Tomorrow (Friday), from 8pm EST to 1:30am EST, TCM is saluting Hammer Horror with a decided baring of the neck for our Gothic pal, Dracula.
8pm HORROR OF DRACULA (Fisher, 1958)
9:30pm THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (Fisher, 1960)
11pm DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (Fisher, 1966)
12:45am DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (Francis, 1969)
With Robert Lippert as its American distributor, Hammer was known in America in the early '50s primarily for British film noir starring American actors such as Dane Clark, John Ireland and Lloyd Bridges. In the mid-'50s there was a shift to science fiction. Then in the late-'50s came the deluge of remakes of and spins on Universal horror films and, for many of us, making Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing a part of our nightmares.
After the Hammer Horror Salute, we might as well record PSYCHOMANIAakaTHE DEATH WHEELERS (Sharp, 1973) and DAUGHTERS OF SATAN (Morse, 1972), which happens to be Tom Selleck's first leading role in the movies.
Fire up those DVRs, wooden stakes (or steaks) and garlic...and keep a mirror and cross handy.
Everyday people...that's what's wrong with the world. -- Morgan Morgan I love movies. But don't get me wrong. I hate Hollywood. -- Orson Welles Movies can only go forward in spite of the motion picture industry. -- Orson Welles
The Hammer films are a welcome change from the standard fare that TCM plays every year. While there are a few movies I would have enjoyed seeing (Kiss of the Vampire  is a big omission), I'm very happy with the selection they've chosen. I also like how they've broken up the subgenres, with vampire films on one night, Frankenstein on another, and so on.
The Horror of Dracula is a great starter and I actually prefer it to Browning's 1931 film (nothing comes close to Nosferatu ---except maybe Kinski as Nosferatu ). While some might feel color horror films lack atmosphere, Horror of Dracula actually uses the medium quite deftly by layering backgrounds with muted tones and using brighter, bolder, colors for shock effects:
. As most everyone should know by now, I'm a big time sci-fi fan, but dislike horror intensely. I had to laugh this morning watching the October monthly forecast with RO when he stated, near the end that you must have seen something that caught your eye that you want to be sure not to miss. I actually did say out loud"Sorry, not this month".But you horror fans will most likely have a field day with so much being offered. I say this in all kindness and good humor -Have a fun time and hopefully you can top it all off with a great Halloween party. .
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Hammer Horror returns to TCM tonight with a new set of shockers:
The Plague of the Zombies (1966) A small town noble uses zombies to work his tin mine and kill his enemies. Cast: Andre Morell, Diane Clare, Brook Williams, Jacqueline Pearce Dir: John Gilling C-90 mins, TV-14
The Devil's Bride (1968) Small town Satanists lure an innocent brother and sister into their coven. Cast: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene Dir: Terence Fisher C-96 mins, TV-14
The Reptile (1966) Indian snake worshippers turn an explorer's daughter into a hideous monster. Cast: Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Ray Barrett, Jacqueline Pearce Dir: John Gilling C-90 mins, TV-PG
The Gorgon (1964) A mythical monster turns men to stone in a remote European village. Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Richard Pasco, Barbara Shelley Dir: Terence Fisher C-83 mins, TV-PG
It should be noted that The Devil's Bride was originally released in the U.K. under under the title, The Devil Rides Out, so if the description seems familiar, it is indeed the same film and one of the few where Christopher Lee plays a hero instead of his usual villain (The Gorgon is similar fare):
MikeBSG wrote:Lesser-known Hammer films that I like include "Vampire Circus," "Demons of the Mind" and "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde." None of them have Cushing or Lee, and thus they fall of the radar.
Vampire Circus has just been released on Blue-Ray by Synapse (who are also putting out Twins of Evil, and Hands of the Ripper), but has not had a standard DVD release in the U.S.. I'm wondering if anyone will be offering DVD's of these and other films, or if the market is beginning to shift solely to Blue-Ray.
MichiganJ wrote:It will be a combo Blu-ray + Standard DVD pack.
I read that in the title of other sites, but could find no specifics on the actual DVD, whereas all the blue-ray aspects were mentioned. I thought it was perhaps a typo, or other mistake (like TCM releasing Copkiller  this month, complete with old artwork from previous issues). Sad to say, I don't like paying extra for a disc I won't be using, although it might make a nice gift to someone with a BR player.
Hammer time again! Don't call out for your mummy tonight....
The Mummy (1959) A resurrected mummy stalks the archaeologists who defiled his tomb. Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne Dir: Terence Fisher C-88 mins, TV-PG
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964) An unearthed mummy returns to life to claim the reincarnation of his lost love. Cast: Ronald Howard, Terence Morgan, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland Dir: Michael Carreras C-80 mins, TV-PG
The Mummy's Shroud (1967) The words on an Egyptian prince's burial shroud revive a vengeful mummy. Cast: Andre Morell, John Phillips, David Buck, Elizabeth Sellars Dir: John Gilling C-90 mins, TV-PG
Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (1971) An evil Egyptian princess' sprit possesses an Egyptologist's daughter. Cast
Once more, with feeling (or should I say Frankenstein?):
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) A scientist's attempts to create life unleash a bloodthirsty monster. Cast: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee Dir: Terence Fisher C-83 mins, TV-14
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) After escaping execution, a mad scientist moves his experiments to a German hospital. Cast: Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Gayson, Michael Gwynn Dir: Terence Fisher C-90 mins, TV-PG
Frankenstein Created Woman (1966) Baron Frankenstein puts a wrongly executed man's brain into a beautiful woman's body. Cast: Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris Dir: Terence Fisher C-92 mins, TV-14
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1969) Baron Frankenstein blackmails a brother and sister into helping him with a brain transplant. Cast: Peter Cushing, Simon Ward, Veronica Carlson, Thorley Walters Dir: Terence Fisher C-101 mins, TV-14