Man is a morbid and macabre creature. An awareness of our own mortality has quite naturally developed into a fear of, and a fascination with, death and the final resting of our remains. Thus, it is of little surprise that the work of the body snatcher or resurrectionist, as those in the profession prefer to... Continue Reading →
Dynasty of Fear
In 1972, Hammer Film Productions released a double bill titled Women in Terror. With some influence from the giallo all'italiana film genre popular at the time, both films were psychological horrors including mystery elements. As the title of the double feature implied, the films focused on terrorized women and how a lack of comprehension about... Continue Reading →
October Fast Cuts: The Initial Hack
We horror aficionados have always claimed October as our own. Unfortunately, the state of the world has put a definite damper on all horror and Halloween related festivities. But, if we cannot go out to haunt the land, we can use the opportunity to shutter ourselves away in a dank dungeon and watch as much... Continue Reading →
Christopher Lee, Legends Never Die
(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in June of 2015 on the site GeekPr0n.com. Gone but not forgotten.) Today marks what would have been Christopher Lee’s ninety-eighth birthday. It’s been almost five years since his passing and it is still hard to accept. Christopher Lee gave us numerous reasons to assume he... 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 →