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The British independent film company Hammer Productions was founded in 1934, and flourished in the mid-1950s through the 70s with "Gothic Horror" films often based on classic literature characters and imaginative story fragments.  Fans immediately were drawn to regulars Christopher Lee - unforgettable as hypnotic Dracula - and Peter Cushing as an intense, passionate Dr. Frankenstein. With supportive casts, including a bevy of busty starlets, and brilliantly established period settings and costumes - helmed by directors such as Terence Fisher, Val Guest, Robert Aldrich, Freddie Francis, Don Chaffey, utilizing scripts penned by the creative force of the prolific Jimmy Sangster, Hammer Studios found rewarding success both domestically and abroad maintaining a  cache of loyal followers. Although the studio delved into, noir, science fiction, war-dramas, psychological thrillers and comedy - they were known worldwide for their elegantly established horror series, even creating a television programme in 1980 entitled Hammer House of Horror. For many years, Hammer's charismatic essence dominated this genre's film market, impacting immensely on the entire industry and the studio continues to attract new converts decades later.

 

We've attempted to organize a listing of most of the Hammer films available on Blu-ray, with button access to our reviews, purchase links, and we briefly address the, imitating, competitor's work plus providing some book recommendations. We will continue to update this page as necessary. As Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter stated "What he doesn't know about vampirism wouldn't fill a flea's codpiece", so if there are titles we've neglected, please let us know! Thank you!

 

 

Hammer Studios on Blu-ray (click review buttons to also see comparisons where applicable) in chronological order:

 

COMING SOON!

 

The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

 

The Quatermass Xperiment

 (1955)

X The Unknown (1956)

The Curse of Frankenstein

 (1957)

Quatermass 2

(1957)

Horror of Dracula (1958)

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

 

The Man Who Could Cheat Death

(1959)

The Mummy

(1959)

Ten Seconds to Hell

 (1959)

The Brides of Dracula

(1960)

Scream of Fear

(1960)

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

 

The Curse of The Werewolf (1961)

Captain Clegg

(1962)

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Maniac

 (1963)

Paranoiac

(1963)

The Evil of Frankenstein

(1964)

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)

 

The Gorgon (1964)

Nightmare (1964)

Fanatic

 (1965)

The Nanny (1965)

Dracula - Prince of Darkness (1966)

One Million Years BC (1966)

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

 

Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)

The Reptile

(1966)

The Witches (1966)

Frankenstein Created Woman

(1967)

The Mummy's Shroud  (1967)

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

 

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969)

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

The Horror of Frankenstein

 (1970)

Scars of Dracula

 (1970)

The Vampire Lovers

(1970)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

 

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb

(1971)

Countess Dracula

(1971)

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

 (1971)

Hands of the Ripper

(1971)

Twins Of Evil

(1971)

Demons of the Mind

 (1972)

Dracula A.D. 1972

(1972)

 

Fear in the Night

(1972)

Straight on Till Morning

 (1972)

Vampire Circus

(1972)

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

(1973)

Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

To the Devil a Daughter

 (1976)

Hammer House of Horror

(1980)

 

Blu-ray Boxsets

 

The Hammer Collection --5 Disc Set Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection

 Horror Classics, Volume One Collection

Hammer  7 Film Edition

Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning

Hammer Horror Collection - 13-Disc Box Set Hammer Horror Collection Redux

 

Revival Hammer Productions on Blu-ray

 

Wake Wood

(2011)

The Resident

 (2011)

The Woman in Black

 (2012)

The Quiet Ones

 (2012)


Amicus Productions

Amicus was another British film production company. They were based out of Shepperton Studios, and produced films from the early 60's  to 1977. They specialized in Horror movies, in a similar vein to Hammer Studios (Peter Cushing often starring) but also made portmanteau films in that genre. They were revived in 2007 with Stuart Gordon's Stuck, Here are a few of their titles available on digital:

 

The City of the Dead (1960)

The Deadly Bees (1965)

Dr. Terrors House of Horrors (1965)

The Skull (1965)

The Amicus Collection

Torture Garden (1967)

 

Madhouse (1974)

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

At the Earth's Core (1976)

The People That Time Forgot (1977)

Tales From The Crypt / Vault Of Horror)


Tigon British Film Productions

Tigon had a relatively small output (producing films from 1967-73) with modest budgets but are best remembered for its horror films, directly competing for audiences with Hammer and Amicus. They eventually drifted into distributing, mostly, sexploitation films.

 

Zeta One (1969)

The Blood Beast Terror (1968)

Witchfinder General

 (1968)

Curse of the Crimson Altar

(1968)

The Blood on Satan's Claw

(1971)

Hannie Caulder

(1971)

Au Pair Girls (1972)


Pete Walker

Pete Walker is a British film director, writer and producer, who, in the 60s and 70s, confined his output to primarily horror and sexploitation films, often blurring the line and overlapping the two genres. Walker's work was initially dismissed as pedestrian, however some contemporary critics, found enlightened and challenging subtexts in his oeuvre of commercially-made exploitation films. As with Hammer Studios Walker's film are being revisited. The latter for their social relevance which frequently contained attractive young women at odds with the moral codes of mainstream society. He has stated "All I wanted to do was create a bit of mischief."

Walker's work is being recognized on Blu-ray by Kino (Redemption), BFI and others. A list is below:

 

For Men Only (1968)

Man of Violence (1969)

The Comeback

 (1978)

Die Screaming, Marianne

(1971)

The Flesh and Blood Show

(1972)

Frightmare (1974)

House of Whipcord

 (1974)

 

House of Mortal Sin (1976)

Schizo

(1976)

Home Before Midnight (1979)

House of the Long Shadows

 (1983)

The Pete Walker Collection I

The Pete Walker Collection II


Recommended Reading for Hammer fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

 

Hammer Glamour: Classic Images From the Archive of Hammer Films
by Marcus Hearn

Hammer, House of Horror: Behind the Screams
by Howard Maxford

Hammer Films' Psychological Thrillers, 1950-1972
by David Huckvale

The Hammer Vault: Treasures From the Archive of Hammer Films
by Marcus Hearn

 

 

 


 

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