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25 May 2011, 1:06am

A very timely release of some classic scores.James Bernard of course will always be remembered as Hammers greatest composer and its for The Curse Of Frankenstein in 1957 that he was given full reign by musical director John Hollingsworth to add brass and woodwind to his orchestration.Bernard responded by giving The Curse Of Frankenstein an undeniable atmosphere of menace with his distinctive music and 12 years later in 1969 for Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed he gave one of his best scores for the film he had ever composed for Hammer.Other composers who scored for Hammer including on this album Don Banks all gave fine scores but its James Bernard who will be forever known as Hammers finest composer.

Related to: The Frankenstein Collection [The Hammer Legacy] (2011)

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01 Apr 2011, 9:23pm

A first rate slice of modern Hammer horror.This eerie tale of witchcraft is well acted by Jon Finch and Prunella Gee but Patricia Quinn steals the acting honors as Lucinda Jessop a 16th century witch who manages to escape through time and terrorise the inhabitants of a modern day farmhouse.Composer James Bernard makes a welcome return to provide this episode with a menacing score that helps build the tension unbearably.

Related to: Witching Time (1980)

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01 Apr 2011, 9:04pm

Must see Hammer horror that stands out as one of the best Hammer Dracula sequels.Christopher Lee dominates the film as the infamous vampire count and Terence Fishers assured direction plus stunning sets, photography and music help establish Dracula Prince Of Darkness as one of the best films from Hammer's heyday at Bray studio's.

Related to: Dracula Prince Of Darkness (1966)

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01 Apr 2011, 12:55pm

One of Hammer's most poetic films that featured the last teaming of stars Peter Cushing,Christopher Lee and director Terence Fisher.Both Cushing and Lee command the film with their dominating presence whilst actress Barbera Shelley is fine as the doomed Carla Hoffmann possessed by the spirit of the gorgon that roams the Castle Borski, one of production designer Bernard Robinson's most gothic creations.The film is given an added boost by a haunting score from James Bernard that drips with atmosphere.All in all a well nigh faultless film.

Related to: The Gorgon (1964)

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31 Mar 2011, 10:54pm

Hammer's final Frankenstein film is a fitting swan song from their top director Terence Fisher.Peter Cushing is splendid as Baron Frankenstein and future Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse is the man behind the make up as the lumbering creature brought to life by the mad Baron in the claustrophobic settings of an Carlsbad asylum.Hammer's top composer James Bernard once again provides a truly atmospheric score that is one of his best.A splendidly gothic Hammer romp.

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

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31 Mar 2011, 10:20pm

This film should see a triumphant return for Hammer to the realm of gothic horror,a genre they so successfully dominated for over forty years.All in all an eagerly awaited movie.

Related to: The Woman In Black (2012)

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31 Mar 2011, 10:11pm

A classic slice of Hammer horror,directed with panache by Terence Fisher.Production designer Bernard Robinson provides some splendidly gothic sets and Peter Cushing is outstanding once again as the steely vampire hunter Van Helsing. The film also benefits from Jack Ashers cinematography which provides a wonderful adult fairy tale feel to the proceedings.One of Hammer's best films.

Related to: The Brides of Dracula (1960)

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