In 1960, MGM British Studios first introduced us to a pack of blond-haired, candescent-eyed children in Village of the Damned (starring Barbara Shelley, a Hammer regular). Four years later, the frightening and murderous youth would return in Children of the Damned. In the interim, Hammer Film Productions would produce and release its own film about... Continue Reading →
Wake Wood: Three Days in Dismay
Released in 2009, Wake Wood was one of the first films produced by Hammer Films after it was relaunched following a decades long hiatus in 2007. Like the other recent Hammer projects, such as The Resident and The Lodge (which I reviewed last year), it varies considerably in style and subject from the early Hammer... Continue Reading →
Bite Size Hammer Horror
For those who like their horror bite size and British, Hammer Films produced an anthology series in 1980 under the banner “Hammer House of Horror”. The series, which lasted only one season, was broadcast on the ITV network in the UK. A total of 13 standalone episodes were produced and covered a gamut of horror... Continue Reading →
~~And Now The Review Starts!
Amicus Productions is often confused with Hammer Film Productions. They were both British film companies active in the 1960’s and 1970’s with significant horror/thriller catalogs. They had similar visual styles, used some of the same directors such as Roy Ward Baker, and cast some of the same actors, most notably Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. ... Continue Reading →
CAUTION Not for the mentally immature!
There is validity to the argument that, by the mid 1960’s, the golden age of Hammer Horror had already passed. The horror film market had become much more saturated and Hammer Film Productions was fighting to maintain its niche. Sad to say but the tried and true formulas and mainstays at Hammer were struggling to... Continue Reading →