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Exclusive: New York’s Quad Cinema Announces 32-Film Lineup for Part 1 of Their Massive Hammer Movie Marathon

Last year, New York's Quad Cinema paid tribute to Mario Bava with a 21-film, multi-day marathon, and this summer they're heating up the big screen once again with a two-part Hammer horror movies celebration, and we've been provided with the exclusive details on part 1 of their massive celebration of Hammer movies from 1956–1967.

Read the official press release below for all 32 titles (21 of which will be displayed in 35mm) in part 1 of the Quad's Hammer movie marathon, and keep an eye on their website for more information!

Press Release: May 30 - June 19 It's a chilling season at the Quad! Brace yourself for mummies, vampires, werewolves, and more with our extensive two-part retrospective celebrating Britain's genre studio powerhouse, Hammer Films

Throughout film history, many countries have had their own point-of-pride movie studios; Britain can claim several, whether as backlots or sites of creative capital. In Hammer Films, a genre-oriented counterpart to Ealing Films,
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Blast-Off

An admiring nod to ’60s dream siren Daliah Lavi! American-International leaps into an epic Jules Verne comedy about a trip to the moon, a good-looking but slow and unfunny farce that must squeak by on the goodwill of its cast of comedians. Burl Ives is excellent casting as P.T. Barnum, promoting a Greatest Show Off the Earth.

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Olive Films

1967 / Color/ 2:35 widescreen / 119 99, 95 min. / Street Date March 21, 2017 / Those Fantastic Flying Fools; Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon / available through Olive Films / 29.95

Starring: Burl Ives, Terry-Thomas, Gert Fröbe, Lionel Jeffries, Troy Donahue, Daliah Lavi, Dennis Price, Hermione Gingold, Jimmy Clitheroe, Graham Stark, Edward de Souza, Judy Cornwell, Allan Cuthbertson, Sinéd Cusack, Maurice Denham.

Cinematography: Reginald H. Wyer

Film Editor: Ann Chegwidden

Original Music: John Scott

Written by Dave Freeman, Peter Welbeck (Harry Allan Towers) inspired by the writings of Jules Verne

Produced by Harry Allan Towers

Directed by Don Sharp
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February 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Psychomania, Nocturnal Animals

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February 21st isn’t necessarily a busy week on the home entertainment front, but horror and sci-fi fans definitely should keep an eye on several intriguing releases that arrive this Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated thriller Nocturnal Animals is coming to Blu-ray and DVD via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and Arrow Video is giving the cult classic Psychomania an HD overhaul for their 2-Disc Special Edition.

Other notable releases for February 21st include Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, It Watches, House on Haunted Hill / Tormented double feature, and Kill, Granny, Kill.

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio (BBC Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

This Christmas sees The Doctor join forces with a masked Superhero for an epic New York adventure. With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan?
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Arrow Video to Release Psychomania aka The Death Wheelers on Blu-ray / DVD in the Us

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A motorcycle gang comes back from the dead to wreak havoc on the living in 1973's Psychomania, aka The Death Wheelers. Following the recent UK Blu-ray / DVD release of the cult film, Arrow Video has now announced that they will bring the zombie bikers stateside in February with their Us Blu-ray / DVD release of Psychomania, complete with a 2K restoration from preservation negatives and plenty of bonus features.

From Arrow Video: "New Us Title: Psychomania Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Zombie bikers run amok is southern England.

Pre-orders links should be live soon!

Release Date: 21st February 2017

The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England.

The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader
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BFI to Release Psychomania aka The Death Wheelers on UK Blu-ray / DVD

The Death Wheelers are coming to the UK! Well, they are coming to Blu-ray / DVD in the UK, anyway. Don Sharp’s PsychoMania aka The Death Wheelers (1973) follows Tom, a motorcycle gang leader, who kills himself and is successfully resurrected from the dead by his mother and a very knowledgeable cult. Psychomania will be released via the British Film Institute (BFI) on Blu-ray / DVD in the UK on September 19th:

From Blu-ray.com: “Look Out! The Living Dead motorcycle gang is on the rampage, wreaking havoc in their small English town. For gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson), however, mere earthly violence is not enough: he’s obsessed with the occult and is convinced that he can kill himself and then return from the dead – with the help of a frog-worshipping cult and his seance-conducting mother (Beryl Reid). Remarkably, Tom succeeds and soon joins the ranks of the walking – and riding – dead!
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Witchcraft (1964) Blu-ray Announced by Kino Lorber

After his family’s coven was destroyed, Morgan Whitlock’s (Lon Chaney Jr.) ancestors will have their revenge. Kino Lorber will release Don Sharp’s Witchcraft (1964) on Blu-ray on October 11th.

From Kino Lorber: “Coming October 11th on Blu-ray!

Witchcraft (1964) Starring Lon Chaney Jr., Jack Hedley, Jill Dixon, Viola Keats and Maria Ney – Directed by Don Sharp.”

Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): “Horror icon Lon Chaney, Jr. conjures up unspeakable evil as Morgan Whitlock, a modern-day warlock whose witchy ancestors were burned at the stake. But now, after three long centuries of waiting, Morgan’s family will finally have is revenge. The Whitlock’s 300-year-old matriarch has risen from the grave to wreak havoc upon the descendants of those who destroyed her coven, confiscated her estate and burned her alive!”

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Sound Shock: Composer John Cameron on Making the Music of Psychomania

Composer John Cameron on his music for the berserk British biker flick Psychomania. Director Don Sharp’s utterly demented 1971 action horror opus The Living Dead aka The Death Wheelers aka Psychomania is a film that has to be seen to be believed. Not just seen. But heard. Telling the tale of cocky London motorcycle thug…

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London Stage Star and Olivier Henry V Leading Lady Asherson Dead at Age 99

'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman -- both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly
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Horror Channel Strikes Blow With More Hammer Double-Bills!

Voluptuous vampire vixens, undead slaves, cobra-women, grisly murders and creepy aliens. Yes, Hammer heaven continues throughout March as the UK’s number one TV destination for all things horror brings you five more Hammer horror double-bills, which broadcast from Sat March 1st – Sat March 29th from 9.00pm on the Horror Channel!

Sat 1 March @ 21:00 – The Plague Of The Zombies (1966)

Directed by John Gilling, this is Hammer’s sole foray into the Zombie genre and centres on a mad Cornish squire who solves a labour crisis in his tin mines by turning local villagers into voodoo-controlled zombies. Dr. Thompson (Brook Williams) and his daughter Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) soon discover the unpleasant nocturnal habits of the shambling undead slaves, and Sir James Forbes (André Morell) arrives to investigate.

Sat 1 March @ 22:45 – Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)

Considered one of the last great Hammer films, this swash-buckling vampire yarn, features a master swordsman, a
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Blu-ray Review - Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Rasputin: The Mad Monk, 1966.

Directed by Don Sharp.

Starring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews, Richard Pasco and Suzan Farmer.

Synopsis:

In pre-revolution St Petersburg, Russia, sinister monk Grigori Rasputin (Christopher Lee) proves that he has the unearthly power to ease the deranged and heal the sick, but at what price?

It’s hard to know where to start talking about Grigori Rasputin. The man was notorious in a way few men of his station had ever dared dream. His actions, his lifestyle and his alleged ‘powers of healing’ arguably changed the world.

If you still don’t know who Rasputin was, you won’t get many more hard facts out of Rasputin: The Mad Monk. Terence Fisher is much more interested in the man himself than the political havoc he wrought, and with good reason. We want the legend of Rasputin, and Fisher delivers it with considerable relish.

We
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Reviews: Hammer Blu-rays, M.R. James BBC Ghost Stories Vol.5, Wallenberg

Hammer Blu-rays The Devil Rides Out (1968, dir. Terence Fisher)

Hammer applies its trademark Gothic veneer with considerably greater care than usual in this, the second and best of the company's three stabs at the satanic stylings of author Dennis Wheatley. Christopher Lee comes over to the light for a rare foray as central hero the Duc de Richleau, teaming up with friend Rex van Rijn (Leon Greene) to prevent the evil Satanist Mocata (Charles Gray) from enmeshing the son of his old friend (Patrick Mower) into a devil-worshipping cult.

The Devil Rides Out is perhaps best remembered for what Lee argues in his commentary to be Hammer's most enduring image, that of our heroes fighting a series of spectral and psychological nemeses from within the protective confines of a ritual circle. And yet the most chilling scene contains no special effects, but is instead a simple conversation between the wife
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Hammer Director Sharp Dies

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Hammer Horror director Don Sharp has died, aged 90.

The Australia-born moviemaker passed away in Cornwall, England earlier this month, according to Variety. No other details of his death had been released as WENN went to press.

Sharp was best known for being brought in to revive the flagging Hammer Film studio in Britain in the 1960s after the company suffered a drop in popularity. He went on to direct numerous horror pictures for the firm including The Kiss of the Vampire, The Devil-Ship Pirates and Rasputin: The Mad Monk.

His other film work outside of Hammer included directing The Face of Fu Manchu and The Brides of Fu Manchu with Sir Christopher Lee. He was also behind the 1978 remake of The Thirty Nine Steps, starring Robert Powell, a 1974 film version of TV drama Callan with Edward Woodward, and 1979's Bear Island with Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave.

Rest in Peace: Hammer Films' Don Sharp

Some really sad news has emerged this holiday week as we've lost a true icon of our industry. While his name may not jump out at you unless you're as obsessive as we are, his movies have been making people leap out of their skin for decades.

According to Variety, Don Sharp, an Australia-born film director who was brought in to revive Hammer Films' sagging horror franchise in the mid-1960s -- and succeeded -- despite having no experience in the genre, died December 14th in Cornwall, England. He was 90.

Though the names most closely associated with Hammer are Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, it was director Terence Fisher who shaped the Gothic horror films that starred those actors. Fisher had directed films like Horror of Dracula and The Revenge of Frankenstein in the late 1950s, but the company lost its confidence in the helmer when his 1962 entry The Phantom of the Opera,
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Hammer Horror Director Don Sharp Dead at 89

He was born in Australia, but worked mostly in England. Don Sharp directed several Hammer Horror films including Kiss Of The Vampire, one of the best and most unusual. Sharp directed Christopher Lee in six films including Rasputin The Mad Monk and two .60s Fu Manchu movies. His bizarre biker/zombie hybrid Psychomania was way ahead of its time and with Curse Of The Fly he showed himself to be a master of making the best with low-budget conditions of work, hiding his monsters in the shadows and employing atmosphere and music to create effective horror. Sharp also worked on British television, directing several episodes from The Avengers. Don Sharp died Sunday December 18th at age 89.

From the tribute by Hammer historian Marcus Hearn at the official Hammer website:

Don Sharp had never seen a horror film before producer Anthony Hinds screened a selection for him at Hammer House in
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Director Don Sharp Dies: Worked with Deborah Kerr, Christopher Lee, Lee Remick, Vanessa Redgrave

According to various online sources, Tasmanian-born director Don Sharp has died. He was 89.

A former small-time actor (The Planter's Wife, The Cruel Sea), Sharp (born April 19, 1922, in Hobart) is best remembered for several low-budget thrillers he directed in the 1960s, such as Hammer's The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), the sci-fier Curse of the Fly (1965), and the The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), starring Christopher Lee as the East Asian fiend.

Sharp's other notable efforts include The Death Wheelers / Psychomania (1973), about a youth gang terrorizing a small town; the Ira drama Hennessy (1975), with A-listers Rod Steiger and Lee Remick; The Thirty Nine Steps, an underrated remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 classic starring Robert Powell in Robert Donat's old man-on-the-run role; and the slow-moving adventure drama Bear Island, featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Donald Sutherland.

Sharp also worked on British television, directing several episodes from The Avengers. Other notable television efforts were a
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Stills We Love: The Face Of Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu for Mayor! Joe Dante explains.

Just look at this:

Click to make huuuuuuge.

Classic FemJep stuff, huh? (That’s females-in-jeopardy for you non-industry types.)

Karin Dor grapples with one of Fu Manchu’s dacoit assassins in the first and best of the sixties Fu Manchu series starring Christopher Lee, The Face of Fu Manchu, based on the Oriental arch-villain character created by Sax Rohmer in 1913 and continued in a series of novels through 1959.

“Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, … one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present … Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man.” – Rohmer in The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu

For obvious reasons, this yellow peril stuff has gone out of fashion, to say the least, although Rohmer
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Hennessy – DVD review

DVD Review

Hennessy

Directed by: Don Sharp

Cast: Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson

Running Time: 1 hr 45 min

Rating: PG

Due Out: June 6, 2011

Plot: A former member of the NRA (Rod Steiger) loses his wife and daughter to sectarian violence. In revenge, he decides to blow up British Parliament on the opening day, when Queen Elizabeth II will be in attendance.

Who’S It For? Fans of ’70s thrillers like The French Connection who won’t mind this inferior take.

Movie:

The film has a really exciting premise but it becomes bogged down by a dull delivery. Steiger’s Niall Hennessy is a man of few words and occasionally muddled action. The initial scene where his wife and child are gunned down on accident by a British soldier left me with more compassion for the soldier than the family members. Steiger gives about as much as he can for an underwritten character,
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The horror anthology lives in The Theatre Bizarre

Shooting wrapped yesterday on a new anthology film with some heavy genre names to its credit. The film is being co-produced by Severin Films. No word yet on a release date.

Severin Films and France’s Metaluna Productions today announced their international co-production of The Theatre Bizarre, a modern horror anthology inspired by the over-the-top shocks of Paris’ early 20th century ‘Theatre du Grand Guignol’. The feature will be comprised of six films by six cutting-edge genre directors enlisted from around the world and granted total creative freedom. The Theater Bizarre is executive produced by Daryl J. Tucker, and produced by Severin’s Carl Daft, David Gregory and John Cregan, Metaluna’s Fabrice Lambot, and Michael Ruggiero of Nightscape Entertainment. Production on Richard Stanley’s (Hardware) segment ‘The Mother Of Toads’ began 10/10/10 in Montségur in the French Pyrenees.

The project’s six filmmakers have all made at least one modestly
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Severin Films hooks up with Intervision for future releases

Severin Films has been one of those companies for the past five years that have been releasing some great flicks on DVD and Blu-Ray. Now, they announce that they will be handling all future production and marketing for Intervision Picture Corporation. It’s a match made in heaven if you ask me. Severin puts out quality releases and with them behind the wheel of Intervision product, that definitely puts a smile to my face. Their first release, the 1983 shot-on-video slasher called Sledgehammer. Read on for the official press release.

From the Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 2011 – Severin Films today announced an agreement with the estate of Larry Gold, Sr. to handle all future production and marketing for Intervision Picture Corporation. The arrangement commences with the 5/10 release of 1983’s Sledgehammer, notorious as the first shot-on-tape ‘slasher’ thriller for the then-exploding home video market. Gold, a pioneer of ‘70s film distribution and ‘80s genre VHS,
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Psychomania Review

It's a strange one, is Don Sharp's Psychomania. The 1972 undead biker gang picture is a celebration of fuzzy (read: non existent) logic, aimless youth, random acts of violence and magic toads.

Nicky Henson stars as Tom. Leader of The Living Dead, a leather clad gang of young bikers who race around town - and the local circle of druid era standing stones - in their skull painted helmets. They are your typical disaffected youth, rebelling against everything seemingly just to relieve the boredom. But Tom's not satisfied with just terrorizing the locals for a few days here and there. He wants more. He wants to do it Forever.

Lucky for him Tom's mother is an gifted medium with a magic toad and the key to eternal life. And after being tested in a magic room - a room that killed his father years before - and found worthy Tom is given the secret.
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