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Hammer Horror Series
     

Hammer Horror Series

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Director: Don Sharp, Freddie Francis, Peter Graham Scott, Terence Fisher

Cast: Don Sharp, Freddie Francis, Peter Graham Scott, Terence Fisher

 
After injecting new life into classic movie monsters Dracula and Frankenstein, Hammer Studios apply their Gothic touch to another monster genre with this excellent, stylish piece -- probably the best of the old school (i.e. pre-Rick Baker) man-to-wolf transformation films in the mold of Universal's The Wolf Man. The title curse

Overview

After injecting new life into classic movie monsters Dracula and Frankenstein, Hammer Studios apply their Gothic touch to another monster genre with this excellent, stylish piece -- probably the best of the old school (i.e. pre-Rick Baker) man-to-wolf transformation films in the mold of Universal's The Wolf Man. The title curse surfaces when a mute servant girl bears a child on Christmas day after being raped by a bestial madman and first shows itself at the infant's christening, whereupon the holy water begins to boil. Things go downhill from there, as young Leon's development is marred by savage, violent behavior during a full moon. Upon adulthood, Leon's (Oliver Reed) only relief from his murderous impulses comes from the love of Christina (Catherine Feller)... but he soon begins to fear that this cannot contain the beast within. Liberally based on Guy Endore's The Werewolf of Paris (here relocated to Spain), this film represents Hammer at their early best, building tension through mood and character (Reed turns in a bravura performance) and saving the effective monster transformation for the climax.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0025192833328
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
11:22:00
Sales rank:
35,851

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clifford Evans Alfredo,Prof. Zimmer
David Knight Henry Baxter
Herbert Lom The Phantom (Professor Petrie)
Janette Scott Eleanor Ashby
Peter Cushing Baron Frankenstein,Dr. Blyss,Dr. Van Helsing
Heather Sears Christine Charles
Martita Hunt Baroness Meinster
Moira Redmond Grace
Noel Willman Dr. Ravna
Oliver Reed Leon,Simon Ashby,Harry Crabtree
Peter Woodthorpe Prof. Zoltan
Yvonne Romain Imogene,Servant girl
Brenda Bruce Mary
Duncan Lamont Chief of Police
Edward de Souza Gerald Harcourt,Harry Hunter
Liliane Brousse Francoise
Patrick Allen Capt. Collier
Thorley Walters Lattimer
Yvonne Monlaur Marianne
Alexander Davion Tony Ashby
Catherine Feller Christina
Freda Jackson Greta
Jennie Linden Janet
Jennifer Daniel Marianne Harcourt
Michael Gough Lord Ambrose d'Arcy
Sandor Eles Hans
Anthony Dawson Marques Siniestro
Barry Warren Carl Ravna
David Peel Baron Meinster
George A. Cooper John
James Maxwell Priest
Michael Ripper Jeremiah Mipps
Sheila Burrell Aunt Harriet
Katy Wild Beggar Girl
Maurice Denham John Kossett
Kiwi Kingston The Creature

Technical Credits
Don Sharp Director
Freddie Francis Director
Peter Graham Scott Director
Terence Fisher Director

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Brides of Dracula/The Curse of the Werewolf
1. Main Titles [1:31]
2. Bumpy Travel [2:33]
3. Left Behind [3:03]
4. The Baroness [3:52]
5. Expected Guest [6:04]
6. Grave Risks [9:04]
7. Unleashed Evil [4:34]
8. Doctor Van Helsing [4:32]
9. Strange Sickness [5:16]
10. Act of Healing [4:41]
11. Waking the Dead [8:10]
12. Bride to Be [2:58]
13. Burning Desire [3:07]
14. Excessive Precautions [5:37]
15. Contagious Fever [3:53]
16. The Undead [5:43]
17. Love at First Bite [5:09]
18. (End Titles) [5:31]
1. Main Titles [1:33]
2. The Beggar [3:04]
3. Hunger Pains [8:07]
4. The Forgotten Prisoner [5:40]
5. Wretched Curse [7:07]
6. Newborn [4:36]
7. Young Wolf [9:24]
8. Constantly at War [3:00]
9. Strange Things [5:02]
10. Leaving Home [5:17]
11. Wrongful Romance [4:52]
12. Full Moon Fever [7:33]
13. "What Have I Done?" [4:49]
14. Running Away [8:15]
15. Deep Affliction [4:04]
16. Moonlit Metamorphosis [3:19]
17. Wolf Hunt [5:56]
18. End Titles [:53]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Phantom of the Opera/Paranoiac
1. Main Titles [2:53]
2. Unpleasant Jokes [4:38]
3. Stage Fright [6:44]
4. Postponed Indefinitely? [3:17]
5. Voice From the Unknown [2:17]
6. Expert Teacher [5:04]
7. Warnings in the Dark [8:44]
8. Enticing Audition [3:48]
9. The Music Box [4:42]
10. Mystery Man [2:51]
11. Taken in the Night [9:35]
12. Vocal Lessons [3:55]
13. The Man Behind the Mask [7:09]
14. Plagiarism [3:24]
15. Burning Catastrophe [3:30]
16. Seeking Revenge [2:43]
17. The Greatest Sacrifice [7:55]
18. End Titles [:50]
1. Main Titles [1:35]
2. Full of Sorrow [3:49]
3. Faith in the Dead [3:22]
4. Certified Lunatic [2:19]
5. Frightened Away [3:21]
6. Numbing the Pain [4:00]
7. Family Trust [3:15]
8. A Threatened Life [4:06]
9. Strong Tides [5:31]
10. Remarkable Resemblance [9:30]
11. Long Lost Brother [5:02]
12. Vicious Attack [4:35]
13. Close Comfort [5:45]
14. Ghastly Hymns [3:36]
15. Hideous Behavior [5:18]
16. Murderous Intentions [4:27]
17. Looking for Something [5:12]
18. Embracing the Insane [5:04]
Disc #2, Side A -- The Kiss of the Vampire/Nightmare
1. Main Titles [5:13]
2. Forewarning [3:50]
3. Reluctant Hospitality [5:18]
4. Extended Invitation [2:26]
5. Warm Welcoming [4:12]
6. Deadly Bite [5:35]
7. Entrancing Music [3:57]
8. Immense Grief [2:20]
9. Losing the Way [7:52]
10. Warned Again [3:16]
11. Masquerade of Madness [8:32]
12. The New Disciple [4:08]
13. Leaving the Party Alone [6:10]
14. Belief in Vampires [4:49]
15. A Changed Woman [8:53]
16. Frightening Message [2:21]
17. The Master Speaks [4:29]
18. Protective Spell [4:47]
1. Just a Dream (Main Titles) [4:56]
2. Going Home [4:53]
3. Inherited Insanity [6:53]
4. Highly Imaginative [4:25]
5. False Delusions [5:36]
6. Establishing Trust [5:15]
7. Bringing Back Memories [3:21]
8. Awful Things [4:58]
9. Happy Birthday! [4:19]
10. Locked Away [2:19]
11. Devious Intentions [7:14]
12. 'Til Death Do Us Part [5:49]
13. Not Well [5:46]
14. Losing Grip [3:49]
15. Crazed Behavior [2:59]
16. Driven Mad [3:01]
17. Cold-Blooded Defense [3:03]
18. Complete Recovery [3:33]
Disc #2, Side B -- Night Creatures/The Evil of Frankenstein
1. Severe Punishment (Main Titles) [2:50]
2. Deadly Fright [2:58]
3. Impure Thoughts [2:26]
4. The King's Men [6:26]
5. Bad Wine [4:28]
6. Unnatural Causes [5:56]
7. Last Rites [1:33]
8. Sneaking Away [7:17]
9. Local Superstitions [2:14]
10. Upset About Something [2:45]
11. Decoy [10:40]
12. Life Threat [6:17]
13. The Pirate's Daughter [4:24]
14. Known Secret [6:44]
15. Phantoms of the Marsh [5:02]
16. Upon the Gallows [6:04]
17. Long-Awaited Revenge [2:59]
18. End Titles [:55]
1. An Evil Thing [3:14]
2. Heartless Experiment (Main Titles) [3:34]
3. Interrupted Work [3:16]
4. A Long Journey [6:00]
5. External Impulses [8:53]
6. Proven Theory [4:34]
7. Hypnotic Techniques [6:36]
8. Unwelcome Return [2:55]
9. Perfectly Preserved [6:12]
10. Dormant Brain [5:26]
11. Mental Stimulation [5:15]
12. Subtle Obedience [5:00]
13. Mesmerizing Commands [5:46]
14. Unleashed Monster [2:53]
15. Terror of the Town [5:07]
16. Hidden Retreat [4:38]
17. Stark Raving Mad [6:16]
18. End Titles [:51]

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I had never heard of "Nightmare" till I rented it, and now, having seen it, I don't know why I never came across it. It's an undiscovered gem by Hammer Studios.

Juiced up by director Freddie Francis with eerie, foreboding scenes in a house full of noirish black-and-white shadows and imminent menace, "Nightmare" seems more or less predictable at first, like it might be over halfway through, but in reality the best is yet to come. What in the world is going on here? Who is setting up whom? The plot, as adeptly crafted by Hammer stalwart Jimmie Sangster, has more twists and turns in it than does Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills, and keeps you guessing till the very end. Where has this minor classic been all my life? Why did it never get exposure on TV? Don't miss this one if you relish an intriguing story and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"