Three of the studio's lesser seen, but no less reputable, shockers from the early '70s.
THE VAMPIRE CIRCUS: The Vampire Circus is one of Hammers more interesting attempts to inject new blood into its house style. In a twelve-minute prologue, angry villagers stake to death Count Mitterhaus (Robert Tayman), who swears his revenge on the townsfolk. The story proper starts fifteen years later when the exotic Circus of the Night arrives in town to avenge the Count. The troupes shape-shifting performers unleash their uninhibited bloodlust on the towns plague-ridden residents. First time director Robert Young shows promise, particularly in the shape-shifting sequences and several bloody impalements. The film is also notable for its bleak view of humanity. It presents all the characters as clowns by day and animals by night.
STARRING: Adrienne Cori, Thorley Waters, Dave Prowse, Laurence Payne, John Moulder Brown, Anthony Corlan, Elizabeth Seal DIRECTED BY: Robert Young PRODUCED BY: Wilbur Stark SCREENPLAY: Judson Kinberg.
"an elegant and visually absorbing revenge tragedy..the film succeeds admirably on all levels" Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes
HANDS OF THE RIPPER: A psychiatrist (Eric Porter) treats a young woman (Angharad Rees) following the murder of her aunt. He shuns the notion that she is possessed, but she continues to kill while under his care. Using hypnosis, he discovers that glittering lights and gestures of affection set the girl off into dangerous trances during which she re-enacts an incident she witnessed in childhood the murder of her mother by her father, Jack the Ripper!
STARRING: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell, Derek Godfrey, Dora Bryan, Majorie Rhodes DIRECTED BY: Peter Sadsy PRODUCED BY: Aida Young SCREENPLAY: L W Davidson (based on a short story by Edward Spencer Shew)
"one of the modern cinemas most intelligent and fascinating, if not definitive, Ripper films." John McCarty
TWINS OF EVIL: The final installment in The Karnstein Trilogy, Twins of Evil represents Hammers most sexually explicit work. Inspired by J. Sheridan le Fanus 19th century novella, Carmilla, and penned by Barbarella scriptwriter Tudor Gates, the films take advantage of an easing of censorship restrictions to exploit a voyeuristic interest in lesbian sex. Twins of Evil is both a fun ride and one of Hammers most notably anti-religious films. Peter Cushing plays a sadistic and murderous witch-hunter Gustav Weil, whose puritan ways push one of his beautiful twin nieces (Mary and Madeleine Collinson) into sexual rebellion and vampirism.
STARRING: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Mary and Madeleine Collinson, Damien Thomas, David Warbeck, Isobel Black, Kathleen Byron. DIRECTED BY: John Hough PRODUCED BY: Harry Fine, Michael Style SCREENPLAY: Tudor Gates (based on characters created by Sheridan Le Fanu)
"Lush production, strong direction and a spirited cast, one of the company's most entertaining 70s films James ONeil "a tightly plotted tragedy and heavily influenced by pictures such as Matthew Hopkins Witchfinder General, it has an intensity and sense of purpose rare in horror." Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes
- Region 4
- Box Set
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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