Icons of Suspense Collection - Hammer Films
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The Icons of Suspense Collection - Hammer Films

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Director: Cyril Frankel, Guy Green, Joseph Losey, Michael Carreras

Cast: Cyril Frankel, Guy Green, Joseph Losey, Michael Carreras

     
 
Most movie buffs associate Hammer Studios with straight-up horror, but in this six-film collection we discover the celebrated British studio was just as good as keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as it was scaring the daylights out of them. Includes Stop Me Before I Kill!, Cash on Demand, The Snorkel, Maniac, Never Take Candy

Overview

Most movie buffs associate Hammer Studios with straight-up horror, but in this six-film collection we discover the celebrated British studio was just as good as keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as it was scaring the daylights out of them. Includes Stop Me Before I Kill!, Cash on Demand, The Snorkel, Maniac, Never Take Candy from a Stranger, and These are the Damned.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
UPC:
0043396320987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
9:01:00
Sales rank:
29,959

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer for all films

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claude Dauphin Dr. David Prade
Gwen Watford Sally Carter
Kerwin Mathews Geoff Farrell
MacDonald Carey Simon Wells
Norman Bird Sanderson
Peter Van Eyck Paul Decker
Diane Cilento Denise Colby
Mandy Miller Candy Brown
Nadia Gray Eve Beynat
Patrick Allen Peter Carter
Shirley Ann Field Joan
Vera Cook Mrs. Fordyce
Donald Houston Georges Beynat
Felix Aylmer Clarence Olderberry, Sr.
Gregoire Aslan Inspector
Peter Cushing Fordyce
Ronald Lewis Alan Colby
Viveca Lindfors Freya Nielsen
Alexander Knox Bernard
Barry Lowe Peter Harvill
Françoise Rosay Madame Prade
Liliane Brousse Annette Beynat
Marie Burke Daily Woman
Niall MacGinnis Defense Counsel
Alison Leggatt Martha
Andre Morell Hepburn
Bernard Braden Harry Stonehouse
George Pastell Inspector Etienne
Oliver Reed King

Technical Credits
Cyril Frankel Director
Guy Green Director
Joseph Losey Director
Michael Carreras Director
Quentin Lawrence Director
Val Guest Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films
1. Chapter 1 [9:01]
2. Chapter 2 [8:32]
3. Chapter 3 [9:08]
4. Chapter 4 [7:56]
5. Chapter 5 [5:16]
6. Chapter 6 [9:51]
7. Chapter 7 [9:13]
8. Chapter 8 [10:56]
9. Chapter 9 [8:08]
10. Chapter 10 [9:31]
11. Chapter 11 [10:52]
12. Chapter 12 [9:03]
1. Chapter 1 [9:01]
2. Chapter 2 [8:32]
3. Chapter 3 [9:08]
4. Chapter 4 [7:56]
5. Chapter 5 [5:16]
6. Chapter 6 [9:51]
7. Chapter 7 [9:13]
8. Chapter 8 [10:56]
9. Chapter 9 [8:08]
10. Chapter 10 [9:31]
11. Chapter 11 [10:52]
12. Chapter 12 [9:03]
Disc #2 -- Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films
1. Chapter 1 [6:59]
2. Chapter 2 [8:58]
3. Chapter 3 [5:22]
4. Chapter 4 [5:59]
5. Chapter 5 [7:43]
6. Chapter 6 [8:31]
7. Chapter 7 [8:41]
8. Chapter 8 [8:57]
9. Chapter 9 [7:54]
10. Chapter 10 [6:22]
11. Chapter 11 [5:45]
12. Chapter 12 [8:56]
1. Chapter 1 [6:59]
2. Chapter 2 [8:58]
3. Chapter 3 [5:22]
4. Chapter 4 [5:59]
5. Chapter 5 [7:43]
6. Chapter 6 [8:31]
7. Chapter 7 [8:41]
8. Chapter 8 [8:57]
9. Chapter 9 [7:54]
10. Chapter 10 [6:22]
11. Chapter 11 [5:45]
12. Chapter 12 [8:56]
Disc #3 -- Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films
1. Chapter 1 [5:46]
2. Chapter 2 [5:12]
3. Chapter 3 [6:20]
4. Chapter 4 [7:37]
5. Chapter 5 [6:39]
6. Chapter 6 [6:41]
7. Chapter 7 [7:22]
8. Chapter 8 [8:37]
9. Chapter 9 [7:21]
10. Chapter 10 [8:59]
11. Chapter 11 [4:34]
12. Chapter 12 [5:50]
1. Chapter 1 [5:46]
2. Chapter 2 [5:12]
3. Chapter 3 [6:20]
4. Chapter 4 [7:37]
5. Chapter 5 [6:39]
6. Chapter 6 [6:41]
7. Chapter 7 [7:22]
8. Chapter 8 [8:37]
9. Chapter 9 [7:21]
10. Chapter 10 [8:59]
11. Chapter 11 [4:34]
12. Chapter 12 [5:50]

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The Icons of Suspense Collection - Hammer Films 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
The latest in Sony's Icon series featuring the varied genre's of Great Britain's venerable Hammer studios, "Hammer Films: The Icons of Suspense Collection" is a bargain for anyone interested in several night's worth of substantial entertainment at a very low cost. This three disc, six feature set of relatively obscure Hammer pictures is something of a mixed bag; each is visually polished, professionally acted, with generally intelligent and literate scripts. BUT.... most seem to be produced with an annoying sense of cold feet, as if the powers that be of this studio of bloody Gothic horror suddenly became overly cautious when tackling a subject outside of their comfort zone. Each film is produced in and presented here in crisp, attractive black- and-white and pleasingly clean audio tracks, and equally crisp trailers all in their original aspect ratios! The first film, Val Guest's "Stop Me Before I Kill!" is a fascinating dialogue-driven psychological study of an unhinged Grand Prix racer convinced he means to kill his wife. The pace is deliberate but the film is undone by several unappealing performances (Diane Cilento's shrillness only accentuates her accent into the realm of the unintelligible.) and another of Hammer's seemingly rushed and unconvincing conclusions. However, Claude Dauphin is marvelous as a duplicitous psychiatrist and the film is propelled by an appropriately edgy score by Stanley Black. The second film, "Cash on Demand" is a delightful discovery; a small-scale chamber drama almost exclusively taking place inside a small English bank. Witty and well played to a very satisfying conclusion, this could be considered a Hammer version of the themes of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with it's own original twists. It features a wonderful pairing of acting stalwarts Peter Cushing and Andre Morell as antagonists. "The Snorkel" is an oddly but appropriately titled little film concerning spousal homicide ingeniously using the title device, and a daughter who suspects what really happened while all those around her call her mother's death a suicide. Peter Van Eyck charmingly plays the cold-blooded killer, but again a sledgehammer ending is wasted with the addition of an unnecessary final scene as if the studio shied away from the "wow" factor of the film's finale. "Maniac" is a handsomely mounted but utterly preposterous Kerwin Matthews vehicle concerning an American artist who become involved in a rather peculiar romantic triangle. "Never Take Candy From a Stranger" is what would pass as a prestige project from Hammer, though due to their horror-based reputation was generally met with critical backlashes that completely misunderstood the source material. Filmed with remarkable subtlety, this study of a small town disgraced with the actions of a child molester was thematically years ahead of it's time and was probably Hammer's most emotionally raw film ever, but frustratingly the ending seems rushed and unfinished. The sixth film is the gem of the set: a complete, uncut print of Joseph Losey's amazing Teddy Boy gang/romance/science-fiction hybrid "These are the Damned". Volumes could be written about the extraordinary aspects of this film, but the less known, by the uninitiated, the better. This is a film that is challenging and demands attentive viewing by serious film enthusiasts; certainly not a casual entertainment. Among it's many attrib