The Reptile (1966) starring Jaqueline Pearce, David Baron, Nod Willman

The Reptile [Hammer horror]

The Reptile (1966) starring Jaqueline Pearce, David Baron, Nod Willman

Hammer Studios’ The Reptile is a good entry in the “tragic werewolf” genre … With our were-creature being a reptile. A person who the audience actually likes – in human form, at least.

Harry Spalding and his wife Valerie move to an inherited cottage in a small village in the country. Harry’s brother died mysteriously. They are coldly received by the locals… Except for the bartender / owner of a pub Tom Bailey, who welcome them. His weird neighbor Dr. Franklyn, who lives with his beautiful daughter Anna, tries to persuade them to sell the house and leave. But the couple decides to stay. Harry and Valerie find that the locals are being killed by some snake and they feel threatened. Anna asks for help. So, they trespass Dr. Franklyn’s house. There, they find the horrible truth hidden in the place.

The Brides of Dracula (1960) starring Peter Cushing, David Peel, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur

The Brides of Dracula [Peter Cushing]

The Brides of Dracula (1960) starring Peter Cushing, David Peel, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur

 In The Brides of Dracula, a young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace. Including those at her own school for young ladies. Luckily for them, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way.

Horror of Dracula poster

Horror of Dracula [Christopher Lee]

Horror of Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing bring the Horror of Dracula to vivid, full-color death in this retelling of Bram Stoker’s tale. Dracula (Lee), a centuries-old Transylvanian nobleman damned to an eternal half-life, regularly finds new victims. He also finds Dr. Van Helsing (Cushing), a scientist who becomes the Count’s implacable foe in a deadly game of bat and mouse.

The Mummy (1959) starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux

The Mummy (1959) [Peter Cushing]

The Mummy (1959) starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux

Synopsis

In The Mummy, three English archaeologists find the tomb of an Egyptian high priestess buried nearly four thousand years before. They discover a guard who had been buried alive with her. And will stop at nothing to protect her, and destroy the defilers of her tomb.

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964) starring Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland

The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) starring Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland

Synopsis of The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb is a Hammer Horror film, and it feels like it. When European Egyptologists Dubois, Giles and Bray discover the tomb of the Egyptian prince Ra, American entrepreneur and investor Alexander King insists on shipping the treasures and sarcophagus back to England for tour and display. Once there, someone with murderous intent has discovered the means of waking the centuries dead prince…

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) starring Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn

The Revenge of Frankenstein

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) starring Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn, Eunice Gayson

Guillotine scene from The Revenge of FrankensteinIn Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein films, the focus of the films was not on the monster, but rather on Dr. Frankenstein — an excellent choice. The Revenge of Frankenstein continues where The Curse of Frankenstein left off. The amoral, murderous Dr. Frankenstein (played excellently by Peter Cushing) is about to be executed by guillotine, for his crimes. He is accompanied by a priest and taken to his execution, where the camera focuses on the guillotine — except for a knowing smile between the executioner and a prison worker …

She, starring Ursula Andres, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee

She

She (1965) starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Ursula Andres

Set in Palestine in 1918 “She“, relates the story of three wartime buddies — Major Horace Holly (Peter Cushing), Leo Vincy (John Richardson) and Job (Bernard Cribbons), who at the end of the war find themselves in the Middle East with no real desire to return home to England. Encountering a beautiful and mysterious woman called Ustane (Rosenda Monteros), one evening in a nightclub Leo is lured away and then knocked out. When he comes to, he discovers himself in a strange house where he encounters another beautiful woman, who calls herself Ayesha (Ursula Andress) — She who must be obeyed.

Oliver Reed as the titular werewolf in Curse of the Werewolf

The Curse of the Werewolf

Synopsis for  Curse of the Werewolf

Oliver Reed as the titular werewolf in Curse of the WerewolfCurse of the Werewolf Curse of the Werewolf begins with a beggar arriving at a deserted town, where a cruel Marques is celebrating his wedding at his castle.   After being humiliated by the Marques, the beggar is imprisoned in the dungeon and forgotten.  His only human contact is the jailer and his mute daughter.   After many years, the jailer’s daughter has become a beautiful young woman.  She is imprisoned by the cruel Marques and raped by the near-insane beggar.

After being released from the dungeon, she murders the Marques and escapes. She nearly dies in a forest, only to be rescued by a kind nobleman.   The nobleman takes the ill woman into his house.  Where the pregnant woman eventually gives birth to a son on December 25th, dying in childbirth.   The nobleman raises the boy as his own, but from an early age the boy is fighting against an evil wolf-spirit that tries to corrupt him …

Hands of the Ripper (1971) starring Angharad Rees, Eric Porter

Hands of the Ripper

Hands of the Ripper (1971) starring Angharad Rees, Eric Porter

Hammers Hands of the Ripper deals with the fictional story of the daughter of Jack the Ripper.  Orphaned at a young age, at the age of 17 starts to be influenced by the spirit of her dead father.  While a kindly psychiatrist tries to help her with tragic results for his household.