For those who live in London who plan to visit it soon, the National Film Theater are showing a season of British Horror Films From the 70's.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/southbank/seasons/horror/titles.php
Very peculiar selections LA :D

Vampyres is just a atmospheric but dull modern vampire flick as an excuse for a couple of lessies to get their kits off-and why not? ;D

Psychomania is an extremely daft saga of a load of hells angels who kill themselves on their bikes but will themselves to live again to create havoc.

Love to see on big screen Johnny Alucard and all the other hippie dudes mixing it up with Christopher Lee in Dracula AD 1972 :D

I haven't seen Death Line in decades and i'm thinking of getting the USA Raw Meat dvd version of it. :)
 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 14, 2007, 10:46:31 AM
Thank's for the info LA. I'll definately be going to the PSYCHOMANIA screening at the NFT 1. Can't resist seing such a pile of hilarious trash on such a giant screen.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 14, 2007, 10:51:07 AM
Thank's for the info LA. I'll definately be going to the PSYCHOMANIA screening at the NFT 1. Can't resist seing such a pile of hilarious trash on such a giant screen.
Yeah extremely daft but enjoyable ;)
Loved the hippy-dippy folk songs at Nicky Henson's characters wake and the scene where he bursts out like a bat out of hell from the grave.
My old vid's only in full screen so it does sound tempting :-\


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 14, 2007, 11:14:47 AM
Is this the same PSYCHOMANIA about the biker gang back from the dead? If so, Dark Sky released this to DVD about two months ago under its original title VIOLENT MIDNIGHT.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 14, 2007, 11:24:02 AM
Yep thats the one!
Cheers for that AC.If it wasn't for you i wouldn't know that the USA Death Line dvd is going under the title of Raw Meat. O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 14, 2007, 12:44:45 PM
Banjo, what do you think of THE UNCANNY? Saw it on TV as a kid. It's in a box set from Carlton with THE MONSTER aka I DON'T WANT TO BE BORN with Joan Collins and Ralph Bates (it's a riot!) and HANDS OF THE RIPPER. This box as well as the TWINS, CIRCUS & COUNTESS box is $30.00


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 14, 2007, 02:21:20 PM
Banjo, what do you think of THE UNCANNY? Saw it on TV as a kid. It's in a box set from Carlton with THE MONSTER aka I DON'T WANT TO BE BORN with Joan Collins and Ralph Bates (it's a riot!) and HANDS OF THE RIPPER. This box as well as the TWINS, CIRCUS & COUNTESS box is $30.00
Though Jonathn Rigby gives The Uncanny a poor write up in his book i love The Uncanny which like many others is due for a rewatch but i remember one of the four storys with the cats who keep some-one after inheritance prisoner.
Box set sounds great O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 14, 2007, 04:19:41 PM
It's 3 stories actually and the wraparound. The first involved a lady who murders her employer and her multitude of feline pets trap her inside a cupboard(?) where she is forced to eat catfood(!) The cats themselves end up chewing on their owner.

The second about witchcraft. A mean teenager gets her comeuppance at the hands of a giant cat.

The third with Donald Pleasance deals with an Iron Maiden that is put to good use. I don't remember the crux of the story on that one. Wouldn't mind seeing this one again. Both boxes are out of print if I'm not mistaken but xploitedcinema.com still has some last time I checked.



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 14, 2007, 04:26:34 PM
http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/the-uncanny-p-10649.html

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?search_in_description=1&keywords=hands+of+the+ripper

The Carlton box sets are gone but check these out!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 15, 2007, 05:17:37 AM
It's 3 stories actually and the wraparound. The first involved a lady who murders her employer and her multitude of feline pets trap her inside a cupboard(?) where she is forced to eat catfood(!) The cats themselves end up chewing on their owner.
Yes thats the one i can remember fairly vividly and those moggies were truly scary. :o


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 15, 2007, 05:19:58 AM
http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/the-uncanny-p-10649.html

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?search_in_description=1&keywords=hands+of+the+ripper

The Carlton box sets are gone but check these out!
Thanks AC.
Maybe these'll pop up cheaper on Amazon sometime! ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 18, 2007, 08:27:49 AM
Hey i received my Hammer 8 film box set yesterday and i've already watched Brides Of Dracula which is much better than i remember it.Similar to Hammers Countess Dracula they were only using the Dracula title as a marketing ploy because the the vampire baddie in this movie is called Baron Meinster played by a very camp looking David Peel.In fact Peel is the weakest link in this otherwise very good movie but i suppose theres no way Christopher Lee would've fitted the bill because Meinster before, being set loose by some gullible lass, is a bit of a mummys boy,incasturated in a castle bedroom by mumsy who's been sustaining her offspring for several years with any young lady foolish enough to be found wandering around at night alone.But at least we have the definative Van Helsing,Peter Cushing himself who's been sent to investigate these "disappearances" and an excellent storyline plus the photography looks great.
  Theres a couple of things that bother me though.Meinster has the capability of turning into a very tacky looking vampire bat on a string of elastic so why didn't he just reduce himself into this unfortunate creature in order to escape his ankle shackles rather than wait until someones foolish enough to unlock him?Also it seems very strange that once the very wicked Baroness Meinster has been bitten and turned into a vampire she should suddenly develop a conscience and become a sort of ok person?

**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**
Oblong Box***
Scream And Scream Again***
Brides Of Dracula***



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Sonny on March 18, 2007, 10:15:00 AM


nice list you got there Banjo... unfortunately i've only seen one out of the entire list, The Wicker Man, which i own.  Most people don't like it cos they find it "too odd".  I personally think that's precisely its charm. If you've seen the trailer of the remake it seems almost worth the waste of time to watch the movie because it's rather hilarious, it should've been labeled as a comical parody instead of a horror remake. 

I'd certainly recommend the original.. O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 18, 2007, 12:10:17 PM
Actually, the baroness was not quite so wicked. She only brought people to him out of love for her son. There's a scene where Yvonne Monlaur says "God bless you" before heading to bed in which the baroness responds- "If only he could". So based on this response there is some remnance of humanity left within her. Only after her own son has vampirized her does she fully realize the full measure of her mistakes. The resulting dialog from Freda Jackson also gives insight to her fatal love for her son.

As far as the shackles go, that point has been brought up before among horror circles as it is never explained in the film. Possibly he can only be freed by someone who willingly unlocks the chains as in the saying that a vampire cannot enter a persons house until he has been first invited.

Peel was well into his 40s when he did this film and it stands as one of my favorite hammers. So many stand out scenes. Freda Jackson beckoning one of the "Brides" to claw her way from the earth beneath, Van Helsing being vampirized then burning the holy hell out of himself was wonderfully pulled off by Cushing and some decent scuffles this time out. One of the (minor) problems I had with the Chris Lee movies was he only threw things at the heroes or tried to choke them to death. The set design and costumes are some of the best ever.

Actually, if I'm not mistaken, Countess Elizabeth Bathory was referred to as Countess Dracula during her reign. The Hammer movie never comes close to describing the horrible things she did to people. DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS sums a lot of it up in one brilliant scene where the couple has taken the Countess up on her offer to stay in her castle for the night. She and her "servant" begin telling of Bathory's nasty habits. As she tells the tale, the Countess becomes noticeably aroused with each unspeakable evil uttered cross cut with the newlywed bride becoming ever more disturbed and horrified.

I have several books with chapters on Bathory's life. I'll look through them again but I think she was called this by villagers and those who lived within her castle.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 18, 2007, 05:29:50 PM

nice list you got there Banjo... unfortunately i've only seen one out of the entire list, The Wicker Man, which i own.  Most people don't like it cos they find it "too odd".  I personally think that's precisely its charm. If you've seen the trailer of the remake it seems almost worth the waste of time to watch the movie because it's rather hilarious, it should've been labeled as a comical parody instead of a horror remake. 

I'd certainly recommend the original.. O0
I certainly do admire your wisdom Sonny ;)

About "I propose that the "off-topic" forum declare its independence from the board" ? Why not,give it roughly a couple of hundred years and it'll be the forums first superpower ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 18, 2007, 05:57:10 PM
Actually, the baroness was not quite so wicked. She only brought people to him out of love for her son. There's a scene where Yvonne Monlaur says "God bless you" before heading to bed in which the baroness responds- "If only he could". So based on this response there is some remnance of humanity left within her. Only after her own son has vampirized her does she fully realize the full measure of her mistakes. The resulting dialog from Freda Jackson also gives insight to her fatal love for her son.

 Freda Jackson beckoning one of the "Brides" to claw her way from the earth beneath I think she was called this by villagers and those who lived within her castle.
Well i did watch "Brides" this morning slightly hungover  :-[  but still it does go against the grain somewhat there being a "good" vampire ::)

Yes that hand emerging from the earth scene is very memorable and surely an influence on Carrie's shock ending.

Watched number 2 in the box set earlier today,Curse Of The Werewolf and another class helping from Hammer.Loved the lengthy story of the unfortunate parents of the werewolf(Oliver Reed) at the beginning which together with him being born on Xmas Day (Eh?),the parents mistreatment and the conception by rape somehow taints the offsprings spirit causing  the boy to transform every full moon.Sounds ridiculous but still,gripping stuff-a *** star rating when i next update.

Looking forward to seeing both Cushing and Reed in Night Creatures :)



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 19, 2007, 11:38:12 AM
Maybe, but it wasn't the last time there was a vampire film where a creature of the night longed for an end to its existence. Here is a couple of titles where the vamp wanted to just end it all--

BLACULA
SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM
COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE

A handful of Paul Naschy's werewolf films (he played Waldemar Daninsky 11 times) feature his character searching for a woman to love him and end his tortured existence.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 20, 2007, 07:43:11 AM
Maybe, but it wasn't the last time there was a vampire film where a creature of the night longed for an end to its existence. Here is a couple of titles where the vamp wanted to just end it all--

BLACULA
SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM
COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE

A handful of Paul Naschy's werewolf films (he played Waldemar Daninsky 11 times) feature his character searching for a woman to love him and end his tortured existence.
Isn't it something to do with time limits because the bitten Van Helsing immediately burns out the vampire bite and pours on the holy water before he can be fully transformed whereas the Countess actually looked like she had totally become one of the living dead?Maybe there lingers some will power in the odd vampire to want to end it all?
    I think werewolfs are a different matter altogether as they are usually portrayed as tortured victims of their circumstances.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 20, 2007, 11:13:19 AM
Not sure about time limits but Cushing was passed out for a period of time. I think certain story conceits are created within parameters of the genre to keep it from going stale. Since these creatures are more or less creations of the mind, it is interesting to bat around ideas as to the creatures traits and or motivations.

I find the vampire lore in the Karnstein films to be the most fascinating. According to actual vampire legends, the only way to really destroy one is to stake it through the heart and cut off its head and bury it in another location. Also, it seems vampires can roam around in the daylight albeit powerless. Also explored in the Karnstein trilogy and VAMPIRE CIRCUS, those bitten by vampires do not always become one but merely die, there souls damned until someone destroys the one that turned them. This last idea was never made completely clear although this notion is flirted with throughout TWINS OF EVIL.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 20, 2007, 06:03:58 PM
I find the vampire lore in the Karnstein films to be the most fascinating. According to actual vampire legends, the only way to really destroy one is to stake it through the heart and cut off its head and bury it in another location. Also, it seems vampires can roam around in the daylight albeit powerless. Also explored in the Karnstein trilogy and VAMPIRE CIRCUS, those bitten by vampires do not always become one but merely die, there souls damned until someone destroys the one that turned them. This last idea was never made completely clear although this notion is flirted with throughout TWINS OF EVIL.
Yeah i gotta check Vampire Circus again shortly.

In comparison with the Karnstein series i think maybe the Hammer Dracula series contained too many methods of killing the Count and the "running water" or "hawthorn" methods just seemed too plain silly.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 20, 2007, 06:14:15 PM
I forgot to mention this one. While it is an admittedly mixed bag, with the jury split over some of the episodes, the consensus is that the programme called BABY is one of the most terrifying things ever made for British telly. It does have a slow build up, but it achieves a cloying, stifling waking nightmare atmosphere difficult to shake. I'll say no more about it, except maybe leave it for last? Lots of people really dislike the one called BUDDY BOY, about a (ahem!) ghost of a dolphin, but I really rate this one, with Martin Shaw giving his best ever non-Polanski performance. It's so hard to imagin him playing such a sleazy character these days he comes as something of a revelation.
Just watched episodes 4 and 5 from Nigel Kneales 1970's Beasts series.

Number 4,Special Offer i think is the weakest so far though Pauline Quirke is excellent as the victimised misfit  in the supermarket who seemingly has some control over the animal polterguiest in the supermarket but the dull story just doesn't go anywhere and the twist at the end is predictable.

Much better is number 5,What Big Eyes which has Patrick Magee in great form as a deranged vet who has been importing wolves as part of his experiments in lycanthropy,involving a battle of wills with an RSPCA officer.

Just one more to go now!
 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 20, 2007, 11:39:42 PM
Purchased the "TROLLENBERG TERROR" (aka THE CRAWLING EYE) today for only 5 bucks!



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Sonny on March 20, 2007, 11:56:14 PM

 If you've seen the trailer of the remake it seems almost worth the waste of time to watch the movie because it's rather hilarious, it should've been labeled as a comical parody instead of a horror remake. 




This is what I was making reference to...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itmLkH322Ro


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2007, 12:06:32 AM
Is this the same PSYCHOMANIA about the biker gang back from the dead? If so, Dark Sky released this to DVD about two months ago under its original title VIOLENT MIDNIGHT.


Saw this on late night television years ago. I'll have to pick this up!

Is the VIOLENT MIDNIGHT available in NTSC or must you get it over seas?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 21, 2007, 05:41:04 AM
Purchased the "TROLLENBERG TERROR" (aka THE CRAWLING EYE) today for only 5 bucks!


I don't suppose thats the British six part tv series from  1957?Nothing else with that title in Rigbys "English Gothic" unless its a more recent USA movie?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 21, 2007, 05:54:31 AM

This is what I was making reference to...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itmLkH322Ro
Haha absolutely dreadful but i agree very amusing .They would've been totally better off leaving Shaffers script alone (which is based on thorough research of British folklore which bears many echoes of our pagan past) and done their own thing.That bearsuit!!! ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2007, 09:05:35 AM
I don't suppose thats the British six part tv series from  1957?


It's a British horror film.

Juan Miranda discusses it on this page...

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3916.15


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2007, 09:07:15 AM
Haha absolutely dreadful but i agree very amusing .They would've been totally better off leaving Shaffers script alone (which is based on thorough research of British folklore which bears many echoes of our pagan past) and done their own thing.That bearsuit!!! ;D


Why did they bother calling it "The Wicker Man" if there isn't one in sight?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 21, 2007, 10:09:06 AM

Why did they bother calling it "The Wicker Man" if there isn't one in sight?
Isn't there? :o
What happens to Cage's character then?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 21, 2007, 10:12:30 AM

It's a British horror film.

Juan Miranda discusses it on this page...

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3916.15
I see,much in the same mould as the early Quatermass films and X-The Unknown but definately more sci-fi than horror!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 21, 2007, 10:24:18 AM
**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**
Oblong Box***
Scream And Scream Again***
Brides Of Dracula***
Curse Of The Werewolf***
Night Creatures****

Just watched a real gem of a Hammer film today,Night Creatures which is more of an endearing pirate/smugglers saga but it does contain some neat set pieces that can qualify it as a horror-grave robbing,the ghostly apparations of the films title and Ollie Reed looking quite disturbing dressed as a scrarecrow with a pumpkins head.Best of all is Peter Cushing as the parson with a hidden secret which i won't give away so as not to spoil it.Very memorable and i give it **** O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Sonny on March 21, 2007, 10:27:02 AM
Isn't there? :o
What happens to Cage's character then?


Bees.

the original's more coherent with the title


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 21, 2007, 10:30:15 AM

Bees.

the original's more coherent with the title
You mean when they fly down that helmet that Cage is wearing in the video short?

What a complete anti-climax!

I could've sworn i saw a hi-tech CGI image of a Wicker Man in a trailer! :-\


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2007, 10:30:24 AM
Isn't there? :o
What happens to Cage's character then?

you didn't watch the end of the video?


"Oh GOD! THE BEES! THE BEES! THEIR IN MY EYES! OH GOD! AH AH AHHHHHHHHH! OHHHHH WHAT A WORLD! AHHHHHHHH!"


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 21, 2007, 10:39:39 AM
you didn't watch the end of the video?


"Oh GOD! THE BEES! THE BEES! THEIR IN MY EYES! OH GOD! AH AH AHHHHHHHHH! OHHHHH WHAT A WORLD! AHHHHHHHH!"
I did but i didn't think that was THE ending.

It doesn't make sense that they carbon copied everything else apart from the most crucial element,the burning of the detective in a wicker cage .How stupids that? ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2007, 10:42:02 AM
I did but i didn't think that was THE ending.

It doesn't make sense that they carbon copied everything else apart from the most crucial element,the burning of the detective in a wicker cage .How stupids that? ;D

I might rent it just to have a laugh. I never realised what a terrible actor he was until now.

It's pure comic gold the way he goes around town beating up women half his age!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 21, 2007, 10:53:08 AM
I might rent it just to have a laugh. I never realised what a terrible actor he was until now.

It's pure comic gold the way he goes around town beating up women half his age!
I'm sure the dvd is meant to be longer so i might just do the same. O0

He is a crap actor,so wooden and i can't think of one movie of his i like.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 21, 2007, 01:01:17 PM
If I remember THE CRAWLING EYE correctly, the creatures were tearing the mountain climbers heads off. They traveled around in a fog too I think. Haven't seen it since I was little.

Forrest Tucker was also in another British sci-fi horror called THE COSMIC MONSTERS about an alien unleashing giant insects on a small town if I'm remembering the storyline correctly.

VIOLENT MIDNIGHT aka PSYCHOMANIA is R1. You can find it at Best Buy for $12.00. Dark Sky also released an awesome metal box 2 disc set of the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

There Drive in Double Features are pretty good too. Lionsgate were doing the same thing with old AIP movies recently.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2007, 01:23:40 PM
If I remember THE CRAWLING EYE correctly, the creatures were tearing the mountain climbers heads off. They traveled around in a fog too I think. Haven't seen it since I was little.



That's the one. Although I believe it's one creature.


Carpenter said it was a major influence for his "THE FOG".


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 21, 2007, 01:26:06 PM

That's the one. Although I believe it's one creature.


Carpenter said it was a major influence for his "THE FOG".

That's funny he should say that. The second and third BLIND DEAD movies have plot elements identical to THE FOG. But then Carpenter never acknowledges his HALLOWEEN was essentially a reworking of what was supposed to BLACK CHRISTMAS 2.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 21, 2007, 03:14:07 PM
Although I believe it's one creature.

There's more than one of the pesky critters, but for (I suspect) reasons of budget, you generally only see them one at a time.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 22, 2007, 09:53:51 AM
**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**
Oblong Box***
Scream And Scream Again***
Brides Of Dracula***
Curse Of The Werewolf***
Night Creatures****
Kiss Of The Vampire***

Just finished Kiss Of A Vampire,i think the only remaining Hammer vampire i hadn't seen and i wasn't disappointed.In this one there's two newly weds whose car breaks down and unbeknown are taken into the middle of a vampire cult and the bride mysteriously "disappears" leaving it to the bridegroom and a vengeful Professor (who previously lost his daughter to the  cult) to take on the cult including a brilliant magic circle ceremony which i'm sure was reused for Hammers Devils Ride Out.Yet again at the end we find out another method of killing vampires.My rating ***


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Sonny on March 22, 2007, 01:05:01 PM
FC bought Crawling Eye for 6 dollars (American)....

must've seen it by now... without me... :(

oh well, one of these days.. so if it sucks, too bad cos you'll have to see t again (with me)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 22, 2007, 03:55:43 PM


oh well, one of these days.. so if it sucks, too bad cos you'll have to see t again (with me)

Lucky you, it's good.


Banjo: yes it's a scifi but it borders between that and Horror.

Miranda: About three of the nasty things are seen at once, atop the observatory.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on March 22, 2007, 05:38:53 PM
Crawling Eye is a great MST3K Episode.  Bad Bad film. My Criterion B Movie set with Corridors Of Blood and The Haunted Stranger along with The First Man Into Space and Atomic Submarine arrived today. Great AV. Might have to do some classic Double Bill B Movie nights  O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 22, 2007, 07:21:27 PM
Bad Bad film.

You're crazy, it's a great little film, and as I said in my review, in terms of gore it's quite ahead of it's time.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on March 22, 2007, 07:26:06 PM
I'm going to say I've only seen it in the context of MST3K and in my opinion (which probably isn't the right one in this case) I thought it was poor. I should probably see it without the commentary to give it a fair viewing.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 22, 2007, 07:41:37 PM
yes it's a scifi but it borders between that and Horror.

Miranda: About three of the nasty things are seen at once, atop the observatory.
Re: "About three of the nasty things are seen at once" As I said, "generally".

Re: yes it's a scifi but it borders between that and Horror.

A good point. An important observation has to made about the cross-over of genre's in British sci-fi and British horror in this period, the late 1950's and early 1960's. Hammer began raking it in through the box office by producing the QUATERMASS films and it's fist colour FRANKENSTEIN film. Another big hit was Peter Cushing's portrayal of Winston Smith the BBC TV version of 1984. Arguably these are all Sci fi movies, but due to Cushing and Hammer's subsequent association with horror in the public's imagination, they are all are more often thought of as horror today. Indeed , for me QUATERMASS AND THE PIT remains the only Hammer film still actually frightening to watch, with a real atmosphere of unease, dread and evil trancending it's horribly dated effects and performances.

Plus it's got Barbera Shelly in it wearing a mini kilt, and here's nary Scotsman alive, never mind a a dead 6 million year old Martian grasshopper who could resist that. Similarly, Monty Berman's forrays into Hammer style fantastique cinema such as THE TROLLENBERG TERROR and TV are very much cross overs.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 22, 2007, 07:42:31 PM
You're crazy, it's a great little film, and as I said in my review, in terms of gore it's quite ahead of it's time.


I'll say it's a good one as well.


I thought the monsters would be dissappointing when it came time for the big reveal but I liked how they looked. Very imaginative. Bizarre looking things.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 22, 2007, 07:45:14 PM
Re: yes it's a scifi but it borders between that and Horror.




I'd go as far to say that it's mainly horror, as the scifi elements (the origin of the cloud and the creatures within it) are merely an afterthought.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 22, 2007, 08:00:36 PM

I'd go as far to say that it's mainly horror, as the scifi elements (the origin of the cloud and the creatures within it) are merely an afterthought.

Indeedily.

Doodily.

You were quoting me quoting you, you know?

Quoting me, quoting you (ah-haaaaaaa)
there is nothing we can do.
Quoting me, quoting you (ah-haaaaa)
we just have to face it
this time we’re through (this time we're through)
breaking up is never easy I know
but I have to go (have to go to really go)
Quoting me, quoting you
it’s the best I can do

Sorry, I'll stop now. Getting a bit creepy that...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 22, 2007, 08:05:19 PM


Sorry, I'll stop now. Getting a bit creepy that...

A shame, I was beginning to enjoy it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 22, 2007, 08:08:44 PM
(http://abbamikory.blogs.com/photos/abba/1975_abba_w_swedish_flag.jpg)

Oh really?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 22, 2007, 08:10:10 PM
I like ABBA


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on March 22, 2007, 08:12:05 PM
Eeeek!

*runs and hides*


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 22, 2007, 08:14:21 PM
Eeeek!

*runs and hides*


Yeah one of the top ten things not to say in public or ever.




Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 23, 2007, 03:59:10 AM
Crawling Eye is a great MST3K Episode. 
Did you catch MST3K in the States LA because the first i heard of it was a dvd that a friend sent containing Operation Kid Brother(aka Double 007) starring Sean Connerys little bro Neil?That looked like a bad film too but i wanted to watch it seriously and those damn Beavis and Butthead style robots kept talking over everything.

I'm not aware of MST3K being shown ever on UK television.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 23, 2007, 04:07:11 AM
(http://abbamikory.blogs.com/photos/abba/1975_abba_w_swedish_flag.jpg)

Oh really?
How did the British Horror Thread ever come to this?Still Bjorn and Benny look very frightening in bacofoil ;D

Yes Juan Miranda ,Quatermass and the Pitt still packs quite a punch and i love those dated effects-maybe i watched too many brilliant Blakes 7 repeats? :D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Sonny on March 24, 2007, 12:09:35 AM
How did the British Horror Thread ever come to this?



...that's what I'D like to know... ???


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 25, 2007, 05:54:33 AM
I don't suppose thats the British six part tv series from  1957?Nothing else with that title in Rigbys "English Gothic" unless its a more recent USA movie?
I did Rigby a disservice as there are a couple of paragraphs in his book about Trollenberg Terror(aka Crawling Eye) with special mention of the dodgy effects including cotton wool for clouds :D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on March 28, 2007, 03:33:43 PM
**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**
Oblong Box***
Scream And Scream Again***
Brides Of Dracula***
Curse Of The Werewolf***
Night Creatures****
Kiss Of The Vampire***
Vault Of Horror**

I watched and taped  Vault Of Horror today (which is the follow up to Tales From The Crypt and based on horror comic strips ) and this is probably the weakest i've seen so far of Amicus's short story films
though theres some good performances from Tom Baker(THE best Dr Who) and the guy who played Strongberg in The Spy Who Loved Me but enjoyably daft stuff all the same O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 01, 2007, 01:06:01 PM
Recorded the 1974 British BABY JANE knockoff PERSECUTION aka THE GRAVEYARD on cable last night. Banjo, you seen this? It has Lana Turner and Ralph Bates. I've found both good and bad reviews for it in some of my reference books.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 02, 2007, 01:45:56 AM
Recorded the 1974 British BABY JANE knockoff PERSECUTION aka THE GRAVEYARD on cable last night. Banjo, you seen this? It has Lana Turner and Ralph Bates. I've found both good and bad reviews for it in some of my reference books.
Funnily enough i recorded this off BBC2 about a fortnight ago so i'll look at this very shortly AC O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 02, 2007, 01:19:44 PM
Here's another one Banjo that I've been looking for with Peter Cushing as a maniac surgeon called CORRUPTION. You seen this one?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 04, 2007, 01:13:45 PM
I gave two of Christopher Lee's Dracula movies a spin last night. One is a favorite and the not so much. I wanted to see if my opinion changed on either of them.

SCARS OF DRACULA

The first Dracula movie I saw as a kid that I remembered vividly. I had seen others, but this one stood out, possibly from the outrageous violence that permeates the film. The first Hammer to get an R rating, the film opens with a bang as an oversized bat pukes up blood on Drac's remains reviving him. Next we see a grief stricken villager carrying his dead daughter to the pounding score of James Bernard which is suitably bombastic befitting the excessively violent nature of the picture.

This leads to the scene which is the only one in a Hammer Dracula where the angry villagers en mass, march to the castle to destroy it. A couple of shots here are re-used during the opening 12 minute mini movie of VAMPIRE CIRCUS.

SCARS lets you know what you're in for at the 10 minute mark when the villagers return from burning out Dracula's castle to the nasty discovery of the womenfolk that have been ripped and torn apart by Dracula's army of bats. Bodies hang from the ceiling and strewn about the floor flesh torn and eyes gouged out.

The remainder of the film plays out like a Dracula version of PSYCHO as a couple go looking for a previously missing friend and end up victimized in the dank castle.

The oft-maligned sets are limited in detail and cramped, but viewing the film on this remastered DVD from Anchor Bay reveals some serious gothic flavor emanating from the budgetary shortcomings.

Regardless of the films impediments, there are some beautiful and gothically surreal matte paintings. One scene in particular where Paul arrives at the castle and nearly plummets to his death looking down the mountainous chasm on which the castle rests. Another scene utilizing this matte shot has Paul (and later, his brother) descend to the room housing Dracula which has no reachable entrance. Other painted backdrops include mountains and fields which lend the film a fairy tale quality that shines through on this remastered edition. Something that wasn't noticeable on past releases.

The title of the movie, I assume is derived from the savagery by Dracula on his servant played by Patrick Troughton (DR. WHO). He is excellent as Klove in a fine nod to Renfield with his sinister grinning and animalistic snarling and could be the best of Dracula's servants in the entire series. The scene where Dracula brutally burns Klove's back with a flaming sword is quite shocking as is the scene where he viciously stabs Anouska Hemple with a knife(!) Another example of Dracula's sadistic nature in this film is the gory trophy of Paul's impaled corpse on a hook in Dracula's lair.

There is also an air of the supernatural throughout the film such as doors opening for Dracula without him touching them. This is also the only entry to take elements from Stoker's novel such as the scene where Dracula scales the castle walls. Also showcased is his dominion over animals which is never utilized in any of the other movies. Chris Lee himself, with his deathly pallid visage looks the part here moreso than his other outings. Lee also gets more screen time than any of his other Dracula movies.

The entire picture isn't without a bit of humor, however, frequent Benny Hill stooge, Bob Todd puts in an amusing bit in a scene reminiscent of dozens of Benny's skits (which Lee is a big fan of). In fact, listening to portions of the commentary with Lee, who is apparently seeing the film for the first time, seems to enjoy it quite a bit.

Among the negatives are the protagonists. They are fairly bland although Jenny Hanley is quite a stunner and Christopher Matthews is fine as the oversexed adventurer Paul.The bats, as usual, are fake looking, but that is to be expected although they do look more vicious and monstrous this time out, and you do see them often.Dracula's death scene, while spectacular, is sloppy in two shots where it is painfully obvious stuntman Eddie Powell is wearing a mask.

Other than 1 or 2 flagrant violations with Dracula lore, this popular film in the series is a very entertaining entry worthy of re-evaluation.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 04, 2007, 01:33:47 PM
THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA

Reunited for their last Dracula outing together, Cushing and Lee return for this fairly dismal movie that was originally known as DRACULA IS DEAD AND WELL AND LIVING IN LONDON.

The second attempt by Hammer to modernize the character after AIP's enormous success with the modern day vampire movie COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE. The plot is actually pretty good and engaging but would have benefitted greatly as a straight action/spy/horror picture without Dracula as he is scarcely in the movie at all.

Apparently tired of his own existence, Dracula wishes to commit suicide by unleashing a new strain of bubonic plague on the world thereby exterminating his food supply. Even with its storyline and melding of genres, it takes 31 minutes to remind you that you are, in fact, watching a Dracula movie and you do not see him again until another 32 minutes have passed! The biggest problem Lee had with doing these movies was that with each new installment, you see less and less of the character (save for the previously discussed entry). What's the point of doing a Dracula movie if the character only occupies around 5-10 minutes of screen time?

It's up to Cushing to carry the movie by himself and he is the sole saving grace along with Freddie Jones whose scene together is one of the best in the film. Joanna Lumley is fine as Jessica Van Helsing but she's no Stephanie Beacham from the previous film. Lee, however, gets to shine in two of the three scenes he is given in this film and both are shared with Cushing. Both are very well done. One has Lee using a mock Lugosi accent and the other, Chris Lee delivers the best speech of the entire series. The final moments are a major letdown as Drac is trapped in some thorn bushes and Cushing stakes him in what is an extremely bland finish.

The mansion in which Dracula resides is similar to the one in the YORGA films with its witches and many vampiric occupants. Here, you get some satanists, a bunch of fur coat wearing snipers and a basement full of vampire brides complete with its own sprinkler system(?)

Sadly, this film continues Hammer's pursuit in rendering the Dracula character a fairly insignificant threat what with the many ways to do him in. Here, a silver bullet or a thorn bush will do the trick.

One minor plus is this film is a direct sequel to the previous entry as it is referenced in at least one scene.

While this movie has its moments, they are few and far between and it was the final nail in the Count's coffin for Christopher Lee who, for the previous sequels, had to begged and emotionally blackmailed to return each time.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 04, 2007, 01:53:51 PM
Gotta get back to the footie game now AC so i'll look at the above two meaty reviews later ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 04, 2007, 03:53:44 PM
I gave two of Christopher Lee's Dracula movies a spin last night. One is a favorite and the not so much. I wanted to see if my opinion changed on either of them.

SCARS OF DRACULA

The first Dracula movie I saw as a kid that I remembered vividly. I had seen others, but this one stood out, possibly from the outrageous violence that permeates the film. The first Hammer to get an R rating, the film opens with a bang as an oversized bat pukes up blood on Drac's remains reviving him. Next we see a grief stricken villager carrying his dead daughter to the pounding score of James Bernard which is suitably bombastic befitting the excessively violent nature of the picture.

This leads to the scene which is the only one in a Hammer Dracula where the angry villagers en mass, march to the castle to destroy it. A couple of shots here are re-used during the opening 12 minute mini movie of VAMPIRE CIRCUS.

SCARS lets you know what you're in for at the 10 minute mark when the villagers return from burning out Dracula's castle to the nasty discovery of the womenfolk that have been ripped and torn apart by Dracula's army of bats. Bodies hang from the ceiling and strewn about the floor flesh torn and eyes gouged out.

The remainder of the film plays out like a Dracula version of PSYCHO as a couple go looking for a previously missing friend and end up victimized in the dank castle.

The oft-maligned sets are limited in detail and cramped, but viewing the film on this remastered DVD from Anchor Bay reveals some serious gothic flavor emanating from the budgetary shortcomings.

Regardless of the films impediments, there are some beautiful and gothically surreal matte paintings. One scene in particular where Paul arrives at the castle and nearly plummets to his death looking down the mountainous chasm on which the castle rests. Another scene utilizing this matte shot has Paul (and later, his brother) descend to the room housing Dracula which has no reachable entrance. Other painted backdrops include mountains and fields which lend the film a fairy tale quality that shines through on this remastered edition. Something that wasn't noticeable on past releases.

The title of the movie, I assume is derived from the savagery by Dracula on his servant played by Patrick Troughton (DR. WHO). He is excellent as Klove in a fine nod to Renfield with his sinister grinning and animalistic snarling and could be the best of Dracula's servants in the entire series. The scene where Dracula brutally burns Klove's back with a flaming sword is quite shocking as is the scene where he viciously stabs Anouska Hemple with a knife(!) Another example of Dracula's sadistic nature in this film is the gory trophy of Paul's impaled corpse on a hook in Dracula's lair.

There is also an air of the supernatural throughout the film such as doors opening for Dracula without him touching them. This is also the only entry to take elements from Stoker's novel such as the scene where Dracula scales the castle walls. Also showcased is his dominion over animals which is never utilized in any of the other movies. Chris Lee himself, with his deathly pallid visage looks the part here moreso than his other outings. Lee also gets more screen time than any of his other Dracula movies.

The entire picture isn't without a bit of humor, however, frequent Benny Hill stooge, Bob Todd puts in an amusing bit in a scene reminiscent of dozens of Benny's skits (which Lee is a big fan of). In fact, listening to portions of the commentary with Lee, who is apparently seeing the film for the first time, seems to enjoy it quite a bit.

Among the negatives are the protagonists. They are fairly bland although Jenny Hanley is quite a stunner and Christopher Matthews is fine as the oversexed adventurer Paul.The bats, as usual, are fake looking, but that is to be expected although they do look more vicious and monstrous this time out, and you do see them often.Dracula's death scene, while spectacular, is sloppy in two shots where it is painfully obvious stuntman Eddie Powell is wearing a mask.

Other than 1 or 2 flagrant violations with Dracula lore, this popular film in the series is a very entertaining entry worthy of re-evaluation.
Nice review-i've often seen Scars of... touted as the worst of the series and its surprising to hear Christopher Lee is now a convert considering he used to slate all the later Hammer Dracula's.
I'm a big fan and with Lee's relatively huge amount of screen time and OTT violence and ludicrous but hilarious rubber vampire bats everyones a winner O0.Its also has a large role for a very young Dennis Waterman( as Pauls brother) who went onto star in the classic Minder and The Sweeney television series.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 04, 2007, 04:04:41 PM
THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA

Reunited for their last Dracula outing together, Cushing and Lee return for this fairly dismal movie that was originally known as DRACULA IS DEAD AND WELL AND LIVING IN LONDON.

The second attempt by Hammer to modernize the character after AIP's enormous success with the modern day vampire movie COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE. The plot is actually pretty good and engaging but would have benefitted greatly as a straight action/spy/horror picture without Dracula as he is scarcely in the movie at all.

Apparently tired of his own existence, Dracula wishes to commit suicide by unleashing a new strain of bubonic plague on the world thereby exterminating his food supply. Even with its storyline and melding of genres, it takes 31 minutes to remind you that you are, in fact, watching a Dracula movie and you do not see him again until another 32 minutes have passed! The biggest problem Lee had with doing these movies was that with each new installment, you see less and less of the character (save for the previously discussed entry). What's the point of doing a Dracula movie if the character only occupies around 5-10 minutes of screen time?

It's up to Cushing to carry the movie by himself and he is the sole saving grace along with Freddie Jones whose scene together is one of the best in the film. Joanna Lumley is fine as Jessica Van Helsing but she's no Stephanie Beacham from the previous film. Lee, however, gets to shine in two of the three scenes he is given in this film and both are shared with Cushing. Both are very well done. One has Lee using a mock Lugosi accent and the other, Chris Lee delivers the best speech of the entire series. The final moments are a major letdown as Drac is trapped in some thorn bushes and Cushing stakes him in what is an extremely bland finish.

The mansion in which Dracula resides is similar to the one in the YORGA films with its witches and many vampiric occupants. Here, you get some satanists, a bunch of fur coat wearing snipers and a basement full of vampire brides complete with its own sprinkler system(?)

Sadly, this film continues Hammer's pursuit in rendering the Dracula character a fairly insignificant threat what with the many ways to do him in. Here, a silver bullet or a thorn bush will do the trick.

One minor plus is this film is a direct sequel to the previous entry as it is referenced in at least one scene.

While this movie has its moments, they are few and far between and it was the final nail in the Count's coffin for Christopher Lee who, for the previous sequels, had to begged and emotionally blackmailed to return each time.
Another spot on review AC.The basic plot for Satanic Rites is brilliant with the masterplan of spreading plague worldwide including several politicians,academics etc that have been foolishly seduced into the sordid black masses
but as you say like Dracula 1972AD the Count does absolutely bugger all apart from spouting out the odd grandois speech and yes Cushing carries the film.As is often the case with these Hammer Dracula's the Counts demise is very unsatisfactory.But nonetheless flawed though this movie is its very enjoyable all the same and i'm intending to catch up with Count Yorga one of these days O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 05, 2007, 12:29:56 PM
Here's another one Banjo that I've been looking for with Peter Cushing as a maniac surgeon called CORRUPTION. You seen this one?

What about it Banjo? You seen it? I really want to see this. I hear Cushing is brutal in this.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 06, 2007, 05:15:11 AM
No i'm afraid :-[

But i resubscribed to Sky sattelite (for a month) and though not British horror i managed to tape last night Tales Of Terror (Edgar Allen Poe stories starring Vincent Price) and Pit & The Pendulum is on tv next week O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 06, 2007, 05:58:18 AM
I heard today that Caroline Munro will be at the screening of DRACULA AD 1972, at the NFT in London, on Monday 9th, at 4pm. I hope to be there, any Leone board members going?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 07, 2007, 06:11:12 AM
I heard today that Caroline Munro will be at the screening of DRACULA AD 1972, at the NFT in London, on Monday 9th, at 4pm. I hope to be there, any Leone board members going?
I'm afraid i can't but thanks JM.

Without checking Caroline Munro's the dark haired girl who was bitten by Dracula following Johnny Alucards resurrection ritual?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on April 07, 2007, 07:05:06 AM
Yes that's her. She was also in Captain Kronos, Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Spy Who Loved Me.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 07, 2007, 07:22:20 AM
Yes that's her. She was also in Captain Kronos, Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Spy Who Loved Me.
And also in one of my childhood favourites At The Earths Core starring Peter Cushing and Doug McClure.She was Jubal The Ugly Ones's devious girlfriend i recall.

Captain Kronos-only watched this once but i think she played Carla.This character features as a playing piece in the new dvd Hammer Horror board game,Forbidden Territory.Anybody else got this?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on April 07, 2007, 02:10:50 PM
At the Earth's Core...yes of course. Hammer DVD game...hmmm haven't seen that at all.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 07, 2007, 03:20:01 PM
Banjo, Munro was on the good guy's side in CORE. She was supposed to be McClure's woman but for reasons known only to him, she wasn't worth staying in Pellucidar over!

She's also in the PHIBES movies as his dead wife.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 09, 2007, 05:44:31 AM
At the Earth's Core...yes of course. Hammer DVD game...hmmm haven't seen that at all.
Heres a link:-

http://www.hammerfilms.com/acatalog/Hammer_DVD_Board_Game.html

Its meant for 3 or more players but i've had to adapt it so that just myself and Mrs Banjo can play it.The aim of the game is to assume the role of a vampire hunter and pick up various equipment in order to destroy Dracula.Such things as crucifix's,garlic ,stakes,holy water etc are found in various different territories around the board which are guarded by the likes of The Reptile,The Mummy,Frankensteins Monster,The Werewolf.The game is controlled by the dvd which tells you if its nightime(you'll need to pick up a torch to travel) or day,which monsters are active and which territory's are "open" or "closed" and you can pick up keys to enter doors or find secret passages.
Its a neat game,the board looks great and the player pieces extremely realistic  and true to the movie characters that they're based on.Mrs Banjo gave it to me as a Xmas present but i understand its quite pricey!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 09, 2007, 05:50:42 AM
Banjo, Munro was on the good guy's side in CORE.
:-[
A good reason to dig this one out again O0

Hey i didn't notice Munro was Phibes wife,but she did play dead,most of the time :-\   

I must remember to set my recorder for Pit and the Pendulum this Wednesday as i come off Sky digital next week.i normally only re-subscribe for the odd month so i can watch the England football away games and you ought to hear all the bribery i get from Sky's saleman to keep me on board ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 10, 2007, 02:39:51 PM
MGM released PIT as well and re-released it as a double feature for $10. It has the unused prologue as a special feature. AT THE EARTH'S CORE is a nifty follow up to LAND THAT TIME FORGOT as are all four of the John Dark/Kevin Conner movies. LAND has some interesting behind the scenes stories involving the cast.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 10, 2007, 05:54:40 PM
MGM released PIT as well and re-released it as a double feature for $10. It has the unused prologue as a special feature. AT THE EARTH'S CORE is a nifty follow up to LAND THAT TIME FORGOT as are all four of the John Dark/Kevin Conner movies. LAND has some interesting behind the scenes stories involving the cast.
Oh yes Land That Time Forgot is another big favourite from my kiddie years and alot better than People That Time Forgot which i only saw several years later.And they know what they can do with their Jurassic Park movies! ;D

I didn't know that this movie was connected with At The Earths Core,one of the best fantasy films EVER. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 11, 2007, 05:10:03 AM
Purchased the "TROLLENBERG TERROR" (aka THE CRAWLING EYE) today for only 5 bucks!


Hey had a brilliant result today.Saw they were showing Trollenberg Terror on the freeview Movies4Men channel and i taped it. ;)

Also i notice there's another British sci-fi/horror on one of the Sky Movie channels this afternoon-The Earth Dies Screaming,another one thats new to me. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 11, 2007, 01:44:30 PM
Oh yes Land That Time Forgot is another big favourite from my kiddie years and alot better than People That Time Forgot which i only saw several years later.And they know what they can do with their Jurassic Park movies! ;D

I didn't know that this movie was connected with At The Earths Core,one of the best fantasy films EVER. :)

The only connection is that they're from Edgar Rice Burroughs stories. LAND was first, then CORE, then PEOPLE then WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS. Amicus had already folded before PEOPLE saw release. PEOPLE is my favorite of the whole series. It has a spirit of adventure even bigger than the others and the there's a great rapport and witty banter amongst the cast members. I have this on VHS from TV that has an extra scene that's missing on the MGM DVD.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 12, 2007, 07:24:34 AM
The only connection is that they're from Edgar Rice Burroughs stories. LAND was first, then CORE, then PEOPLE then WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS. Amicus had already folded before PEOPLE saw release. PEOPLE is my favorite of the whole series. It has a spirit of adventure even bigger than the others and the there's a great rapport and witty banter amongst the cast members. I have this on VHS from TV that has an extra scene that's missing on the MGM DVD.
PEOPLE -for me though undoubtably enjoyable this is still inferior to LAND in so  many respects. PEOPLE is just a straight forward rescue/adventure movie.LAND also has the added dimension of being a war film and the submarine sequences are as good as you'd get in any decent war movie.The element of surprise from LAND is missing here because we've already seen Caprona(is that the name?).They try and make it interesting by evolving the natives up to medieval warriors which kinda loses my interest a bit as well as contradicting elements in the first movie where at the source of Caprona they had only evolved as far as the Neolithic.The primitive native that McClure and co picked up in land had far more charm than the "tits and arse" equivalent in PEOPLE.Also i think the LAND finale is far more gripping than PEOPLE.They should have made more use of McClure in PEOPLE,Wayne being much more suited to swashbucklers methinks.I think the tension between the Allied and Axis crews was more watchable in LAND than any witty rapport in PEOPLE.
Don't think i've seen Warlords Of Atlantis. 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 12, 2007, 01:05:26 PM
Sarah Douglas, by way of Dana Gillespie, whom I'd prefer to watch in that revealing bikini any day over Bobby Parr :) reveals the fate of the Gallu by the Naga's who had captured Tyler for his knowledge. I don't think I would call LAND a war picture as it doesn't showcase any battles between the US and German forces, only showing them sinking a couple of civilian vessels.

The finale's while both are good, in LAND you get a fist fight with a leopard skinned cave man and the inevitable destruction of the island inhabitants making way for the new order.

In PEOPLE you get a rescue just before the girls are to be decapitated, a perilous escape through a live volcano, two encounters with monsters all the while the heroes are being chased by the Naga's. Not to mention the sword fights and bow and arrow action while the island crumbles around them. Then the heroes have to make back to the plane in time before the volcano that is "chasing" them blows the whole island to kingdom come.

Also the score is very good, both adventuresome and romantic. I've been waiting on a CD release of it for some time.

I think the finale in PEOPLE far exceeds LANDs by quite a bit. But I like them both immensely. I saw them both for the first time on TV as a kid on a double feature and I love them as much now as then. I just happen to like PEOPLE better. I just think it's a much better made film. I will say this, LAND did perfectly capture a prehistoric world with its sets of Caprona especially in the first scene where the guys exit the sub and see the elaborate vistas and exotic flora about.

WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS is the fourth film and was a co-production with Columbia. I'm not quite sure whether it was based on a Burroughs story or not, but it is part of the series. There is a british dvd of it out. John Ratzenberger, alias Cliff Claven is in a supporting role and Shane Rimmer returns this time as a bad guy. The monster effects are the best of the series.

I have the poster for it, too. Here it is....

(http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/4170/warlordsofatlantisul1.jpg)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 13, 2007, 06:39:18 AM
But I like them both immensely.
Can't argue with that O0
They share the same score don't they?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 13, 2007, 01:18:40 PM
No. The score's are miles away different.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 13, 2007, 02:44:58 PM
Banjo, have you seen two other movies from Kevin Conner called MOTEL HELL and THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS? HOUSE also stars McClure as well as Edward Albert and Susan George. HELL has Rory Calhoun, Nancy Parsons (PORKY'S) and Wolfman Jack and a brief appearance by John Ratzenberger as a heavy metal band member.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 13, 2007, 04:49:55 PM
Banjo, have you seen two other movies from Kevin Conner called MOTEL HELL and THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS? HOUSE also stars McClure as well as Edward Albert and Susan George. HELL has Rory Calhoun, Nancy Parsons (PORKY'S) and Wolfman Jack and a brief appearance by John Ratzenberger as a heavy metal band member.
No.
Both horror films from the sound of the titles?I'm sure Firecracker would be interested in HOUSE seeing that it includes Ms George. ;D
Thanks for those AC-i'll have to search the net to find out more ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 14, 2007, 02:18:35 AM
I stumbled upon and  taped another British Horror film last night on the MoviesFor Men2 channel,Blood Of The Vampire from 1958 which (without looking it up in Rigbys book as i don't wanna spoil it for myself) is apparently a non-Hammer attempt at emulating (certainly in terms of the colour photography) the style of both Curse of Frankenstein and The Horror Of Dracula.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 14, 2007, 03:46:08 PM
MOTEL HELL is a black comedy. Rory Calhoun and his sister try to end world hunger by harvesting humans for food much in the same way as in TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE only in a more "humane way". The final chainsaw battle with Calhoun wearing a huge pigs head(!) is classic.

HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS involves a family moving into a house in Japan where centuries earlier, a man killed his adulterous wife and her lover. Their ghosts haunt the house and threaten to recreate the crime. Very, very sleazy for a major studio film at the time.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 15, 2007, 04:14:16 PM
Thanks AC

I neglected to write down the movie title but last night i was flicking through the forthcoming weeks freebie movie channel schedule  using the Sky remote control and i saw something about a "Roger Corman classic" containing "William Shatners finest hour!!!".Does this ring any bells AC?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 15, 2007, 04:35:01 PM
something about a "Roger Corman classic" containing "William Shatners finest hour!!!"

Not a horror film Banjo, I suspect they meant this drama, THE INTRUDER:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055019/

Haven't seen it myself, but it is supposed to be very good.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 15, 2007, 04:46:57 PM
Yes, that's it, I was in the middle of posting a response before you named it. Shatner plays a racist who appears in a small Alabama town and stirs up even more racial hate resulting in some seriously disturbing sequences even for today.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 15, 2007, 04:53:51 PM
I have the dvd for it. If you can see it Banjo, you should get it as it's great and Shatner is deliciously evil in it. According to Corman, the Klan caused some problems during the filming.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 16, 2007, 05:24:13 AM
Thanks for that guys and i'll try and retrace my steps and find out which channel (so many of them  :o) was showing The Intruder.I'd assumed it was a horror film because Corman appears to be synonymous with this genre and for me his Vincent Price/Poe series of movies rival the likes of Hammer for outstanding gothic horror.

Watched Cormans Tales Of Terror last week.All 3 tales are very well made and starring Vincent Price.I espescially liked the 2nd of the 3  called (i think) the Black Cat which also included Peter Lorre.
I'm gonna give Pit & The Pendulum a look this week.

Does Corman have any great American contemporaries from that same period that were producing the same style of  period costume horror?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 16, 2007, 09:55:46 AM
INTRUDER isn't a horror picture but does contain some horrific scenes as well as some very incendiary dialog. If I'm not mistaken, the film was a bit ahead of its time as I do not think blacks had earned their second "freedom" yet. Powerful movie and one of the few Corman films that didn't make any money but became a critical and festival success years later.

Corman's about the only one I can think of at the moment who was doing the gothic horror scene and doing it well. There is one that comes to mind however, that was an attempt to mimic the Corman-Price-Poe style, TWICE TOLD TALES directed by Sidney Salkow. It's three spooky tales from Nathaniel Hawthorne. It also stars Price among others. The movie is a bit long (120 minutes).

Another seriously creepy movie that isn't quite gothic but has much atmosphere and spooky goings on is LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH. John Hancock directs this one about a woman who upon getting out of a mental hospital, goes to the New England countryside with her husband and take up residence in a big house with a horrifying past. Supposedly, a young woman who had drowned herself years before is said to haunt the town and may or may not be a vampire. The townspeople are all on the weird side and sport odd scars on their bodies. Is the horror real, or is Jessica going crazy again? This one scared me as a kid on Shock Theater years ago. Paramount FINALLY released this classic 1971 horror last year.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 16, 2007, 11:19:57 AM
Here's a link Banjo if you're curious about the movie....

http://www.amazon.com/Intruder-40th-Anniversary-William-Shatner/dp/B000058TIM


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on April 16, 2007, 11:35:47 AM
Thanks for the link AC. I might pick that up, it sounds like an interesting film


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 16, 2007, 05:09:19 PM
Cheers AC and also for the info about other USA Gothic movies O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 16, 2007, 05:13:32 PM
Banjo, have you seen the Doug McClure adventure pack? It's a brit release and contains LAND, CORE and WARLORDS.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 16, 2007, 05:17:38 PM
Banjo, have you seen the Doug McClure adventure pack? It's a brit release and contains LAND, CORE and WARLORDS.
Er no?
I'll have to look on Amazon. O0

EDIT:ah yes and a nice price.Thanks AC :)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doug-McClure-Fantasy-Adventure-Triple/dp/B0007Q6RGS/ref=pd_bowtega_1/026-3667700-8386051?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1176765538&sr=1-1


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 16, 2007, 05:25:01 PM
The bits that interest me the most are the featurette on LAND and the 6 collectible postcards. Oh, and the WARLORDS film as it's the only one I don't have. Did you happen to see McClure in the Corman produced drive-in favorite HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 16, 2007, 05:29:55 PM
Did you happen to see McClure in the Corman produced drive-in favorite HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP?
No  :-[ but we don't have drive-ins in the uk.All that flipping rain we get! ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 16, 2007, 05:33:05 PM
Drive-in's still operate in the rain! You just flip on those wipers, mate!  O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 16, 2007, 05:34:11 PM
OH! Banjo, have you seen Hammer's THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY? I've wanted to see this for years!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 16, 2007, 05:35:17 PM
Drive-in's still operate in the rain! You just flip on those wipers, mate!  O0
Why didn't we think of that? ;D



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 16, 2007, 05:37:47 PM
OH! Banjo, have you seen Hammer's THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY? I've wanted to see this for years!
No i'm gonna have to update my list.The original one features on the first post of this thread but i've got quite a few more now, however  nowhere near your league!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 16, 2007, 05:39:50 PM
I just found another dvd of TWINS OF EVIL with a deleted scene? I wonder what that's about? I don't think STRANGLERS is out legitimately. I'll have to look for a dupe until one surfaces.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 17, 2007, 01:30:10 AM
I just found another dvd of TWINS OF EVIL with a deleted scene? I wonder what that's about? I don't think STRANGLERS is out legitimately. I'll have to look for a dupe until one surfaces.
Really?
Didn't think TWINS OF EVIL was cut!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 17, 2007, 09:08:22 AM
Well, it doesn't mean it was cut, just there could have been some things that were taken out for various reasons like pacing or time.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 17, 2007, 11:28:02 AM
I watched Pit & The Pendulum earlier today.Definately one of the best Corman/Price movies. O0
The title sequences are brilliant on all these Poe movies dontcha think AC?

I've still got to see The Raven,Haunted Palace and Premature Burial. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 17, 2007, 01:46:04 PM
Oh yes. Have you noticed they all have dream sequences in all the entries? THE RAVEN is my absolute favorite and one of a handful of movies I can watch over and over and never get tired of it. It's more of a comedy. I'm curious of your thoughts on it. The battle of wizards finale between Karloff and Price is tops. The cast is outstanding--Price, Karloff, Lorre and Jack Nicholson as Lorre's bumbling son. The horror and comedy is mixed very well. I may watch this tonight!

If I'm not mistaken, MASQUE and TOMB OF LIGEIA are the only two Corman Poe's that were shot in England although I may be wrong. Corman captures the patented British gothic ambience perfectly, though.

HAUNTED PALACE has more to do with H.P. Lovecraft than Poe but it's still good. A surprise ending as well. Did you see the cut prologue sequence for PIT? It's pretty scary by itself. Barbara Steele is great. Have you seen BLACK SUNDAY? Forgive me if I'm repeating questions. Steele is also in the Corman produced classic PIRANHA which is getting ANOTHER remake sometime in the future.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 17, 2007, 04:14:00 PM
Oh yes. Have you noticed they all have dream sequences in all the entries? THE RAVEN is my absolute favorite and one of a handful of movies I can watch over and over and never get tired of it. It's more of a comedy. I'm curious of your thoughts on it. The battle of wizards finale between Karloff and Price is tops. The cast is outstanding--Price, Karloff, Lorre and Jack Nicholson as Lorre's bumbling son. The horror and comedy is mixed very well. I may watch this tonight!

If I'm not mistaken, MASQUE and TOMB OF LIGEIA are the only two Corman Poe's that were shot in England although I may be wrong. Corman captures the patented British gothic ambience perfectly, though.

HAUNTED PALACE has more to do with H.P. Lovecraft than Poe but it's still good. A surprise ending as well. Did you see the cut prologue sequence for PIT? It's pretty scary by itself. Barbara Steele is great. Have you seen BLACK SUNDAY? Forgive me if I'm repeating questions. Steele is also in the Corman produced classic PIRANHA which is getting ANOTHER remake sometime in the future.
Yes and very psychedelic dream sequences at that!

I notice out of the 3 i'm missing that THE RAVEN is the only dvd available thats reasonably priced so i may get that fairly soon. :) I noticed on Amazon that Price and Lorre also feature together on A COMEDY OF TERRORS-do you have this AC?

I'm certain you're right about MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and TOMB OF LIGEIA being shot over here because they are the only 2 Corman Poe films to be featured in Rigby's brilliant "English Gothic".Incidentally i believe he may have a new "American Gothic" book out which may be worth checking out.

Unfortunately the version of PIT & THE PENDULUM i taped off the TV didn't include the prologue scene.Mrs Banjo's has actually read some Edgar Allen Poe(and also H.P.Lovecraft) and she's really getting into these films too!Apparently Poe was totally terrified/obsessed about being buried alive and i notice this theme runs through many of the stories.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 17, 2007, 04:17:02 PM
INTRUDER isn't a horror picture but does contain some horrific scenes as well as some very incendiary dialog. If I'm not mistaken, the film was a bit ahead of its time as I do not think blacks had earned their second "freedom" yet. Powerful movie and one of the few Corman films that didn't make any money but became a critical and festival success years later.
I found it again earlier.On the Movies4Men2 channel(UK only) its being shown next Friday at 3am in the morning :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 18, 2007, 10:22:29 AM
MGMs Midnite Movies line released THE RAVEN and COMEDY OF TERRORS on one of their great double features. Wow, I was just checking Amazon and Amazon.UK and apparently the title must be out of print. The prices are outrageous for it. :o

COMEDY OF TERRORS is mentioned in the MY HORROR COLLECTION thread. It's a delightfully macabre movie featuring everybody from TALES OF TERROR including an hilarious bit from Boris Karloff. Price is the villain here and Lorre is his partner. There's a great and funny segment involving Basil Rathbone as a character who just will not die.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 18, 2007, 06:27:42 PM
MGMs Midnite Movies line released THE RAVEN and COMEDY OF TERRORS on one of their great double features. Wow, I was just checking Amazon and Amazon.UK and apparently the title must be out of print. The prices are outrageous for it. :o

COMEDY OF TERRORS is mentioned in the MY HORROR COLLECTION thread. It's a delightfully macabre movie featuring everybody from TALES OF TERROR including an hilarious bit from Boris Karloff. Price is the villain here and Lorre is his partner. There's a great and funny segment involving Basil Rathbone as a character who just will not die.
Thanks AC yes i saw that double feature advertised for nearly £40 :(  but i think The Raven on its own is only about £5.
Comedy Of Terrors does sound like one that i must pick up. O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 19, 2007, 01:32:30 PM
Careful of the cheaper version of the RAVEN. It was released on a washed out full frame VHS from Warners long ago. Unless somebody booted the DVD.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 20, 2007, 04:26:10 PM
Thanks AC i'll look out for that!

Just noticed that tomorrow night at 3.35am Hammer's Scream Of Fear(aka Taste Of Fear) is being shown on BBC2.This is a new one to me.Have you got this AC?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 21, 2007, 12:38:17 PM
If this is the Hammer one, no, I haven't seen it. This is one of their PSYCHO cash-ins like NIGHTMARE and PARANOIAC. There were a few others, too, I think.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 21, 2007, 01:15:42 PM
Banjo, I meant to ask you a while back, but have you seen this?

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/ultimate-hammer-collection-disc-p-10651.html

I've been flirting with the notion of picking it up but I have some of these already, some I don't and one or two I didn't like much to begin with.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 22, 2007, 08:42:04 AM
If this is the Hammer one, no, I haven't seen it. This is one of their PSYCHO cash-ins like NIGHTMARE and PARANOIAC. There were a few others, too, I think.
Yes definately a Hammer and like those 2 excellent PSYCHO cash-ins also in black and white,and thankfully i remembered to record it last night. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 22, 2007, 08:44:52 AM
Banjo, I meant to ask you a while back, but have you seen this?

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/ultimate-hammer-collection-disc-p-10651.html

I've been flirting with the notion of picking it up but I have some of these already, some I don't and one or two I didn't like much to begin with.
Wow i haven't got nine of those titles!

It doesn't seem to be on USA Amazon but on UK Amazon it can be had for about $50 dollars cheaper than Xploited ;)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Sonny on April 22, 2007, 01:08:27 PM

Is it me or do the British seem to have a wonderful broadcasting system that bears its focus on showing mainly classics and not crap?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 23, 2007, 06:16:06 AM
Yes outside of sattelite/cable everyone in the UK has access to 5 terrestrial channels of which BBC2 and Channel 4 are good for the classic oldies especially horror so i'm not having to fork out a fortune on horror dvd's as new ones keep cropping up every other week or so. :)

I watched Scream Of Fear last night and its really good and stylistically(including a similar twist in the plot) along the same lines as Paranoiac.Christopher Lee stars as a doctor with a French accent-i looked up the title in Rigby's Lee biography and read that Lee rates this as the best Hammer he ever starred in!!! :o

List of rewatched and rated movies-so far!!(anyone else please feel welcome to contribute your lists O0)

**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**
Oblong Box***
Scream And Scream Again***
Brides Of Dracula***
Curse Of The Werewolf***
Night Creatures****
Kiss Of The Vampire***
Vault Of Horror**
Scream Of Fear***


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 27, 2007, 04:34:39 PM
Rewatched Roger Cormans adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's Masque Of The Death today which includes a superb performance by Vincent  Price as the evil Prince Prospero who's harbouring a bunch of equally unsavoury nobleman friends in a castle well away from the countryside where everyones perishing from disease.But he's also kidnapped a poor wench(played by Jane Asher who was an early girlfriend of Paul McCartney) whose staunch religious beliefs are a match for Prospero's devil worshiping schemes.However there's an ominous figure dressed in a red cloak and hood that may halt Prosperos wickedness.
This was,i think,Cormans 5th Poe film and the first filmed in the UK with a British cast.This was the first film i had from that series and was unaware of such brilliance as House Of Usher and Pit & The Pendulum,and on my 2nd viewing i was able to appreciate this movie even more.As well as an excellent story,a great script,this also has some wonderful looking sets and filmed in some lovely colours.A must! O0

List of rewatched and rated movies-so far!!(anyone else please feel welcome to contribute your lists )

**** must view   *** recommended  ** watch if bored  *avoid/watch on tv before buying

Frankenstein Created Woman ***
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ****
Dracula AD1972 ***
Witchfinder General **
From Beyond The Grave ***
Taste The Blood Of Dracula ***
Legend Of Hell House **
Blood On Satans Claw  ****
Wicker Man ****
The Gorgon***
The Fiend *
Vampire Lovers ***
Twins Of Evil****
Lust For A Vampire**
Countess Dracula****
Vampyres**
The Sorcecers****
Theatre Of Blood****
Madhouse**
Oblong Box***
Scream And Scream Again***
Brides Of Dracula***
Curse Of The Werewolf***
Night Creatures****
Kiss Of The Vampire***
Vault Of Horror**
Scream Of Fear***
Masque Of The Red Death****




Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on April 28, 2007, 02:27:05 PM
Scream of Fear is rated the best of Hammers Psycho thrillers. I've seen it a couple of times but not for quite a while and forgot to tape it last week.

Masque of the Red Death. Great Corman movie. Very atmospheric and wonderful to look at.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 05:00:11 AM
Scream of Fear is rated the best of Hammers Psycho thrillers. I've seen it a couple of times but not for quite a while and forgot to tape it last week.
All the Hammer Psycho's i've seen have been excellent so far.I think its probably best to leave large intervals between viewings (sorry you missed it :()for this type of movie in order to try and forget some of the twists. 



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on April 29, 2007, 08:18:46 AM
Hammer have just announced that a whole range of movies which will be coming soon on DVD, all for the first time. Some of the titles, such as the superb war film, CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND, and the still unnerving taboo breaking drama about peadophillia, NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER, were almost impossible to see in any format previously.

Very good news for all Hammer fans, I think:

http://www.hammerfilms.com/news/index.html#sony

Also includes TASTE OF FEAR (AKA: SCREAM OF FEAR) which was on the telly last weekend. I know this is current head of Hammer, Telly Illot's faves from the catalogue.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 10:34:14 AM
Thanks for the info and the great link JM. ;)

That Sea Of Dust movie(with Ingrid Pitt) currently under production looks interesting. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on April 29, 2007, 10:38:11 AM
I'm glad old Ingrid is still going.  :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 10:50:35 AM
FINALLY.......! TERROR OF THE TONGS and STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY! Haven't seen TERROR... since I was a kid but never seen STRANGLERS. Wish Chris Lee's first two FU MANCHU's would get a legit release.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:05:55 AM
FINALLY.......! TERROR OF THE TONGS and STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY! Haven't seen TERROR... since I was a kid but never seen STRANGLERS. Wish Chris Lee's first two FU MANCHU's would get a legit release.
Weren't the FU MANCHU'S (apart from the original i understand) meant to be not much cop? :-\


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:08:55 AM
Weren't the FU MANCHU'S (apart from the original i understand) meant to be not much cop? :-\

I don't understand your response, Banjo. Do you mean they weren't very good?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 04:46:49 PM
I don't understand your response, Banjo. Do you mean they weren't very good?
Er...... yes i meant that. :-\    But thats only what i've read in a couple of books.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on April 30, 2007, 12:42:12 PM
Yes i agree, the first couple of Fu Manchu's were quite good. Jess Franco directed some of the later ones i believe.

Great news about those rare Hammer titles. Looking forward to seeing Stranglers, Cash on Demand and Terror of Tongs. Scream of Fear is among them as well cool.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 30, 2007, 03:49:38 PM
I purposely stayed away from Franco's FU MANCHU's that Blue Underground released in a Chris Lee box set along with Franco's THE BLOODY JUDGE.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on April 30, 2007, 04:02:30 PM
THE BLOODY JUDGE.
I've been tempted by a dvd on Amazon for only about £5 but i understand that ,though THE BLOODY JUDGE is heavily influenced by WITCHFINDER GENERAL,its still a bit boring. :-\

Then again i usually like to judge things for myself. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 30, 2007, 04:07:16 PM
I learned the hard way that Franco's movies stink....and I mean RANK! I don't understand how he can have a legion of fans who love his "work". The movies I've seen of his are the sloppiest pieces of gutter trash I've ever seen.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 01, 2007, 04:17:21 PM
I'm not familiar with any of that directors work but thanks for the warning.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Nakadai on May 02, 2007, 11:36:10 AM
I learned the hard way that Franco's movies stink....and I mean RANK! I don't understand how he can have a legion of fans who love his "work". The movies I've seen of his are the sloppiest pieces of gutter trash I've ever seen.

Heh, I kinda like him. I've really enjoyed some of his films such as Diabolical Doctor Z, The Awful Doctor Orloff and The Bloody Judge..


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 04, 2007, 11:05:06 AM
Hammer have just announced that a whole range of movies which will be coming soon on DVD, all for the first time. Some of the titles, such as the superb war film, CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND, and the still unnerving taboo breaking drama about peadophillia, NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER, were almost impossible to see in any format previously.

    My first post in a great while...Hope you all are well.  I have been swamped with building my new studio.  GREAT NEWS about Hammer DVD's!!!!! O0.  This is the mother load!!! :o  I can't wait to get my hands on "The Gorgon"!!  I am very happy they are releasing Stranglers of Bombay in spite of the current politically correct mire we are in.  BTW I just watched "The Man Who Could Cheat Death" Jeez Louise...! That's a superbly acted and thoughtful film.  Seek it out!!

    I am planning on making a second visit to Bray Studios/Oakley Court UK in August, however we are torn between going to monument valley to seek out OUATITW set locations as another option.  The original home of Hammer is great and worth revisitng!  It's a hard call :-\

  Hey Banjo I just watched "Masque" again as well. Price is such a ham with those affected looks.  Over the top but great!!  Have you ever seen the trailer for the original "The Fly"?  Price just off the beam.  I think "Witchfinder General" is the only film he acts quite differently.  I just recieved notice my Anchor Bay "Mario Bava" box set Vol 1 is on it's way.  I cannot wait to see "Kill Baby Kill".

   If you guy's dig Hammer posters check out my complete Hammer Gothic poster collection of theatrical release originals at http://movies.ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/hammerposters/photos.  open the files for hi-res pix. 

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 04, 2007, 02:31:42 PM
Finally, a DVD release of BURN, WITCH, BURN starring Peter Wyngaard (FLASH GORDON)

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/night-eagle-burn-witch-burn-p-11704.html



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 04, 2007, 02:44:32 PM
That's great News!!!  Order on the way soon!

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on May 05, 2007, 04:30:49 PM
More excellent news for Hammer fans. The British Film Institute are releasing a brand new, fully restored version of the origional 1958 DRACULA. It will recieve it's premier at the Cannes festival later this month.

The new prints have been struck by a West Coast film lab, in association with Warners. Warners own the DVD rights however, and any resulting discs will be produced by them.

The BFI will be roadshowing the new print over the summer in the UK at some special events. There is talk just now of an outdoor screening at Whitby Abbey f'er instance. It will go on general release in cinemas on Halloween. The new print has the British relase titles, so it will now be called DRACULA in all territories it's screened (in the US it was origionally called HORROR OF DRACULA). It also has some newly restored frames, but I don't have the full details yet. I'll be getting a press release e-mailed to me next week hopefully with that info, which I'll post here.

Other new projects for resoration were planned, THE MUMMY and CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but apparently there is now no funding for them, so the idea has been shelved, I'm sorry to say.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 05, 2007, 08:26:59 PM
More excellent news for Hammer fans. The British Film Institute are releasing a brand new, fully restored version of the origional 1958 DRACULA. It will recieve it's premier at the Cannes festival later this month.

The new prints have been struck by a West Coast film lab, in association with Warners. Warners own the DVD rights however, and any resulting discs will be produced by them.

The BFI will be roadshowing the new print over the summer in the UK at some special events. There is talk just now of an outdoor screening at Whitby Abbey f'er instance. It will go on general release in cinemas on Halloween. The new print has the British relase titles, so it will now be called DRACULA in all territories it's screened (in the US it was origionally called HORROR OF DRACULA). It also has some newly restored frames, but I don't have the full details yet. I'll be getting a press release e-mailed to me next week hopefully with that info, which I'll post here.

Other new projects for resoration were planned, THE MUMMY and CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but apparently there is now no funding for them, so the idea has been shelved, I'm sorry to say.


Juan,

   Thanks for the heads up! O0  Do you know exactly what improvements are being made over the old US Warner DVD release version?
Is it a better print or negative the have secured?  Are they including more footage as well?  Any details would be great!  I have the US "Horror of Dracula" one sheet poster linen backed.  One of my faves! :)

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 06, 2007, 11:18:09 AM
I've seen photos of the ending that show Dracula's skin peeling away from different angles. You don't see this in the movie. I think I have these in a book somewhere but the recent Warner disc did restore the graveyard staking scene.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 07, 2007, 05:14:42 AM
Quote
  Hey Banjo I just watched "Masque" again as well. Price is such a ham with those affected looks.  Over the top but great!!  Have you ever seen the trailer for the original "The Fly"?  Price just off the beam.  I think "Witchfinder General" is the only film he acts quite differently.  I just recieved notice my Anchor Bay "Mario Bava" box set Vol 1 is on it's way.  I cannot wait to see "Kill Baby Kill".

I've been getting alot of new stuff with Vincent Price just recently who has now become as firm favourite of mine as Cushing and Lee,but i haven't seen that trailer yet.I understand he's also in the Fly 2 which i've yet to see,any good?

I'm afraid i'm a Mario Bava virgin(unless he did Suspiria which is great) which i'm planning to rectify O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 07, 2007, 05:16:08 AM
Finally, a DVD release of BURN, WITCH, BURN starring Peter Wyngaard (FLASH GORDON)

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/night-eagle-burn-witch-burn-p-11704.html


Thanks AC,thats one Brit horror i'm sadly lacking.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 07, 2007, 05:19:23 AM
Other new projects for resoration were planned, THE MUMMY and CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but apparently there is now no funding for them, so the idea has been shelved, I'm sorry to say.
Thanks JM for the news about Hammers original Dracula.

I'm also pleased to hear about plans for the restoration of The Mummy which has been unavailable on dvd for a long time. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 07, 2007, 10:22:08 AM
Thanks JM for the news about Hammers original Dracula.

I'm also pleased to hear about plans for the restoration of The Mummy which has been unavailable on dvd for a long time. :)

Hey Banjo,

    "The Mummy" is available from Warner US R1.  The quality is really good! 

Cheers,

Eric

Here is a original US one sheet... from my Hammer collection...

(http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/5/12612104322.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=5401780)
click picture for a larger image....


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 07, 2007, 10:32:16 AM

Quote
I've been getting alot of new stuff with Vincent Price just recently who has now become as firm favourite of mine as Cushing and Lee,but i haven't seen that trailer yet.I understand he's also in the Fly 2 which i've yet to see,any good?

I'm afraid i'm a Mario Bava virgin(unless he did Suspiria which is great) which i'm planning to rectify O0


    I like the Fly 2...it's good!  Mario Bava was the father of 60's Giallo films...Argento learned alot from him.  Argento directed Susperia 1977 not Bava.  Bava did Black Sabbath, Mask of Satan, Kill Baby Kill, Lisa and the Devil etc...  Argento got his start after writing OUATITW. His first film "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" 1969 is superb!!

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on May 07, 2007, 01:33:44 PM
Price has done some excellent films outside the horror genre, Laura and His Kind Of Woman immediatly spring to my mind..


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 07, 2007, 03:53:07 PM
Banjo, the R2 disc of MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH is cut. It's missing a shot where Jane Asher gets slapped.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 08, 2007, 10:08:37 AM
Does anyone have an eta for the new Hammer DVD's from DD video?  I cannot find a release date anywhere...

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 08, 2007, 04:30:28 PM
Hey Banjo,

    "The Mummy" is available from Warner US R1.  The quality is really good! 

Cheers,

Eric

Here is a original US one sheet... from my Hammer collection...

(http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/5/12612104322.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=5401780)
click picture for a larger image....
What a dumbass i am ,theres also a Region 2 dvd available too! ;D

When i shopped on Amazon for Brit Horror the other week i could've sworn that nothing came up. :-[



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 08, 2007, 04:32:32 PM

    I like the Fly 2...it's good!  Mario Bava was the father of 60's Giallo films...Argento learned alot from him.  Argento directed Susperia 1977 not Bava.  Bava did Black Sabbath, Mask of Satan, Kill Baby Kill, Lisa and the Devil etc...  Argento got his start after writing OUATITW. His first film "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" 1969 is superb!!

Cheers,

Eric
I'd love to see Firecrackers Italian Horror Thread resurrected because thats where i'm planning on heading fairly soon. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 08, 2007, 04:34:27 PM
It's missing a shot where Jane Asher gets slapped.
Slapped by Prospero?
I'll double check my crappy video tape to make sure i'm missing this!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on May 08, 2007, 04:36:33 PM
I need that poster Mcbain...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 08, 2007, 04:40:24 PM
I need that poster Mcbain...
You'll need a bigger house soon for all those posters LA ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 09, 2007, 09:37:29 AM
I need that poster Mcbain...

Are you interested in a half sheet?  I think "The Mummy" is the most popular of the Hammer US posters. 


Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Leone Admirer on May 09, 2007, 01:29:44 PM
Hi Mcbain! Gotta say at the moment I've got quite a few posters on their way so I'm not buying anymore  :-[ But when I do get around to buying again I'll most likely let you know  :)

You'll need a bigger house soon for all those posters LA ;D

Nah just buy another one  ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 09, 2007, 04:00:45 PM
I'd love to see Firecrackers Italian Horror Thread resurrected because thats where i'm planning on heading fairly soon. :)

FC has an Italian horror thread, too?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 10, 2007, 02:10:20 AM
Yes and i've now linked it with your Italian Horror Exploitation thread to make one big juicy topic. :)

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3121.30


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 12, 2007, 06:24:59 AM
I'm not sure if this is good or bad news but apparently there has been a takeover at Hammer and the new owners are planning a series of remakes of Hammer classics.

http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_headline=classic-face-of-horror-returns&method=full&objectid=19092794&siteid=50082-name_page.html

I fear the worst. :-\


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Le Bon on May 13, 2007, 01:55:45 PM
I wont be holding my breath! Sorry to be cynical but how many times have we heard about remakes or reimaginings of Hammer classics.  ::)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 13, 2007, 06:32:04 PM
Well theres most definately a takeover with news items appearing on both BBC and ITV.

I'm sure there are plenty of decent British/American actors to match the class of the original Hammer stable and hopefully they'll stick to the old style without resorting too much to CGI effects.

Not sure who'll be the new Cushing or Lee though? :-\


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 14, 2007, 12:39:36 PM
Well theres most definately a takeover with news items appearing on both BBC and ITV.

I'm sure there are plenty of decent British/American actors to match the class of the original Hammer stable and hopefully they'll stick to the old style without resorting too much to CGI effects.

Not sure who'll be the new Cushing or Lee though? :-\

Banjo--I would not expect this new outfit to produce anything of real value.  There are so many ingrediants required to do a true Hammer-esque film...man it will not fly....they will resort to CGI, more gore, different filming techniques, digitally recorded directive soundtracks with lot's of loud explosions and quite possibly without a real chamber orchestra, more sex, more profanity, safe and politically correct themes so as to not upset today's audiences etc etc.




Have you heard anything regarding release dates for the DD video Hammer films???  I cannot wait for these to be on my Hammer shelf!

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 14, 2007, 05:18:53 PM
Banjo--I would not expect this new outfit to produce anything of real value. 
You are probably right but period drama's like Emma or Rebecca(Mrs Banjo likes these) are still getting made in the traditional style,and of course Hammer Horrors are period dramas with added blood.Well i can live in hope. :)



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 14, 2007, 05:43:43 PM
You are probably right but period drama's like Emma or Rebecca(Mrs Banjo likes these) are still getting made in the traditional style,and of course Hammer Horrors are period dramas with added blood.Well i can live in hope. Smiley

Mrs Mcbain love period dramas as well as do I!!! :) 

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 15, 2007, 04:29:38 AM
Perhaps its about time i swallowed my male pride and gave them a go myself! ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 22, 2007, 03:37:45 PM
AAHH! Check this out people...

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=4317


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on May 24, 2007, 12:18:36 PM
AAHH! Check this out people...

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=4317

Arizona--------->  I have been aware of this for a month or so...do you or ANYBODY have information as to a official release of this on DVD in ANY region??? This is an VERY imortant release that I need to get no matter what region.

UPDATE
   "Hammer release schedule from DD video" I had recently asked this question here but recieved no responses at all :( Anyways I did some research and ran accross someone who has a trade account with DD video and said DD video first Hammer will be "The Gorgon" in September R2 UK.  So get your multi-region players now as 13 Hammers are coming to DVD.

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 24, 2007, 02:59:54 PM
I remember reading that Warners had a new version of this to be re-released on DVD but there was no notice as to when. When it's known, I'll post it, if someone else doesn't.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on May 24, 2007, 04:24:21 PM
Regarding the DRACULA restoration. As I said two pages back. This is a cinema restortion project undertaken by the British Film Institute, a new print for screenings in cinemas going on general release on 31st October this year (in the UK at any rate).

Unfortunatly, Warner Bros own the DVD rights for distribution of DRACULA in the UK, and they have made no comment at all on any possible DVD struck from the BFI restoration print. I have a contact at the BFI, and as far as he knows, at the moment there are no such plans. As yet though, it remains a bit hazy as to exactly what new material appears in the BFI restored print, and how much it differs from the already availabe R1 Warners disc (the now ditched title HORROR OF DRACULA excepted).


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 09, 2007, 04:26:34 AM
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS sums a lot of it up in one brilliant scene where the couple has taken the Countess up on her offer to stay in her castle for the night. She and her "servant" begin telling of Bathory's nasty habits. As she tells the tale, the Countess becomes noticeably aroused with each unspeakable evil uttered cross cut with the newlywed bride becoming ever more disturbed and horrified.
I watched DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS last night,and its surprisingly good for a vampire movie with a modern setting.Theres only about half a dozen actors in the film and most of it is shot in and around a seemingly deserted hotel in Ostend so this must've been relatively cheap to make but any such shortcomings are made up by great atmosphere and strong performances throughout including some very tasty dialogue.There is quite a bit of nudity and sex scenes but unlike the British horror VAMPYRES these are used to effectively enhance the movie rather than turn it into a soft porn flick.

I taped SATANS SLAVE off BBC1 last night which as i remember wasn't particularly great,but i'll give this another look in due course.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 09, 2007, 05:18:55 AM
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS isn't a british horror. It's a european horror of both german and french participants. Glad you enjoyed it, Banjo!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 09, 2007, 05:25:18 AM
Well it was already discussed here in the context of COUNTESS DRACULA/Elizabeth Bathory Story but maybe i should've posted it somewhere else.

I forget to mention AC that i've watched the rest of Cormans Poe films(again not British :-[ ) THE RAVEN,HAUNTED PALACE and PREMATURE BURIAL,all excellent and i liked them in that order.

I want to read up more about American horror,i've ordered the Vincent Price "Art Of Fear" biography from the library and i'm tempted to pick up Jonathan Rigbys USA equivalent of his brilliant "English Gothic".


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 09, 2007, 07:33:06 AM
Well it was already discussed here in the context of COUNTESS DRACULA/Elizabeth Bathory Story but maybe i should've posted it somewhere else.

I forget to mention AC that i've watched the rest of Cormans Poe films(again not British :-[ ) THE RAVEN,HAUNTED PALACE and PREMATURE BURIAL,all excellent and i liked them in that order.

I want to read up more about American horror,i've ordered the Vincent Price "Art Of Fear" biography from the library and i'm tempted to pick up Jonathan Rigbys USA equivalent of his brilliant "English Gothic".

Haunted Palace is great!!  Excellent music and a freaky Lovecraftian monster.  Premature is great as Ray Milland is a really special actor.  The Raven is pretty much a major misfire :-[  If you like API films check out The Dunwich Horror and any of the Corman API.  Also The Oblong Box, Cry of the Banshee, Scream and Scream again.  API's Die Monster Die is really good with Boris Karloff.

I did not enjoy Daughters of Darkness...I bought it and then sold it.  I am interested in the seeing the same directors (from memory)  film Malpertius coming out next month on DVD.  It is supposed to be awsome!!

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 09, 2007, 07:36:39 AM
UPDATE!!!!

Midnight Movies is a t it again with new Halloween releases O0 O0  This is great news for R1.  A couple of titles to expect are the UK's Witchfinder General on DVD, Food for the Gods and many others...Septemeber 21 Release date I believe...

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 09, 2007, 08:46:08 AM
I just finished watching RAW MEAT aka DEATHLINE from 1974 and after reading alot about this being a British horror classic,i'm not so sure what all the fuss is about because i didn't think it was that great.

A body of a sleazy politician is spotted by an American couple at a London underground station but when they return with help the corpse has mysteriously disappeared.It transpires that this is the latest of a series of missing persons which we learn goes right back to an accidental collapse of the infrastructure several decades ago when several people were trapped and abandoned to survive by their own means-but at risk of spoiling it for anyone,i'm not gonna say any more .

Donald Pleasance as the Police Investigator is the best thing about this movie with numerous funny one liners but this movie suffers badly from pacing problems and theres lingering scenes of underground squallor that seem to go on forever when the point has already been made.

Because of its high reputation i feel obliged to give this another look so hopefully it'll grow on me as some classics do. :-\


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 09, 2007, 02:35:27 PM
THE RAVEN a misfire? :o


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 09, 2007, 03:54:06 PM
No way the overt humour was like a breath of fresh air and the combination of Price,Karloff and Lorre is fantastic.And it took me a little while to recognise Jack Nicolson in this one,maybe it was the hair? ;D

Premature Burial was ok but seems to be lacking something,it definately suffers from not including Vincent Price in the lead.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 09, 2007, 03:59:48 PM
PREMATURE BURIAL grew on me after a second viewing. After that, it didn't matter about Price. The atmosphere and spooky ambience was still there.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 09, 2007, 04:06:44 PM
Yes and that probably applies to TOMB OF LIGEIA too!

At present i'd rate Cormans Poe films in the following order.

1.HOUSE OF USHER
2.PIT AND THE PENDULUM
3.THE RAVEN
4.MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
5.THE HAUNTED PALACE
6.TALES OF TERROR
7.PREMATURE BURIAL
8.TOMB OF LIGEIA

MASQUE is the only movie i've seen more than once so the order could change quite drastically.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 10, 2007, 09:36:24 AM
THE RAVEN a misfire? :o

   My wife and I could not make it very far,  I do not care for slapsticky type humor.  Or to be more exact we do not like horror humor :)
I still have them on DVD Comedy of Terrors and The Raven.  They were just silly.

Don't forget X Xaviar The man with the X-Ray Eye's.  Ray Milland is great.  Just watched Tomb of ligea again...  I love Price's hamming, but the cat parts get silly , the part with it's shadow projected while it was running ;D.  The cat was such a noodle ::). Cat's as villians or monsters never come off well for me.  I still have great hopes for "Shadow of the Cat" from Hammer since the cast is so strong. It is the last Gothic horror from Hammer I have yet to see.  I can't wait but it looks like it may be a long wait fora DVD.

Cheers,

Eric

anyone here like Witchfinder General?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 09:41:06 AM
Eric

anyone here like Witchfinder General?  Great flick. One of Vinnie Price's best! It has an alternate title too. The director, I forget his name, made 2 other equally good horrors, before he died.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 10, 2007, 09:46:54 AM
Eric

anyone here like Witchfinder General?  Great flick. One of Vinnie Price's best! It has an alternate title too. The director, I forget his name, made 2 other equally good horrors, before he died.

That ending....talk about retribution O0  Yes I have his other two,  The Sorcerers with Boris Karloff and the other one escapes me but it blows...  I hope MGM R1 release is better than the R2 as the picture kinda blew even though it was anamorphic...


Spoiler alert...Man with no name (what is your real name?) Do think the girl lived after the puncturing of her moles with the spike?  I hope she did as I loved her character.
Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 09:51:58 AM
That ending....talk about retribution O0  Yes I have his other two,  The Sorcerers with Boris Karloff and the other one escapes me but it blows...  I hope MGM R1 release is better than the R2 as the picture kinda blew even though it was anamorphic...


Spoiler alert...Man with no name (what is your real name?) Do think the girl lived after the puncturing of her moles with the spike?  I hope she did as I loved her character.
Cheers,

Eric
Vinnie was on a role around that time. He made Conqueror Worm, Scream and Scream Again, Abominable Dr. Phibes & Theater of Blood almost back to back. Oh, it's Man with no Dame, by the way.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 10:37:40 AM
Michael Reeves was the directors name and it was because of him that Price's performance is more "controlled". WITCHFINDER GENERAL is a classic deserving of all the praise heaped on it. Very grim movie buts its better for it. It's success spawned a bunch of similar movies like BLOOD ON SATANS CLAW, the gruesomely sadistic MARK OF THE DEVIL and the historical, gorgeously shot but very nasty FLAVIA THE HERETIC.

X- THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES is not british horror-sci-fi. Corman directed this solely for AIP in the US.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 10:41:47 AM
Phibes and Witchfinder were his best from that time! House of Wax was his best, tho.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 10:45:23 AM
I'm torn between the two PHIBES and THEATER OF BLOOD. I love so many I can't pick a fave. If it was by how many times I had seen one it would be THEATER OF BLOOD.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 11:15:14 AM
I'm torn between the two PHIBES and THEATER OF BLOOD. I love so many I can't pick a fave. If it was by how many times I had seen one it would be THEATER OF BLOOD.
Phibes was a little more camp than Blood, but Blood did have Diana Rigg.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 11:46:07 AM
BLOOD, IMO was identical to the PHIBES and actually was originally intended to be PHIBES 3.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 11:50:00 AM
BLOOD, IMO was identical to the PHIBES and actually was originally intended to be PHIBES 3.
All 3 films were ideal vehicles for him to ham it up, which he does so well. I liked the era those pics were set in too. Very Deco!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 12:50:24 PM
Brit horror was so good during that time. Horror in general was great. Sadly, that period of filmmaking will probably never be repeated so long as there is CGI.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 12:53:05 PM
Brit horror was so good during that time. Horror in general was great. Sadly, that period of filmmaking will probably never be repeated so long as there is CGI.
  Hammer went out of biz for awhile! I hear they're back again.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 12:56:54 PM
They've been saying this since the mid 90s. I'll believe it when see it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 12:59:54 PM
I've been on their site. They're slowly re-releasing the old and rare stuff. I'm waiting for Vampire Circus.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 01:01:37 PM
There's already a dvd of that. I got a really nice remastered version of it in a box set with TWINS OF EVIL and COUNTESS DRACULA. Hey, maybe another release will have some features other than a trailer. That's my fave hammer along with TWINS...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 01:06:43 PM
There's already a dvd of that. I got a really nice remastered version of it in a box set with TWINS OF EVIL and COUNTESS DRACULA. Hey, maybe another release will have some features other than a trailer. That's my fave hammer along with TWINS...
I got TOE/CD box set. Mine didn't have Vampire Circus.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 01:21:49 PM
TWINS OF EVIL CD box set. What is that? You mean the soundtrack?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 01:23:45 PM
TWINS OF EVIL CD box set. What is that? You mean the soundtrack?
No, Twins/Countess Drac set.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 01:30:38 PM
Do you mean the VAMPIRE LOVERS/ COUNTESS DRACULA double feature from MGM?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 01:35:49 PM
Do you mean the VAMPIRE LOVERS/ COUNTESS DRACULA double feature from MGM?
Yea, your right. always get Twins and Lovers confused. I think Yvette Stunsgaard is in both, that's why.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 01:40:29 PM
No, Yutte Stensgaard is only in LUST FOR A VAMPIRE the second Karnstein movie. It's Pitt in the first and the Collinson Twins from Playboy in the third. Along with dynamite performances from both Cushing and Damien Thomas.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 01:44:05 PM
No, Yutte Stensgaard is only in LUST FOR A VAMPIRE the second Karnstein movie. It's Pitt in the first and the Collinson Twins from Playboy in the third. Along with dynamite performances from both Cushing and Damien Thomas.
You are correct. Been awhile since I saw any Hammers. Always liked Curse of the Werewolf with Ollie Reed. Sad that he passed away. Liked him in the Ken Russell flicks, 'specially The Devils.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 01:47:53 PM
You should get the Universal 2 disc set with the 8 hammer titles (if you haven't already). CURSE is in there along with a longer cut of BRIDES OF DRACULA as well as the DVDebut of NIGHT CREATURES aka CAPTAIN CLEGG starring Cushing and Oliver Reed. Another Reed movie PARANOIAC is also on the set.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 01:49:46 PM
You should get the Universal 2 disc set with the 8 hammer titles (if you haven't already). CURSE is in there along with a longer cut of BRIDES OF DRACULA as well as the DVDebut of NIGHT CREATURES aka CAPTAIN CLEGG starring Cushing and Oliver Reed. Another Reed movie PARANOIAC is also on the set.
  I should just buy a video store and cut to the chase! ;D ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 10, 2007, 01:52:06 PM
Michael Reeves was the directors name and it was because of him that Price's performance is more "controlled". WITCHFINDER GENERAL is a classic deserving of all the praise heaped on it. Very grim movie buts its better for it. It's success spawned a bunch of similar movies like BLOOD ON SATANS CLAW, the gruesomely sadistic MARK OF THE DEVIL and the historical, gorgeously shot but very nasty FLAVIA THE HERETIC.

X- THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES is not british horror-sci-fi. Corman directed this solely for AIP in the US.

I forgot this was a Brit Horror thread as I think I also mentioned Dunwich Horror...my bad :oc  Anways,  I meant to say get all the Corman AIP films the are great UK or otherwise. 

My favorite Price films are the Corman films and the Gordon Hessler AIP's with Vincent. The Reeves film too. Madhouse is good with Peter Cushing.  I just never cared for the Phibes stories or Theater of Blood.  My wife loves Theater of Blood and has shown it to her students at FSU.

Cheers,

Eric



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 10, 2007, 01:55:52 PM
Do get the Universal Box set!! It's a awesome set.  Night Creatures is a revelation!  Paranoiac's plot remids me of "Deep Red" another masterpiece from Italy...Man with no DAME get Deep Red on top of The Hammer Collection.

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 01:56:11 PM
I forgot this was a Brit Horror thread as I think I also mentioned Dunwich Horror...my bad :oc  Anways,  I meant to say get all the Corman AIP films the are great UK or otherwise. 

My favorite Price films are the Corman films and the Gordon Hessler AIP's with Vincent. The Reeves film too. Madhouse is good with Peter Cushing.  I just never cared for the Phibes stories or Theater of Blood.  My wife loves Theater of Blood and has shown it to her students at FSU.

Cheers,

Eric


only thing I don't like about Dunwich is it has Ed Begley in it. He has to be the lousiest villain of all time.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 02:19:01 PM
I felt that way about Christopher Lloyd in STAR TREK 3: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 02:21:03 PM
I felt that way about Christopher Lloyd in STAR TREK 3: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK.
Yea, a stoner from Taxi doesn't exactly instill fear into anyone! ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 10, 2007, 02:23:01 PM
That and his character from BACK TO THE FUTURE. He made a good go at being rather sadistic in that one but I couldn't get "the Flux Capacitor" out of my head everytime he was on screen.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 02:28:20 PM
About the only thing he did I thought was cute was Uncle Fenster!


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 10, 2007, 02:53:47 PM
only thing I don't like about Dunwich is it has Ed Begley in it. He has to be the lousiest villain of all time.

Ed Begley is the college professor in Dunwich and is a really good guy.  You must be thinking of Dean Stockwell who is just plain weird but I think it works ok.  The story is so strong along with the music that I can dig it.


Cheers,

Eric



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 02:58:28 PM

Ed Begley is the college professor in Dunwich and is a really good guy.  You must be thinking of Dean Stockwell who is just plain weird but I think it works ok.  The story is so strong along with the music that I can dig it.


Cheers,

Eric


No, I know he's not the villain. I just don't like him in anything, period. Stockwell, on the other hand, I like. Did you ever see Wild in the Streets?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 10, 2007, 03:02:32 PM
No, I know he's not the villain. I just don't like him in anything, period. Stockwell, on the other hand, I like. Did you ever see Wild in the Streets?

Got it...love it...I think it is a fantastic critic of the hipsters of the era.  The songs are freaking amazing!!  Great acting...

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 03:06:54 PM
Got it...love it...I think it is a fantastic critic of the hipsters of the era.  The songs are freaking amazing!!  Great acting...

Cheers,

Eric
  Yea, it is good. Begley gets it in the a** in that one. Shelley Winters too. Whatever happened to Chris Jones. He made 3 in the Attic and I never saw him again.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 10, 2007, 04:21:48 PM
  Yea, it is good. Begley gets it in the a** in that one. Shelley Winters too. Whatever happened to Chris Jones. He made 3 in the Attic and I never saw him again.

He is in LA and is painter/broke and is still good looking.  A real talent gone to waste.  Ryans Daughter and one other I cannot remember that he was in.

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 10, 2007, 04:31:02 PM
He is in LA and is painter/broke and is still good looking.  A real talent gone to waste.  Ryans Daughter and one other I cannot remember that he was in.

Eric
I forgot he was in Ryan's Daughter. Wild in the Streets was a great premise. Every one over 30 goes to concentration camps. Then Jones realizes he's getting older. lol I saw that when it first came out. You ever see Blue Sunshine?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 10, 2007, 07:40:56 PM
Quote
ou ever see Blue Sunshine?



Listen you better believe it ;)  I loved it.  That was something else.  How about the "The Ringer" the 10min short that the director did in 73?  Holy S*#t that was so freaking ahead of it's time.  It's on the DVD release as an extra feature...Talk about a on the money critic of the herd mentality of people.  Hat's off to him!!!!!!!!!!

BTW you have started more off topic threads than I can keep up with :o...is everything ok down in Miami?  Do you need a little R&R... with a healthy Gin & tonic and "Cockfighter" playing on the Hi-Definiton O0

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 11, 2007, 06:16:44 AM
I'm torn between the two PHIBES and THEATER OF BLOOD. I love so many I can't pick a fave. If it was by how many times I had seen one it would be THEATER OF BLOOD.
I think THEATRE OF BLOOD pips it with the superior Vincent Price performance and stronger British cast,though possibly the murders in PHIBES were more adventurous.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 11, 2007, 06:19:23 AM
You are correct. Been awhile since I saw any Hammers. Always liked Curse of the Werewolf with Ollie Reed. Sad that he passed away. Liked him in the Ken Russell flicks, 'specially The Devils.
I taped THE DEVILS a few years ago but never got round to rewatching it.I found it a bit OTT and self indulgent,but we are talking about a Ken Russell film i suppose.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 11, 2007, 06:21:57 AM
and the Gordon Hessler AIP's with Vincent. The Reeves film too.

Which movies are you referring to Eric?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Mcbain on June 11, 2007, 07:04:35 AM
Cry of the Banshee, Oblong Box, the latter is the strongest one.

Cheers,

Eric


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 12, 2007, 05:29:11 PM
Cry of the Banshee, Oblong Box, the latter is the strongest one.

Cheers,

Eric
Yes i've got OBLONG BOX but not CRY OF THE BANSHEE .

I picked up a Vincent Price biography from my local library today THE ART OF FEAR and it looks a terrific read with some great stills. :)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 12, 2007, 08:49:11 PM
I taped THE DEVILS a few years ago but never got round to rewatching it.I found it a bit OTT and self indulgent,but we are talking about a Ken Russell film i suppose.
  Ken Russell's style was not to all tastes, but if you enjoy a visual vomiting of garish imagery, there was no one better. Crimes of Passion and Lisztomania are good for that.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 14, 2007, 05:08:48 PM
I've only seen TOMMY(on British tv only about a week ago,a wonderful movie O0) and THE DEVILS.
Did Russell do WOMEN IN LOVE too which i've seen parts of and i don't just mean the Ollie Reed versus Alan Bates wrestling scene?  ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 14, 2007, 05:19:24 PM
I've only seen TOMMY(on British tv only about a week ago,a wonderful movie O0) and THE DEVILS.
Did Russell do WOMEN IN LOVE too which i've seen parts of and i don't just mean the Ollie Reed versus Alan Bates wrestling scene?  ;D
Yes, and a sequel in the 80's. It's also known for Glenda Jackson's luxuriant armpit hair, an equally unnerving scene.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 14, 2007, 05:22:40 PM
Glenda Jackson's luxuriant armpit hair
Germans find this sexy apparently.Wonder if thats why her political career never took off. ;D



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 14, 2007, 05:25:56 PM
Reminds me of a song, Lazin' in the grass, can you dig it.........lol


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on June 14, 2007, 06:49:05 PM
Wonder if thats why her political career never took off. ;D

As she has been an MP for Hampstead & Highgate for ten years this isn't the case.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 14, 2007, 06:53:23 PM
As she has been an MP for Hampstead & Highgate for ten years this isn't the case.
  Why don't you Brits clue us Yanks in, as to what is going on with Ms. Jackson and a political career. I was not aware of this, myself.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 15, 2007, 06:14:39 AM
As she has been an MP for Hampstead & Highgate for ten years this isn't the case.
:-[ :-[ :-[

I must've been thinking about another famous celeb who changed (or tried to) career,Sebastian Coe or should i say Lord Coe-stupid pompous title!! ;D


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Man with no dame on June 15, 2007, 04:33:01 PM
It must be a British State Secret! 8)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on June 15, 2007, 04:43:48 PM
or should i say Lord Coe-stupid pompous title!! ;D

He's currently running the 2012 London Olympic committee. Frankly I don't want to think of his armpit hair...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 16, 2007, 03:46:18 PM
If Lord(huh!) Coe was worth his salt he would've done something about that awful  Olympic logo,not that i really care about the Games.Now a Football World Cup in the UK would be something to get excited about!



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 17, 2007, 11:15:56 AM
Back on topic now,in the UK LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE(1973) is showing on BBC2 at 1:50am tonight.I have t on dvd and its an ok horror ,good on effects,about 4 reaserchers who agree to spend a week in,and solve the history of a haunted house.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 18, 2007, 03:51:42 PM
Here's great news for both brit horror and exploitation fans alike...

Some of this news is a couple weeks old...

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=4494


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 18, 2007, 04:23:30 PM
Some sad news...

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=4492


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on April 07, 2009, 03:07:13 PM
The Scars of Dracula - 7\10. I saw this when released. I perfectly remembered the girl's beautiful naked buttocks and the way Dracula was disposed. Pretty poor production values, goofy plot turns but fast rhythm , beautiful (BEAUTIFUL!) girls (three at least) and some thrilling moments. I admit that the very reason Lee's Draculas are my favourite horror movies with Corman's Poe's is the girls tits.   


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 07, 2009, 03:11:31 PM
The Scars of Dracula - 7\10. I saw this when released. I perfectly remembered the girl's beautiful naked buttocks and the way Dracula was disposed. Pretty poor production values, goofy plot turns but fast rhythm , beautiful (BEAUTIFUL!) girls (three at least) and some thrilling moments. I admit that the very reason Lee's Draculas are my favourite horror movies with Corman's Poe's is the girls tits.   

This is a favorite of mine mainly because Lee gets more dialog than nearly all his other Drac films combined and the violence is cranked up considerably as well as several novel ideas not seen in any of the other films. It was one of the first I saw on video tape as previously, I only ever saw Hammer movies on Saturday afternoons or late at night on Shock Theater. Jenny Hanley was quite beautiful in addition to the others.

People complain about it ignoring the previous movie, but this was nothing new and it works just fine as a stand alone film. On Lee's commentary track on the AB DVD, he seems to have warmed up to this one now.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on July 13, 2009, 05:57:04 PM
I've just watched The Wicker Man (the original one, of course) and maybe it should not be included in this thread as it is not just a horror movie. I haven't seen the director's cut on the second disc but for my taste I think a trimming in the last scenes (I think Lee and Woodward are blathering too much) would have benefited the movie. Still it is a fascinating movie though, knowing who wrote it, you can easily guess how the plot it's gonna turn. 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on September 02, 2009, 10:05:44 AM
(The original) The Wicker Man is simply great, the slow building of the tension is so well-written and balanced... Though I don't really understand why most people consider it to be a horror; until that last scene it functions as a pretty innocuous crime story.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on September 03, 2009, 03:45:43 AM
I've just watched The Wicker Man (the original one, of course) and maybe it should not be included in this thread as it is not just a horror movie. I haven't seen the director's cut on the second disc but for my taste I think a trimming in the last scenes (I think Lee and Woodward are blathering too much) would have benefited the movie. Still it is a fascinating movie though, knowing who wrote it, you can easily guess how the plot it's gonna turn. 

Strongly recommend you watch the directors cut Titoli as the theatrical version is severely butchered,it's played out over one day instead of two, with the sequence of some scenes shamefully juggled around. :(




Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Big Boss 1971 on September 21, 2009, 09:59:24 PM
Kinda feel sad for Klove in Scars of Dracula , the sub plot of the woman he cannot have cuz he's a poor working man/slob and she will never accept him  :(

The death scene was EPIC and kicked a**  8) O0 >:D

Dracula PoD is another fav of the Draculas ;)

Any good Pleasence horrors beside Halloween films ?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on November 17, 2009, 01:20:52 PM
The Devil Rides Out - 8\10. I'm not an expert, but I'd be greatly surprised if I discovered that a faster paced movie was ever produced at Hammer. This gives no respite from beginning to end. An anthology sequence at least (the four peoeple in the circle: easily can stand aside The Exorcist's final battle), plus something more sedate (the orgy suffer from the censorship of the time, unless some more risqué shot was made for foreign markets, uh Banjo?). I doubt there's anybody here who likes the more lurid pulp fiction from the '30's, but this it's pefect movie equivalent.  Anyway it enters in my top 20 best ever.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on November 17, 2009, 01:43:55 PM
The Devil Rides Out - 8\10. I'm not an expert, but I'd be greatly surprised if I discovered that a faster paced movie was ever produced at Hammer. This gives no respite from beginning to end. An anthology sequence at least (the four peoeple in the circle: easily can stand aside The Exorcist's final battle), plus something more sedate (the orgy suffer from the censorship of the time, unless some more risqué shot was made for foreign markets, uh Banjo?). I doubt there's anybody here who likes the more lurid pulp fiction from the '30's, but this it's pefect movie equivalent.  Anyway it enters in my top 20 best ever.

Saw this once years ago but I remember it was great! O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on November 18, 2009, 05:01:55 AM
the orgy suffer from the censorship of the time, unless some more risqué shot was made for foreign markets, uh Banjo?

I haven't watched this in ages but yeah very likely as this was happening with several British movies during that time.Fairly recently i picked up the Hammer 20 dvd box set which includes this film so it's about time i gave it another look as it's definitely one of the studio's very best efforts.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on November 20, 2009, 03:31:19 PM
Vampire Circus (1971) - A Hammer lesser effort. Weak plot, small production values, no names among the actors, some good female nude. 4\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on November 23, 2009, 08:39:34 AM
Shame about all the body paint on the nudes though! :(

I agree,4/10 is about right for this movie.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on November 23, 2009, 10:54:54 AM
Shame about all the body paint on the nudes though! :(

I agree,4/10 is about right for this movie.

The body paint was only on the dancer (a shame, for sure), the other two nudes were unpolluted.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on November 23, 2009, 05:37:16 PM
The Vampire Lovers (1970) - Good contender for best vampire movie ever made. 9\10 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on November 24, 2009, 02:15:44 AM
Nothing But The Night (1972) Less said about it the better. 2\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on November 24, 2009, 05:10:26 AM
Yes i love that Hammer Camilla trilogy of films with TWINS OF EVIL possibly being even better than VAMPIRE LOVERS. I picked up the American double feature of VAMPIRE LOVERS/COUNTESS DRACULA which includes i believe the uncut version of VAMPIRE LOVERS involving a previously lost Ingrid Pitt nude scene! :D

Yes NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT could've been much better.It's got a great cast and at least a promising plot ,i like this a bit more so i'd rate this 6 out of 10.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on November 24, 2009, 07:19:29 AM
Yes i love that Hammer Camilla trilogy of films with TWINS OF EVIL possibly being even better than VAMPIRE LOVERS. I picked up the American double feature of VAMPIRE LOVERS/COUNTESS DRACULA which includes i believe the uncut version of VAMPIRE LOVERS involving a previously lost Ingrid Pitt nude scene! :D

Yes NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT could've been much better.It's got a great cast and at least a promising plot ,i like this a bit more so i'd rate this 6 out of 10.

I think I have the uncut release, with the Pitt, Baker and screenplayer comment; the great extras and so on. But the prettiest of the lot (Dawn Addams) doesn't undress. :'( I'll check Twins of Evil today.   

About Nothing, it put me to sleep: too verbose, going around in circles about the plot; the production values very low (the hospital resembles a bed and breakfast); the Lee and Cushing characters are not well defined. It could have been a good movie (the girl is good at her part) and the direction of Sasdy is brilliant; the main element of the plot sufficiently interesting) . That adds to the regret of what might have been and justifies my low rating.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on November 24, 2009, 01:30:44 PM
Twins of Evil - I disagree with Banjo on this: it takes it an hour to establish the dramatic hinge (a good sister and a bad one) and makes little of it. I give it 5\10.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on November 24, 2009, 01:43:47 PM
I, like many other fans, am of the opinion that TWINS OF EVIL is the best of the Karnstein trilogy. Regardless of how long it takes, there are so many other aspects of the story that add up to one of the best and most atmospheric from the company during a time when they were struggling to stay afloat. The US MGM disc (and VHS) of VAMPIRE LOVERS is the complete version. The old Embassy tape was the seriously cut version. I don't know about any of the Brit releases.

Also, VAMPIRE CIRCUS is a rousing movie and certainly one of the best of Hammer's 1970's output. None of their other vampire movies had the action that this film has. The vampires here did a lot more than just stand there and strangle people or toss crowbars at them. Because the film went drastically over schedule kept it from being completed resulting in the patchy nature of parts of the movie. Both of these titles are two of my favorites and get revisited quite frequently. Below is a list of what I think are the 20 best from the company and the 11 worst....

http://www.coolasscinema.com/search/label/Hammer%20Horror%2020%20Best

http://www.coolasscinema.com/search/label/Hammer%20Horror%2011%20Worst


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on November 25, 2009, 06:47:53 PM
Great lists there AC (i've already commented on your site about the individual Hammer titles). O0

Whilst we're on the subject a couple of posts back did you get round to viewing that NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT dvd that (i think) i sent to you?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on November 26, 2009, 05:44:05 AM
Great lists there AC (i've already commented on your site about the individual Hammer titles). O0

Whilst we're on the subject a couple of posts back did you get round to viewing that NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT dvd that (i think) i sent to you?

Yes, you sent me one, but I had already copied it off of digital cable in wide format. I didn't watch it from start to finish but it reminded me of THE WICKER MAN. It was rather boring save for the last 10 or 15 minutes.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: cigar joe on November 26, 2009, 06:50:31 AM
Was in Barnes & Nobel yesterday and looked through this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/1848562292/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on November 26, 2009, 02:09:37 PM
Was in Barnes & Nobel yesterday and looked through this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/1848562292/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

That's a very nice book. I reviewed it recently at my site including another great Hammer tome recently out entitled HAMMER FILMS: A LIFE IN PICTURES--The Visual Story of Hammer Films. The latter is by Wayne Kinsey, the author of both exhaustively informative HAMMER: THE BRAY YEARS and HAMMER: THE ELSTREE YEARS.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on December 07, 2009, 12:48:32 PM
The Monster Club (1979) - Brilliant in the connecting thread featuring Price (and Carradine) (but I could do without the rock songs), it is nil in the first and second episode, and average in the final one. To be seen once and forget. 6\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on December 08, 2009, 01:40:08 PM
The Monster Club (1979) - Brilliant in the connecting thread featuring Price (and Carradine) (but I could do without the rock songs), it is nil in the first and second episode, and average in the final one. To be seen once and forget. 6\10

This was an awful movie. For me the only episode of any substance and Gothic appeal was the one starring Stuart Whitman about the ghouls.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on December 08, 2009, 02:24:29 PM
I forgot to mention the only part for which this is famous : the "integral"strip-tease.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: sargatanas on April 04, 2010, 05:48:59 PM
Cris lee's mummy '59. a classic.  the theater owner had guy outside giving away packets
of mummy dust to ticket buyers on the outside to attract incoming audiences.
sooner or later you knew you'd need sleep. that's when either the woman would
faint or the mummy would get you.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INdzg9sUQpc
~~~~~
killer list amigo


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on June 16, 2010, 06:55:02 PM
Was rather ridiculously over excited to see you can spot the top of the street where I work in the 1961 British sci-fi classic, THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE in a couple of shots, and I snapped some comparasions on Saturday, though I can't replicate the widescreen processs I'm afraid.
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St Brides Avenue
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Bride Lane, where the theatre I work in sits, can be glimpsed at the end of this little Avenue. I've spoke to a few Fleet Street veterans who have all said there was no real "Harry's" bar. The tat filled pub which appears in the film was purely fictional. There is however a real (and very ancient) pub at the end of the lane called The Old Bell.
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Harry's
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Harry's today

The building is now unrecognisable, the back end of a closed down Deli.

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Another view of St Brides Avenue
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St Brides Avenue today

In one scene the two leads, Edward Judd and Leo McKern walk out of St Brides Avenue onto Fleet Street.
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They pause just outside the gates of St Brides church, known as "The Printer's Cathedral".

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At the time of filming this was a newspaper office, today it is another closed down business. Until recently it was a rather pricey tailors.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/PDVD_007-2.jpg)
And on to Fleet Street
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Daily Express
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There's a fair few shots set up just outside the the Daily Express building, then a working newspaper, today one of the offices of bankers Goldman Sachs (the film features sepia as well as black and white cinematography).

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The leads are joined by Janet Munro

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It opens and closes with the same apocalyptic shot of Fleet Street looking east.

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Obviously I was unable to replicate the sense of sweltering weather as I was shooting these on a British summer's day. However while snapping I was surprised to suddenly find what seemed like thousands of naked people cycling past.

(http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/5481/any005864x648.jpg) (http://img338.imageshack.us/i/any005864x648.jpg/)

I asked two very beautiful girls on a tandem who stopped beside me (sadly no picture) what it was for. Apparently to stop the traffic in London.

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/5333/bikes2768x559.jpg) (http://img163.imageshack.us/i/bikes2768x559.jpg/)

London never fails to surprise, on fire or not.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on June 30, 2010, 10:59:55 AM

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

I have only one (true) objection: the Devil. When you start meddling with him the spectator expects nothing short of a grandiose, bombastic, special element-ridden finish - which this movie unfortunately doesn't offer. (At least in my case. I apologize if I said this like a million times already.) Other than that it's really tense and interesting from start to finish, very well made from the economic side too. I mean you gotta love those fake wings on the ''Angel of Death''. Glad to see we finally found out what happened to Hamonica after OUATITW, it's just too bad the Duc was too much for him.


7.8/10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on June 30, 2010, 01:55:45 PM

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

As I understand this was originally a mini-series, you do sometimes get the feeling something's not quite right. It's also a great pity this often gets too nerdy, otherwise, if observed through the spectacles of thinking and genuine ideas it has to offer, this is SF/Horror at its best. Bursting with ideas, one after another, the original Star Trek doesn't even compare. Various parts remind of later SF/H classics (Alien, The Thing, etc.).


7.3/10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on June 30, 2010, 05:57:18 PM
Both brilliant horror films and easily among Hammers best.If one can deal with the now dodgy special effects i'd happily rate both 9 out of 10. O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Jill on July 04, 2010, 10:23:42 AM
I'd love to watch the Christopher Lee Dracula movies, but where to begin? And how many are there?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on July 04, 2010, 10:55:06 AM
DRACULA(Horror Of Dracula) (1957)
DRACULA-PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965)
DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE(1968)
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA(1969)
SCARS OF DRACULA(1970)
DRACULA AD 1972 (1971)
THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA(Count Dracula And His Vampiric Bride)(1972)

The first Dracula and perhaps the second are generally regarded as Hammer classics.The quality does drop somewhat as the series progresses with the last two set in the modern day but they are all highly entertaining.I'd watch them in order as each successive film usually begins with a recap of how Dracula died in the previous film.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on July 28, 2010, 05:01:16 PM
Dracula 1972 A.D. I liked this: it has a very tight pace, a very good Black Mass scene and Christopher Neame steals the scene from both Lee and Cushing. I would have liked more London natural scenery and the interiors, though in gorgeous colours, look too much like the sets they are. But still a good entry in the Lee canon. The electronic score (first in a Dracula?) is mediocre and the rock group sucks. 7\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on July 30, 2010, 01:41:59 PM
Quote from: Banjo link=topic=26

I'd watch them in order as each successive film usually begins with a recap of how Dracula died in the previous film.

Not in the case of Dracula 1972 A.D. Dracula dies in the prologue by a wheel spoke in his heart after a fight with Cushing-Van Helsing. In Scars of Dracula he had died after having served as a lighting-rod. And Cushing wasn't even there for the ride.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on July 30, 2010, 01:45:58 PM
The Blood Beast Terror (1968) Hey Banjo, is this the worst horror movie ever produced over there? I give it 2\10 only because of Cushing.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on July 31, 2010, 11:18:27 AM
Witchfinder General (1968) Maybe a bit too long in the revenge part, but good in the first one. A comparison with The Bloody Judge demonstrates the professionalism behind these productions compared to some continental ventures, probably even richer as to productive means. 7\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 01, 2010, 10:24:32 AM
Dr. Terror's House of Horror (1964) Best episodes horror movie ever? 8\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on August 02, 2010, 05:52:48 PM
Dr. Terror's House of Horror (1964) Best episodes horror movie ever? 8\10

I didn't warm to this one too much. The last story was my favorite. THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD is my fave Amicus anthology.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on August 02, 2010, 05:57:46 PM
I'd love to watch the Christopher Lee Dracula movies, but where to begin? And how many are there?

DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE was the biggest moneymaker of the series and quite a good entry with some cool elements in it. SCARS is a fave of mine simply because of the increased violence and gore, Lee gets more dialog than ever, the film is the only stand alone entry and there's some elements of Stoker's novel in there. It's cheap, but definitely has merit.

Lee actually played the character in at least two more non Hammer movies. One was for Jess Franco and the other was called DRACULA & SON.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on August 02, 2010, 06:07:07 PM
Dracula 1972 A.D. I liked this: it has a very tight pace, a very good Black Mass scene and Christopher Neame steals the scene from both Lee and Cushing. I would have liked more London natural scenery and the interiors, though in gorgeous colours, look too much like the sets they are. But still a good entry in the Lee canon. The electronic score (first in a Dracula?) is mediocre and the rock group sucks. 7\10

Neame was really good I thought. The musical score was good, imo and I loved the opening and ending sequences between Drac and Van Helsing. Warner Brothers originally wanted Rod Stewart and his band The Faces instead of the band, Stoneground, but they were unavailable to appear in the film. I like the movie, but it's a missed opportunity. After COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE was a massive success for AIP, it only seemed natural to transplant Dracula into a modern setting, but then Hammer did very little with him aside from confining him to a dilapidated Church, focusing more attention on Neame's character.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on August 02, 2010, 06:09:36 PM
Witchfinder General (1968) Maybe a bit too long in the revenge part, but good in the first one. A comparison with The Bloody Judge demonstrates the professionalism behind these productions compared to some continental ventures, probably even richer as to productive means. 7\10

Excellent movie in my opinion. Fully deserving of its classic status. Begat a series of similar movies including BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, CRY OF THE BANSHEE (with Price again), MARK OF THE DEVIL (Edmond Purdom and Udo Kier) 1 and 2


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 05, 2010, 02:26:40 PM
The Quatermass Trilogy :

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I knew this only because 20 years ago I had read the dialogues, published in book form (and which are strangely available in pdf. in the dvd's). This is one of the rare cases where a series gets better with each new episode, also thanx to bigger budgets and technical resources. I give 6 to the first movie, 7 to the second and a 8 (but I could give even more, maybe) to Q. and the Pit, which demonstates that old technical spcial effects are much more effective than the computer generated ones (of course King Kong is always there to remind us of it).  A pity Donlevy wasn't available for the final episode as his substitute isn't up to the task.   


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 06, 2010, 04:13:19 PM
Blood of the Vampire (1958) Reading the review of the booklet included in the italian dvd release you'd think that this must be movie history. Actually this is a good screenplay not well tranferred into images. The sets are not garish like those of Hammer (or Amicus) and even the photography doesn't help. Still it is a very good variation on the vampire theme. The italian dvd release

(http://film-dvd.dvd.it/locandine/media/il-sangue-del-vampiro-982450.jpg)


includes a couple of minutes of gorish and well sexy (?) scenes cut from the british and american theatrical releases. 7\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on August 07, 2010, 09:06:24 AM
Fans of Brit horror may like, no, WILL like a copy of Midnight Marquee's forthcoming tome, THE SHRIEKING SIXTIES, an attampt to catalogue every British horror and fantasy film of that decade in the 20th Century.

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It even has a few contributions from me. So if you want to read my thoughts on KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, BRIDES OF DRACULA, CIRCUS OF HORRORS, REPULSION, PEEPING TOM or even PREHISTORIC WOMEN (AKA: SLAVE GIRLS) you'll know where to look. Apparently it has gone to press, but copies aren't available yet.

http://www.midmar.com/

The book has received a limited UK edition print but almost all of these have been snapped up already with no re-print planned.

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Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 07, 2010, 09:36:29 AM
Frankenstein Created Woman (1966) A prmising start, but then it becomes too predictable and uninventive. The blonde girl though makes the rate go higher. 7\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 07, 2010, 09:39:59 AM
The Oblong Box (1969) Looks older, actually. Another promising start wasted with not inventive plot development. The monster it isn't so much such: I see worse in daily life. 6\10   


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on August 20, 2010, 03:31:25 PM
So now you can buy the book I contributed to!:

http://www.amazon.com/Shrieking-Sixties-British-Horror-Films/dp/1936168065/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282331373&sr=1-1

and I won't charge for a signing.

Some random strangers I've never met on a forum I'd never heard of previously seem to like it already:

http://avmaniacs.com/forums/showthread.php?p=831715


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: cigar joe on August 20, 2010, 04:08:32 PM
well done Juan!  O0 O0 O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 25, 2010, 08:33:08 AM
The Skull (1965) Were it not that this is a Lee-Cushing collaboration I'd give it a 4-5/10 at best. Uninventive plot, scenes diluted to the maximum and with no suspense at all. Boring. 6\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on September 13, 2010, 05:18:17 AM
Dracula Prince of Darkness (1965) One of the best in the Lee canon. All played on suspense, with great performances by Matthews (this actor was quite famous in Italy in the early 70's thanx to his performances in a couple of Francis Durbridge misteries adaptations) and the rest of the actors. Barbara Shelley is extremely sexy. 8\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 12, 2010, 01:43:04 PM
Circus of Horrors (1960)  I don't think this belong in this thread, in spite of the title. But wherever it belongs to it sucks. the plot is so moronic (a plastic surgeon who is able to make in a few hours circus stars out of his patients. And in simple lines like lion taming or the likes) that it is almost funny. Add to that the fights with gorillas and bears (all played in costumes) and I give it 2\10 only because some buxomy lady salvages from total failure and because I hope that a more explicit nude version must have been made at the time for foreign markets.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on October 12, 2010, 05:02:44 PM
Circus of Horrors (1960)  I don't think this belong in this thread, in spite of the title. But wherever it belongs to it sucks.

COH is stupid, but it rocks! Sadly no extra "continental" material was filmed. Some spoilers ahead...

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Anton Diffring plays a completely focused (i.e. crazy) plastic surgeon, who's hands can seemingly perform miracles. Some times. Fleeing a badly botched operation in England which drove his patient insane, he and his side kicks Kenneth Griffith and Jane Hylton (playing a hapless brother and sister) end up in France, having changed their identities. Indeed Diffring claims to have a whole new face constructed by his protégé Griffiths, which seems to have involved shaving off his beard and most of his eyebrows. Remarkable surgery!

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Diffring "before" and "after". What a transformation

Accidentally meeting a child disfigured in the war (the film begins in 1947), who's father Donald Pleasence owns a run down circus, Diffring instantly concocts a cunning plan. He'll make the little girl beautiful, buy the circus, staff it with disfigured murderers, prostitutes and other ner-do-wells, cure them through his experiments, blackmail them into staying with his circus after they have learned complex acrobatic and animal training skills, travel Europe with his successful show and then... via all this, triumphantly re-enter the legitimate world of medicine.
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No, it made no sense to me either, and poor Donald Pleasence isn't around long enough to see it happen - he is almost instantly killed by a bear after drunkenly trying to dance with it, celebrating his daughter's beautification. Diffring shows his true villain colours, by standing by and cruelly watching as Pleasence rolls around on the ground with a motionless stuffed bruin plonked on top of him. See those moths fly! Cut to "Ten years later" in Berlin, and his "Circus Shueler" is seemingly Europe's biggest attraction, though it also has a reputation as the “jinx circus” as so many of it's lovely young performers are killed in bizarre accidents. And what a collection of beauties Diffring has created. One of the film's chief pleasures is the amount of buxom flesh on display. Yvonne Monlaur (who also graced THE BRIDES OF DRACULA), Vanda Hudson and the incomparable Yvonne Romain (of CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF fame) all look magnificent, and the whole thing has a risqué feel surprising given that this was a British film made in the late 1950's.

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Jeezus!

Another novelty is the extreme gore as various members of the cast meet grizzly ends, in blood gushing colour, at a time when colour in itself was still a box office draw, in the UK at least.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/coh5.jpg)
As such the film's real star is Douglas Slocombe, who's sumptuous cinematography still looks vibrant, intense and almost lurid, with it's saturated palate of rich primary reds, greens and blues, combined with powerful framing (Slocombe also shot DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, THE SERVANT, THE MUSIC LOVERS, THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA etc. and ended his career on the Indiana Jones films). It's a fabulous picture to look at from start to finish.
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Where it does drag a bit for me are the seemingly endless circus acts. We see horses, elephants, chimps and lions all making Buzby Berkley type formations, which were entertaining back in the 50's and 60's, but are very dated and yawnsome to watch today (never mind the contemporary animal welfare issues). And there are A LOT of these scenes, as well as having to sit through Erika Remberg's entire aerial act three times, with it's truly horrible accompanying Tony Hatch “pop” song, LOOK FOR A STAR.

Some may ask “is it a horror film?” It certainly has gore, and the plastic surgery and madness theme in international horror has enjoyed a long shelf life. If you look at the movie more closely,  Diffring is compared to Frankenstein and even God, performing not just surgery, but creating new beings of unnatural loveliness. The first exhibit the undercover policeman investigates when the circus arrives in Britain is a tableaux of “Adam and Eve”, and he later comments on the remarkable beauty of the carnival performers built by Diffring's knife. All solid genre worry warts.

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Yvonne Romain, a dead heat in a Zeppelin race

CIRCUS OF HORRORS is still an enjoyable picture, particularly for it's dazzling surface. It would be rare that a cinematographer at Hammer could wring out quite such a range of tones from the same Eastmancolour film stock as Slocombe does here, and it's performers all dive into it with a relish again lacking in too much contemporaneous Hammer productions, thank's in part to Scottish born Sidney Hayers' efficient direction. However, the plot's utterly absurd premise and over-exposure of Billy Smart's Circus acts remain caveats. A real curiosity. Look out too for an uncredited Kenny Baker (R2D2) and Kenneth Griffiths's fellow THE PRISONER star Peter Swanwick, who played the creepy Supervisor.

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More of Diffring's hidious creations


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on October 13, 2010, 07:02:16 AM
Thanks for posting that Juan Miranda.I also enjoyed this movie when it was shown on BBC2 a few years ago. O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 13, 2010, 01:16:45 PM
Sadly no extra "continental" material was filmed.

100% sure?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Juan Miranda on October 13, 2010, 05:16:31 PM
100% sure?

Wish I was wrong, but yes, 100%.  :-[


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 13, 2010, 06:03:30 PM
Wish I was wrong, but yes, 100%.  :-[

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/Tarkyhitch/coh1.jpg)


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on October 13, 2010, 06:06:36 PM
CITY OF THE DEAD from 1959/1960 should be on your 'to watch' list, Titoli if you haven't already seen it. It oozes a great amount of atmosphere. Christopher Lee is in it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 13, 2010, 06:32:49 PM
CITY OF THE DEAD from 1959/1960 should be on your 'to watch' list, Titoli if you haven't already seen it. It oozes a great amount of atmosphere. Christopher Lee is in it.

Actually I had a copy of it which went lost with the content of a HD last month before I coukld watch it.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on October 13, 2010, 06:40:13 PM
Actually I had a copy of it which went lost with the content of a HD last month before I coukld watch it.

There's another really good British horror movie that recently came out on Italian DVD called BURN, WITCH, BURN. I haven't bought that disc yet, but it was supposed to come out here and never did as part of MGMs Midnite Movies.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 13, 2010, 08:47:15 PM
There's another really good British horror movie that recently came out on Italian DVD called BURN, WITCH, BURN. I haven't bought that disc yet, but it was supposed to come out here and never did as part of MGMs Midnite Movies.

The director being the same I presume this is as crappy as circus of horrors?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on October 13, 2010, 09:06:32 PM
The director being the same I presume this is as crappy as circus of horrors?

I happen to quite like CIRCUS OF HORRORS, but NIGHT OF THE EAGLE aka BURN, WITCH, BURN! is a far more serious movie and a totally different style of horror film more in the vein of NIGHT OF THE DEMON from 1957.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 13, 2010, 09:11:50 PM
OK, I trust you on this. I'll buy it next sunday. A birthday present. :'(


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Arizona Colt on October 13, 2010, 09:22:25 PM
OK, I trust you on this. I'll buy it next sunday. A birthday present. :'(

If you don't like it, I will buy your copy off of you then. BURN, WITCH, BURN I mean. O0


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 14, 2010, 09:38:11 AM
I saw The Day the Earth Caught Fire today. I sdon't know why Miranda posted his pics in this thread, but since he did I'll post my mini-review here too.
A bit too long, expecially in the love story and newsroom parts, not helped by the lead Judd, it thrives on the special effects scenes, very remarkable (a great help is given by the b&w hpotography, though). I give it 7\10.
Strangely a foreign version scene with a Munro double washing her hair topless was shot by the producers or the foreign distributors (pictures of it can be watched in the extras of the dvd) which leads me to the hypothesis that same treatment may have been reserved to Circus of Horrors.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 17, 2010, 04:21:30 PM
Night of the Eagle - Burn Witch Burn (1962) Being an American International production, this shouldn't belong here. But as people more competent than me here at the forum say it should, I post my minireview in this thread. This could have been a much better movie with a better male lead and a much better director. As it is, you better stick to Leiber's literary source. It has a couple of scenes (the truck incident made jump on my seat, though I expected it) and the eagle chase worth watching. But for the rest it is quite dull though the literary source (adapted by Matheson and Beaumont) should have provided much more excitement and suspense. I think some contemporary telefilm of Alfred Hitchcock Presents or Twilight Zone series were better directed. A pity. 6\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on December 09, 2010, 01:26:01 AM
THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA

From what I gather this is universally derided but I enjoyed it.
I've enjoyed both the modern day Drac films (the other being the previous Dracula A.D. 1972) and in some ways more than the period pictures.

The last two entries have two great strengths that are missing from the previous sequels (those that I've seen)...

1. Peter Cushing

2. Peter Cushing's rivarly with Dracula

I think both Chris Lee and Cushing get more screen time together in Satanic than they do A.D. so I'm leaning more towards the former on which is the better of the two.
Also, Dracula's death seems a bit more creative than in most other entries.

There is one problem... the plot.
Dracula is contructing a bio-chemical explosive that can wipe out humanity?
Too Bond villainish for my liking but props for creativity and I like the idea that he plans to kill himself in the process.

Just fun all around I thought.

7/10

What happened to AC's (or was it Banjo's?) HAMMER thread?
Somebody bump that up as the search engine won't find it for me.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on December 09, 2010, 02:54:34 AM
What happened to AC's (or was it Banjo's?) HAMMER thread?
Somebody bump that up as the search engine won't find it for me.

Merged.

It can be found in the Movie Index, at the bottom. Just add the title of the movie to your post.



Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 18, 2011, 09:14:29 PM
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1972)  I mean, a vampire hunter in XVIII century England named Kronos? Evidently a last-ditch attempt to keep the genre alive at least according to the ingredients of Hammer's formula. It's not memorable but it doesn't suck either: some of the Hammer trademarks (beautiful colours, great sets, beautiful girls- alas, no nudes) are still there. There's also a scene about the attempts to kill a vampire which is good. 6\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 18, 2011, 11:10:13 PM
The Plague of the Zombies (1966)Very good  with some nice twist in the genre rules. I don't know if this is the first where the zombies have a whitenend face and a rather victims: but Romero wasn't the first one there.   7\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 19, 2011, 01:39:42 AM
Merged.




Well not good because now people won't know what movie I'am talking about.

I'll fix that.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 19, 2011, 10:47:24 AM
The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) This is rated unanimously as one of Hammer's best efforts. I disagree because, in spite of a great opning sequence, great sets, great photography and beautiful girls, here is absent the main ingredient of horror (and especially vampire) movies: suspense. So It's 6\10. 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 20, 2011, 11:44:59 PM
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974) Actually it was made in 1972, according to what I read at IMDB. But the fact that it had to wait 2 years for distribution tells it all: it sucks. Especially the monster is ridiculous: why one should take the disturb to transplant a brain in such a ridiculous gorilla is a mystery. There are a couple of jokes, no nudes (another minus), no great sets. The lunatic asylum providing flesh for experiment is no novelty. There was a previous vampire movie (I reviewed it but won't lose time to search it for the title) with the same trick (of course Caligari was the prototype).  A generous 5\10 because of Cushing's performance (but also because of the actor playing the sleazy director)) is all I can give. 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 21, 2011, 01:39:56 AM
The Black Torment (1964) Let's just call it "torment", at least for the first hour, where almost nothing happens and the filmakers are unable to build tension. Then you have a surge of activity in the following 20 minutes but if you're not completely a fool you will had devined how things stood after the first 5 minutes of the story. There's nothing to save here, 4\10 is generous.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 21, 2011, 06:13:34 AM
The Abominable Snowman (1957) Of course that was the last chance to have a movie on the Yeti, before Himalaya became a tourist haunt, or almost. The movie is well made, with a right dose of suspense and the renounce to show the Yeti if not partially. It has the right message (the true monster is man) and Tucker and Cushing do their homework. 6\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2011, 03:00:52 PM
Horror Express
Titoli:
I'm sure it has already been mentioned somewhere on this thread and perhaps you've already seen it.

Have you?

I didn't think they could make a plot revolving around an Alien, in possession of the missing link's body, scary or entertaining but boy was I wrong.
And what a cast!
8/10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 21, 2011, 09:45:03 PM
Horror Express
Titoli:
I'm sure it has already been mentioned somewhere on this thread and perhaps you've already seen it.

Have you?

I didn't think they could make an Alien, in possession of the missing links body, scary but boy was I wrong.
And what a cast!
8/10



I saw it in the '80's on tv, it was a staple of local tv's here. It isn't that good and that scary because (as far as I can remember) the director wasn't tops. If I remember well it was a 5-6\10 movie, mostly thanks to the actors.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 22, 2011, 01:47:38 AM
Jack the Ripper (1958) The year is the one seen in the openng credits. A good movie, little related to the real events, if I have to believbe what is said at IMDB, but very entertaining. 7\10 The italian dvd (english-italian audio) includes the famous colored sequence at the end and (I didn't find mentioned this at IMDB) three sequence shot for the foreign markets containing some naked boobs.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 22, 2011, 03:44:47 AM
The Mummy's Shroud (1966)  The good thing about it is that there are not repulsive tricks with the Mummy's make-up. The best thing is Phillips' performance as the arrogant boss. Good pacing, worth a single vision if you like the sub-genre. 6\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 23, 2011, 03:22:31 AM
The Night Caller (1965) Cheapie-cheap production with minimum entertainment value. It could have had it if they had expanded the sex angle. But unfortunately they didn't. Suspense is minimum. So what you are left with? 5\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 26, 2011, 04:31:33 AM
I, Monster (1971) The italian dvd has both the original english and the italian re-edited and cut version. Tell you what: the italian version makes more sense as it shows the evilry of the Hyde (Green) character slowly worsening and has a tighter pacing. 6\10 to the english version, 7\10 to the italian one.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 26, 2011, 11:32:37 AM
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) Solid movie with a tight pacing. As good as the other great Hammer movies of the period.  8\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on March 30, 2011, 12:49:44 PM
The Curse of tyhe Mummy's Tomb (1964) For the first 50'  nothing happens, while in the remaining 30' you don't care. 3\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on April 05, 2011, 09:40:42 AM
Countess Dracula (1970) Just because it is a bare boobs festival it earns a 6\10. And that's that. Visually is very good, but the plot is predictable to a t. So there's no suspense and that's a great minus. Nigel Green is very good, but the hungarian actor in the lead looks wimpy: how Pitt can have a yen for him is a mystery.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on April 27, 2011, 10:22:17 AM
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) Worst Dracula movie ever? I don't know. But it is the worst Hammer Dracula and I'm at a loss to find a reason to watch it except for the presence of the dynamic duo. 2\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on April 27, 2011, 12:28:34 PM
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969) Great title for a movie which is good in the first part, dull in the middle and with a finale which leaves one to wonder: isn't Linda Hayden vampirized? Anyway a generous 7\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on April 28, 2011, 10:41:41 AM
The Blood on Satan's Claw (1970) A couple of extremely pretty girls makes this recommended viewing. The rape scene is very well made. But I think it suffers from lack of a strong male lead (Cushing should have played the judge)   and from a too long running time. I don't like open air horror, I much prefer the great Hammer sets. Still the plot is good and so I give it 7\10.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Banjo on May 01, 2011, 03:24:04 AM
The Blood on Satan's Claw (1970) A couple of extremely pretty girls makes this recommended viewing. The rape scene is very well made. But I think it suffers from lack of a strong male lead (Cushing should have played the judge)   and from a too long running time. I don't like open air horror, I much prefer the great Hammer sets. Still the plot is good and so I give it 7\10.

A fantastic movie and Patrick Wymark is very powerful as the avenging puritan IMO.Surprised you never mentioned the wonderful film score Titoli?

 


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on May 01, 2011, 09:10:08 AM
Bah...great score? I didn't notice it, sorry. I saw this in a dubbed version, though, so maybe some of my problems with it may lie there.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on May 01, 2011, 07:04:50 PM
The Creeping Flesh (1972) Boring as ell, nothin happens until the last 10 minutes and then you have the Caligari finale. I give it 4\10 only because of the duo and the beautiful girl. The monster's skeleton reminded me strongly of Predator.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on May 10, 2011, 10:58:01 AM
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968) I remember the newspaper ads showing a nude girl with black stripes on her tits, how I wanted to see this movie when not even in my teens! >:D Now I have and it's a disappointment. It is true that the version released on dvd in Italy it is not the continental version but the original british one, but there is  little to be happy about apart from the naked buttocks of the lovely blonde girl. The start was not bad, the green ambience of the altar room with all those peculiar dresses was a good premise but the rest of the movie didn't follow suit and its lack of suspense is apparent. Karloff and Lee do little and so there is no reason to give this more than 4\10.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on May 14, 2011, 12:37:41 AM
Nothing But The Night (1973) This is lambasted at IMDB and so it's no wonder I liked it very much except being a horror based on suspense and not on gore or special effects. I admit I didn't understand what happens in the last plot twist which causes Lee's release and the end of the devilish plot but that doesn't deter me from assigning a solid 8\10.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 14, 2012, 04:19:37 AM
The Gorgon (1964) I thought it was crap ever since I saw a picture in a horror film history book. I confirm it's the worst Fisher-Lee-Cushing ever. 4\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 14, 2012, 04:23:10 AM
Torture Garden (1967) Another excellent Amicus episodes flick. Just the last episode and the finale (which subverts the unwilling "victim" trick) make it a must see. 8\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on August 14, 2012, 04:25:32 AM
Craze (1973) This is good, though maybe a bit longish. Great cast. 7\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 08, 2013, 06:33:14 AM

The City of the Dead (1960)
- 7/10

Yes, great atmosphere as someone mentioned, and a couple of good turns of the script (though really silly at times - a girl doing research about witchcraft going missing for two weeks and nobody asking where she at? - c' mon, even my parents would ask about me after two weeks, give or take a few days). But, all in all very entertaining, even despite the blatant similarities with Hitchcock's movie that came out the same year. The ending perhaps a bit rushed. As I figured, what really makes these type of movies great, is that they never try to sell you anything that isn't advertised in the storefront. I wish more things in life worked this way.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 08, 2013, 01:17:08 PM
The Gorgon (1964) - 3/10

A terrible waste of time unfortunately. The music was kinda good, as were the sets, in a generic way. In any case, not enough.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 12, 2013, 09:01:01 AM

Horror Express (1972) - 6.5/10

The Thing before The Thing. Interesting enough but the last 20 - 30 minutes are terrible. Telly Savalas for the win.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 12, 2013, 12:57:53 PM
Horror Express (1972) - 6.5/10

The Thing before The Thing.

Uh?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 12, 2013, 03:04:01 PM
Uh?

Well the story bares some resemblances to TT (Carpenter's, or Hawks', depending on how you take it). Didn't mean in terms of quality of the flick.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on October 12, 2013, 03:51:02 PM
I meant that chronologically Hawks movie precedes it more than 20 years.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 13, 2013, 12:33:47 AM
True, unfortunately that one doesn't pop up first in my mind. :-X


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on November 11, 2013, 07:31:17 AM

Witchfinder General (1968) - 7/10

A pity it lacks the atmosphere and cash that would have made it a masterpiece. It features one of Vincent Price's best (later) performances.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on November 11, 2013, 07:33:14 AM

Night Creatures (1962)
- ?/10

Got like 40 mins into it and couldn't go beyond. Boring.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on January 14, 2014, 12:23:25 AM

The Oblong Box (1969) - 5/10

Yeah, it starts promisingly but then dilutes, without quite knowing what it is that it's supposed to be in first place. Un-logical on several occasions, misused cast too. Horrible special effects.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: graysev on January 14, 2014, 01:52:58 PM
Had to downsize before we moved.  Had just about every Christopher Lee movie I could get my hands on.  Lee, Cushing, Price and Karloff. The best of the best.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on January 17, 2014, 03:47:12 PM

The Monster Club (1981) - nightmare/10

Can you believe I fell asleep after like 30 minutes into this atrocious crime against humanity and had nightmares?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on January 17, 2014, 05:23:59 PM
So you missed the strip?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on January 18, 2014, 01:33:59 AM
So you missed the strip?

Yeah, probably, was it good?


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on January 18, 2014, 04:02:41 AM
Yeah, probably, was it good?

Well, it was "unique". Anyway, the movie sucks. as I must have written here some pages before.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on September 21, 2014, 07:15:07 AM

Night Creatures (1962)
- ?/10

Got like 40 mins into it and couldn't go beyond. Boring.

I was able to complete this one today - it is not as bad, once you get over the fact that you won't find any horror in it. I guess Cushing gives a good performance, though the movie doesn't quite capitalize on that.


(pushing for a) 6/10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 08, 2014, 12:51:08 AM

Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1972/1974) - 7/10


Late Hammer entry, actually only released in 1974 from what I've read... Anyhow, a good flick if you ask me: it showcases the usual strenghts associated with Hammer production, with a twist of lemon every now and then. Caroline Munro's character is really pointless; why does she go to the house of the vampires in the end anyway? - To lead Capt'n Kronos there? - To answer my own question with another question: it doesn't make much sense altogether, does it? On the top of that her acting throughout the movie suggests a totally different pathway... Though she is nice to see, I must admit, in those few semi-nude scenes. O0 Horst Janson ranges from blank bad to fantabuolous, though I didn't mind.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 08, 2014, 12:53:52 AM
And there's the spitting jar humiliation for the young town whore, just like in a W...


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 09, 2014, 10:57:21 AM

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) - 4/10


Very disappointing. I guess it always is when two legends try to work together: there's too much compromise.

I was fearful Dracula will start sucking bloody rice (or something like that), and now that I think of it, it would have made the movie much better.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 15, 2014, 11:09:31 AM

The House That Dripped Blood (1971) - 6.5/10

No real thrills, no originality. For fans only.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 15, 2014, 11:11:19 AM
Ehm, Ingrid Pitt. :-*


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 16, 2014, 10:17:44 AM

Circus of Horrors (1960) - 3.5/10

When something's so dumb it almost becomes charming. Almost.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on October 17, 2014, 11:42:03 AM

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) - 4.5/10

Empty shell.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Dust Devil on November 23, 2014, 02:28:08 PM
The Medusa Touch (1978) - (climbing hard for a) 7/10

The last 20 minutes seem to be a real mockery: from the story all the way to the special effects. The story of the movie probably cannot be blamed as much as I understand is the same as in the novel; but seems pretty derailed and not fitting with the characters at all, and also unimaginative... The atmospheric moment, presentation and special effects can be blamed without remorse as they are pretty dull and bland, which is a pity since the first 3/4 of the movie balance successfully thanks to solid performances from the whole crew. In the end it doesn't really feel like a horror.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on May 14, 2015, 11:04:59 AM
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) Best werewolf movie I have ever seen (not that I have seen many, though). Horror moments reduced to a minimum but when they come they're effective.  8\10


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: titoli on June 10, 2015, 08:43:07 PM
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) Cheap movie, worth watching only for Lee's performance which replicates his Dracula ones. And the story itself is treated like any other Hammer horror, which is why I think must be included here. 6\10


Title: The Hammers
Post by: Spikeopath on March 19, 2017, 04:29:58 PM
Hammer


The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
The Mummy (1959)
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
Kiss of the Vampire (1963)
The Reptile (1966)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Taste of Fear (1961)
Paranoiac (1963)
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Nightmare (1964)
The Nanny (1965)
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)
The Woman in Black (2012)






Title: None Hammer Horror
Post by: Spikeopath on March 19, 2017, 05:21:14 PM
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Black Death (2010)
Cherry Tree Lane (2010)
Carry on Screaming! (1966)
Dead of Night (1945)
Doghouse (2009)
The Descent (2005)
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Don't Look Now (1973)
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Event Horizon (1997)
Eden Lake (2008)
Frenzy (1972)
The Haunting (1963)
Horror Express (1972)
The Innocents (1961)
Kill List (2011)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Night of the Demon (1957)
Night of the Eagle (1962)
The Omen (1976)
Peeping Tom (1960)
The Queen of Spades (1949)
Repulsion (1965)
The Seasoning House (2012)
Severance (2006)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Theatre of Blood (1973)
Twisted Nerve (1968)
28 Days Later... (2002)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Village of the Damned (1960)
The Wicker Man (1973)
Witchfinder General (1968)
What a Carve Up! (1961)











Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: XhcnoirX on March 20, 2017, 05:19:15 AM
The early 80s 'Hammer House Of Horror' TV series had some nice episodes, 'The House That Bled To Death' for one. The entire series is available on DVD.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: Spikeopath on March 20, 2017, 12:14:30 PM
The early 80s 'Hammer House Of Horror' TV series had some nice episodes, 'The House That Bled To Death' for one. The entire series is available on DVD.

I think that's the most popular episode. Great twist.


Title: Re: British Horror Thread
Post by: greenbudgie on May 08, 2017, 03:35:06 AM
I've just bought a second-hand copy of a BFI DVD of the BBC archive TV short play 'A Warning To The Curious.' I think this would interest British horror fans. BFI DVDs are expensive especially when there is such a short running time like this has. So I hope that some British horror fan is lucky enough to come across a second-hand copy like I did.

It is an adaptation of an M.R. James ghost story. In this Peter Vaughan plays an amateur archaeologist who is keen to dig up the remaining crown (originally 1 of 3) that has been long buried on a seashore locality. I know that locality well. It was definitely filmed at Wells-Next The-Sea in Norfolk.

Peter Vaughan will be known to British horror fans as Harry the lecher in Hammer's 'Fanatic' from 1965. The DVD for that film goes under the name of the USA title 'Die Die My Darling.' The recently late Peter Vaughan did have a face that suited horror although he is the crept-out in this rather than the creepy. The creepy face honour goes to David Cargill who is at Peter Vaughan's digs.

The crown is seemingly haunted by a ghost guardian. There are some great atmospheric chase scenes through the woods and along the seashore as the ghost stalks the frightened Peter Vaughan. If you like ghost stories you will love this.


Title: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Post by: Spikeopath on August 18, 2017, 06:17:47 AM
Watched last night - Region 1 DVD - 4 Pack - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M6BEBLJ/ref=sr_1_24?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1503058610&sr=1-24&keywords=Dracula+Has+Risen+from+the+Grave

Shadows and Fog.

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is the fourth film in Hammer Films' Dracula series. It is directed by Freddie Francis and written by Anthony Hinds (under his alias John Elder). It stars Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barry Andrews and Barbara Ewing. Music is by James Bernard and cinematography by Arthur Grant.

Very much a case of style over substance, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is still very much a top line Hammer Dracula pic. Story sees the famous Count accidentally revived and embark upon a mission of revenge, which spells trouble for the inhabitants of the village that sits in the shadow of his castle. Enter a scenario where Dracula is very much on the periphery as he tracks Carlson's sultry babe for his nefarious ends. Lust, blood, breasts and religious zeal does follow.

That's about it as story goes, but even though strands such as religious beliefs - or otherwise - are dangled but not pulled hard enough, the screenplay is not without interesting merit. A number of great scenes lift the pic out of the ordinary, from a terrific "body in a bell" opening, to the grandiose splendour of a crucifix blood splatter, the craft on show engages and thrills. The middle section slow moves as we are party to young lovers under duress via Drac, but Drac pops up from time to time to menace humans and horses alike.

The super craft doesn't stop there, the costuming and sets are ornate and very appealing, with the various colour lens choices also superb. Standing out are the roof top sequences, we get high level views of an angular landscape, with jutted slates, odd chimney tops (one even looking like a magic mushroom), all of which is shrouded in mist. There's even green smoke coming out of some stacks, just what are the villagers burning on their fires?! While Bernard scores it with menacing relish, some of the title music having shades of Berlioz at his most unnerving.

Competently acted and directed with a keen eye for detail, this is one of the better Hammer Dracula sequels. 7/10