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The store features high-quality reproductions of UK quads from the extensive Hammer library including the latest titles Let Me In and Wake Wood, along with newly-restored posters for such beloved horror classics as X The Unknown, The Abominable Snowman and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell, all of which are reproduced for the first time and exclusively available.
Each classic poster featured on the site will be available in two styles; “restored”, appearing as new, and “aged”, subtly weathered to create a retro aesthetic.
Designed by renowned film poster artists Bill Wiggins, Mike Vaughan, Vic Fair and the legendary Tom Chantrell, and curated by Marcus Hearn, Hammer’s official historian, the artwork will be available as posters (paper or canvas; framed or unframed), prints, »
- Michelle McCue
Hammer Films, the renowned British horror house, has been on the comeback trail lately, and it's been pretty successful so far. Now, word comes down that Hammer has taken its next step in its bid for modern-day relevancy, and it sounds fantastic...or, more specifically, fantastical.
It was revealed in a press release today that Hammer Films, in partnership with Cross Creek Pictures, has obtained the film rights to Cherie Priest's highly regarded steampunk/zombie mashup, Boneshaker. The flick already has a writer, WGA Award nominee John Hilary Shepherd, best known for his work on Showtime's Nurse Jackie.
According to Publisher's Weekly, Boneshaker is "set in an alternate 1880s America [where] mad inventor Leviticus Blue is blamed for destroying Civil War–era Seattle. When Zeke Wilkes, Blue's son, goes into the walled wreck of a city to clear his father's name, Zeke's mother, Briar Wilkes, follows him in an airship, determined »
Early in 2012, Studio Canal UK will be releasing three classic Hammer Horror titles on Blu-ray. Disc details are slim at the moment, but The Reptile, The Plague of the Zombies, and Dracula: Prince of Darkness will be available on Blu-ray on on February 27th. While we have no news on upcoming Hammer Blu-ray titles being released in the Us, most Blu-ray discs are region free, so fans should be able to import the Studio Canal releases when they become available.
If you missed out on our report back in September, additional footage from Dracula (1958) was recently discovered. Hammer plans to restore the footage and have it included in an upcoming release. We hope to have more details in the near future and you can read more about the discovery at: http://dailydead.com/lost-footage-recovered-from-hammers-dracula-1958/ »
- Jonathan James
The term “giallo” initially referred to cheap yellow paperbacks (printed American mysteries from writers such as Agatha Christie), that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. Applied to cinema, the genre is comprised of equal parts early pulp thrillers, mystery novels, with a willingness to gleefully explore onscreen sex and violence in provocative, innovative ways. Giallos are strikingly different from American crime films: they value style and plot over characterization, and tend towards unapologetic displays of violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The genre is known for stylistic excess, characterized by unnatural yet intriguing lighting techniques, convoluted plots, red herrings, extended murder sequences, excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. Amidst the ‘creative kill’ set-pieces are thematic undercurrents along with a whodunit element, usually some sort of twist ending. Here is my list of the best giallo films – made strictly by Italian directors, so don’t expect Black Swan, Amer or »
Professor Forbes and his daughter arrive in a small Cornish village to come to the aid of the local doctor who wrote to them for help when young workers are dying mysteriously. The locals fear it is marsh flu but the results are far more sinister as the owner of the local tin mine has been resurrecting the dead using voodoo and forcing the zombies to work as slaves in his mine!
Hammer diversified into other territories once their Dracula and Frankenstein series had become a little stale and one such effort saw Hammer turn their horror attention to the walking dead – the zombie! The Plague of the Zombies marks their only effort into this sub-genre and although it’s not the best Hammer film ever made, once again it personifies the Hammer film to perfection – strong plot, interesting characters, reliable cast, superb gothic sets, atmosphere and of course, splashes of blood. »
- Andrew Smith
Professor Jules Heitz travels to the remote Eastern European village of Vandorf when one of his sons is accused of murder before taking his own life. However, he encounters hostility from the locals and suspects that they are hiding something from him.
Despite threats of violence, Heitz elects to stay in Vandorf to find out the truth. During the dead of night, the calls of a siren lure him to the ruins of the castle where he has a fatal encounter with Magera, a snake-haired gorgon from Greek mythology who could turn a man to stone with her gaze.
In his last hours, he manages to send a letter to his surviving son, Paul, who promptly arrives in Vandorf to be greeted by the same hostility and violence as his father. Paul also has an encounter with Magera, although he is lucky enough to escape. Realising he needs help to combat this creature, »
- Andrew Smith
Voluptuous vampire vixens, high society diabolists, meandering mouldy mummies, rapacious reptiles, and zillions of zombies… Sound like fun? Well the new Hammer Horror Halloween season on Horror channel will be most definitely for you then! Showing on the channel from October 1st to October 31st, the Hammer season is introduced by author, broadcaster and critic Kim Newman.
The line-up includes:
Sat Oct 1st | 23:10 | Scars of Dracula (1970)
Christopher Lee’s fifth Dracula picture and was directed by Roy Ward Baker who was determined to do it in as gory a style as possible. The film’s greatest innovation, however, was to present a surprisingly verbose Count as Lee had been given very little dialogue in the previous Dracula movies, Bereft of an American pre-sale, Scars of Dracula and its support feature, The Horror of Frankenstein, were both produced on relatively low budgets
Sat Oct 8 | 23:10 |
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) One of »
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Custom Hammer Horror Figures: Martin at Distinctive Dummies creates limited edition custom figures based on classic horror and sci-fi movies. He recently acquired the license for The Plague of The Zombies and The Curse of The Werewolf, and is currently offering two figures up for sale. For more information, visit: http://www.distinctivedummies.com/
Figure of the Day Chestburster: As the name implies, Figure of the Day sells one pop culture figure each day and regularly features horror and sci-fi items. On Wednesday, August 25th their daily item is a plush Alien Chestburster. To visit the site and for more information, visit: http://www.figureoftheday.com/
- Jonathan James
8 items from 2011
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