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Thread: Hammer Horror...what's your top five?

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    ^That's compelling. I think Hammer thought Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll would be sort of naughty and scary, but it falls flat for me. A handsome Hyde is prescient, though. But I'd rather watch The Man Who Could Cheat Death.
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    Another few great ones worth mentioning are The Gorgon, Night Creatures AKA Captain Clegg, and Evil of Frankenstein.

    One I still haven't seen to this day is Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell.

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    ^Monster From Hell is an oddity. I see it more as part of a seminal transition moment for British cinema, much like how Curse and Horror were in their day. It's Hammer's attempt to try and move past, well, the past! But without the proper design team, or budget, it's some fugly work.

    Look at it this way. It's 1974. Hammer sat on Monster From Hell since 1972. Five months after they release it, Texas Chainsaw arrives and the classic monsters are officially swept out of cinemas.

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    MOON ZERO TWO!!! Surprised not mentioned. Trashy nonsense but great space suits (Almost like live action Major Matt Mason) Mad cartoon opening titles but groovy song by Julie Driscoll. Aside from that the usual stuff for me. Hammer doesn't always have to be a great film to be a GREAT film if you know what I mean.

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    For me:
    The Devil Rides Out
    To the Devil a Daughter
    Brides of Dracula
    The Mummy
    Dracula

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    Vampire Circus and Count Yorga for me.

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    Absolutely no disrespect intended or implied but,
    I'm a Universal guy. However, I do appreciate what these films bring to the table and I enjoy them. Just not my favorites. I grew up with Universal in the 60's and 70's late night tv shows like Creature Feature, Klara Kackels Creepy Cauldron and Svengoolie. Be true to your Monster's!!!
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    Vampire Circus and Count Yorga for me.
    Count Yorga isn't a Hammer (I believe it's an AIP), but I agree it's a great film! I think the success of it is what led Hammer to try Dracula AD 1972 and The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Yorga woke them up to the possibilities of a modern setting with their vampires.

    Absolutely no disrespect intended or implied but,
    I'm a Universal guy. However, I do appreciate what these films bring to the table and I enjoy them. Just not my favorites. I grew up with Universal in the 60's and 70's late night tv shows like Creature Feature, Klara Kackels Creepy Cauldron and Svengoolie. Be true to your Monster's!!!
    I love both. I think Hammer is just a little more fringe than Universal, so it's got a little bit more of that "secret handshake" vibe if you're in the know about them. Part of that comes from the rights being flung in so many directions, so official product releases are almost non-existent, whereas Universal has a marketing machine to crank out product. It keeps their IP much more alive and relevant, where Hammer's often remain "undiscovered gems" for a lot of folks.

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    True it was a different production company but for me it had so much of the Hammer feel I tend to throw it in without thinking. The Dracula and Quatermass movies I tend to rank higher than the Frankenstein movies.

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