Hammer

Hysteria – UK, 1964

‘Terrifying suspense… it will shock you out of your seat!’ Hysteria is a 1964 British psychological thriller directed by Freddie Francis (Nightmare; The Skull; The Creeping Flesh) from a screenplay by producer Jimmy Sangster, for Hammer Films and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the US… Read More ›

Countess Dracula – UK, 1970

‘A seductive nymph terrorizes in a film of traumatic demoniac pleasures’ Countess Dracula is a 1970 British horror film based on the legends surrounding the “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Báthory. It is in many ways atypical of Hammer’s canon, attempting to… Read More ›

Elisabeth Lutyens – composer

(Agnes) Elisabeth Lutyens (9 July 1906 – 14 April 1983) was an English composer of classical music but is best known for her contribution for scores to horror films throughout the 1960’s. Born in London, one of five children of the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and his wife… Read More ›

The Mummy – UK, 1959

‘Its evil look brings madness! Its evil spell enslaves! Its evil touch kills kills kills!’ The Mummy is a 1959 British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It was released on 25 September 1959. It was written by Jimmy Sangster and produced… Read More ›

The Stranglers of Bombay

The Stranglers of Bombay is a 1959 adventure/horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Films dealing with the British East India Company‘s investigation of the cult of Thuggee stranglers in the 1830s. The movie stars Guy Rolfe (Dolls; Puppet Master films) and Jan Holden. Unlike most Hammer films, Stranglers of Bombay is somewhat… Read More ›

Vampire Circus – UK, 1971

Vampire Circus is a 1971 British supernatural horror feature film directed by Robert Young from a screenplay by Judson Kinberg. It was produced by Wildburg Stark and Michael Carreras (who was uncredited) for Hammer Film Productions. The movie stars Adrienne Corri (Madhouse), Thorley Walters (The Earth… Read More ›

Vampire Hunting Kit

Vampire hunting kits first appeared in the mid-Victorian era, around the year 1840. They became even more common post-1897 with the publication of Bram Stoker‘s novel Dracula, appealing to both the Victorian’s passion for highly decorative conversation pieces and their… Read More ›

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter – UK, 1972

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter is a 1972 British supernatural horror film written and directed by Brian Clemens (The Tell-Tale Heart; Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde; Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense ), produced by Albert Fennell and Hammer Film Productions and belatedly released on 7 April 1974. The film was originally the pilot for… Read More ›

The Devil Rides Out – UK, 1968

The Devil Rides Out is a 1968 British Hammer horror film, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. It was written by American writer Richard Matheson and directed by Terence Fisher (The Curse of Frankenstein; Dracula; The Mummy). In the US it was released as The… Read More ›

Rasputin – The Mad Monk – UK, 1966

Rasputin – The Mad Monk is a 1966 Hammer film directed by Don Sharp. It stars Christopher Lee as Grigori Rasputin, the Russian peasant-mystic, notable for gaining great influence with the Tsars prior to the Russian Revolution. It also features Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Richard Pasco, Dinsdale Landen and Renée Asherson. The story is largely fictionalised, although some of… Read More ›

The Gorgon – UK, 1964

The Gorgon is a 1964 British supernatural horror film directed by Terence Fisher from a screenplay by John Gilling (director of Night Caller from Outer Space, The Reptile, The Plague of the Zombies). It stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. Future Doctor Who Patrick Troughton also appears. The film was… Read More ›