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Frankenstein is all the rage these days (Frankenstein’s Army; I, Frankenstein; et al), but thanks to the tireless stalwarts working behind the scenes, the classics will not stay dead.
In this case it’s the 1967 cult Hammer film Frankenstein Created Woman, which will be released by Millennium Entertainment in fancy schmancy high-definition on January 28th.
Starring Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, and Thorley Walters, the Terence Fisher-directed film will be the first time we horror nuts in the States will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Included on the Blu-ray will be a multitude of special features, including a brand new documentary called “Hammer Glamour” and the trailer for the film, among others.
In Frankenstein Created Woman, a tormented girl (Susan Denberg) drowns herself after her lover is framed for her father’s murder and guillotined. Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), experimenting with the transfer of souls, places »
- Brad McHargue
After recently bringing Dracula: Prince of Darkness to Blu-ray, Millennium Entertainment has announced that they’ll be following it up with the release of a Frankenstein Created Woman Blu-ray in January.
“To kick-off the upcoming New Year, Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal their plans for a high-definition release of the cult classic 1967 Hammer Film, Frankenstein Created Woman on January 28th. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring horror icon Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg and Thorley Walters, Millennium’s Collector’s Edition of Frankenstein Created Woman marks the first time that Us fans will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray here in the States.
Special features for the Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray of Frankenstein Created Woman include a brand new documentary entitled “Hammer Glamour,” an audio commentary featuring Derek Fowlds, Robert Morris and Jonathan Rigby, two World of Hammer episodes celebrating both the iconic character Frankenstein and the immortal Cushing who portrayed Dr. »
- Jonathan James
From Nosferatu to Twilight, gothic films have explored what frightens us – and why we are willing victims of our fear. A few days before Halloween, and as the BFI begins a nationwide season, Michael Newton is seduced by horror, sex and satanism
Beyond high castle walls, the wolves howl. The Count intones: "Listen to them! The children of the night! What music they make!" And those words usher you into a faintly ludicrous cosiness, the comfortable darkness of gothic. For gothic properties are altogether snug, as familiar as Halloween costumes – a Boris Karloff mask, the Bela Lugosi cape, an Elsa Lanchester wig. So it is that many of us first come to the form through its parodies; I knew Carry On Screaming! by heart before I saw my first Hammer film. And yet, within the homely restfulness, something genuinely disturbing lurks; an authentic dread. And watching these films again, we »
- Michael Newton
Halloween is nigh, and that means horror movies aplenty, not that we need any more of an excuse to dust off the classics of our favorite genre. But Beyond Fest, an event taking place in La throughout this October, is making that experience interactive, bringing together some of the finest filmmakers, the best movies, and even infusing screenings with live music from the likes of Umberto, Goblin, and Alan Howarth.
Perhaps the day I was most looking forward to was this past Saturday’s “Full Moon” double feature, serving up perhaps the two best werewolf movies of all-time, right after one another. Kicking off the evening is 1981′s The Howling, followed by the movie that it (and every werewolf movie) is indebted to: Universal’s The Wolf Man, with Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, and Bela Lugosi. That right there is reason enough to make the trek to the movie theater… »
- Andy Greene
★★★☆☆ "He who robs the graves of Egypt...dies." It's sage advice oft proffered to enthusiastic archaeologists and rarely taken heed of. Unsurprisingly, it proves as valuable as the wise words from a stranger that discourage visiting that ominous Transylvanian castle, or investigating the abandoned cabin in the woods. It's the laughing-off of such a recommendation by an affable, well-dressed Englishman in rich Technicolor that assures audiences that they're about to enjoy the recognisable comforts of Hammer Horror's The Mummy (1959). No sooner has he dismissed the warning he's scared into a coma.
The tomb of Princess Ananka, a high priestess of Karnak, seems a haunted place to John Banning (Peter Cushing), son of the fabled and now committed treasure hunter (Felix Aylmer). After his father's collapse, he and his uncle (Raymond Huntley) seal off the tomb, but the mysterious Mehemet Bey (George Pastell) seems hell-bent on wreaking a terrible revenge on »
- CineVue UK
(Terence Fisher, 1959, Icon/Hammer, 12)
After nearly 20 years of unmemorable programme fillers, Hammer Films found sudden international success with horror movies, first the black-and-white The Quatermass Xperiment, then Technicolor versions of the 1930s Universal classics, The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula and The Mummy. Made in a sprawling country mansion on the Thames at Bray, near Windsor, all three films featured the same stars (Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee) and the same crew, headed by director Terence Fisher, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, designer Bernard Robinson and cinematographer Jack Asher. A distinctive style was born, and Hammer became synonymous with horror. The Mummy drew on four Universal movies for its tale of an Egyptologist (Peter Cushing) being pursued back to Britain by the ancient, vengeful mummy of an Egyptian priest (Christopher Lee) that he has roused from his tomb in Karnak in 1896.
Alternately corny and magical, scary and comic, naive and perverse, »
- Philip French
The remastered classics just keep coming, and this time it's Icon Film Distribution stepping up to the plate to bring 1959's Peter Cushing chiller The Mummy back to hi-def life on Blu-ray in the UK on October 14th.
From the Press Release:
On 14th October Hammer’s classic film The Mummy will be released for the first time ever in HD on Blu-ray and on DVD double play and presented in its original UK theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Fans will also be treated to a host of brand new extras never seen before.
Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in their iconic roles in the third of Hammer’s original Gothic classics, The Mummy (1959) was directed by the legendary Terence Fisher, who previously helmed Dracula and The Curse Of Frankenstein.
Available 14th October in the UK on 3-disc Double Play, the pack comprises 1 x Blu-ray and 2 x DVD; the »
On 14th October Hammer’s classic film The Mummy will be released for the first time ever in HD on Blu-ray and on DVD double play and presented in its original UK theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1, accompanied by a host of brand new extras never seen before. To mark its release we have 3 copies to give away!
Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in their iconic roles in this the 3rd of Hammer’s original Gothic classics, The Mummy (1959) was directed by the legendary Terence Fisher who previously helmed Dracula and The Curse Of Frankenstein.
One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis (Lee), high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his sole purpose is to destroy those responsible for the desecration of the sacred tomb. But Isobel »
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- Erin Whitney
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) (Blu-ray Review) Directed By: Terence Fisher Starring: Christopher Lee Rated: Ur/Region A/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 1 Available from Exclusive Media Group Two couples traveling in eastern Europe decide to visit Karlsbad despite dire local warnings. Left outside the village by a coachman terrified at the approach of night, they find themselves in the local castle and are surprised at the hospitality extended by… »
Above: 1979 Hungarian poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA, 1968); Designer: unknown.
When I started the Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr almost two years ago to augment my weekly poster essays here, I thought I might well run out of great posters to post daily after a year or so. But the deeper I dig the more gems I seem to unearth and the more popular the site seems to become (nearly a quarter of a million followers to date).
I’ve been posting these Best Of round-ups every six months (see parts one, two and three) but I’ve found so much good stuff lately that I feel the urge to do these four times a year instead of twice. As usual I’m using the very unscientific method of number of likes and reblogs to judge a poster’s popularity, but it does tend to »
- Adrian Curry
It has been officially announced that Hammer’s The Mummy will be released in October in the UK as a 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD set. Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, the 1959 classic will be available on October 14th and includes an extensive set of bonus features:
“One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis (Lee), high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his sole purpose is to destroy those responsible for the desecration of the sacred tomb. But Isobel Banning (Furneaux), wife of one of the explorers (Cushing), resembles the beautiful princess, forcing the speechless and tormented monster to defy commands and abduct Isobel to an unknown fate… ”
Presentation Details and Bonus Features (via The Digital Fix):
Original UK theatrical aspect ratio: 1.66:1 (the film has never »
- Jonathan James
Monster Weekend, London
The BFI's ambitious season Gothic: The Dark Heart Of Film casts a celebratory shadow of gloom over the next four months. Proceedings begin this weekend, as the forecourt of the British Museum hosts screenings of such monstrous classics as Jacques Tourneur's occult mystery Night Of The Demon, and Terence Fisher's definitive Hammer reworkings of Dracula and The Mummy. There's horror-themed music beforehand, and fancy dress is encouraged, though using the Ancient Egypt galleries as a prop store is forbidden.
British Museum, WC2, Thu to 31 Aug, bfi.org.uk
Future Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing, London
Somehow, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey's star-cross'd, 1960s-by-way-of-the-1980s fairytale has become the definitive summer outdoor movie, to the extent you'd have thought everyone in the country had seen it outside the comfort of a cinema by now. »
- Steve Rose
Both Dracula and Blacula feed off the blood of the living and do not die with the passing of time. They can change their form and have the strength of many men. But who is the most powerful Which monster would you least like to meet in the night Which vampire is the true Prince of Darkness They both differ slightly from Bram Stokers original novel but share a huge appetite for blood. Looking at Christopher Lees first two adaptations and William Marshalls Blacula franchise both vampires are destroyed in the first and reincarnated by the second. A good vampire needs an (un)willing servant to do this Dracula has Klove in Dracula Prince of Darkness 1966 directed by Terence Fisher and Blacula has Willis in Scream Blacula Scream. »
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
The film career of legendary English actor Sir Christopher Lee began in 1948 and continues to the present day. Lee is best known for his roles in horror films, especially the string of seven Dracula movies he starred in for Hammer Studios between 1958 and 1974, but be may be best known to younger audiences for his roles in the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Almost all of the roles that Lee has played have been villains and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best.
It’s only fitting that The Curse Of Frankenstein, the film that truly began England’s Hammer Studios’ theatrical run of full color gothic horror epics, should team (well, they’re both in the 1948 Hamlet, but have no scenes together) their greatest stars, Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein »
- Movie Geeks
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 »
- Uncle Creepy
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, »
- Jonathan James
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
Time to ask your boss for some more overtime cause I’ve got another must have Blu-ray that’s heading our way.
It’s Hammer’s Dracula: Prince Of Darkness and all the info is below:
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 … Continue reading → »
- Dave Dreher
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 »
- Uncle Creepy
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