Tag Archives: Hammer Horror

The Lair of The White Worm

Ken Russell is a bit of a devil. In all his films you can see an unabashed joy of sex, life, and kitsch whilst having the underlying thread of Christianity throughout; explicitly or otherwise. Lair of the White Worm is no exception but, against his

The Gorgon

The most famous monsters in Hammer Studios’ repertoire were essentially the same ones Universal had hit paydirt with in the 1930s: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the mummy.  But Hammer had plenty of other things to shock and disturb audiences with – zombies, Satanists, aliens, man-lizards and, at

Psychomania

The midnight movie is an icon of cinema folklore that is synonymous with the American cult film. Australian cinema and the idiosyncrasies of ‘Ozploitation’ are rife with the specifics of what it takes to be a fabled midnight movie. Before going any further perhaps a

Pink String and Sealing Wax

Ealing Studios are regarded as the bastion of post-war Cinema, the home of the finest comedies Britain has ever produced, but what is often overlooked is their innate Gothicism. With the artifice of its sets and the embers of Victorian London architecture, there is a

Nosferatu

Each and every Halloween a classic Horror film is lavished with a limited cinema run. Taking high street cinema chain Cineworld for example, over the last two years they have screened Wes Craven’s 1984 classic Nightmare on Elm Street and Joe Dante’s anarchic delight, Gremlins.