Monday, January 17, 2011

Hammer Films

I love Hammer Films. I actually got addicted to them prior to seeing most of them. I picked up issue #2 and 3 of Dick Klemensen's long-running fanzine "Little Shoppe of Horrors" back in the early 80s and fell in love with the films. Turns out I had seen numerous of them before as many Hammer Films became mainstays of "Creature Features".

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star in many of these, and many feature classic Universal monsters in color updatings such as Dracula, Frankenstein and many others. I was watching "The Two Faces of Dr. Jeckyl" late last night but fell asleep before the end. That's not to say that Hammer Films are necessarily bad, but a lot of them are quite campy. They are the horror equivalent of a Disney film, but they sometimes do contains ample supplies of blood and nudity, especially the films made in the 1970s.

Hammer started out making all types of films, but usually what people now deem as "film noir" in the 30s and 40s and then branched into horror and suspense from the 50s to the 70s.

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