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Hammer horror film actor who went on to take a variety of roles in popular television series, including Coronation Street, The Saint and Blake’s 7

Suzan Farmer, who has died aged 75 of cancer, was a vocally precise actor with beguiling eyes who starred in a number of films for Hammer, the British company that specialised in memorable gothic horror.

In particular she was the heroine of Terence Fisher’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), the second of Hammer’s productions with Christopher Lee as the evil count. The target of the vampire’s lust, she bravely resisted him with the help of her screen husband Francis Matthews, before shooting the ice off a frozen moat and plunging Dracula into the freezing water below at the film’s climax. Farmer also provided, in post-production, the screams supposedly uttered by her co-star Barbara Shelley.

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

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By the mid ‘60s, the glory days of Boris Karloff were far behind him. The gentle giant forever known as the screen’s original (and best) Frankenstein monster was relegated to appearing in disappointing quickies that squandered his immense talents. However, there were some twilight standouts: Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963), a couple of animated delights, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and Mad Monster Party? (1967), and his dignified portrayal of an aging horror star in Peter Bogdanovich’s debut, Targets (1968). Nestled in between (and often shown the door) was Daniel Haller’s Die, Monster, Die! (1965), an early, colorful, and fun foray into the world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Released by Aip in the Us in October on a double bill with Planet of the Vampires (Bava again), Die rolled out to theatres and drive-ins across the land, but had to wait until February to be released in England under the ghastly
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Hammer double features revived for Horror Channel

Hammer double features revived for Horror Channel
The Horror Channel has announced the return of the Hammer double features.

The season, which runs on Saturday nights from February 1 to 22 at 9pm, promises "vampire vixens, creepy castles, mouldy mummies, satanic sadists and Lee & Cushing on top show".

Hammer recently unveiled the trailer for The Quiet Ones, the studio's follow-up to its successful critical and commercial return with The Woman in Black.

The full schedule is below, complete with synopses from the Horror Channel (Sat 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138).

February 1 9pm - Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

This sequel to the 1958 The Horror of Dracula sees the supposedly dead Count Dracula back in bloody business once his trusty servant Klove entices the English Kents - Charles (Francis Matthews), brother Alan (Charles Tingwell) and their wives Diana (Suzan Farmer) and Helen (Barbara Shelley) - inside his welcoming castle. Directed by Terence Fisher, this is seen as the "quintessential Hammer horror".

February 1 10.45pm -
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The Scream Factory to Set Free Cat People and Die Monster Die on Blu-ray

More news is coming out of the sexy creatures who populate the hallways of the Scream Factory. Two more Blu-rays are on their way which deserve a spot in your collection and on your shelf. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for a generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with the “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie.
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Cat People & Die, Monster, Die! Blu-ray Release Details

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Scream Factory has provided us with new details on two of their early 2014 releases: 1982′s Cat People and Die, Monster, Die!, starring Boris Karloff:

“It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie.

For the first time ever on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition of Cat People features anamorphic
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Die, Monster, Die! is Coming to Blu-ray

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Scream Factory made a surprise release announcement today, when it was revealed that they’ll be bringing Die, Monster, Die! to Blu-ray for the first time. While a specific release date has not been set, they’ve said to expect the movie early next year:

via Scream Factory: “Ready to cruise back to the 60s? We are! The 1965 shocker Die, Monster, Die! (starring Frankenstein’s monster himself, Boris Karloff) will be coming to Blu-ray for the first time from us in the early part of 2014. No other details to report at this time.”

Released in 1965 from director Daniel Haller, Die, Monster, Die! stars Boris Karloff, Nick Adams and Susan Farmer. The movie was distributed by American International Pictures and was originally released in the UK under the title Monster of Terror:

“Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, Karloff stars as the wheelchaired master of a strange old house in Arkham,
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness Gets a Date Change; New Hammer Facebook Site

Looking forward to Dracula: Prince of Darkness hitting Blu-ray here in the States for the first time? Then get out your calendars because we have a date change to inform you of!

The flick will be releasing on September 17th instead of September 3rd as previously announced. To make up for the bump, you can now check out the official Millennium Films Hammer Blu-ray Facebook Page!

From the Press Release

Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal the final artwork and announce details for its upcoming high-definition release of the classic 1966 Hammer film Dracula: Prince of Darkness on September 17th. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring the iconic Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, and Andrew Keir, Millennium's Collector's Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness marks the first time that horror fans in the Us will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Millennium is also planning to release several other Hammer
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness Blu-ray Release Date Change

Millennium Entertainment was set to release a Dracula: Prince of Darkness Blu-ray on September 3rd and we’ve been told that there’s a slight release delay. Instead of September 3rd, the movie will now be released on September 17th. We’ll have more content and a contest before then, so check back soon for the latest details on this upcoming Hammer release.

“Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal the final artwork and announce details for their upcoming high-definition release of the classic 1966 Hammer Film, Dracula: Prince of Darkness on [September 17th]. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring the iconic Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir, Millennium’s Collector’s Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness marks the first time that horror fans in the Us will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Millennium is also planning to release several other Hammer Films on Blu-ray later this year including Quartermass and the Pit,
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness Blu-ray Art and Specs

Looking forward to Dracula: Prince of Darkness hitting Blu-ray here in the States for the first time? Then get ready to read on as we have everything you need to know about the upcoming release right here!

From the Press Release

Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal the final artwork and announce details for its upcoming high-definition release of the classic 1966 Hammer film Dracula: Prince of Darkness on September 3rd. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring the iconic Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, and Andrew Keir, Millennium's Collector's Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness marks the first time that horror fans in the Us will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Millennium is also planning to release several other Hammer Films on Blu-ray later this year including Quartermass and the Pit, The Plague of the Zombies, and The Devil Rides Out.

Special features for the Collector's Edition Blu-Ray of
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness Blu-ray Release Details and Cover Art

Last month, we gave you early word that Millennium Entertainment was planning to release Dracula: Prince of Darkness on Blu-ray this September. We now have official release details, a list of bonus features, and new cover art.

“Beverly Hills, CA– (July 3, 2013) Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal the final artwork and announce details for their upcoming high-definition release of the classic 1966 Hammer Film, Dracula: Prince of Darkness on September 3rd. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring the iconic Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir, Millennium’s Collector’s Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness marks the first time that horror fans in the Us will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Millennium is also planning to release several other Hammer Films on Blu-ray later this year including Quartermass and the Pit, The Plague of the Zombies and The Devil Rides Out.

Special features for the Collector’s
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness Blu-ray is Coming to the Us

Millennium Entertainment recently sealed a deal to bring Hammer titles to the Us and Dracula: Prince of Darkness is the first title to be released on Blu-ray. At this time, the only Us-specific news we have is that the movie will be released on September 3rd, but we should have a full press release from Millennium shortly. Because the release is coming straight from Hammer, we believe it will mirror the UK release and here’s a look at that version’s bonus features, transfer, and cover art:

“In this sequel to Dracula (1958), four English tourists are holidaying in the Carpathians when they meet the unconventional Father Sandor (Andrew Keir) at an inn. He warns them to avoid the local castle if they value their lives, but the next day the quartet find themselves stranded in the mountains after their driver abandons them. When a driverless carriage arrives they board it,
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Blu-ray Review - Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Rasputin: The Mad Monk, 1966.

Directed by Don Sharp.

Starring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews, Richard Pasco and Suzan Farmer.

Synopsis:

In pre-revolution St Petersburg, Russia, sinister monk Grigori Rasputin (Christopher Lee) proves that he has the unearthly power to ease the deranged and heal the sick, but at what price?

It’s hard to know where to start talking about Grigori Rasputin. The man was notorious in a way few men of his station had ever dared dream. His actions, his lifestyle and his alleged ‘powers of healing’ arguably changed the world.

If you still don’t know who Rasputin was, you won’t get many more hard facts out of Rasputin: The Mad Monk. Terence Fisher is much more interested in the man himself than the political havoc he wrought, and with good reason. We want the legend of Rasputin, and Fisher delivers it with considerable relish.

We
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Blu-ray Review Round-Up: Hammer Horror re-mastered!

Following on from their recent releases of the fully restored and re-mastered Hammer classics, The Reptile and The Plague of the Zombies last June, StudioCanal have released the next three iconic Hammer titles in their new restored and re-mastered collection: The Devil Rides Out, The Mummy’s Shroud and Rasputin The Mad Monk. Not only are the films restored, but they are also accompanied by a host of specially created new extras, produced in collaboration with Hammer expert and author Marcus Hearn (author of The Hammer Vault), including brand new making of featurettes and interviews with original cast members.

The Devil Rides Out

Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi | Written by Richard Matheson, Dennis Wheatley | Directed by Terence Fisher

Starring Christopher Lee in one of his personal favourite roles and based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Weatley, The Devil Rides Out sees the debonair Duc de Richleau trusted
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Film4 Frightfest Image Explosion: New Stills and Art for Hidden in the Woods, Tulpa, Outpost II, After, Chained, Before Dawn, Errors of the Human Body and More!

We've updated our Film4 Fright Fest line-up story with tons of images. Read on to see what you may have missed and what's brand spanking new! Dig it!

Programme - Screen 1

Thursday Aug 23

Opening Film - The Seasoning House (World Premiere)

Special make-up prosthetics and splatter genius Paul Hyett makes his directorial debut with a harrowing exploration into tense claustrophobia, hard-hitting action and rollercoaster suspense. In a Balkan brothel, where girls kidnapped by soldiers in war-torn zones are prostituted to the military and civilians alike, Angel (Robin Day) is the deaf mute orphan enslaved to care for the inmates. But unbeknownst to her captors, she moves between the walls and crawlspaces of the seasoning house planning her escape. Psychological horror in the nerve-shredding Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski style but with an ultra-modern twist.

89 mins Director: Paul Hyett UK 2012

Rosie DayAngel

Sean Pertwee – Goran

Kevin Howarth – Viktor

David Lemberg
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Blu-ray Review - Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Dracula: Prince of Darkness, 1966.

Directed by Terence Fisher.

Starring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Charles Tingwell, Philip Latham and Thorley Walters.

Synopsis:

Four unsuspecting visitors are lured to Castle Dracula, paving the way for the resurrection of the fearsome Prince of Darkness.

Vampires don’t chat. They’re vicious, hungry predators who happen to be wearing their last victim’s body, like a perverse kind of trophy. Count Dracula, as written by Jimmy Sangster and portrayed by Christopher Lee, is far more animal than man. If you like your vampires buff and broody, go rent Buffy or Twilight, they’ve got you covered for hunks galore. If you’re after a horror film... look no further.

It all starts with a kind of ‘Previously on Dracula’ segment, where the climactic battle from Horror of Dracula (1957) is replayed, framed in a terrific burning eye effect. No
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Blu-ray Review: Dracula – Prince of Darkness

Dracula: Prince Of Darkness

Stars: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer | Written by Jimmy Sangster | Directed by Terence Fisher

With Hammer firmly on the comeback trail following the success of The Woman in Black, the company have gone back into the vaults to restore and remaster some of the classic movies from their past before unleashing them on today’s audience vis the medium of Blu-ray. The first Hammer Horror classic out of the gate is one of the studios most famous, Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

Starring Hammer stalwart Christopher Lee as the eponymous villain, Dracula: Prince of Darkness is the first sequel to Hammer’s original Dracula and picks up the story ten years after Dracula’s death at the hands of Peter Cushing Van Helsing (a death recapped in the opening sequence of the film). Released in 1966, this time round our hero is Andrew Keir
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Hammer Stakes Out "Dracula: Prince Of Darkness"-March 5, 2012

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Further to our story January 22, regarding UK studio Hammer Films restoring their classic horror features, now Sneak Peek the DVD cover to the restored version of "Dracula: Prince Of Darkness", available in the UK , March 5th 2012, from film restoration partner StudioCanal :

"..."In a landmark collaboration, Hammer, StudioCanal, Anolis Entertainment (Germany), Pinewood and others are coming together to undertake a major restoration of the iconic Hammer film library. The project will bring over 30 movies into HD format for Blu-ray and new media exploitation..."

"Dracula: Prince Of Darkness" Blu-ray Bonus Features include commentary from actors Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews & Barbara Shelley, behind-the-scenes footage, trailers and a whole lot more.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original 1966 trailer from "Dracula : Prince Of Darkness"...
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness – Blu-ray Details, Images and Cover Art

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Last week, Hammer announced that they will be restoring a number of their classic horror films for release on Blu-ray. The first film on their slate is Dracula: Prince of Darkness, which will be available in the UK on March 5th. Not only do we have a list of bonus features and cover art, but images from the newly restored film.

Studio Canal will be handling the title releases in the UK and Dracula: Prince of Darkness is already available for pre-order. While Us release plans have not been revealed, we can’t imagine these films not hitting the states in the near future. Hammer has already announced that they are discussing restorations with their Us studio partners. Here is some more information on the restoration from the previous press release:

“In a landmark collaboration, Hammer today announced that Studiocanal, Anolis Entertainment (Germany), Pinewood, illuminate Hollywood fka Htv and others
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“The Worst Holiday Breaks in Film” – by Kim Newman

To celebrate the release of Retreat, in which Thandie Newton and Cillian Murphy unwisely try to patch up their failing marriage by spending time alone in the only cottage on a remote Scots island, here’s a guide to the movies’ worst holiday destinations compiled by film critic and author Kim Newman. These films tell you all the things you don’t see in the brochures.

And Soon the Darkness (1970)

Destination: Northern France | Holidaymakers: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice | Major snag: Psycho Killer

This is a cautionary tale about the perils of venturing abroad, especially if you happen to be two English girls in short shorts who decide to go on a cycling tour of an area of France where several young women have mysteriously disappeared. It’s a slow burn of a movie, beginning with the petty discomforts – unfriendly guest-houses, leering locals, squabbles – of a shared trip, then escalating to cat-and-mouse with a maniac.
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McShane 'Can't Remember First Two Marriages'

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McShane 'Can't Remember First Two Marriages'
British actor Ian McShane has no recollection of his first two marriages - because he was drinking copiously to ease his unhappiness.

The star, who plays Blackbeard in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, endured a lengthy battle with alcohol when he first broke into the industry as a teenager.

McShane insists he can barely remember his marriages to actress Suzan Farmer, who he divorced after three years in 1968, and Ruth Post, who he has two children with.

He tells Britain's The Independent Magazine, "I started this so young - my first film was at 19 - I was not really happy. You don't know it at the time, but looking back I didn't know who the f**k I was. I don't remember my first two marriages... the details are very sketchy.

"My first wife was delightful. She was the queen of the Hammer Horror movies, but I never saw her for two years. It was the Sixties... My second marriage was to a girl I met in Manchester (England), kept a long-distance relationship going for two years, then we got married... disaster."

McShane has now been sober for 23 years and he's adamant he won't fall back into his wild ways: "I went to an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting with a friend and I haven't had a drink since, and I never think twice about it. But you must never be smug... about anything.

"Anyway, it's exhausting, that lifestyle. You think 'I'm getting old, give it up... there's a new generation who can take over and have a good time.'"

McShane wed his third wife Gwen Humble in 1980.
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