Hammer House of Horror: Season 1, Episode 9

Carpathian Eagle (8 Nov. 1980)

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Murder victims are being found with the hearts cut out. A police detective is assigned to find and stop the killer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Suzanne Danielle ...
Barry Stanton ...
Jonathan Kent ...
Matthew Long ...
Ellis Dale ...
Gary Waldhorn ...
Jeffry Wickham ...
Edgar (as Jeffrey Wickham)
Hospital Gardener (as Morgan Sheppard)
Barry Stokes ...
1st Victim
Richard Wren ...
Diane Adderley ...
Police Woman (as Diana Adderley)


A serial killer rips out the heart of his victims, and Detective Inspector Clifford (Anthony Valentine) is in charge of the investigation without any lead. While listening to the radio, he becomes aware of a best-seller, in which the killer also removes the heart of his victims, and Clifford meets the writer, Natalie (Suzanne Danielle), and she tells that the character was based on a countess that lived centuries ago. Clifford asks for an appointment with the descendant, Mrs. Henska (Siân Phillips), who becomes his suspect number one. Although under investigation, the murders do not stop and Clifford tries to find other clue. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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22 August 2009 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

The 9th "Hammer House of Horror" episode, "Carpathian Eagle" is an intelligent and highly original tale about serial murder, and so far my second-favorite entry to the series after the brilliant "The Silent Scream". Homicide Inspector Cliff Clifford (Anthony Valentine) is investigating a series of murders obviously committed by a beautiful woman. Last seen in the company of a seductive lady, the victims are men found with their hearts ripped out. When listening to a radio programme, Cliff hears an author named Natalie (Suzanne Danielle) talk about her newest book in which she writes about a murderous Eastern European Countess who, centuries ago, used to murder her lovers in an identical fashion. He decides to consult the author, who happens to be a hot young woman... "Carpathian Eagle" tells an intriguing story in a highly effective and suspenseful manner. The atmospheric film has highly creepy moments as well as some very funny ones, and, and furthermore presents a variety of eccentric characters - such as a sleazy guy called 'Randy Andy' or a transvestite with an anger issue. Suzanne Danielle is a beauty and delivers a very good performance, and Anthony Valentine is very good as the likable investigating detective. The supporting performances are also very good, a young Pierce Brosnan can be seen in a small role. "Carpathian Eagle" is has several intelligent twists and is suspenseful from the beginning to the end. Overall, this is an excellent entry to the series, and a must-see for Hammer fans.

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