Hammer House Of Horror - The Complete Series
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There is some minor distortion on the audio for "Visitor from the Grave" during a brief sequence but, aside from that, the audio is clear and presented in its original mono.
Featuring a variety of guest stars including Brian Cox ("Manhunter", "The Bourne Supermacy"), Peter Cushing ("Curse of Frankenstein", "Star Wars"), Denholm Elliot ("Raiders of the Lost Ark"), Jon Finch ("Frenzy"), Katherine Leight Scott ("Dark Shadows"), Siân Phillips ("I, Claudius") and a small role featuring Pierce Brosnan (James Bond of course and "Remington Steele")among others, the series featured some top notch horror directors that had worked for Hammer before (Peter Sasdy,Don Sharp, Tom Clegg).
Among the outstanding episodes are "The House That Bled Blood", "Visitor from the Grave", "The Two Faces of Evil", "The Silent Scream" (a surprisingly powerful episode but you should stick with it to the end) and "The Mark of Satan". There are, of course, a couple of cringe worthy episodes as well but, on the whole, the series is remarkably good and consistent. If nothing else, the series is worthwhile for the strong performances from the cast.
There are a handful of duds but, on the whole, the writing and direction is pretty good.Read more ›
Edit: Also the picture for this set and sound quality is great. The reason I give the set 4 stars and not 5 is because, unfortunately there aren't any commentaries or behind the scenes looks at what Hammer House of Horror was like. Before every episode there are little intros talking about each episodes cast and a little trivia that any DIE HARD HAMMER FAN would love, but this is about as far as the special features go. Episodes are wonderful especially "Children of the Full Moon" which is a nice werewolf adaption considering that Hammer only made one werewolf movie in "Curse of the Werewolf" which is also one of my favorite Hammer movies. Overall wonderful set and very enjoyable for any Hammer Fan or and regular horror fan.
NOTE: If you were lucky enough to acquire an A&E DVD copy of Hammer House of Horror, the only reason for you to acquire this set as well would be the updated picture quality and sound quality and if your into a little bit of back story before every episode, the pre episode intros. Other than that if your A&E version still works, than you should be in good shape. Hope this answered everyone's questions. Thanks.
I never watched any of the Hammer House of Horror anthology series until about a year ago, and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent story lines and above average acting. The series, produced by Hammer Films in 1980 consists of 13 episodes running around 51 minutes each. There is variety in the episodes, all of which are stand alone episodes, and some are supernatural in theme while others are not. What the episodes share in common though is that each episode has a high level of suspense, some plot twists, and a couple of scares thrown in for good measure.
A 17th century witch appears in 20th century England, specifically at the rural retreat of a TV composer (played by Jon Finch) and proceeds to terrorize him. Initially, his wife (who has been living in the city and has been unfaithful) does not believe him thinking he is hallucinating and mentally disturbed but she is convinced soon enough. The witch is played by Patricia Quinn, who gets very annoying with her less than convincing witches' cackling, and it is the wife who is convincingly portrayed - going all out to discover what/who the witch is and how to put an end to her specter.
The Thirteenth Reunion
A Fleet street journalist goes undercover to investigate the sinister goings-on at a slimming clinic that employs unconventional methods to trim down the customers.
In this episode, Rude Awakening, Denholm Elliott plays estate agent Norman Shenley who is trapped in a dull marriage to his plain Jane wife and fantasizes about a new life with his secretary Lolly. One day, a mysterious man turns up at the office asking if Norman would check out an old manor home in the country which he plans to put up for sale on behalf of the owners.Read more ›
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Shoddy productions. If you're looking for the old Hammer style like I was, you won't find it here.Published 2 months ago by peter
Great series! Package arrived quickly, and in good condition. All played well.Published 2 months ago by Adventurewriter
Really strong anotholgy in the tradition of Hammer films. The only problem I had was the lack of subtitles/captions.Published 3 months ago by Charles Sidney Smith
I'd never seen this 1980 series before, but a friend who's a horror fan told me about it so I took a chance. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tom S.
While I'm a big horror and hammer fan, this series is not up to Hammer or my standards.
First off there were only a handful of episodes which had any sense of closure or... Read more