When discussing the legacy of Hammer Films’ heyday in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the subject of sequels would be unavoidable with such unforgettable movie series as those of Dracula and Frankenstein. And though these derivative efforts doubtlessly have their ups and downs, they did typically have some new and original ideas instilled within – this is the studio who gave us a Dracula film set in 1972 after all. Continue reading THE VENGEANCE OF SHE (1968) Movie Review – The Harrowing House of Hammer
Despite the wide range of genres undertaken by Hammer Films, it is sometimes off-putting to commit to one of the studio’s efforts that is not contained to the well-traversed gothic horror realm.
But then again, Hammer had produced some impressive adventure pieces before with such entries as Captain Clegg showcasing some great promise for these now lesser-known properties. Continue reading SHE (1965) Movie Review – The Harrowing House of Hammer
There’s something about a good Hammer movie that can almost feel like sorcery. It’s a fragile kind of trickery that stands in the face of cheesy predictability without ever losing its merits. Not all of the studio’s pictures are able to capture this elusive effect, but one will always find it to be an inherent quality in the classic Hammer films – Dracula, Curse of the Werewolf, The Devil Rides Out, and this film, Captain Clegg.
Of course, this isn’t to say that the film is perfectly made. One could easily argue that it isn’t with several examples to back them up. For instance, you might submit that the story is replete with shallow character depth, that the story isn’t anything new, and that the effects range from outdated and corny to just plain bad (see numerous shots of atrocious day-for-night or half day-for-night filters).
And you know what? You’d be right. Continue reading CAPTAIN CLEGG (1962) – The Harrowing House of Hammer
Supernatural horror or monster movies can sometimes be a bit difficult to get just right. Of course, within Hammer Films’ oeuvre there are plenty of examples of these films that are done effectively (The Curse of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out, Dracula, etc.), but these pieces walk a tight rope when balancing factors such as pacing, atmosphere, exposition, and action.
And with these attributes in mind, it may be easier to see why The Man Who Could Cheat Death never quite takes off as a horror classic. Continue reading THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH (1959) Movie Review – The Harrowing House of Hammer