Plague of the Zombies – John Gilling (1966)

Hammer’s output from 1958 can roughly be categorised into three separate entities.  The first two are relatively obvious with Frankenstein and general vampire action but the third seems to cover a multitude of different themes and monsters.  Plague of the Zombies (1966) is one of these films that veered away from the usual Hammer tropes in an aim to create something slightly different and is … Continue reading Plague of the Zombies – John Gilling (1966)

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 Devil Rides Out – Terence Fisher (1967)

Satanism and Devil worship has been a popular topic for horror films since the genre’s first exploration of its dark ways in Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 film Haxan.  The genre of occult horror saw a new golden age for itself born in the late 1950s and Hammer’s 1968 film The Devil Rides Out is a product of this re-emerging genre. Based on the classic novel by … Continue reading The Devil Rides Out – Terence Fisher (1967)

Bride of Frankenstein – James Whale (1935)

There was a time when Universal held the monopoly on horror film.  The Universal cycle of monster films is possibly the most influential in all off horror and easily one of the most iconoclastic in the whole of cinema. Striding comfortably ahead of the rest of this pack that consists of groundbreaking films such as Tod Browning’s Dracula and Karl Freund’s The Mummy, James Whale’s … Continue reading Bride of Frankenstein – James Whale (1935)