So I’ve done my top 20 horror films, and the horror films I hate, and as promised, here’s why I didn’t include any Hammer Films in my top 20. I wanted to do something separately as really, I could fill a top 20 up just with Hammer Films, so let’s crack on….
Number Ten: Hands of the Ripper.
A female Jack the Ripper? What’s not to like about this!
Number nine: Frankenstein Created Woman.
Ever since I saw this on the old BBC horror double bill I’ve adored it for the bizarre bit of Gothic it is, and Peter Cushing is brilliant in it.
Number Eight: Dracula A.D. 1972.
It’s the 1970’s. It’s Hammer. It’s groovy.
Number Seven:The Plague of the Zombies.
It’s the best Zombie film not made by George Romero.
Number Six: The Mummy.
Christopher Lee in bandages!
Number Five: Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter.
Why this was never the huge hit Hammer wanted and needed is a bloody mystery. It’s brilliant.
Number Four:The Curse of the Werewolf.
Oliver Reed. Werewolves. Heaving bosoms! It has it all!
Number Three: Dracula.
This is simply my favourite version of the Bram Stoker story. It’s got Christopher Lee being all mean and hunky, while Peter Cushing plays Van Helsing like an action hero. It’s fantastic stuff.
Number Two: Quatermass & the Pit.
There’s something coming up in regards Quatermass as a whole that I’m planning, but I couldn’t leave this film out. It take a brilliant bit of television and makes a brilliant bit of cinema that still thrills, scares and excites me as an adult as it did when I was a kid.
Number One: The Curse of Frankenstein
This is the film that gave us Hammer Horror. It recreated the classic monsters from an Americanised setting as the Universal monsters left them in. It gave us Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as fully formed stars. It gave us Kensington Gore by the bucketload. It upped the ante for screen violence. It created modern Gothic Horror. It’s also a bloody great film.
So there you go, there’s the countdown of my top ten Hammer Films. but as an extra bonus here’s the trailer for Carry on Screaming!…
Next time I wrap up my cliche ridden October/Halloween celebration with one last special blog about a house on Foxhill Drive…