Recommend me some Hammer please

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  1. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Well the title says it :)
    Basically I'm looking for the best out there.Movies and DVDs (all regions).
    There's a lot of info on Hammer all about the net and many releases but there's so many titles.
    I read the name of Terence Fisher,is that the best place to start?
    My question is this can you name the Hammer titles one just "needs" in his collection?Please tell me about their DVD presentation too.I read there are several collections with problems (skipping,freezing etc.) out there.
    Don't want that obviously.
    I don't need endless lists.Just the ones that are really worth it.
    Also I don't mind if a movie is in B&W but please indicate if so.
    I know I could have done a search but try looking for "Hammer" or "horror" on a horror forum.....You get the point :).
    Links are appreciated but basically I want your opinions.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Damed

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    Some of my favourites:

    Rasputin the Mad Monk (Anchor Bay, R1)
    Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter (Paramount, R1)
    Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers (MGM, R1 "Midnite Movies" Line)


    This is a GREAT Warner Bros R1 set to start with

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    Has some of the essential hammer viewing in a box set, all great transfers and good quality.

    The one that a lot of people are having trouble with is "The Hammer Horror Series" from Universal. It is the dreaded DVD-18s that have production problems and playback freezing in many players.
     
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  3. RyanPC

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    Obviously, you'll want to start with Horror of Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein. The Mummy is okay but not near as good as those two. I am also quite fond of Countess Dracula, The Vampire Lovers, Plague of the Zombies, and Frankenstein Created Woman.
     
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    Disagree on The Mummy, it's so great. Brilliant performances too.
     
  5. RyanPC

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    I suppose it's the best mummy movie I've seen, but that's not saying much because I've never been too keen on that genre. I liked the makeup, though, and Lee and Cushing are excellent, as always.
     
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    Rasputin the Mad Monk (anchor bay R1)
    The Devil Rides Out (anchor bay R1)
    The Abominable Snowman (anchor bay R1)
    The warner bros. set mentiond above

    This is a good one to if your player can play it
     
  7. Cujo108

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    Quatermass and the Pit is the best Hammer has to offer, though it leans more towards sci-fi. The Devil Rides Out is Hammer's best pure horror picture. The AB DVDs of both are fine.
     
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    I think the Horror Classics Collection with the six Hammer titles is the best way to start. Terence Fisher's direction is brilliant. I've had no problems with Universal's Hammer Horror Series so I do recommend that one as well. I'm a big Hammer fan and like them all so let me just sum it up to this: Peter Cushing and/or Christopher Lee equals GOLD. That's a bit biased but I can deal with it.
     
  9. KR~!

    KR~! The Apocalyptic Kid

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    Well, just remember that Hammer pictures are ALL about the mood and atmosphere, rather than gore or trying to scare you, well I guess at the time they were ;)

    You need to compare them to the universal monster flicks rather than the gore crazed and sleaze encrusted films that came after.

    Then your will enjoy them, since few pictures look as cool and have the same feel as them.

    All Hammer films look cool, and they cover every type of classic monster, there is even a Hammer Zombie flick :)
     
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  10. YottNik

    YottNik Pay the price!

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    So far, the only Hammer I've seen is Horror of Dracula. And it seems like a good start to me.
     
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    The Creeping Flesh is another great one with Cushing and Lee at their best. I'm going to have to end up buying The Devil Rides Out, still haven't seen that one...Damn this place!!! It drains me of my hard earned money.

    Die Die My Darling is good too.:evil:
     
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  12. Erick H.

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    An underrated one would be HANDS OF THE RIPPER,it's out from Carlton in Region 2.QUATERMAS AND THE PIT is a standout(Anchor Bay Region 1).If you've caught up with CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and HORROR OF DRACULA(both Region 1 Warner Bros.),give CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF a spin(Universal Region 1).
     
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    I'll have to second HORROR OF DRACULA, VAMPIRE LOVERS and THE MUMMY. I actually like this version of THE MUMMY more than the Universal Classic. I know, I know. Blasphemy. Whatever.

    I also really enjoyed DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Some of the later Dracula titles weren't very good, but this one definitely holds up.

    Loved THE GORGON when I was a kid. It still hasn't been released on DVD, although I'm not sure if maybe another region has it available.
     
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    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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    Rasputin, The Mad Monk may just in fact be my favorite these days (nice to see it listed above already). Twins of Evil is also outstanding. When I was a kid, it was any of the Dracula series.
     
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    Dracula? Then it's Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, for me. That was the one that stuck with me the most.
     
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    The German Company,Anolis, have brought out a nice hammer collection, but tend to be a bit pricey.

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  17. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Thanks everyone.I will check out some of the titles you mentioned.
    The Anolis discs are cheap over here (distributed by Paradiso):
    http://www.emp.de/bin/shop.php?prog=shop&mid=&article=673714&funktion=PRODUCTINFO&bildrub=search&LANG=NL
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    When I have some more time I'll read all titles in this thread and make my own "to buy" list from that.
    That collection that was mentioned is already added to the wishlist :).
    Thanks again and keep 'em coming!
     
  18. Damed

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    Damn that's a nice set.

    Looks like they have some exclusive titles as well! The robin hood films, the Quatermass Experiment and the UNCUT Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell
     
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  19. Crystal Plumage

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    Quatermass Experiment is also out in R2 and the UK, comes with an excellent 24 page booklet too. The German Monster from Hell is uncut.
     

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