Tag: Christopher Lee

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Hammer Style

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Hammer Style

August 19, 2016 | By

Tied to Twilight Time’s fine Blu-ray edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) are three related Hammer Films reviews – the bank heist Cash On Demand (1961), The Pirates of Blood River (1962), and The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964).

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BR: Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959)

BR: Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959)

August 19, 2016 | By

As noted by film historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros in the first of two commentary tracks that adorn this near-perfect Twilight Time Blu-ray release, Hammer Films’ evolution to a horror icon was gradual, shifting into full gear during the sixties and seventies, but during the 1950s and early 1960s the British studio was still putting out suspense films, crime dramas, and in the case of The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of a franchise that never materialized…

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DVD: Devil-Ship Pirates, The (1964)

DVD: Devil-Ship Pirates, The (1964)

August 19, 2016 | By

Never one to allowing a genre to go unsaturated, Hammer Films wrangled producer-writer Jimmy Sangster to concoct a pirate tale for star Christopher Lee, with the end results feeling an awful lot like a variation on the writer’s prior swashbuckling credit…

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DVD: Pirates of Blood River, The (1962)

DVD: Pirates of Blood River, The (1962)

August 19, 2016 | By

Although best known as the prime purveyors of Britain’s gothic and classic monster films, Hammer Film also indulged in a few unrelated genres – crime, suspense, and pirate (!)…

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A Christopher Lee Quartet: Scream and Scream Again, Count Dracula, Cuadecuc vampir, and Umbracle

A Christopher Lee Quartet: Scream and Scream Again, Count Dracula, Cuadecuc vampir, and Umbracle

March 25, 2016 | By

Here’s a quartet of films starring Christopher Lee: Gordon Hessler’s Scream and Scream Again (Twilight Time), Jess Franco’s Count Dracula (Severin), and two rare experimental films by Pere Portabello – Cuadecucu, vampir (1971) + Umbracle (1970).

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BR: Scream and Scream Again (1970)

BR: Scream and Scream Again (1970)

March 25, 2016 | By

Scream and Scream Again may sound like an AIP co-production packed with a stellar Hammer Films cast, but this supposed ‘vampire killer’ thriller is really three seemingly disparate storylines that converge in the final act…

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BR: Count Dracula / Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (1970)

BR: Count Dracula / Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (1970)

March 25, 2016 | By

Jess Franco’s Count Dracula is an example of what happens when certain parameters designed to bolster a production’s salability reduce a filmmaker, known for sex and violence and trippy perversions, to a hired gun, and a bored one at that…

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Film: Umbracle (1970)

Film: Umbracle (1970)

March 25, 2016 | By

During the filming of Jess Franco’s Count Dracula (1970), experimental filmmaker Pere Portabello was engaged to direct a making-of documentary, titled Cuadecuc, vampir (1971), and sometime before, during, or after, it seems star Christopher Lee was snagged to appear in a few scenes which Portabello edited into a feature film…

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DVD: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

DVD: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

May 7, 2015 | By

The success of Black Sunday (1960) for American studio AIP and his special effects work on Hercules and the Captive Women (1961) in Italy led to Bava being hired to helm a new Hercules film with a three week production schedule. Lucky for Bava, the franchise mandated colour and ‘scope cinematography…

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DVD: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

DVD: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

January 21, 2011 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / D . Film: Very Good/ DVD Transfer: Very Good/ DVD Extras: Standard Label: Warner Home Video/ Region: 1 (NTSC) / Released: April 27, 2004 Genre: Horror / Hammer Horror Synopsis: After attempting to rid a village of its evil lord, a Monsignor and his niece are threatened when […]

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