Dracula: Prince of Darkness – Terence Fisher (1966)

Having taken a break for the sequel to 1958’s Dracula, the Count returned to Hammer after having left all the hard work to Baron Meinster in 1960’s Brides of Dracula.  1966’s Dracula Prince of Darkness is missing only one element that would allow it to become the strongest in Hammer’s canon.  Christopher Lee returns as the count but sadly missing from the film is Peter … Continue reading Dracula: Prince of Darkness – Terence Fisher (1966)

The Horror Film Score Rebellion Part 1 – Classic Horror

INTRODUCTION 1968 was the year that horror cinema sought to change the way in which it scored its films and began to develop alternatives to the increasingly cliched sounds that had become a staple of the genre since the silent era. David Raskin, who had scored the first two Basil Rathbone-starring Sherlock Holmes films in the early thirties, as well as a number of film … Continue reading The Horror Film Score Rebellion Part 1 – Classic Horror

A Beginner’s Guide to Hammer Horror.

As mentioned in the vintage horror article, here is a guide to the best of Hammer Horror films.  It’s a name that isn’t as familiar as it should be in film circles, mainly because critical overviews often find the more snobbish of film reviewer calling them too tongue in cheek or camp.  Hammer Horror films are so much more than this though and I hope … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Hammer Horror.

A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Horror 1920 – 1960.

Taking a side step from simply looking into the work of one particular director, here we are going to be looking at the highlights from a whole genre.  It seems like a big ask but really the genre of horror needs its past remembering now more than ever.  With the modern interpretation of genre reliant on set pieces or gore and torture, and with very … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Horror 1920 – 1960.