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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!

 

 

Newest Reviews:

 

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

(1960)

The Witches (1966)

Sword of Sherwood Forest

(1960)

The Vengeance of She

(1968)

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Dracula - Prince of Darkness (1966)

Horror of Dracula (1958)

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

(1973)

 

 

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

 

 

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb

(1971)

The Brides of Dracula

(1960)

The Camp on Blood Island (1958)

Captain Clegg

(1962)

Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

Cash on Demand (1961)

Countess Dracula

(1971)

 

The Curse of Frankenstein

 (1957)

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)

The Curse of The Werewolf (1961)

Demons of the Mind

 (1972)

Die! Die! My Darling! (Frantic)

 (1965)

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

 (1971)

 

Dracula A.D. 1972

(1972)

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

Dracula - Prince of Darkness (1966)

The Evil of Frankenstein

(1964)

Fanatic

 (1965)

Fear in the Night

(1972)

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

(1973)

 

Frankenstein Created Woman

(1967)

Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969)

The Full Treatment (1960) aka Stop Me Before I Kill!

The Gorgon (1964)

Hands of the Ripper

(1971)

Horror of Dracula (1958)

The Horror of Frankenstein

 (1970)

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

(1960)

The Man Who Could Cheat Death

(1959)

Maniac

 (1963)

The Mummy

(1959)

The Mummy's Shroud  (1967)

The Nanny (1965)

 

Never Take Sweets from a Stranger(1960)

Nightmare (1964)

One Million Years BC (1966)

Paranoiac

(1963)

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

 

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The Quatermass Xperiment

 (1955)

Quatermass 2

(1957)

Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)

The Reptile

(1966)

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

(1973)

 

Scars of Dracula

 (1970)

Scream of Fear

(1960)

The Snorkel (1958)

Straight on Till Morning

 (1972)

The Stranglers of Bombay (1959)

Sword of Sherwood Forest

(1960)

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

 

Ten Seconds to Hell

 (1959)

The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

To the Devil a Daughter

 (1976)

Twins Of Evil

(1971)

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

Vampire Circus

(1972)

The Vampire Lovers

(1970)

 

The Vengeance of She

(1968)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

The Witches (1966)

X The Unknown (1956)

Yesterday's Enemy (1959)

 

Blu-ray Boxsets

 

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

 Horror Classics, Volume One Collection

Hammer House of Horror

(1980)

Hammer  7 Film Edition

 

Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning

Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent

Hammer Volume Three: Blood and Terror

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 Amicus Collection

And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

The Psychopath(1966)

Asylum

(1972)

 

The City of the Dead (1960)

The Deadly Bees (1965)

Dr. Terrors House of Horrors (1965)

The Skull (1965)

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)

The Creeping Flesh (1973)


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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