Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)

I can remember being outraged by DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS when I saw it as a kid. There’s the title, there’s the fact that Christopher Lee’s name appears first in the credits in bigger font than everyone else's, and then there’s the obvious disconnect that Dracula himself doesn’t appear until half way through and even…

Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

The first half hour of BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB is absolutely fascinating. After an ancient Egyptian opening which manages to be wordlessly creepy without ever leaving the studio, we then have the tale of a beautiful young woman seemingly exploited by all around her. Her father has a weirdly solicitous relationship with her, like…

The Witches (1966)

One reason for why this 1966 Hammer movie isn't that well known could be timing. This tale of a school teacher convalescing from a nervous breakdown, moving to an English country village and gradually realising that there's something dangerous and wrong in the very fabric of this country idyll, would have perhaps been more successful if…

Twins of Evil (1971)

I've always had a soft spot for TWINS OF EVIL. When I was young I had a child's horror compendium which included a ten page comic-strip adaptation of it. The story concerns young beautiful twins arrive in a strange Eastern European town where one of them falls victim to a vampire. I must have read…