Ruth, the reporter for the women's section of a magazine, is assigned by her editor to participate in the ten-weeks course of a new weight-loss organization called "Think Thin". According ... See full summary »

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Julia Foster ...
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Gwen
Richard Pearson ...
Sir Humphrey Chesterton
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Basil
George Innes ...
Cedric
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Willis (as James Cosmos)
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Ben Faraday
Gerard Kelly ...
Andrew (as Gerrard Kelly)
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Dr. Bradley
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Joyce
Roger Ostime ...
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Charlie
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Rossi
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Rothwell
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Ruth, the reporter for the women's section of a magazine, is assigned by her editor to participate in the ten-weeks course of a new weight-loss organization called "Think Thin". According to a letter from a reader, the course is very masochistic and depressing, destroying the self-esteem of the patient. Ruth makes a friend in the course, who dies in a car crash. During the funeral, an employee of the funeral house discloses weird events that are happening in his job. In her investigation, Ruth finds dark and macabre secrets. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Weird, Morbid and Darkly Funny Hammer Episode
18 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

The second episode to Hammer's short running series "Hammer House of Horror", "The Thirteenth Reunion" is a truly weird and morbid little tale filled with a great sense of humor - extremely dark humor, that is, I may add. Being a great fan of Hammer's Gothic Horror films, I wonder what took me until recently to start watching the series, but I sure do enjoy finally watching it now. Whereas the episodes I've seen so far (the first four) do not quite deliver the gloomy Gothic atmosphere that makes the films so great, they are all highly entertaining, creepy, and enjoyable, and should therefore not be missed by any true Hammer-enthusiast. This second episode follows reporter Ruth Cairns (Julia Foster), who is investigating undercover in a weight-watchers institution whose clients are brought to loose weight by rather unusual methods. After a fellow client with whom she has just got acquainted dies in a car-crash, his body mysteriously disappears. Ruth decides to investigate in a different direction... The episode was directed by Hammer veteran Peter Sasdy, whom fans should known for the Hammer classics "Taste The Blood of Dracula", "Hands of The Ripper" and "Countess Dracula". And Sasdy, who would direct three further episodes to this series, once again doesn't disappoint. Admittedly, this episode may not be the most unpredictable thing ever made, but it does deliver some surprises, some creepiness, and, above all, an ingeniously dark sense of humor. This dark humor is present from the beginning, when a cruel trainer (played by prolific Scottish actor James Cosmo) goes on an angry rant about a chubby lady. The film has many other moments remarkably dark and morbid humor, none of which I will give away here, since I do not wish to spoil anything. Overall, this second episode is probably my favorite of the first four that I've seen so far (all of which I enjoyed). I guess that I still have the greatest HHH episodes ahead of me, the one I am most looking forward to is the seventh episode, "The Silent Scream" starring Peter Cushing. Even if the series maintains the level of this episode, however, I will be satisfied.


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