TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Hammer Horror (Horror of Dracula / Dracula Has Risen from the Grave / The Curse of Frankenstein / Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed)
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Jonathan Harker, a student of vampires, ventures to Dracula's castle and attacks him. The revengeful vampire leaves his dark abode to prey on the family of his attacker's fiancee. The only man able to protect Harker and his fiancee is Dr. Van Helsing, a friend of Harker's. As a fellow-student of vampires, he's determined to destroy Dracula.
Dracula Has Risen From the Grave
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is the third Christopher Lee Dracula film from Hammer Studios. While trying to rid the former Dracula's Castle of evil after the mysterious death of a local girl, the Monsignor inadvertently raises the dark prince from his deathly slumber. Once awaken from the grave, the parched prince only has one thing on his mind, the yummy taste of blood which he fiendishly extracts from the local maidens. Though a little weak in plot, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave still comes off as a strong vampire film, delivering the goods on the gothic visuals, eerie sets, and Lee's performance. --Rob Bracco
The Curse of Frankenstein
In this re-telling of the classic horror tale, Baron Victor Frankenstein becomes friends with one of his teachers, Paul Krempe. At first, both men are fascinated by the potential of their re-animating experiments. Eventually, though, Krempe refuses to help with Frankenstien's human experiments. However, he is drawn back into the plot when Frankenstein's creature kills a member of the house staff.
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Another take on the classic tale. This one's a British version from 1969 with a more heartless version of the mad scientist. Instead of having a lab assistant to do his dirty work, this Dr. Frankenstien pushes a young doctor and his betrothed to kidnap the next victim. They must capture the mentally ill Dr. Brandt so that hi sbrain may be used in Dr. Frankenstein's experiments.
Top Customer Reviews
These are actually not keepsake remasters, but just a quick and easy fix for a nice related subject package of classic movies for those who have seen some, and those who havent seen some, all mixed up in four movie collection.
The only real tricky part is finding the right feature on non labeled discs, other than that, I wish there were many more collections like these with multi features in one package. Thanks TCM, I will buy more.
I previously reviewed Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and encourage you to head on over to that product's page and read my review. "Dracula Has Risen From The Grave" is perhaps the high water mark of the Lee Dracula movies. Both films star legendary "Hammer Girl" Veronical Carlson. In the 40s, Universal Studios had Evelyn "The Screamer" Ankers. Decades later, Hammer had Veronica. Both films are textbook of examples of films that mix non-stop tension with gothic atmosphere and superb character development.
"Horror of Dracula" and "Curse Of Frankenstein" were excellent and effective first steps for the Hammer Horror franchise. In all of the Frankenstein movies, the real monster is Peter Cushing....and he plays the role with megalomaniacal glee. Universal owned the rights to all of their monsters' makeup, so don't expect a bolt-necked Boris Karloff or Lon Chaney lumbering about. In "Curse," the monster (played by Christopher Lee) basically looks like Christopher Lee pushed through a wood chipper. In "Destroyed," it's a normal guy with a brain transplant...because this movie's raison d'être is to show you just how freaking crazy the good baron actually is.
I'm convinced that when it comes to reviews of Hammer Horror films, the people who read them are less "newbies" and more Hammer fans who want to see what other fans have to say. Either way, if you love horror (especially well-crafted, atmospheric horror), you won't find a more essential addition to your library.
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4 Great Films for one good price. Audio & video on of this DVD set is super. Worth every penny.Published 7 days ago by Rainey Dawn
Love old school horror classics. This is one of the best. And now part of my dvd collection.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's the same old vampire flicks from ole-days. These were on my local channels a lot in the 70's. Use to get stoned, or drunk with friends on Sat. after noon watching.Published 1 month ago by Jackpine
Peter Cushing portrays Van Helsing while Christopher Lee plays probably the most terrifying Dracula I've ever seen! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark Fair
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