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30 Oct 2010, 1:41am

i find it quite absurd that peter cushing isn't listed first in the cast as he is clearly the central character throughout the entire film. the only reason that forrest tucker receives top billing, is to please the americans. even so, this is one of hammer's best offerings and is made even more effective in that the viewer doesn't see much of the yeti characters. i sometimes prefer the power of suggestion as it can provide more tense and suspenseful viewing.

Related to: The Abominable Snowman (1957)

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30 Oct 2010, 1:38am

if memory serves me correctly, i think "hands of the ripper" was the only hammer film that was based upon the jack the ripper character. there are some effective scenes in this production and also some good acting but i consider the plot to be slightly weak and uneven in places. the climax is quite well handled though.

Related to: Hands of the Ripper (1971)

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29 Oct 2010, 2:37pm

thisn't a bad hammer horror but i can't remember seeing a horror film where there were so many villians and other rather unsympathetic characters crammed into one film. there are one or two scenes where i find the taste to be questionable but that was how the hammer horror films had become by this time.

Related to: Countess Dracula (1971)

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29 Oct 2010, 2:34pm

the first and best of "the karnstein trilogy," "the vampire lovers" is a slight return to the good old days of hammer horror. i like this film for its story, acting and also for the atmosphere that is created and sustained for the most part. i am disappointed that peter cushing doesn't play the vampire-hunting character and also that his screentime is quite limited until the ending. it is down to actor douglas wilmer to carry out the role of vampire slayer and he does it pretty well. ingrid pitt is on fine form for being both an incredibly sexy woman and also for being a good actress. this was the first hammer horror production to include the subject of lesbianism but i consider this to have been handled quite tastfully for "the vampire lovers."

Related to: The Vampire Lovers (1970)

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28 Oct 2010, 9:36pm

i couldn't believe how cold and stern peter cushing was in "twins of evil" as his vampire-hunting characters were usually more kind and polite. even so, he redeems himself in this one at the end when he discovers what is really going on at the castle karnstein. the two twins of the film's title can't act their way out of a paper bag but they were hardly cast for their acting ability. dennis price makes a rather pointless cameo but judging by his track record, this film is one of the better ones that he appeared in, compared to the unspeakable cobblers that filled up his C.V within the last 4 years of his life. there's a good climax and plenty of atmosphere but it was only a question of time before the hammer vampire films would be laid to rest.

Related to: Twins Of Evil (1971)

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28 Oct 2010, 9:30pm

i much prefer this "on the buses" film compared to the other two, as this one contains all the best laughs. i love the scenes where stan and jack spy on the general manager when he's seducing one of the female staff and also the safari park one where stan and blakey have their hands full with the animals! funny!!

Related to: Mutiny on the Buses (1972)

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28 Oct 2010, 1:24am

this is actually quite a good dracula film but it does take about 45 minutes for christopher lee to make his grand entrance and to me, that is too long to wait. the supporting cast is very good with francis matthews, andrew keir, barbara shelly and philip latham coming off best. in spite of the above review, the version that i have of this dracula film and of the proceeding ones, are uncut.

Related to: Dracula Prince Of Darkness (1966)

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26 Oct 2010, 3:37pm

for those who aren't aware of this, "the mummy's shroud" was the last horror film and also one of the last productions to be made at bray studios before hammer moved to elstree. they appeared to have finished with a whimper instead of a bang. this latest film in the mummy series has little commend it. andre morell is completely wasted and i'm not sure why he was placed first in the cast. after the opening 15 minutes or more, he quite rapidly fades into the background which is a shame as he was a gifted actor. it's also good to see michael ripper again but the same problem applies to another gifted talent as he too is underused. the low budget really shows in this one and i'm positive when i watch the film(which isn't that often) that i can spot the slight view of a microphone. shoddy production values indeed. the mummy character is a carbon copy of that in the previous film, that of a cold-blooded and one-dimensional killing machine. at least the likes of boris karloff and christopher lee brought a measure of depth and character when they played the same part. the same can't be said with this mummy. also, the violence is rather too gratuitous for my liking. the scenes where the mummy claims its victims, tend to be both unpleasant and un-necessary.

Related to: The Mummy's Shroud (1967)

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25 Oct 2010, 6:24pm

this is my second favorite hammer horror film after "the curse of frankenstein." for my money, "dracula" hasn't got quite so good a narrative but the acting, direction, music are all top notch. peter cushing plays van helsing the way only he could, as a crusading, determined, brave and strong-willed character who could prove himself a match for dracula at any time. speaking of which, christopher lee plays the character with great animal magnetism and also with a seductive and sexual air about him. it's a slight pity that he isn't in the film very often after the opening 15 minutes or so. nevertheless, the climatic scene between lee and cushing is worth waiting for as i rate it as one of the best sequences out of all the hammer films i have seen. i love the stirring and powerful music score from james bernard but especially the music that's used for the end credits. the supporting cast are pretty good and they all play their roles well but this film shall always belong to those two horror giants peter cushing and christopher lee.

Related to: Dracula (1958)

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23 Oct 2010, 6:19pm

"x the unknown" is just another version of the "quatermass" films but this is still quite enjoyable.

Related to: X The Unknown (1956)

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