Saturday, October 26, 2013

Masters Of Horror! (Terence Fisher)

So, the last 4 covered the Universal guys, now the Hammer guy, to tie all those films together.

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

See here.

Horror of Dracula (1958)

See here.

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

See here.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

It doesn't get much better than Cushing as Sherlock Holmes.

The Mummy (1959)

See here.

Hammer's Mummy didn't take on human form, and stayed an invincible non-verbal dusty zombie.

The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

A man stays immortal by harvesting the glands of women he murders.

Cristopher Lee is blackmailed into giving him a life saving operation by threats to his wife.

Sounds like the kind of flick Karloff did a lot of.

The Stranglers of Bombay (1960)

"This is true! This is real! This actually happened!".

Yes, it is true.
Based on the Thuggee gang in India that strangled and robbed travelers for centuries.

They're where the word "thug", came from.
They were also the bad guys in "Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom".

The British finally got fed up with their bullshit, and wiped out every last one of the sonsofbitches.
Good riddance.

Jekyll's Inferno (1960)

See here.

A.K.A. "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll".

Jekyll has a wife in this version.
Things don't go well for her.

The Curse of the Werewolf (1960)

See here, and here.

The Brides of Dracula (1960)

From here...

So...there's a bit of a gap here, as Hammer also needed Peter Cushing in their Frankenstein flicks, and, they pissed away a production slot on a "Brides of Dracula", sequel that didn't have Dracula in it.

So, here's that one at last.

Lee's Dracula is absent, but Cushing's Van Helsing is present.
A sorta-sequel.
More a spinoff/branch-off.

The brides demonstrate powers more in line with the novel.

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

See here.

Although, I really didn't say anything there about this particular version.

Pretty much the same story as all the others.
The Phantom is more sympathetic than evil this time.
Also, The Phantom wears a featureless mask with one eye hole.
Kind of a proto-Jason thing going on.

The Gorgon (1964)

Pretty much what you think.
A Medusa zapping people into stone.

As usual, Cushing and Lee are on its trail.

The Earth Dies Screaming (1965)

It fills my heart with a warm feeling that a film with this title exists.

Survival horror....TO THE MAX!!!

Aliens gas the Earth, and kill almost everybody.
Then, they send robots, that can kill with a touch, to pick off the stragglers.
Then, the robot victims become zombies.

And Rick Grimes thinks he's having a hard time?
Rick Grimes is a pussy compared to these survivors!

Island of Terror (1966)

With Peter cushing.

Scientists working on cancer accidentally engineer silicon bone-vampire squids.

"Island Of Terror", tells you absolutely nothing.
Should have been "Attack Of The Silicon Bone-Vampires".

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

See here.

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

See here, and here.

Night of the Big Heat (1967)

A stifling heat wave turns out to be caused by aliens with heat powers that look like slugs with a stalk sticking out.

You can just bet Lee and Cushing are there.

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Aw, shit, this shoulda been in "Beelzebub-blowout!".

A bunch of Satan cult shit, except unlike real life, where it's fake, The Devil actually shows up.
And he's just a guy with a goat face.

Were you scared of Jim Brewer as Goat Boy?
Didn't think so.
Well, same thing.

Christopher Lee is there, and he just should have said "pfft, Goat Boy!? I'm fuckin' Dracula!", and kneed him in the nuts.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

See here.

So, last time, I mentioned the infamous rape scene.

I forgot to mention, Terence Fisher and Peter Cushing were both against the scene, they hated it, but the producers insisted, saying it would sexy the film up.
With RAPE?!?!

So...yeah...they were scum.

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

See here.

Then, 3 years later, Star Wars happened, and another 3 years later, Fisher died.

And that's Terence Fisher.

Of the old Hammer gang, only Christopher Lee is still ticking.

Tomorrow, Alfred Hitchcock.

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