Posts Tagged ‘hammer’

Series: Kill of the Week! #2 — Hammered

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Sometimes, we all need a little smashy-smashy. Sometimes, we need A LOT. So today’s Kill of the Week is a multi-kill from me to you. For your viewing pleasure:  the one and only “hammer-in-the-hallway” scene from Oldboy. Get gory!

Film Review: Paranoiac (1963)

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Hammer is famous for their gothic monster movies, but in the ’60s (perhaps spurred by the success of Psycho?) they also dabbled in moody psychological thrillers. Paranoiac is among the best, featuring great performances and a tight script that keeps the plot twists coming.

Film Review: The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1960)

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Dr. Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde) must be one of the harder characters to pull off in any believable way.  So while I admire Paul Massie’s bravery in this Hammer film version of the character(s), he wasn’t quite able to convince me.  I think it’s primarily because of the weird voice he uses while he plays […]

Film Review: The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas (1957)

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Right before they went into their famous ‘gothic’ period, Hammer Productions offered up an unusual treat — a widescreen, black & white adventure set in the Himalayas.  Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker star as a scientist and exhibitionist (respectively) who seek the legendary abominable snowman.  I’m a big fan of the snowman, the Yeti, the […]

Film Review: The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

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Britain-based Hammer Films built a sizable empire in the 1950′s by reinventing the classic Universal monsters. In 1961, they turned their attention to The Wolf Man and conjured up The Curse of the Werewolf, based loosely on Guy Endore’s The Werewolf of Paris. For me, this is pretty average Hammer fare — neither good nor […]

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