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Brucw

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22 Oct 2010, 1:33am

tHIS WORLD WAR 291941-45),, IS hAMMER FILM CLASSIC WAR FILM TO ADD TO YOUR FILM COLLECTIPN!

Related to: Yesterday's Enemy (1959)

karloff1931

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21 Oct 2010, 11:19pm

this war film is not as effective as hammer's production of "blood on camp island." the main problem with "yesterday's enemy" is that it is simply too grim a film to find enjoyable. the acting, the script and direction are all fine, with stanley baker, guy rolfe, leo mckern and philip ahn standing out in particular. the plot is rather sketchy and therefore, difficult to follow at times.

Related to: Yesterday's Enemy (1959)

karloff1931

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21 Oct 2010, 8:40pm

quite an effective swashbuckler from hammer, "the devil ship pirates" has a fair measure of action, it's reasonably well-paced and of course you get a few familar faces amongst the cast: christopher lee, michael ripper, andrew keir etc etc. i like the climax, it is well staged and exciting.

Related to: The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)

karloff1931

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21 Oct 2010, 2:27am

a rather confusing and non-productive film, i still find things to like about "fear in the night." i like the low key approach with only four actors who play the main characters. there are moments of interest but the ending is disappointing and rather silly.

Related to: Fear In The Night (1972)

karloff1931

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21 Oct 2010, 12:51am

this really is scrapping the bottom of the barrel: no wonder christopher lee was fed up with doing these dracula films, his character was always being written into the plot as an afterthought rather than the plot revolving around him. "scars of dracula" is no exception as this is the worst hammer dracula film by far. there's no interest shown the in script, plot or acting at all. this flopped quite badly in america which is hardly a surprise.

Related to: Scars Of Dracula (1970)

karloff1931

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21 Oct 2010, 12:21am

i was quite curious about this swashbuckling piece from hammer but i didn't find that much to enjoy. the plot is rather tediously explained which i daresay is partly due to the cuts that the BBFC demanded before releasing this film. the action scenes are o.k but nothing special.

Related to: The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

karloff1931

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21 Oct 2010, 12:18am

contrary to what some people may think, "captain clegg" isn't a horror film from hammer, it is more of a period thriller. peter cushing takes centre stage once again as a smuggler who is masquarading as the local vicar so that his smuggling gang can carry out their illegal activities. unlike his characterization of baron frankenstein, peter cushing's character in "captain clegg" has one or two redeeming features and is not quite so evil. hammer regulars include oliver reed and michael ripper(always great to see him on screen) and a host of other british familar faces. i like this film for its acting, pace, story and atmosphere. the only ingredient that seems to be lacking, is that there isn't a great deal of action. an enjoyable film nevertheless.

Related to: Captain Clegg (1962)

karloff1931

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20 Oct 2010, 10:35pm

this is rather tame, routine stuff, not to mention a bit perverted at times. pual massie is miscast, he just doesn't show the passionate or tragic elements that help make up the dr. jekyll character. as mr. hyde, he is marginally better but no more than that. christopher lee semms rather out of his depth in this one. he is too stiff and rather too serious to make his performance convincing. oliver reed has a brief role as a gentleman about town and i doubt paul massie would have bested reed quite so easily in real life as in this film. the ending is so contrived, i was pleading with the film to hurry up and bloody well end!

Related to: The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

karloff1931

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20 Oct 2010, 9:00pm

"the revenge of frankenstein" is a worthy follow up to the previous year's "the curse of frankenstein." i love the fact that it is peter cushing who dominates this film as he steals the entire thing. there is however, excellent support from francis matthews, michael gwynn and eunice gayson. i like the opening scene where it is explained why frankenstein is being condemned to the gullotine, very well written. i'm also glad that terence fisher was assigned for this hammer production, he and peter cushing were a great team. the narrative is a little bit shaky at times but that is a mere quibble: there are plenty of highlights to enjoy in this one. at one point, i never thought i would see a film where frankenstein suddenly finds himself in considerable danger where his life is at risk........

Related to: The Revenge Of Frankenstein (1958)

karloff1931

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20 Oct 2010, 8:53pm

i didn't really enjoy this one: the plot is thinly developed and hard to follow, christopher lee is rather underused and not given enough to do and the ending is far too predictable.

Related to: Taste of Fear (1961)