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Legendary UK film studio Hammer didn't only dabble in films; Hammer also created thirteen one-hour shorts to be shown on television as Hammer House of Horror. These episodes aired on ITV during the fall of 1980.
I watched Witching Time to get a feel for the release as well as the series. It's a funny thing to pop in a DVD of a made-for-tv series and find the episode shows full nudity before the credits even roll, as is what happens in Witching Time. The UK has always been more open about such things than the supposed 'Land of the Free', and this was certainly true in 1980. That's not to say the nudity shown in Witching Time is overtly lascivious - it's fairly restrained, actually - but it is a reminder how lamely conservative our own "oh please, think of the children" television is.
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- Tristan Sinns
Synapse Films continues to bring the legendary genre output of Hammer Films stateside with a definitive release of the illustrious studio’s TV series titled, Hammer House Of Horror! This complete DVD release features all 13 episodes, completely uncut and features newly produced bonus features. Read on for the complete press release below and long live Hammer!
Each generation creates tales of horror… stories that seep through the very heart of our collective fears. The legendary Hammer Studios is widely recognized as the high watermark of the gothic macabre, creating some of the most chilling and recognizable horror films of all time. Synapse Films is proud to present this essential collection of all 13 tales of terror from the legendary British film studio into The Complete Hammer House of Horror collector’s set!
In 1980 Hammer took over the old Hampden Manor House in the heartland of England and produced a series of »
- Justin Edwards
Synapse Films is putting together a collection featuring all 13 episodes of the British TV horror anthology Hammer House Of Horror from the iconic Hammer Studios, according to Fangoria. The collector’s edition will feature famed actors such as Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, Brian Cox, Pierce Brosnan and Kathryn Leigh Scott.
The episodes are presented in the order of air date, with new introductions for each feature, Grave Recollections: A Visit With Kathryn Leigh Scott, Hammer Housekeeping: A Visit With Mia Nadasi and animated skills. The five disc set retains all the blood, guts and nudity that made their films so macabre.
The set comes out September 11th.
- Andy Greene
We’ve known that Synapse Films had plans to release Hammer House of Horror since 2010, but it is now official and will be released later this year. The complete 13-episode TV series will be available in a 5-dvd set on September 11th. According to Fangoria, the episodes will be presented in their original airdate order and are completely uncut:
“Produced in 1980, Hammer House Of Horror consisted of 13 episodes shot at Hampden Manor House in the heart of England, with directors including Hammer vets Peter Sasdy and Alan Gibson and featuring actors such as Peter Cushing, Pierce Brosnan, Brian Cox and Denholm Elliott. Synapse’s five-dvd set will present the episodes in original airdate order, uncut with all the nudity and violence intact, presented in the original 1.33:1 broadcast aspect ratio.”
The DVD set will sell for $39.95 and we’ve included a look at the cover art below. Here is a »
- Jonathan James
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