10 surprising references to Hammer

David Girvan | August 15, 2014

1. ARGO

A When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth poster can be seen in a pivotal scene inside John Goodman and Alan Arkin’s office.

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2. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Stock footage depicting a landslide in One Million Years B.C. was re-used for Alex’s treatment in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film.

3. BYZANTIUM

Helen’s demise at the hands of the Priest in Dracula: Prince of Darkness is shown on a TV screen in this 2012 vampire flick.

4. FRANKENWEENIE

A clip from Hammer’s 1958 Dracula features on a TV screen in Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation.

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5. GREMLINS 2

In a corridor in Clamp Tower, one of the nameplates reads ‘Dr Quatermass’. The film also stars Hammer regular Christopher Lee.

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6. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS

John Carpenter’s film is set in the fictional New England town of Hobbs End, a nod to one of Carpenter’s favourite films, Quatermass And The Pit.

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7. JURASSIC PARK

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth is printed upon a banner which falls to the ground in the climactic scene of Spielberg’s epic adventure movie.

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8. LOLITA

The Curse of Frankenstein plays onscreen at a drive-in theatre in Kubrick’s controversial 1962 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel.

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9. THE MATRIX RELOADED

When Trinity, Morpheus and Neo are following Persephone to the Keymaker they come to a room where two servants of her husband are sitting by the TV. They are watching The Brides of Dracula.

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10. PRINCE OF DARKNESS

John Carpenter wrote the script under the pseudonym Martin Quatermass, yet another nod to Carpenter’s favourite Hammer hero.

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11. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Andy’s escape plan is kept secret behind the iconic poster of Raquel Welch from none other than Hammer’s One Million Years B.C.

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12. SLEEPY HOLLOW

Tim Burton has stated that Sleepy Hollow was a homage to Hammer, and he even cast Hammer alumni Michael Gough and Christopher Lee.

A specific reference to The Devil Rides Out can also be found in the film, when Johnny Depp discovers a pentagram has been drawn on the floorboards under his bed, across which a large spider proceeds to crawl.

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