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karloff1931

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18 Oct 2010, 11:39pm

this hammer horror offering had great promise to be an effective and perhaps, minor classic. sadly, due to some rather hasty and foolish last minute editing before release and a slightly poor plot, "vampire circus" can best be described as an interesting misfire. there are some interesting ideas: a circus entering the village, vampires that change into different animals, a bloodthirsty count who needs the blood of victims to be brought back to life etc etc.

Related to: Vampire Circus (1972)

karloff1931

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18 Oct 2010, 11:36pm

i have mixed feelings about "curse of the werewolf." for years, the public could only see the censored version as approximately 2 or 3 minutes were removed before release. upon seeing the uncut version, my opinion hasn't really changed. the pace is still too slow, it takes an age for oliver reed to make his first appearance and the werewolf scenes are too few and too brief for my liking. the makeup job is a very good one however and it does add a measure of suspense during the transformation scenes. also, the climax is reasonably effective. the mixture of sex and violence was certainly quite daring for 1960 when the film went into production. only in the unedited version of the film, is the sex and violence more evident. does all that make for a good horror film? not necessarily and "curse of the werewolf" is no exception. however, for all of its flaws, it is strangely, a hard film not to like entirely.

Related to: The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961)

Vagn Henning

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18 Oct 2010, 3:02pm

Any plans to make this comercially available?

Related to: And The Wall Came Tumbling Down (1984)

karloff1931

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18 Oct 2010, 12:31am

i have just finished watching the dvd of "the gorgon" and i still like this hammer film, mainly for its acting, direction and script. it has a problem or two regarding the special effects of the title character but to be fair, hammer only had a certain budget and so, allowances should be made for the disappointing effects. peter cushing is not quite so evil here as he is as frankenstein but still his character is still a good one. christopher lee should have entered the film much earlier than he does but gives a good performance. it is richard pasco and barbara shelly who are the central characters to the narrative and they play their parts very well. the climax is quite chilling, i enjoyed it as i did the whole film.

Related to: The Gorgon (1964)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 9:48pm

whilst this isn't in the same league as hollywood's "the adventures of robin hood," hammer's attempt at the robin hood legend is quite a good one. richard greene is about the same here as he was in the t.v series: competent but rather dull. peter cushing makes for a very effective sheriff of nottingham and niall macginnis is good as friar tuck. on a personal level, i enjoyed seeing one of my favourite actors derren nesbitt in a more sympathetic role for a change and it is a shame that he is written out out of the film so soon. richard pasco is a good villain. the problem though, is lack of action. the sword fight between greene and cushing is alright but too brief for my liking and the climatic sword fight is rather hurried and substandard.

Related to: Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 8:15pm

shot back-to-back with "dracula prince of darkness," i wouldn't exactly describe "rasputin the mad monk" as one of hammer's best moments: the plot is rather threadbare and the script is rather poor. however, it is christopher lee in the title role that gives this film a bit of a lift as he puts on a towering performance as the evil, scheming monk. lee's idea of an upset stomach when he is poisoned at the end of the film, never fails to make me or my brother laugh ourselves silly!

Related to: Rasputin The Mad Monk (1966)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 8:10pm

this has got to be one of the worst hammer horror films in hammer's history. no wonder ralph bates was reluctant to do this rubbish and only agreed as a favour to the director jimmy sangster and actor peter cushing, whom bates had replaced at short notice. there is nothing to enjoy here at all: the acting and script are variable to say the least and that appalling "music" that enters the proceedings every so often does not help matters.

Related to: Lust For A Vampire (1971)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 4:28pm

a disappointing conclusion to the frankenstein series, "frankenstein and the monster from hell" fails in just about every department. the direction, script, pace and plot are simply not good enough and even peter cushing can't do much to save this one. he is the only reason to sit through this mess.

Related to: Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (1974)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 4:26pm

a gritty, fast-paced thriller from Hammer and one of their best. apart from being one of the best films from stanley baker, i like this film for its use of location shooting rather the usual studio backlot at bray studios. also, there is a fine supporting cast to be seen: donald pleasence, billie whitelaw, warren mitchell, george a. cooper etc etc. the music is pretty good too.

Related to: Hell Is A City (1960)

JLH

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17 Oct 2010, 1:47pm

I love this film. When you consider how well "Buffy" did, it seems very unfair that Kronos only ever had the one outing. Yet here it is in all its essential parts: a driven slayer of vampires, a doughty sage of lore and legend as friend and companion, horror, humour, and brilliantly staged fights. If Hammer is looking to revisit some of its old marques for new films, it could do a lot worse than dusting off stake and sabre, and giving the captain another crack.

Related to: Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1974)