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24 Nov 2011, 7:55pm

I don't care what people say, I love this film. It does what it sets out to do- make people laugh- with unashamed gutso. Oh, by the way, only two buses were involved in the crash!

Related to: Holiday on the Buses (1973)

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24 Nov 2011, 7:52pm

As someone with a keen interest in the Victorian period, I do wish Hammer had made more set in this period, so films like this are gems to treasure. It breaks the mould of the traditional Hammer plot in that there is no real hero/ simpering love interest climax here. I also love this film because it takes the Jack the Ripper setting but not in the obvious way- a brave attempt to do something different. It has genuine moments of grisly horror, and the scene set in St. Paul's Cathedral had my horror-hating Mum on the edge of her seat!

Related to: Hands of the Ripper (1971)

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24 Nov 2011, 7:46pm

I've always had a soft spot for this film which is sort of an unofficial template for the Hammer House of Horror and Mystery and Suspense series'. Just a small set of characters, an isolated setting and a good few twists along the way. And from a 2011 percpective, it feels quite a period piece!

Related to: Fear In The Night (1972)

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24 Nov 2011, 7:42pm

Despite the lack of decent plot for Dracula, there is plenty to enjoy in this film. The build up to his revival is packed with atmosphere, and the character interplay between Paul and The Monsignor is entertaining. Cool title sequence too, first time I saw it I thought someone had dropped acid into my tea!

Related to: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)

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24 Nov 2011, 7:36pm

The entrance of Dracula in this film is a masterstroke in mis-direction. We see his shadowy form at the top of the stairs, accompanied by the crashing impact of James Bernard's score. We expect a cheesy moment of horror, but what we get instead is a slow descent followed by a polite greeting. This film is a touch of class, definately not for sadists only!

Related to: Dracula (1958)

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15 May 2011, 12:41pm

Not hard to see where Chris Carter got his ideas from when he created The X-Files, no wonder Nigel Kneale refused to write for it, he already had! Unlike a lot of sci fi films around the time, there is nothing cheesy about this film, and it still holds up today as an exercise in paranoia and government conspiracy. Brian Donlevy isn't that bad despite his obvious limits.

Related to: Quatermass 2 (1957)

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15 May 2011, 12:37pm

Ah, now here we have a film with genuine, chilling atmosphere. The dream sequence still ranks as one of the best scenes of a Hammer film, and John Carson makes for a fantastic villian, despite the bonkers nature of his plan, although I guess he doesn't have any union issues. The scene where the Zombie flings Alice's body away and cackles maniacally really scared me as a kid and still gives me the shivers! Not bad for a 45 year old film.

Related to: The Plague Of The Zombies (1966)

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15 May 2011, 12:31pm

Somehow, this film managed to scare my Dad when he saw it on its original release! I was too busy laughing to be scared when I first saw it, from the camp Dracula who looks as though he had a few gins and decided to daub himself in his late Mother's make up to the kung fu scenes that look as though the characters are flinging red paint at each other. But hey, its difficult to hate it, and if nothing else its the perfect film so long as you're armed with a group of mates and a stack of booze.

Related to: The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

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15 May 2011, 12:24pm

So, here we have a film in which the main character is a murderous, blackmailing borderline madman as the main character and we find ourselves routing for him! All praise indeed to Peter Cushing- the gentle man who scared millions. the best scene, though, belongs to Freddie Jones attempting to communicate with his wife in another man's body. Such an outrageous concept made incredibly moving by his portrayal. And its good to see Veronica Calson given a nice, meaty part which she handles with aplomb.

Related to: Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

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15 May 2011, 12:18pm

I'll be honest, when I first saw this film aged 14, I found it dull and slow moving. I realised how wrong I was some years ago. It's leisurely pace helps to build up the tension and the atmosphere for the still potent scene of Dracula's ressurection, and Christopher Lee's presence despite (or becuase of) the lack of dialogue is captivating throughout. Special mention must go to Andrew Kier, who achieves the near impossible feat of never making you miss Peter Cushing.

Related to: Dracula Prince Of Darkness (1966)

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