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Deal covers 900 titles including Hammer and Icon films.
Repertory specialist distributor Park Circus has signed a deal to represent theatrical and non-theatrical licensing of the library of films controlled by Exclusive Media.
The deal covers almost 900 titles including films from the Hammer film library and from the recently acquired Icon Entertainment library.
They include new restorations of Terence Fisher’s The Mummy and The Curse of Frankenstein (now playing in the BFI Gothic season), plus titles such as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V and Donnie Darko.
Nick Varley, Co-Founder and Managing Director said, “We are pleased to be working with Peter Naish and the team at Exclusive to bring this valuable and diverse range of films back to cinema audiences around the world. In addition to the many wonderful films this agreement allows us to make available to the public, as a long standing fan of the Hammer studio »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
British outfit to make new version of cult 50s Yeti horror starring Peter Cushing in wake of Woman in Black success
• The Mummy: watch a clip from the restored version of the Hammer Horror classic
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British horror specialists Hammer Films are to remake The Abominable Snowman, their own 1957 cult classic starring Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker. The project is being produced by Ben Holden, who is currently producing Hammer's Woman in Black sequel, subtitled Angel of Death.
In the original, Cushing and Tucker play scientists who are searching for the mythical giant beasts in the Himalayas; the Yeti turn out to be intelligent beings laying low until they can reclaim their land from invading humankind. Hammer have said their new version, from Pusher scriptwriter Matthew Read and Angel of Death writer Jon Croker, will be a "modern take" on the story, in which "a scientific »
- Andrew Pulver
Whenever one thinks of British horror films, one’s mind usually flits to Hammer Horror films. Hammer is practically synonymous with the British horror movie – the classic Gothic tales of Vampires, Frankenstein and Mummies. The studio was most prolific between the 1950s and the 1970s, and thanks to distribution deals with big companies like Warner Bros, their films were watched by a very large worldwide audience.
Hammer horror tends to be very tasteful. It does tackle things like madness, incest, child murder – but it does it in a classy, inoffensive way. The films are loaded with a morbid atmosphere and they are beautifully filmed – making great use of colour. The company produced classic horror film after horror film – usually starring Christopher Lee and/or Peter Cushing – two excellent horror stalwarts.
Unfortunately in the late 70s, the horror film market became saturated and Hammer ceased productions in the 1980s. However the »
- Clare Simpson
The Witches, 1966.
Directed by Cyril Frankel.
Returning home to England following a harrowing and life threatening encounter with the occult in Africa, schoolteacher Gwen Mayfield takes up the position of headmistress in a quaint English village.
In a distinctly English fashion, Hammer’s 1966 film The Witches drew the curtain on Joan Fontaine’s film career, a tidy link to her earlier starring role in the English born “Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca.
It is not without the resemblance of irony that The Witches is compared to The Wicker Man of which director Robin Hardy’s “Final Cut” has only just received a theatrical and home entertainment release courtesy of Studio Canal; the folks behind this latest Hammer re-release.
In equal ironic measure, The Wicker Man was of course always intended to be the antithesis of Hammer, »
- Gary Collinson
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(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 »
In yesterday's Countdown to Halloween entry, I said that Bela Lugosi was the most iconic Count Dracula and was the one actor who defined the role. However there are many who would argue that there is one man who gave a more captivating portrayal as the world's most famous vampire - Christopher Lee. The star of Hammer's Dracula series, his stunning interpretation of the Count is both haunting, imposing and incredibly frightening. And never is this more perfectly shown than in the 1966 Hammer Horror classic, Dracula: Prince of Darkness.
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 »
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
The British Film Institute (BFI) is to launch a major project dedicated to Gothic cinema, which includes more than 150 films and around 1,000 screenings throughout the UK.
Running from August until January 2014, the Gothic project include the longest ever season at BFI’s Southbank venue in London, UK wide theatrical and DVD releases, an education programme, a new BFI Gothic book, a range of partnerships, special guests and commentators including project ambassador Sir Christopher Frayling.
Heather Stewart, creative director at the BFI, said: “Gothic has never been more potent or popular, reflecting the turbulent times we are living in, our deepest fears and hidden passions.
“The British discovered sex in vivid Technicolor through Gothic. With a new generation gripped by the post modern Gothic world of Twilight’s ‘vegetarian’ vampires, Harry Potter’s spells and El James’s 50 Shades, its meaning has mutated yet again. It’s now time to look back into the deep dark beating heart of »
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Sir Christopher Lee was born 91 years ago today, on May 27, 1922 and we want to wish him a very Happy Birthday! Even at the age of 91, he shows no signs of slowing down, and continues to be involved in a number of music and movie projects. How is Christopher Lee celebrating his birthday? He just released a new heavy metal album that is the follow up to Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.
Titled Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, Lee recorded the 10-track album with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. Here’s a preview of the album, with comments from Christopher Lee. The album is now available in the UK and at various online outlets.
I wanted to take this time and help celebrate Christopher Lee’s birthday by introducing some of our younger readers to his past films, and have included a number of movie trailers to watch.
In recent years, »
- Jonathan James
Today is the birthday of one of the greatest horror icons in the history of our beloved genre: Christopher Lee. This is the man who played Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, Rasputin, Lord Summerisle, etc…, and that’s not even scratching the surface of this historic actor’s filmography. Now, what better way to celebrate the birthday... Read More »
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