This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts and other supernatural wonders.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Nicholas Ball ...
 William Peters (1 episode, 1980)
Anna Calder-Marshall ...
 Janet (1 episode, 1980)
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 Tom Martin (1 episode, 1980)
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 Martin Blueck (1 episode, 1980)
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 Norman Shenley (1 episode, 1980)
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 David Winter (1 episode, 1980)
Julia Foster ...
 Ruth Cairns (1 episode, 1980)
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 Laurie Morton (1 episode, 1980)
Leigh Lawson ...
 Graham Elder (1 episode, 1980)
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 Michael Roberts (1 episode, 1980)
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 Edwyn (1 episode, 1980)
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 Penny (1 episode, 1980)
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 Cliff (1 episode, 1980)
Gary Bond ...
 Terence Morton (1 episode, 1980)
Angela Bruce ...
 Sarah (1 episode, 1980)
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 Chuck Spillers (1 episode, 1980)
Suzanne Danielle ...
 Natalie (1 episode, 1980)
Rachel Davies ...
 Emma (1 episode, 1980)
Celia Gregory ...
 Sarah Martin (1 episode, 1980)
Georgina Hale ...
 Stella (1 episode, 1980)
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 Allison Lussan (1 episode, 1980)
James Laurenson ...
 Mr. Rayburn (1 episode, 1980)
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 Harry (1 episode, 1980)
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 Lucinda Jessop (1 episode, 1980)
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 Martin (1 episode, 1980)
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 Gwen (1 episode, 1980)
Norman Beaton ...
 Mr. Ngenko (1 episode, 1980)
John Carson ...
 Charles Randolph (1 episode, 1980)
Brian Croucher ...
 George Evans (1 episode, 1980)
Elaine Donnelly ...
 Annie Spillers (1 episode, 1980)
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 Mrs. Ardoy (1 episode, 1980)
Prunella Gee ...
 Mary Winter (1 episode, 1980)
Marius Goring ...
 Heinz Hoffman (1 episode, 1980)
Paul Hawkins ...
 David (1 episode, 1980)
Pat Heywood ...
 Emily Shenley (1 episode, 1980)
Emrys James ...
 Dr. Harris (1 episode, 1980)
Richard Pearson ...
 Sir Humphrey Chesterton (1 episode, 1980)
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 Mrs. Henska (1 episode, 1980)
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 Gupta / ... (1 episode, 1980)
Norman Bird ...
 Basil (1 episode, 1980)
Anthony Brown ...
 Priest (1 episode, 1980)
Anthony Carrick ...
 Det. Sergeant Aldridge (1 episode, 1980)
Frances Cuka ...
 Gwen Williams (1 episode, 1980)
Pauline Delaney ...
 Sister (1 episode, 1980)
Lucy Gutteridge ...
 Lolly (1 episode, 1980)
Patricia Maynard ...
 Jean Evans (1 episode, 1980)
Ian McCulloch ...
 Dr. Charles Henderson (1 episode, 1980)
Mia Nadasi ...
 Margaret (1 episode, 1980)
Barry Stanton ...
 Tony (1 episode, 1980)
Robert Urquhart ...
 Harry (1 episode, 1980)
Tariq Yunus ...
 Charles Austin (1 episode, 1980)
Matthew Blakstad ...
 James (1 episode, 1980)
Robin Browne ...
 Police Officer (1 episode, 1980)
Paul Darrow ...
 Simon Andrews (1 episode, 1980)
David Healy ...
 Peter Picardo (1 episode, 1980)
George Innes ...
 Cedric (1 episode, 1980)
Milton Johns ...
 Andrew James Powers (1 episode, 1980)
Jonathan Kent ...
 Tader (1 episode, 1980)
Philip Latham ...
 Hargreaves (1 episode, 1980)
Stanley Lebor ...
 Charles (1 episode, 1980)
Lennard Pearce ...
 Rector (1 episode, 1980)
Conrad Phillips ...
 Dr. Manders (1 episode, 1980)
Eleanor Summerfield ...
 Lady Strudwick (1 episode, 1980)
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 Woodcutter (1 episode, 1980)
Margaret Anderson ...
 Sister (1 episode, 1980)
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 Dr. Melbury (1 episode, 1980)
Peter Birrel ...
 Markham (1 episode, 1980)
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 Willis (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Culver ...
 Mark (1 episode, 1980)
Terry Kinsella ...
 Lionel (1 episode, 1980)
Jenny Laird ...
 Mrs. Roberts (1 episode, 1980)
Caroline Langrishe ...
 Tina (1 episode, 1980)
Matthew Long ...
 Andy (1 episode, 1980)
Adrian Mann ...
 Tibor (1 episode, 1980)
Christopher Reilly ...
 William Morton (1 episode, 1980)
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 Sophia (1 episode, 1980)
Daphne Anderson ...
 Matron (1 episode, 1980)
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 Ben Faraday (1 episode, 1980)
Ellis Dale ...
 Police Doctor (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Deeks ...
 Phil Peters (1 episode, 1980)
James Duggan ...
 Sampson (1 episode, 1980)
William Moore ...
 Mr. Roberts (1 episode, 1980)
Patricia Mort ...
 Maid (1 episode, 1980)
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 1st Girl (1 episode, 1980)
Joanne White ...
 Sophia (Older) (1 episode, 1980)
Victoria Wood ...
 Sophy (1 episode, 1980)
Andy Bradford ...
 Steve (1 episode, 1980)
Sharon Fussey ...
 2nd Girl (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Hughes ...
 Mechanic, Thornton (1 episode, 1980)
Gerard Kelly ...
 Andrew (1 episode, 1980)
Sophie Kind ...
 Eloise (1 episode, 1980)
Jeremy Longhurst ...
 Dr. Cummings (1 episode, 1980)
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 Inspector Franks (1 episode, 1980)
George Tovey ...
 Old Man, Albert Clements (1 episode, 1980)
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 Bacharach (1 episode, 1980)
Una Brandon-Jones ...
 Old Woman, Mrs. Clements (1 episode, 1980)
Brenda Cowling ...
 Nurse Davies (1 episode, 1980)
James Curran ...
 Pritchard (1 episode, 1980)
Matthew Dorman ...
 Young Boy (1 episode, 1980)
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 Secretary, Mandy (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Latimer ...
 Dr. Bradley (1 episode, 1980)
Barry McDonald ...
 Auctioneer (1 episode, 1980)
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 Nurse Foster (1 episode, 1980)
Jeffry Wickham ...
 Edgar (1 episode, 1980)
Geoffrey Beevers ...
 Gravedigger (1 episode, 1980)
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 Surgeon (1 episode, 1980)
Wilhelmina Green ...
 Young Girl (1 episode, 1980)
Barbara Keogh ...
 Joan (1 episode, 1980)
Mike Savage ...
 P.C. Jenkins (1 episode, 1980)
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 Hospital Gardener (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Stock ...
 Armourer (1 episode, 1980)
Jo Warne ...
 1st Mother (1 episode, 1980)
Anne Dyson ...
 Mrs. Rord (1 episode, 1980)
Malcolm Hayes ...
 Attendant (1 episode, 1980)
Paula Jacobs ...
 Joyce (1 episode, 1980)
Sarah Keller ...
 2nd Mother (1 episode, 1980)
Corinna Reardon ...
 Small Girl (1 episode, 1980)
Lee Richards ...
 Actress (1 episode, 1980)
Barry Stokes ...
 1st Victim (1 episode, 1980)
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 Last Victim (1 episode, 1980)
Crispin Gillbard ...
 Policeman (1 episode, 1980)
Max Mason ...
 Journalist (1 episode, 1980)
Roger Ostime ...
 The Butler (1 episode, 1980)
Andrew Pariss ...
 Boy (1 episode, 1980)
Daniel Payne ...
 Small Boy (1 episode, 1980)
Peter Dean ...
 Charlie (1 episode, 1980)
Natalie Payne ...
 Irenya (1 episode, 1980)
Charles Pemberton ...
 Policeman (1 episode, 1980)
Anna Perry ...
 Journalist (1 episode, 1980)
Richard Wren ...
 Chauffeur (1 episode, 1980)
Diane Adderley ...
 Police Woman (1 episode, 1980)
Marilyn Finlay ...
 Sister (1 episode, 1980)
Daniel Kipling ...
 Andreas (1 episode, 1980)
Louis Mansi ...
 Rossi (1 episode, 1980)
Kevin Stoney ...
 Rothwell (1 episode, 1980)
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This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts and other supernatural wonders.

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Gefrier-Schocker  »

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Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)
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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Terence Fisher was attached to direct a story but died in pre-production. See more »

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Featured in Screenwipe: Episode #2.2 (2006) See more »

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Very unusual TV series that deserves a second look (SPOILERS!)
10 December 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Hammer House Of Horror, with its Spinal Tap's 'Stonehenge' soundalike theme tune, casts of soon-to-be-famous actors and commendably nasty flair for nihilism and genuine nastiness slithered onto British television (on Saturday nights, too!) in 1980 and carved indelible scars in the collective subconscious of an entire generation. Sure, not all the episodes were up to the same standard, but the ones that worked

  • well, they were classics.




THE HOUSE THAT BLED TO DEATH is one of the most memorable episodes, and rightly so. I think this would have made a decent feature-length film. An apparently unsuspecting family moves into a house with a grim recent past and quickly realize that all is not as it should be. A series of horrible incidents (animal lovers should not even consider watching this episode) culminate in the notorious blood-soaked birthday party and the family moves away, but even that isn't the end of their problems. This episode has one of the most shocking and disturbing final scenes of the whole series and would make a nice companion piece to Romano Scavolini's NIGHTMARE (1981), released the following year. SILENT SCREAM is another excellent series entry, with Peter Cushing at his creepy best as a seemingly innocuous pet shop owner who turns out to be a former concentration camp guard with a penchant for unpleasant experiments involving "prisons without walls". The finale is extremely creepy and haunted my dreams for a long time when I was a child. THE TWO FACES OF EVIL goes all out to disturb, with creepy electronic music, claustrophobic camera angles, dopplegangers, nausea-inducing shocks and another troubling ending. It's the closest the series comes to straight horror for its own sake, and should NOT be watched alone!

After the excellent opening salvo of three brilliant episodes, the rest of the series can seem like a disappointment, but CHARLIE BOY, WITCHING HOUR, GROWING PAINS, THE MARK OF Satan and VISITOR FROM THE GRAVE are all fine stories (the latter boasting a completely wacko final scene that will have you muttering "what the hell was THAT?!"), RUDE AWAKENING is as bizarre as anything the late Dennis Potter ever came up with, THE CARPATHIAN EAGLE boasts the gorgeous Suzanne Danielle, THE THIRTEENTH REUNION is well-acted and macabre if a little predictable, and the remaining few episodes don't quite come off. Nonetheless, it's a pleasingly varied series that's consistently entertaining, and a reminder of a time when television treated adults like adults and had yet to dumb down to the levels of dreck like Freddy's Nightmares.


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