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You're welcome, SM.  ajb007/smile

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Barbel wrote:

You're welcome, SM.  ajb007/smile

Thanks again, Barbel. I really must track these Hammer Draculas down ASAP. The only Hammer films I've seen to date are The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Devil Rides Out. I have both of them on DVD and I enjoyed both of them immensely!

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They are two of the best and a good place to start! Could I recommend "Quatermass And The Pit" and "The Curse Of Frankenstein" to follow?

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Silhouette Man wrote:
Barbel wrote:

You're welcome, SM.  ajb007/smile

Thanks again, Barbel. I really must track these Hammer Draculas down ASAP. The only Hammer films I've seen to date are The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Devil Rides Out. I have both of them on DVD and I enjoyed both of them immensely!

Lucky you SM! You're in for a treat. May I suggest The Vampire Lovers and Twins of Evil. Suggest watching the Frankenstein and Dracula films in order. Enjoy!  ajb007/smile

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OK, so only yesterday I bought The Hammer Collection 21 Disc Collectors' Box Set for £25 from my local CEX Exchange shop. I'd been eyeing it up for a while and finally decided to buy it. It has 21 Hammer films in it so I thought that it would be a very good way of getting to see more of the Hammer films beyond the mere two that I have already seen (namely The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Devil Rides Out).

So, just this morning I have watched Fear in the Night (1972) as I liked the sound of it from the enclosed booklet. The box set also has some lovely postcards enclosed of the more famous Hammer film posters. It was a good enough film, rather slow moving with no real gore (apart from a rabbit!) and the ending twist did really surprise me, I must say! It was more of a psychological thriller than a horror film per se I suppose. I know it's not one of the best from Hammer films, but it was an enjoyable enough way to pass an hour and a half.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

I don't think I've seen it mentioned here (I get the feeling it is rather obscure among Hammer's back catalogue). What did others think of it exactly? I'd be curious to know.  ajb007/smile

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I omitted to mention above that the box set contains the following range of 21 Hammer films:

The Nanny (1965)
She (1965)
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Plague of the Zombies (1966)
The Reptile (1966)
The Witches (1966)
The Viking Queen (1967)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Prehistoric Women (1967)
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Vengeance of She (1968)
Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
Demons of the Mind (1972)
Fear in the Night (1972)
Straight on Till Morning (1972)
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

Perhaps I could get some recommendations on the best and worst of these titles?  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Well, "Quatermass And The Pit" and "The Devil Rides Out" would be my picks for the best, while "Horror Of Frankenstein" would be the worst.
"Fear in The Night" is a lesser effort, but Peter Cushing excels as always.

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I've seen She and One Million Years B.C.

One Million Years B.C. is Raquel Welch in a fur bikini, you gotta prioritise that one.

She is with Ursula Andress, its an adaptation of the classic Rider Haggard lost world adventure, starring Andress as the 5000 year old sorceress Ayesha, with Cushing as the Victorian explorer and Lee as Ayesha's head priest … I didn't think it caught the feel of Haggards brand of fiction, but Andress has that classic, somewhat exotic beauty and imperious attitude that you'd expect in a 5000 year old sorceress. In the books the character is much crazier though, volatile and dangerous.

that set you bought sounds like one heck of a good deal. that's a pound a film!

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Silhouette Man wrote:

I omitted to mention above that the box set contains the following range of 21 Hammer films:

The Nanny (1965)
She (1965)
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Plague of the Zombies (1966)
The Reptile (1966)
The Witches (1966)
The Viking Queen (1967)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Prehistoric Women (1967)
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Vengeance of She (1968)
Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
Demons of the Mind (1972)
Fear in the Night (1972)
Straight on Till Morning (1972)
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

Perhaps I could get some recommendations on the best and worst of these titles?  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

I've got the same box-set & it's great. If I had to be pushed I'd say I'm not as struck on their prehistoric films but I love Hammer overall for their consistent high quality. Cushing & Lee are so under-rated.

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Hammer also made two Robin Hood films! Sword of Sherwood Forest with Richard Green, Peter Cushing and Oliver Reed and also Challange for Robin Hood with Barry Ingram, both fun films to wile away a couple of hours!!

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BIG TAM wrote:
Silhouette Man wrote:

I omitted to mention above that the box set contains the following range of 21 Hammer films:

The Nanny (1965)
She (1965)
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Plague of the Zombies (1966)
The Reptile (1966)
The Witches (1966)
The Viking Queen (1967)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Prehistoric Women (1967)
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Vengeance of She (1968)
Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
Demons of the Mind (1972)
Fear in the Night (1972)
Straight on Till Morning (1972)
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

Perhaps I could get some recommendations on the best and worst of these titles?  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

I've got the same box-set & it's great. If I had to be pushed I'd say I'm not as struck on their prehistoric films but I love Hammer overall for their consistent high quality. Cushing & Lee are so under-rated.

I'm a big Hammer fan too, so much so that I write an entire book on the subject of British horror movies (available at your friendly local bookshop/Amazon - plug plug!).

I'd like to raise the flag for the second to last movie on this list, Peter Collinson's chilling psychological horror Straight On Till Morning. A little known part of the Hammer canon but an absolute treat.