Warner Bros. is gearing up to give fans of Hammer Horror a Halloween treat, when they unleash HORROR CLASSICS, VOL. 1 on October 6th. A four film Bluray boxset featuring Hammer classics Taste the Blood of Dracula; Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and The Mummy, the boxset is just what horror lovers need to fill their Hammer, Cushing and Lee fixes.
Being a huge fan of Hammer Films and not only their classic films, but even the recent revival of the studio (LET ME IN, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, THE QUIET ONES), this announcement brings quite the smile to my face and I’m sure you horror lovers feel the same.
THE MUMMY (1959)
In this vivid Technicolor® reincarnation of The Mummy, screen horror icon Christopher Lee wraps on the moldy gauze bandages and emerges as the tormented Kharis, an avenger stalking the hills and bogs of Victorian England to track down archaeologist John Banning (Peter Cushing) and other desecrators of his beloved Princess Ananka’s Egyptian tomb. “Lee looks tremendous, smashing his way through doorways and erupting from green, dreamlike quagmires in really awe-inspiring fashion” (David Pirie, Time Out Film Guide). Awe-inspiring, too, was the box-office success of this third Hammer reinvigoration – after The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula – of a classic screen monster.
DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)
In his third incarnation as Bram Stoker’s infamous vampire, horror great and 55-year movie veteran Christopher Lee goes fang to cross with the forces of good in this atmospheric Hammer Studios film directed with stylish menace by two-time Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis.
FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED! (1969)
Baron Frankenstein’s (Peter Cushing) experiment went wrong, dead wrong. Thus, another victim lies in a makeshift grave. Suddenly, a water main bursts, forcing the dead man’s arm to the surface. Next, the torrent heaves the body upward. Frankenstein’s panicked accomplice tries to conceal the body… but corpses can be so unwieldy.
This creepy scene is a highlight of Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, horror great Peter Cushing’s fifth Hammer Studios Frankenstein saga. Other cast members of note include film-debuting Simon Ward (Young Winston) and Freddie Jones (The Elephant Man) as the scientist’s pitiable new creation.
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970)
Taste the Blood of Dracula, the fourth film in Hammer Studios’ cycle of’ hemogobbling’ Victorian-era horror, is a showcase of why Hammer became the name in Gothic terror. The solid cast and rich production design raise goosebumps of real-life fear and otherworld dread. And Christopher Lee dons his red-lined cape again to become Evil Incarnate. He’s Count Dracula, a being neither dead nor alive…but his movies are livelier than ever.
All films in the collection are newly re-mastered in 1080p HD and packaged in elegant rigid pocketbook style ($54.96 SRP).