This mix of sci-fi, horror and espionage penned by Doctor Who scribe Don Houghton would probably have been successful if Dracula and Van Helsing hadn’t been included, seemingly as an afterthought. This comes recommended, though will likely only appeal to viewers with a certain taste, particularly those who appreciate older horror films. The Hight Priest of the Seven Golden Vampires, Kah, tracks down Dracula’s castle in Transylvania and asks the Count to go to China to help restore the glory of the once renowned Golden Vampires, who are getting their asses kicked by peasants. The core plot revolves around the beautiful Sarah, her boyfriend Simon and his missing brother Paul. 20 Film Set For more than four decades, Hammer Films’ unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. La saga met principalement en scène deux personnages : le Comte Dracula, qui donne son nom à la saga, ainsi que la famille d'Abraham Van Helsing. Even though this has always been billed as the 'premier' there is evidence that the film had a unofficial 'world … There’s a great commentary track with Baker, Lee and Hammer film historian Marcus Hearn. Actual sex is implied for the first time, naked girls run about and the camera can’t keep off of Sarah’s well-proportioned bosom. Founded in 1934, U.K. based Hammer Films got its start with a series of noir productions, though later moved to science fiction, psychological thrillers, adventure epics, comedies and television series. On the way, he kicks some serious ass and somehow remains 100% immune to any kind of feminine wiles. The holy triumvirate of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Terence Fisher are together again after Hammer’s first true horror film, Curse of Frankenstein, in similar roles. Forbes-Robertson had some impossibly large shoes to fill, so perhaps it’s for the best that he was given little screen time. 6. This includes trailers and a documentary, Dracula and the Undead, narrated by Hammer-regular Oliver Reed. The set is worth it just for Brides of Dracula, but double-sided discs and a lack of special features indicate an intolerable cheapness on the part Universal. There are a lot of relatively violent scenes, especially for Hammer, who usually focused more on atmosphere. INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES: THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN New 4K restoration Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby (2019) Audio commentary with horror and fantasy authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman (2019) Back from the Dead: Inside ‘The Revenge of Frankenstein’ (2019, 22 mins): new and … Arthur Holmwood and his wife Mina are caring for Holmwood’s sister Lucy, who was engaged to Harker and has recently fallen ill with “anemia.” Can Van Helsing convince the Holmwoods of the truth in time to save Lucy and to keep Dracula’s attention away from Mina? The culmination of the ritual, however, is the rejuvenation of Dracula from shrivelled remains. For those of you who remember Klove, the completely random manservant in Dracula, Prince of Darkness, he’s back, hairier, grungier and more inexplicable than ever. Also never used again. Dracula: Father and Son. Lee is always fantastic as Dracula, but only appears halfway through the film and gives a silent performance. Attempting to beat themselves at the continuity game yet again, this picks up where Dracula Has Risen from the Grave let off. The success of Universal adaptation The Curse of Frankenstein gave them the freedom to explore more adaptations, and after a lengthy legal agreement with Universal, Hammer released Dracula in 1958. 3. At least he has dialogue in this one. There is a particularly brutal scene detailing the “clean up” of a rogue vampire involving a meat cleaver and a bucket of holy water. At least that’s how it seems to me because the result is nigh on incomprehensible, which is a great shame because the film has some really funny (and delightful) comedy scenes involving the great Christopher Lee…. 3. After Courtley dies during the ritual, Dracula stalks the three men, possibly to avenge the death of his loyal servant and possibly just because he’s as bored with this franchise as we are. Surprisingly, it works a lot better in the swingin’ seventies and has a major element that this film lacks: the wondrous, long overdue return of Cushing as Van Helsing. This leads indirectly to the Count waking up majorly pissed off and declaring unholy war on the monsignor and his family, a widowed sister-in-law and beautiful niece (Veronica Carlson). hammer films: the mistresses of dracula part seven by bruce g hallenbeck Dracula AD 1972 suffers from a lack of female vampires, a situation that was rectified in the next - and final - … I bought “Famous Monsters” magazine, and even taught myself how to make masks from molds and latex. Absolutely nothing. The USA version has many scenes cut from the film replacing them with with different gags. Though there are an equal number of hits and misses, the series comes highly recommended to fans of classic ‘60s horror. 1. It’s these that are celebrated in the new box set Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection. I hate double-sided discs. Even though they are warned by a local monk (the excellent and sometimes hilarious Andrew Keir), they accidentally arrive at Dracula’s castle. It’s incredible that a Hammer and Shaw Brothers co-production even exists, but fortunately or not, here it is. The set is worth it just for Brides of Dracula, but double-sided discs and a lack of special features indicate an intolerable cheapness on the part Universal. When the monsignor is attacked and dies, it’s up to Paul to save his lady love and defeat the beast. Lee is on screen for about fifteen minutes, probably less, something that would plague the rest of the series from here on out. The ritual is completed, the Count revived and his attentions focus on the dead man's wife who is to become his partner; devoted to an existence of depravity and evil. Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Neame. It's going to be a Region B relea se.The BLU RAY will cost just over 37 Euros which is about £32.00, the DVD w ill co st 17 Euro which i s around £15.00. $9.99. sunday, 7 august 2011. hammer films :behind the scenes and on set dracula ad 1972 part two: theblackboxclub.com a few more more to the pot! 2 people found this helpful. By the time he links the deaths to the Baron Meinster, the Baron has several undead brides and has proposed to the still living Marianne. Scars of Dracula (1970) Johnny, Dracula' s disciple, lures victims to the deserted graveyard for his master's pleasure and one of the victims delivered is Jessica Van Helsing. item 3 4 FILM HAMMER HORRORS rare dvd Set DRACULA AD / HORROR OF DRACULA rare dvd 1970s 3 - 4 FILM HAMMER HORRORS rare dvd Set DRACULA AD / HORROR OF DRACULA rare dvd 1970s. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) The culmination of the ritual, however, is the rejuvenation of Dracula from shrivelled remains. Though it is technically the sequel to Dracula, the only true unifier is Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing. Can't find a movie or TV show? Though it is great to see Lee and Cushing together again, they feel out of place in an a plot that belongs to either The Avengers, James Bond or Fu Manchu. A Hammer Films Productions horror film series inspired by Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Dracula is barely present in this film, but it’s unclear if that’s a good or bad thing. Though there are no special features, there is a swingin’ trailer. There’s some great cinematography from Roy Fords and John Wilcox, particularly in the Chinese countryside. In a weirdly incestuous scene, he sinks fang into Mommy dearest, and Marianne has a chance to run away, hysterical and unsure of what she has seen. Don’t forget about the completely random musical performance in the beginning of the film, where a group of kids crashes an upper class dinner party and time themselves to see how long they can linger before the bobbies arrive. The local villagers launch an impromptu march on the castle mere hours before dark and burn most of it to the ground. On the way, she stumbles into a perverse and complicated situation where the local Baroness Meinster pays the populace to ignore the fact that she procures young girls for her vampiric son, who is chained up in the castle to prevent him from spreading further evil. But after they discover his blood-drained corpse in Dracula's castle necropolis, the Vampire Lord's lustful vengeance begins. Directed by Peter Sasdy The set and costumes are gorgeous, as usual, and the acting is tight, but there are obvious acts of desperation on the part of the writer (the great Jimmy Sangster, who wrote many Hammer films and directed a few). A.D. concerns Van Helsing’s descendants – Grandpa Van Helsing (played with aplomb by Cushing) and hot ‘70s babe Jessica Van Helsing – who are plagued by a descendent of Dracula’s servants. Marianne is intended to be one of these girls, but the young Baron Meinster convinces her he is being unjustly imprisoned and she steals the key to free him. Van Helsing arrives in time to figure out why young girls in the village are dropping like flies. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. How much longer can we stay on this gravy train? The US two-disc Anchor Bay version, which I am reviewing, is sadly out of print, as is the US Anchor Bay double feature DVD, which bafflingly comes with The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Check out the Warner DVD. Click here to login or here to sign up. Starring: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Christopher Matthews. The acting is good, though very… British. Philadelphia film news, reviews, and theaters. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) Luckily, this is still available on DVD in multiple versions. Descended from the Van Helsing line of vampire hunters her grandfather, equipped with all the devices to snare and destroy the Count, confronts his arch enemy in the age-old battle between good and evil. The three men killed Dracula's servant and as a revenge, the count makes sure that the gentlemen are killed one by one by their own sons. The owner of the house is a mysterious property tycoon who is found to be behind a sinister plot involving a deadly plague. Samm Deighan’s Philadelphia-based Satanic Pandemonium film blog is interested mostly in horror, exploitation, erotica and academic film writing with a love of the gory and the perverse. It is only a five-minutes glimpse of a day on the set, but someone had the foresight to get commentary from a few of the actors. James Bernard’s score is wild, dramatic, sinister and over the top. She went on to star in a couple of Hammer Frankenstein films after this, but I don’t know why they didn’t use her more. A lot of earlier adaptations put an emphasis on the Count’s metaphysical abilities, but Lee’s Dracula is very earthbound and quick to put newly-shined shoe to ass. Dracula aka The Horror of Dracula (1958) The films are available individually on Blu-Ray, but it's cheaper to buy them in this box set, plus you get a Bonus Disc with additional features All of the transfers in this set are first rate and come with good Special Features. Will he save them all in time? [insert expletive].HAPPY ! Convenient. This film is full of some amazing and hilarious set pieces. Inspector Murray (Coles from A.D.) consults occult expert Professor Van Helsing. Your email address will not be published. Retrouvez infos & avis sur une large sélection de DVD & Blu-ray … It is in fact Dracula who, sick of his interminable existence, has decided that he must end it all in the only possible way- by destroying every last potential victim. Don Houghton returns after Dracula A.D. to penn a script that is a messy attempt to blend Hammer horror and kung fu tropes. ! The film’s premise is as ridiculous as it seems, but it’s also quite entertaining. No news of other extras, except trailer, but it will come will the usual 'languages option'! Box set of four Hammer features: Brides Of Dracula, Curse Of The Werewolf, Kiss Of The Vampire and Captain Clegg. Getting this film on DVD is unfortunately tricky or would be without the cunning use of the internet. The Prince of Darkness casts his undead shadow once more over the cursed village of Kleinenberg when his ashes are splashed with bat's blood and Dracula is resurrected. She is traveling alone from France through the countryside to an academy for young girls where she has an appointment to teach. Predictably, Simon and Sarah go in search of Paul. Though there are some nice special effects from Les Bowie, a lot of the vampire make-up is dreadful, particularly Dracula’s at the start of the film. Nothing can make up for the absence of Cushing, though Davies replaces him as best he is able as a holy man, rather than a scientist. You need to be logged in to continue. Christopher Lee did return as Dracula in a French comedy motion picture, Dracula and Son (1976), a.k.a. The Satanic Rites of Dracula 5. This, of course, goes horribly wrong. Scotland Yard is called in to quietly investigate. Aside from a few references to the old boy (in the narrated opening it is made clear that Dracula is dead, but his disciples remain), he, and his brides, are absent from this film. Simon soon realizes what kind of diabolical force is between the rescue of his brother and the well-being of his lady love. $8.99. The best thing about Dracula Has Risen From the Grave is the introduction of the absolutely gorgeous Veronica Carlson. His few lines of dialogue are frankly appalling. I have no idea why Hammer chose this title, other than an attempt to connect it to the first Dracula film. Dracula's daring raid on a monastery reworks Stoker's Renfield subplot unused by Hammer's '58 adaptation. Why is there a Renfield stand-in named Ludwig? Despite that, this is one of the greatest in the Hammer canon. But both companies were disappointed when Christopher Lee, Hammer’s legendary Dracula, turned the project down. Hsi Ching, a student, tells Van Helsing the legend is true and his grandfather is from the village terrorized by the Golden Vampires. Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling. Dracula A.D. 1972 8. The less said about that, the better. And where, oh where, is the beloved Peter Cushing? Professor Van Helsing happens to be at Chungking University giving a lecture on Chinese vampire legend, in particular the elaborate story of the cult of the Golden Vampires. I have a deep love for kung fu films, the Shaw Brothers in particular, and Legend benefits from dual direction by Chang Cheh, one of Shaw’s most popular and talented directors. Dracula avenges himself by slaughtering every last man, woman and child hiding in the local church. Apparently his lines were so terrible that he refused to say any of them. It’s a shame they forget the couple under the dining room table still having sex. And once more fear and terror strikes Transylvania as the undead Prince of Darkness stalks the village of Keineneburg to ensnare victims and satisfy his evil thirst. My only gripe is that my copy of the film set did NOT contain the "12-Page Movie and Feature Guide Booklet" mentioned on the box and in the product description. Johnny, Dracula' s disciple, lures victims to the deserted graveyard for his master's pleasure and one of the victims delivered is Jessica Van Helsing. Fortunately this film is still in print, though Warner Home Video did put out the cheapest DVD imaginable. If your Blu-ray collection is lacking when it comes to films from the legendary Hammer Studios, Mill … They are joined by Van Helsing’s son Leyland, Hsi’s seven brothers and one sister, and a wealthy widow rescued from the Tongs by Leyland and the Hsis. This unselfconscious blend of genres is played straight and legitimized by the always wonderful Cushing, who mostly leaves the kung fu fighting to trained professionals, but occasionally enters into the fray. Hammer Films Blu-ray set is coming in November. But there are plenty of things about that film that make it a worthy final entry in the series. Set in London in the early 1970's, supposedly for teen thrills, Johnny organises a black magic ceremony in a desolate churchyard. Hammer Horror’s first foray into the vivid and bloody waters of Dracula, also known as The Horror of Dracula to U.S. audiences, is an over-the-top treat. Professor Van Helsing had been asked to help against the tyranny of skeletal creatures that are responsible for terror and death amongst the peasants in rural China. Van Helsing must convince her of the true nature of her gentlemen love before it is too late. resurrects him by cutting the throat of the more boring, less attractive brother and leading his wife (Barbara Shelley) right into Dracula’s embrace. Brides of Dracula is only available in the pseudo-box set The Hammer Horror Series, which contains eight films on two double-sided discs. Whilst vacationing in the Carpathian Mountain, two couples stumble across the remains of Count Dracula's castle. 4.7 out of 5 stars 576. Unfortunately this absurdly complicated plot attempts to include too many new elements at once: spies, government conspiracy, Scotland Yard, an end of the world plot involving a new strain of bubonic plague, a scheming, Fu Manchu-like Dracula who has a serious death wish, vampire “brides” for the first time in the series and new vampire mythology, including susceptibility to hawthorne and silver bullets. Dracula agrees, because he is trapped in his castle, but he takes Kah’s image in order to travel undetected. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1994 CD release of Dracula Best Hammer Films on Discogs. Lee’s booming voice dominates and he even gets out a few jokes. here's some images of both peter cushing and christopher lee during the making of dracula ad 1972. all images appear here, as always with watermarks, but will be minus the watermarks when they appear on the … His niece Maria is trying to marry Paul, who happens to be an atheist. recent post from the black box club. I.AM.SO. The other couple, who are mysteriously safe during the night, escape with their lives, but unfortunately Diana (the beautiful Suzan Farmer) is Dracula’s new obsession. Three elderly distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring borgoueis lives and gets in contact with one of count Dracula's servants. Taste is available on a double disc DVD from Warner, alongside The Curse of Frankenstein. Though I'd have ranked them completely different: 1. Directed by Terence Fisher The best extra is a behind the scenes home-video shot by the brother of actor Francis Matthews. He slays the Count’s lady and the Count gets revenge by biting Harker. I don’t know what movie those people saw, because this is easily the most fun entry in the Hammer Dracula series. Ses productions de films fantastiques, d'horreur et d'aventures durant les années 1950 et 60 sont restées célèbres, comme la saga Dracula. Basically every review of this film writes it off as terrible, boring, cheesy, with a horrible soundtrack and a ridiculous lack of continuity. Of course he doesn’t aim his revenge or fangs at three old, balding, overweight businessmen – he stalks their attractive children instead. I am reviewing the bare-bones Warner Home Video DVD, where the only extra is the theatrical trailer. It concerns two very English brothers and their wives on holiday in Europe. Directed by Roy Ward Baker and Chang Cheh Unfortunately for them, they encounter the dashing Lord Courtley, who promises them an eternity of debauchery if they will just help him with a special task – reviving Dracula. The film is entertaining, but is probably only worth buying for collectors or Hammer enthusiasts. He follows them to the monastery where Diana’s husband and the monk must race time and the powers of darkness to save her immortal soul and nubile flesh. Scars of Dracula 2. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost. The scenery is beautiful, the well-constructed plot has globs of gothic perversity, the ladies are as lovely as ever and Peter Cushing is at the top of his game. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) Though some of the sequels took a bit of a nose dive, this film starts the series off right and sets the standard for further Hammer vampire films. Christopher Lee stars in it and dubbed his own voice. Lastly, unlike its predecessor, this box set comprises Straight on till Morning which does not feature in the previous Ultimate Hammer set. Many Anchor Bay releases come with relevant episodes of the World of Hammer documentary series and this includes “Dracula and the Undead.” I was expecting a lot from this episode, but it only shows clips from various Dracula and vampire films with Oliver Reed narrating the transitions. The wonderful Cushing also returns, along with much of the cast of Dracula A.D. 1972, to which this is a loose sequel. Luckily for some, Dr. Van Helsing is already on his way. Taste primarily concerns three English gentlemen out for a thoroughly hedonistic time – drinking, smoking, visiting brothels and ignoring their wives. $4.99 +$3.25 shipping . Required fields are marked *. What does Dracula have to do with Brides of Dracula? This is the only time in Hammer history that Dracula was played by someone else, in this case John Forbes-Robertson (The Vampire Lovers). A young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. And two innocent victims search for a missing loved one... loved to death by Dracula's mistress. He has taken up a life of solitary wandering to stamp out any evidence of the “cult of the undead” began by Dracula. Of course, their host is Dracula and the faithful butler (where the hell did he come from?) Hammer Film Collection - Volume Two - 6 Films Peter Cushing. Scars of Dracula is surprisingly entertaining. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave 6. The 20 films included here run the gamut of Hammer’s output but focuses its attention largely away from the straight horror films for which Hammer is best known. Starring: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Monlaur, Freda Jackson, David Peel. Directed by Roy Ward Baker In a nightly ceremony they restore the count back to life. Jun 20, 2017 - A FEW MORE MORE TO THE POT! Though there are several cheap versions of Satanic Rites that should be avoided, Anchor Bay presents a nice region 1 disc as part of their Hammer Horror series. It boggles the mind that Dracula scriptwriters continued to throw in loyal servants that appear out of nowhere in each new film later in the series. Fans immediately were drawn to regulars Christopher Lee - unforgettable as hypnotic Dracula - and Peter Cushing as an intense, passionate Dr. Frankenstein. Who knew that British remakes of Universal monster films would be so good? The Count's trusted servant kills one of the men, suspending the body over the Count's ashes so that the blood drips from the corpse and saturates the blackened remains. 5. This film somehow seems brighter and more visually stunning than earlier efforts in the series, though that could be because of the lovely rooftop set with Veronica Carlson prancing around on it. Fortunately better than I remember it being, The Satanic Rites of Dracula is the eighth film in the series and the last to star Lee as Dracula. He arrives on the scene just in time to save the beautiful Marianne. The extremely dapper Van Helsing comes onto the scene in search of Harker, but only finds Harker’s diary and his diabolically preserved corpse, which he stakes. Directed by Terence Fisher I can happily say that this is not as bad as The Satanic Rites of Dracula, but it’s also not a particularly great entry in the Hammer Dracula series, aside from a few exceptional moments and a certain so-bad-it’s-good flair. DVD. There is also more sexual innuendo and dangerously plunging cleavage lines. I have been on the prowl to find my fav, old Hammer films with Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and so on. Though this is another solid entry in the series, you can see it beginning to go downhill. Besides Peter Cushing (Doctor Van Helsing), Miles Malleson (Doctor Tobler) is the only actor to appear in both this film and Dracula. This also arguably has the most sex of the series. 2. I didn’t have a clue how to start, so I just began Googling the names, going to imdb.com, and so forth. In the shadow of Castle Dracula, the Prince of Darkness is revived by blood trickling from the head-wound of an unconscious priest attempting exorcism. Why they wouldn’t pair it with another Dracula film, possibly in some sort of chronological succession, I have no idea. Hammer Horror film series (1958–1974) The original series of films consisted of nine installments, which starred iconic horror actors Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as Count Dracula and Doctor Van Helsing respectively. Starring: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Ralph Bates, Linda Hayden. Hammer was one of my first cinematic loves and this article is long overdue. It’s also particularly amusing that Hammer made this script once in stuffy, Victorian England with a bunch of boring male protagonists, failed, changed a few elements and tried again with Dracula A.D. 1972. Technically the third film in the Hammer Dracula series, Prince of Darkness is actually the direct sequel to Dracula. Taste the Blood of Dracula 7. They find four table settings and two rooms prepared for their arrival, as well as an eccentric butler who tells them his master is dead. 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