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Hammer House Of Horror - The Complete Series (1980)

Peter Cushing , Denholm Elliott  |  Unrated |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, Pierce Brosnan, Brian Cox, Nicholas Ball
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 702 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HSK3PE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Each generation creates tales of horror… stories that seep through the very heart of our collective fears. The legendary Hammer Studios is recognized as the high watermark of the gothic macabre, creating some of the most chilling and recognizable horror films of all time. In 1980, Hammer took over the old Hampden Manor House in the heartland of England and produced a series of thirteen horror stories to air on British television. With a host of Hammer regulars, including Peter Cushing (Twins of Evil, Star Wars) and Denholm Elliott (Raiders of the Lost Ark), along with early appearances by actors like Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye), each episode provides a completely new and individual tale of terror and suspense. Synapse Films is proud to present the complete series of HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR in its original airdate order, with all-new introductions and supplemental features. This five disc Collector's Edition presents each episode with all nudity and violence intact!
  • Episode Introductions
  • Featurettes
  • Still Gallery

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice mastering on Hammer TV anthology January 11, 2013
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One of the last gasps from Hammer before the studio closed its doors in the 80's (only to reopen under new management within the last decade), this single season TV series ran back in 1980 and, with a Night Gallery - The Complete First Season vibe, allowed Hammer to close out their history with a solid project. This reissue from Synapse films is nice featuring the UK versions of the shows without any PAL issues (meaning it doesn't sound like anyone is sucking helium when they speak).

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.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes! have been waiting for this for a long time July 22, 2012
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A couple years ago, if I'm not mistaken A&E released Hammer House of Horror on DVD. For the longest time it has been out of print, and the cheapest price used is $32, and new $70. I will not pay that much. But thankfully Synapse company, who has recently been releasing Hammer on Blu-Ray, just a few though, has decided to re-release this set. I know I will be buying this wonderful 80's Hammer tv show. Hopefully so will a lot of people so it stays in print. Pre-order now, and be filled with awesome Hammer Horror.

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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I love the old Hammer films and so ordered this set sight unseen. I was not disappointed! There are some episodes that are ho-hum, but there are others that pretty much freaked me out - and I'm a real fan of horror! (Check out "The Two Faces of Evil" - OMG!! CAH-REEEEEEPY!) Each episode is like an hour-long mini-movie; the characters are well-developed and the plot moves along at a good rate - not rushed, but they do build up the suspense quite nicely. Loved seeing some familiar faces, too: Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliot, Pierce Brosnan, and others. I have watched each episode three times now and am still not tired of them!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer House of Horror - Complete Series December 8, 2012
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Saw these back some time ago. ALL pretty darned good. I remembered them the minute each one came on. I cannot remember Where I saw these, but they all were that memorable in my mind after all these years. GOOD purchase. No hiccups, good sound/color. Recommended.
Cecy Ivie
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you're a fan of this type of shtick and slightly nostalgic for the 60's and 70's vibe to the horror series, then you will enjoy these stories. If you are expecting something more modern with tight filming, special effects, story lines, etc. then I wouldn't recommend this. This is more in line with the ghoulish stories from the Hammer films and the Night Gallery series.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Hammer time! November 19, 2012
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What a great release. Has been on my wish list for several years - though wish this was in blu-ray but the picture and overall quality of this dvd set is spectacular. Great creepy stories with that Hammer horror atmosphere mixed with some sex, blood and gore you can't ask for more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging horror anthology series October 23, 2013
Hammer House of Horror
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.

Witching Time
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.

Rude Awakening
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friday Night is Fright Night...
Friday night is horror night every week of the year in my house, so finding great entertainment to keep me (and my sometime dinner guests) entertained is not easy. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Diseyener Fabulous
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Studios Horror Was Top Notch!
Great Hammer Horror episodes. Really enjoyed watching these.
Published 1 month ago by Weasel Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars ... houts of the movies so far but I highly recommend this series to...
Sorry I only saw the first 5-6hours of the nearly 13 houts of the movies so far but I highly recommend this series to anyone who saw the early Hammer filmsvlike I did back when I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Helkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Still scary after all these years!!
I remember watching these with my dad when I was a teenager when they came on television. Some of them scared me terribly!
I have been looking all over for a set like this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Docgirl
2.0 out of 5 stars not scary stuff here
I bought this dvd based on the reviews,but to my dismay the episodes are boring to watch nothing to be scared of sorts... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Francis A. Dabu
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I haven't watched them all yet, savoring each episode, but so far I love it. I did not know about this show until I became obsessed with Hammer films several years ago. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Schlitze
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best horror stories ever !
I was absolutely shocked to discover the quality of these older British war stories put out by Hammer Studios. They are incredibly good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mooninite #1
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Brought to the Tellie
Hammer Horror is a name most of us have seen in its slew of films. It was even honored by Kate Bush's Hammer Horror. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bruce J. Blanchard
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey I'm A Hammer Fan
Even for a Hammer fan i'm obviously going to own this! However, I was disappointed in the series. They could've done much better.
Published 6 months ago by Johnny Jacked
4.0 out of 5 stars good for Hammer Lovers
I do enjoy this series because of my love for all things Hammer. I like the sets, costuming, the overall "Hammerness" of it all. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brooke Holden
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