Dr Terrible’ s House of Horrible (2001 Britain)

“And you Mr Brocken, are you infirm on you’re wedding night?” “Its just a battle wound, a very large Turk surprised me from behind.” No, its not Shakespeare but one of those very short-lived TV fiascos that fill die-hard fans with expectation then disappears through lack of reaction, viewing audience etc. Shot between a foot and mouth outbreak and 9/11, Dr Terrible was doomed from the start. Some BBC bastard gave it the finger after a mere 6 episodes. As an homage to 1960s/70s British horror movies the series is chock full of in-jokes and references. But each episode comes down to one particular style. Where the series’ genuine pleasures lie are in its far richer gags, the ones which make the more acute references. [Read more…]

The Gorgon (1964 United Kingdom)

The Gorgon should be viewed more as a doomed love story featuring a legendary horror character. To call this a horror film is just wrong, and marketing it as such has done the movie few favours over the years. Director Terence Fisher always thought of The Gorgon as one of his best films, and he was right to do so for it’s a hauntingly beautiful piece of work. Definitely one of Hammer’s most visually accomplished efforts. And if anyone dares laugh at the special effects they will be turned to stone! And if you are a connoisseur of facial hair, this one’s for you, Grandma. There are plenty of hairy men on display, frowning impressively. [Read more…]

Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1970 UK)

taste the blood of dracula“Taste the Blood of Dracula” starts where “Dracula has raised from the Grave” ended, when traveling salesman by the name of Weller (played by Roy Kinnear) is pushed from the wagon he was travelling in. After a brief moment he pulls himself together and hears a loud scream from deep in the forest. He goes to investigate and finds the Count impaled in a golden cross, watching in horror as Dracula disintegrates into a red powder-like substance. [Read more…]

Horror Of Dracula (1958 United Kingdom)

horror-of-dracula-melissa-stribling-christopher-lee-1958(Don’t get too excited. This was just a publicity shot to help the men in plastic macs to their seats at the back of the theatres) Not another bloody Hammer Horror from before your mother was born I hear ye cry? Yep. You’ll just have to get used to it. If you are a frequent visitor to this blog – yes, he does exist! – let’s just say this will be the cross you have to bear. [Read more…]

DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966 United Kingdom)

Dracula-Prince-Of-Darkness-036Every fan of retro/old school horror has seen this one, surely. If you haven’t seen it then shame on you! Just to wake any old fans up, I toyed with the idea of the above title reading Dracula: Ponce of Darkness. Enough silly banter, on with the show… [Read more…]

RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK (1966 Britain)

vlcsnap-2012-04-22-17h23m00s90My fave film company Hammer usually masked low production costs to present a picture with a rich look. Thus making the lack of cash a mere bagatelle. But they had that indefinable something to always make it watchable. Having the most beautiful woman (Barbara Shelley) to ever grace a cinema screen certainly helped with this one. [Read more…]

THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968 United Kingdom)

MovieQuiz_960-Au revoir Christopher Lee, may he rest in peace. He entertained so many around the world for nearly sixty years. This physically towering, handsome man had accomplished so much where do you begin for a tribute? Perhaps here. The man himself stated that this picture was his favourite Hammer Horror of them all. [Read more…]

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