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« Reply #660 on: October 17, 2014, 11:42:03 AM »


The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) - 4.5/10

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« Reply #661 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.

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« Reply #662 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

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« Reply #663 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

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« Reply #664 on: March 19, 2017, 04:29:58 PM »

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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)





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« Reply #665 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)










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« Reply #666 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.

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« Reply #667 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.

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« Reply #668 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.

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« Reply #669 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

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