The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

A Hammer vampire film that not only had I never seen before, but also only read about in a vague and half-recalled way. Which is a shame as it’s absolutely brilliant! Maybe it’s the fact that it doesn’t have any stars – there’s no Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee here; and also isn’t one of…

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

Here hammer takes serial killing, psychological trauma dressed up as demonic possession, a fear of sex and a whiff of lesbianism and turns it into something that almost appears classy. Well, perhaps that might be exaggerating the effect slightly. But it’s certainly taking the salacious and tawdry and giving it that little sheen of class,…

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)

Something I greatly enjoy about watching these old Hammer films is discovering hidden gems. Those films which aren't well remembered today, but have something interesting and quirky about them. As well as having some damned effective scares. Hammer, in its prime – despite numerous copies elsewhere – did have a distinct and distinctly British style.…

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Let me put THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES into context. Today, when there’s an endless glut of zombie movies/TV shows/books/comics/computer games, it’s hard to believe that there was a time where zombies weren’t really a big thing in popular culture. Indeed, a character in THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES has to explain what zombies actually…

Hammer Horror Reviews

I'm still on holiday and still raiding the archives for blog posts. Forgive me, I'll be back next week. Ever since I was a ridiculously small child I've loved Hammer Horror films. I love the cheesiness, the rich red blood, the barely concealed sex, the fact that at their best they actually do manage to…

The Scars of Dracula 1970

Let me just start by getting the dodgy stuff out of the way. The model shot of Dracula's castle which opens the film is so unconvincing a viewer could believe its panto season., It has the least convincing vampire bats this side of an Ed Wood film. Dennis Waterman is badly miscast, and as much…

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Despite this film’s reputation not being great, I'm going to put my delectable, tasty neck on the line and say that there's a lot that’s good in DRACULA AD 1972. I’m actually here to praise rather than stake and bury it in holy ground. But I’m going to say that with the ridiculous caveat that…

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

One really needs to acknowledge just how good Peter Cushing is in these films. I always feel like he's slightly underrated compared to the sexier, knighted, longer lived, Christoper Lee. But unlike Lee, you never see him in a movie where he really and genuinely cannot be bothered. Cushing always shows up, always gives his…