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« Reply #30 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!

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« Reply #31 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!!!

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« Reply #32 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.

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« Reply #33 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!!!!!!!

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« Reply #34 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 .

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« Reply #35 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.

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« Reply #36 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?

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« Reply #37 on: December 12, 2005, 04:43:55 AM »

banjo, check out Cat People. Its a beautful, haunting nightmare of a film starring Simone Simon.

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« Reply #38 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!

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« Reply #39 on: December 12, 2005, 08:05:18 AM »

I'm a huge Romero fan, have you checked out Land Of The Dead yet?

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« Reply #40 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.

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« Reply #41 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. 

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« Reply #42 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).



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« Reply #43 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.

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« Reply #44 on: December 12, 2005, 04:59:02 PM »

Deathline (1973) comes a close second.

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?!"

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.

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