5 items from 2010
The horror genre - furthermore, the Hammer Films legacy - has lost a director. British filmmaker Roy Ward Baker has died at the age of 93. Although best known for his Titanic film A Night to Remember and his work on The Avengers television series, Baker was a heavy contributor to the fear genre when he cozied up with Hammer for Quatermass and the Pit , The Vampire Lovers , Scars of Dracula , Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires . He also directed the horror anthologies Asylum and The Vault of Horror . For a full reflection on the man's career, head to the NY Times' obituary . »
Revived British studio Hammer Films, the company behind the remake of Let the Right One In, and the still-in-casting-stage Woman In Black, have announced at Sdcc that they are to resurrect two of their classic properties and bring them back to the big screen…
Announced during the Let Me In panel were remakes of classic Hammer sci-fi horror series Quatermass and, in news that has me truly excited, a remake of the superb 1970’s kung-fu vampires classic The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires… which if you haven’t seen it – and many haven’t – here’s the official synopsis for the original movie:
Count Dracula journeys to a remote Chinese village in the guise of a warlord to support six vampires who are dispirited after the loss of a seventh member of their cult. At the same time, vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing happens to be lecturing in the »
Big news coming out of the Let Me In panel here at the San Diego Comic-Con: The newly rebirthed Hammer Films (it's so nice to have you back) is looking to resurrect a lot more than just their company name as they have just confirmed that two more of their classic properties will be getting the redux treatment.
According to the fine folks at Hammer fans can expect not just a remake of their cult sci-fi horror series Quatermass to be coming soon but also a brand new remake of one of my own personal favorite flicks that successfully meld heaving bossoms, violence, and kung-friggin'-fu, The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires.
Great news, kids! We'll keep our ears open to get you more as it comes.
A missile, launched by the team led by Prof. Quatermass, lands in the English countryside. Of the three members of the crew, »
- Uncle Creepy
Speaking with FEARnet, Hammer head Simon Oakes discussed their upcoming films, including Matt Reeves’ Let Me in (a remake of the indie hit Let the Right One In), The Resident, and other films coming up in the company’s slate, as well as what classic Hammer properties/characters may be ripe for re-imagining, and the future outlook of the company in different media.
On Let Me In:
“…If you call it a faithful remake, I think that’s true to say that’s what it is. It’s not a reimagining; the same beats [are there], maybe the scares are a little bit more scary. We haven’t been able to ramp that up quite a lot, obviously, for budgetary reasons. We’ve played a little bit with some of the chronology, without giving too much away. Fundamentally, that’s what. High production values… [We had a] longer shooting period, more coverage, more effects… »
New Hammer Films CEO Simon Oakes recently sat down to chat about the rebirth of classic Horror House Hammer Films with a few online sites. Oakes talked Hammer’s upcoming slate: Let Me In, the remake of critically acclaimed Let the Right One In; The Resident, with a star studded cast including Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hillary Swanks; and Lady In Black based on the classic English novel of the same name. Highlights include discussing what American audiences can expect from Let Me In versus Let the Right One In, why Hammer Won’T be making films that glorify torture, and what the return of Christopher Lee to Hammer (in The Resident) means to Oakes personally. For fans of the genre who long to see it return to what it once was, Oakes offers exciting news, views, and insights into the future of Hammer. It’s a fantastic »
5 items from 2010
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