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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.
Following on from the recent releases of the fully restored and re-mastered Hammer classics, The Reptile and The Plague Of Zombies last June, Studio Canal are delighted to announce the releases of the next three iconic Hammer titles in our new restoration series: The Devil Rides Out, The Mummy’S Shroud and Rasputin The Mad Monk – out to own individually on Double Play (DVD & Blu Ray) from 22nd October.
In celebration, the restored releases are 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.
To celebrate these releases, What Culture has three copies of each Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
The Devil Rides Out (Released 22nd October)
The debonair Duc de Richleau has been trusted with the care of his deceased friend’s son, »
- Matt Holmes
For the first instalment in a new reader-led series, Neil Mitchell braves Brighton's premier horror film festival
Our new series on small film festivals is kicked off by Neil Mitchell, a freelance writer and editor of World Film Locations: London, among other publications. He also blogs here, and you can follow him on Twitter @nrm1972.
Do you know of any festivals that deserve more attention? If so, email email@example.com.
Festival name: Frighten Brighton 2012
Location: Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton and Hove
Date: 11 August 2012
About: What better way to spend a gloriously sunny day on the south coast than to head into the bowels of Brighton's Komedia and sit it a darkened room watching five classic horror movies back to back? That's what was on offer for the scandalously low price of £5 a film or £15 for the day at the wonderfully named Frighten Brighton, the brainchild of »
- Guardian readers
Hammer Studios holds a special place in my heart based on my horror upbringing. My father’s love of the gothic horror films from the classic British studio certainly made an impact on me. At the time, I was more interested in reading the most recent Goosebumps book or catching the new episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? or Tales From the Crypt than watching the more “boring” horror films. My attention level for the classics was always waning as the characters seemed stiff in their period piece garb and the stories moved slower than to my liking. However, I was always captivated whenever the monster was onscreen. Whether it was the voodoo controlled zombies of The Plague of the Zombies or Oliver Reed’s brooding creature in The Curse of the Werewolf, I instantly was held captive by the films when the monsters terrorized my television screen. »
- Michael Haffner
To celebrate the release of Cockneys Vs. Zombies on August 31st, we’re giving you the chance to win the ultimate DVD bundle! Let the films battle it out as you pit the cockneys from Attack The Block and Baseline against the zombies of George A. Romero’s Survival Of The Dead and The Plague Of The Zombies.
A gang of bank robbers emerge from their first heist to find that the east-end has been infested by zombies. With the equipment to tackle the un-dead in hand, the unlikely heroes fight their way across London to rescue a group of foul-mouthed plucky pensioners who are finding inventive ways of their own to stave off the attack. Starring Michelle Ryan, Harry Treadaway, Honor Blackman, Richard Briers and Alan Ford.
The undead are brown bread!
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Cockneys Vs. Zombies in Cinemas August 31st – Choose your side – www.facebook.com/CockneysVsZombies : https://twitter. »
The Plague of the Zombies, 1966.
Directed by John Gilling.
As a mysterious plague ravagers a remote 19-century Cornish village, two scientists desperately search for an antidote, only to discover a world of black magic and a legion of flesh eating zombies.
Zombies are big business these days. Re-animated corpses seem to strike a chord with the public imagination. We have zombie TV shows, zombie merchandise, zombie fiction mash-ups, zombie video games, and of course, zombie movies by the truckload. It wasn’t always so. Before George A. Romero, before we had umpteen Somethings Of The Dead and a generation barricading the loft space in readiness for the zombie apocalypse, zombies were but a whisper of a myth.
The name of the beast itself comes from the Haitian Creole language, spoken by the practitioners of Voodoo. Any history »
The Plague Of The Zombies/The Reptile
Even in these enlightened times, Hammer Films is still often seen as the British film industry's dirty little secret. While Hammer made more than just horror films, it was the horrors that kept the industry rolling through very lean times, proving extremely popular overseas in places like America, Japan and Italy, countries where more lauded British films would never get a foothold.
These two Hammer films from 1966 were made back to back, sharing locations and cast members in order to save money. They are from a time when Hammer was trying new things, having exhausted dozens of permutations of vampire, Frankenstein and mummy movies. The Reptile is basically the werewolf's curse-style of tale given a few reptilian twists. More successful is Hammer's take on zombies, here not flesh-eaters, but instead cheap voodoo-activated undead labour in a Cornish tin mine.
A mere two years later, »
- Phelim O'Neill
It’s Friday, so you know what that means – lots more films released in cinemas across the country and this is week it’s a mixed selection, from the musical stylings of Rock of Ages to the horror of Red Lights and the re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
Nationwide Releases Rock of Ages
Under the direction of Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”), New Line Cinema’s feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” comes to the big screen. The movie musical stars Julianne Hough (“Burlesque”), with actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Russell Brand (“Arthur,” “Get Him to the Greek”), Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”), Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”), Malin Akerman (“The Proposal”), R&B queen Mary J. Blige and multiple Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” “The Lincoln Lawyer”), with Oscar nominees Alec Baldwin (“The Cooler”) and Tom Cruise »
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
While everything from George Romero’s …of the Dead series through to 28 Days Later and Resident Evil has worked the zombie film right down to the stump, returning to the genre forebears still proves a dementedly rewarding, refreshing experience. John Gilling’s Hammer riff The Plague of the Zombies observes this type of story through a more aged, yet less cynical – and less serious – lens, while its cutting-edge social commentary remains criminally undervalued.
Sticking true to the schematic of the Hammer horrors we know and love, The Plague of the Zombies is pure camp. The opening scene features a hooded cult figure brandishing a clay voodoo doll, before dabbing it with blood – laughable prop blood, likely ketchup or at a stretch, paint. From the outset it is a reminder that while Hammer’s recent revival comes with a classed-up new image (releasing stylish horrors such as »
- Shaun Munro
When it comes to Hammer’s The Plague of the Zombies it’s never been one of my favourite. When I read that it would be part of the Bradford After Dark event at this years Bradford International Film Festival I thought I’d give it a go. With the digital restoration that has been done I was looking forward to seeing how good the print would actually look.
People are dying in strange circumstances in a small Cornish village and the doctor Peter Thompson is out of his depth in both understanding and dealing with the villagers who want answers. Calling on his professor Sir James Forbes he pleads for help. When Forbes arrives with his daughter it’s evident that something is not right »
ill Manors (18)
The coalition government has repeatedly denied his existence, but Plan B proves he's for real with this intense, provocative survey of British urban decay in all its forms. A few too many forms, perhaps, as this crams in so many tales of hardship, exploitation, drugs and violence, and seeks to render them in so many ways (hip-hop numbers, tricksy visuals, flashbacks), it gets a bit carried away. Still, top marks for at least trying to tell it like it is.
Red Tails (12A)
George Lucas co-produces this story of the African-American Tuskegee Airmen and their role in the second world war, fighting both Nazis and racism. There's more of an eye for aerial action than grown-up drama, though.
- Steve Rose
We’re always on the lookout for seasons of film screenings which offer something a little different from your average mulitplex fare and Studio Canal have come up trumps again with a collection of fine British films.
The season in question is entitled Made In Britain, and takes place every Tuesday from 5th June to 3rd July with screenings across the country and Studio Canal have chosen some excellent film, some of which are rarely seen on the big screen.
To celebrate this excellent season of screenings we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win A3 copies of 4 posters from the series. These posters can be seen below and more deatils of the season, and how you can book tickets are here:
In this year of celebration of all things British, Studiocanal and the Ico are delighted to announce a summer season of theatrical screenings in celebration of some of the finest, »
Hammer's exciting catalogue restoration continues with a duo of swanky new home entertainment releases - The Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile, shot back to back by John Gilling in 1966. Both due for release as double play Blu-ray/ DVD combo sets through Studio Canal on 18th June, they feature new extras created under the guidance of Hammer expert Marcus Hearn. What's not to love? Full details below: 8 June: The Plague Of Zombies ** Digitally restored Double Play Within a remote eighteenth century Cornish village, an evil presence lurks within the darkness of the witching hour, a mysterious plague relentlessly taking lives at an unstoppable rate. Unable to find the cause, Dr Peter Thompson enlists the help of Professor James Forbes. Desperate to find an antidote what they »
Nothing beats the classics, and the people at Hammer Films are giving you the chance to relive some of your favorite moments from their iconic films with a new iPhone app, The Hammer ScreamBoard.
Fresh off the success of their newest film, The Woman in Black, Hammer Studios proudly brings us the ScreamBoard app that allows fans to tinker with sound effects from their films as well as granting access to all kinds of cool special features and information. Follow this link for the Hammer ScreamBoard app.
From the Press Release
Legendary British film brand Hammer has today launched the ScreamBoard in the UK – a free app for the iPhone which enables horror fans to mix their own selections of classic Hammer film sound clips. The app will appeal to both old and new fans of the celebrated film brand, many of whom will have recently enjoyed The Woman In Black, »
- Doctor Gash
The Hammer Vault was published late last year and was one of my favorite horror releases of 2011. Not only was it a great way to get new horror fans up to speed on the history of Hammer, but it contained rare and never before seen materials you could only find in the book.
I recently had a chance to talk with author and Hammer historian Marcus Hearn, who told me about the inspiration for the book, researching classic films, and the possibility of a new Dracula movie from Hammer:
Thank you for taking the time to talk with Daily Dead. For any readers who may be unfamiliar with your previous work, can you tell them a bit about your earlier Hammer book releases and relationship with the company?
Marcus Hearn: I’ve been working with Hammer since 1995, initially as the editor of the company’s official magazine and more »
- Jonathan James
As The Woman in Black continues to spook audiences across the UK, raking in plenty of cash at the box office, Nic Ransome of Hammer Films discusses what tricks film makers use in order to scare audiences:
1) Music - from the stomach-knotting insistence of John Williams’ Jaws theme to the violin stabs of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho, from the repetitive droning of Terminator 2 to Hammer’s often-discordant scores, music can instil unease, suspense and distress in an audience, softening them for the Shock to come.
2) Camera movement - the slow track, whip pan and dolly zoom are all used in horror. The slow track builds suspense; the audience knows something will be revealed but must wait for the camera to find it. The whip pan mirrors a film’s hero suddenly turning to face his foe, as yet un-glimpsed. The dolly zoom, though rarely used (Vertigo and Jaws are the »
It's great to live in an era when one of the greatest studios to ever unleash mass amounts of horror to the masses is enjoying a resurgence by kicking some ass once again. That being said, Hammer is also looking to preserve its past for the future.
According to Deadline the British horror studio Hammer has chosen the Cinema And Television History (Cath) Research Centre at the UK’s Leicester De Montfort University to house its script archive.
The Cath center will catalogue and curate a collection that includes screenplays from most of the studio’s film and TV productions from 1947-1990 along with extensive corporate paperwork, correspondence and other ephemera. This is the first time the archive will be opened to public research and study. Last month, Hammer announced a global restoration project for its library of films in partnership with Studiocanal, Pinewood and other international players and with »
- Uncle Creepy
On the eve of Woman In Black’s appearance in U.S. theaters, Hammer has provided a thorough update on the restoration process happening with a number of their catalog titles, an exciting project we first reported several weeks ago. I spoke with Hammer CEO Simon Oakes this morning and got the scoop on all thing past, present, and future with the historic brand, and you will love reading all about it in the next issue of Famous Monsters. Sneak peek: there are more titles in the restoration queue than what they have listed below, and yes, there will be “re-boots” of some of their biggest titles.
For now, here is the latest on the restoration, courtesy Hammer:
“This post will deal with UK vs. Us main/end titles, update you all on the “lost” Dracula footage restoration and talk about the seemingly contentious topic of Digital Vision Noise Reducer »
The Woman in Black marks a comeback for the Hammer Films banner, as the new Daniel Radcliffe ghost story is a welcome return to Gothic form for the legendary British production company famous for its many horror films of the late '50s, '60s and '70s.
With their own take on the Dracula, Frankenstein, Werewolf and Mummy legends, the prolific brand implied that there would be plenty of blood, lust and gore, often in lacey Victorian style. Classic titles included Taste the Blood of Dracula, Frankenstein Must be Destroyed, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Plague of the Zombies, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Lust for a Vampire, Quatermass and the Pit, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Dracula A.D. 1972 and so much more.
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 »
- Jonathan James
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