The ongoing adventures of Scott Weinberg, a friendly yet annoyingly opinionated guy who does nothing but watch movies and then write about them.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Hammer Horror Xperiment!

I've had a pretty busy year so far (and with a lot of travel yet to come!), but I've been trying to organize a new movie assignment for myself, kinda like the time I watched 55 film noir titles in four months or that other time I watched 3 Police Academy movies in one week. And since I love all things British almost as much as I adore horror movies, I figured it was high time for me to tackle one of the genre's most storied franchises: The Hammer.

I've seen a few of these movies over the years, but let's not forget I was raised in the era of Halloween 2 and Friday the 13th 4, so back then ... Hammer Horror just seemed sorta corny. But now that I'm (more than) old enough to appreciate these films for precisely what they are, I figure it's time to get cracking. I've broken the flicks down into four sections, and (with the help of both Netflix, Greencine and Blockbuster) I aim to watch them as chronologically as possible. Obviously I'll be back with (hopefully frequent) updates.

Section 1 (1955 -- 1960)
  1. The Quatermass Experiment (1955)
  2. X the Unknown (1955)
  3. The Abominable Snowman (1957)
  4. Quatermass 2: Enemy from Space (1957)
  5. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  6. Horror of Dracula (1958)
  7. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
  8. The Mummy (1959)
  9. The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Section 2 (1961 -- 1965)
  1. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
  2. Night Creatures (1962)
  3. Phantom of the Opera (1962)
  4. The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)
  5. Paranoiac (1963)
  6. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
  7. Nightmare (1964)
  8. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)
  9. The Nanny (1965)
  10. Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
Section 3 (1966 -- 1970)
  1. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
  2. The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
  3. Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)
  4. The Reptile (1966)
  5. The Witches (1966)
  6. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
  7. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
  8. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
  9. The Devil Rides Out (1968)
  10. The Lost Continent (1968)
  11. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
  12. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
  13. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
  14. The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
  15. Scars of Dracula (1970)
Section 4 (1971 -- 1976)
  1. Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
  2. Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)
  3. Lust for a Vampire (1971)
  4. Demons of the Mind (1972)
  5. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
  6. Fear in the Night (1972)
  7. Straight on Till Morning (1972)
  8. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
  9. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)
  10. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
  11. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
  12. To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
These ones are either unavailable or more difficult to track down, but I will start searching once I'm done with the Xperiment: The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), Taste of Fear (1961), The Damned (1963), Maniac (1963), The Old Dark House (1963), The Gorgon (1964), Crescendo (1970), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Countess Dracula (1971), Twins of Evil (1971), Hands of the Ripper (1971), and Vampire Circus (1972).

Any Hammer freaks out there? Have I missed any noteworthy titles? (Special thanks to this website for being a great research tool.)


Dave C said...

If you're renting X the Unknown, you're likely it as a double feature with Four-Sided Triangle, which is also worth a peek. Clunky, but interesting.

Best of luck finding those Quatermass flicks - I love 'em, and kick myself for passing them up when they were available to buy.

And if you ever find The Damned, please report where. That's one I've been hunting for since I was a youngun.

Bob Turnbull said...

This looks great Scott...I too am a novice with Hammer, but was recently fortunate to have seen Dracula (or Horror Of Dracula in the colonies) on the big screen with a new restored print. It was simply terrific. Fun and colourful with creepiness to spare and Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in top form.

I think I'll use your list as my own jumping off point.

Mark said...

This sounds awesome! I started watching some of the early ones in chron order and then just kind of fell out of it. I'm doing the same sort of thing now on my site with the Video Nasties.
I'll check back to see what you think of the Hammers. The few that I saw were pretty great.

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