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Blackhaggis

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17 Oct 2010, 5:20am

What can you say about this film the birth of the greatest portral of the count ever

Related to: Dracula (1958)

Blackhaggis

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17 Oct 2010, 5:15am

Totally agree the formation of one of the great acting partnerships in film history

Related to: The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957)

Blackhaggis

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17 Oct 2010, 5:12am

Great Film but couldn't we have got a british actor for Quatermass

Related to: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 12:46am

one of my favourite Hammer horror films of all time, "the devil rides out" is a fine example of film-making: a fine script by richard matheson, first rate direction from my favourite director terence fisher and excellent performances from christopher lee and charles gray help to make this film a true classic. that opening scene where a devil-like creature emerges from below the earth to menace christopher lee and leon greene, always gives me the chills!

Related to: The Devil Rides Out (1968)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 12:42am

"blood from the mummy's tomb" is one of the better Hammer films from this period. i find it quite remarkable that this production was even completed given the following circumstances: after 1 day's worth of shooting, original leading man peter cushing had to be replaced by andrew keir and then before filming was complete, director seth holt died suddenly from a heart attack. in spite of these setbacks, i do find a lot to enjoy: the mood which conveys a sense of mystery, evil and fear, all this is accomplished very effectively. also, performances from andrew keir, valerie leon and james villiers are brilliantly done. at least, this fourth and final instalment of "the mummy" franchise attempted to do something different and rather more subtle and original. in my opinion, "blood from the mummy's tomb" passes with flying colours.

Related to: Blood From The Mummy's Tomb (1971)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 12:35am

i have never enjoyed this frankenstein from Hammer as this is hardly any narrative or plot description of any kind. also, the script is woeful and decidely unimaginative. the sets may look better but that doesn't gurantee a good film and "the evil of frankenstein" is no exception. the worst of the Hammer frankenstein franchise by far.

Related to: The Evil Of Frankenstein (1964)

karloff1931

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17 Oct 2010, 12:29am

when i first saw "dracula a.d 1972" back in the late 80s, i couldn't help but feel rather cheated. after the excellent opening scene that was set in 1872 in hyde park, the remainder of the film is gievn the "modern day" treatment with hippies, mini skirts and rock music all thrown in. i simply can not think of a more ill-suited setting as it clashes with Hammer's glory days of the 1950s and 1960s where the films were almost always given the gothic look and rightly so. however, this particular Hammer film does have some effective moments but not many alas. it is always great fun to watch peter cushing and here, he does his upmost to give "dracula a.d 1972" a much needed lift and almost succeeds. a professional performance from him. christopher lee however, is wasted and far too restricted in his screentime as dracula. it would have been a good idea to have had scenes of christopher lee venturing out of his lair and to attack his victims around london, instead of the victims being taken to him. also, the constant drug references are unnecessary and too graphic. in conclusion, this is a far, far cry from the triumph of "horror of dracula" which has everything that this dracula instalment does not.

Related to: Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

karloff1931

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16 Oct 2010, 1:50am

this hammer film is my all-time favourite: the plot, narrative, script and pace are all first rate. however, "the curse of frankenstein" would not be the classic it is without peter cushing and christopher lee. their performances are the ones to see, especially peter cushing as the evil baron frankenstein, the character that cushing made his own for all time.

Related to: The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957)

Tears-in-the-bottomless-well

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15 Oct 2010, 6:46pm

This is the best film I have ever seen. The acting from Moretz and Mcphee was amazing in every scene. I have seen the film four times in theatres already. I am a long time horror fan and was totally blown away by the concept. The dark atmosphere and melancholy musical score creates the perfect atmosphere for the well paced horror scenes. This film is a true gem and sadly it was taken out of my local theatre due to not enough ticket sales. I don't think the general public has good enough taste to appreciate fine acting and phenomenal script writing. I eagerly await the blu-ray release and encourage anyone and everyone to see this film.

Related to: Let Me In (2010)

tombombadil

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14 Oct 2010, 7:04pm

I see that Ciaran Hinds has a part in new production of The Woman In Black. I always thought that he'd make a great Hammer star. He's such a good actor and so charismatic. He'd make a great Duc de Richelieu, Quatermass or even vampire! Hammer, don't let him go!!!

Related to: The Woman In Black (2012)