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Hammer House of Horror : The Vampire Collection [DVD] [1980]


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  • Actors: Ingrid Pitt, Laurence Payne, Peter Cushing, Dave Prowse, Nigel Green
  • Directors: John Hough, Robert W. Young, Peter Sasdy
  • Producers: Harry Fine, Michael Style, Alexander Paal
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 256 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JNBR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,336 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This DVD Box Set contains: Countess Dracula, Twins Of Evil and Vampire Circus.

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Though Hammer Films ceased theatrical production in the mid-1970s, the TV series Hammer House of Horror afforded the studio a last hurrah in 1980. Though it uses original scripts rather than adaptations of published stories, the series feels like an update of Hammer's earlier Journey to the Unknown, with a mix of contemporary settings, predictable twist endings, mock-gruesome horror, mild sex, familiar TV faces and sly camp that puts it on the shelf somewhere between Nigel Kneale's Beasts and Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. The shows are variously directed by Hammer regulars Don Sharp (Kiss of the Vampire), Peter Sasdy (Countess Dracula), Robert Young (Vampire Circus) and Alan Gibson (Dracula AD 1972). --Kim Newman

Volume Three Episodes: "Rude Awakening", "Charlie Boy", "Children of the Full Moon". A box set is also available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "jwilson69" on 21 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
What can one say 3 great or I would say the Greatest Hammer films of all times in one collection.Countess Dracula tells a countess who used to bath in the blood of young virgins.Ok it gets to much over the top making it fictional than fact of the real Countess,but still a great film.The second film Twins of evil tells of twins one who is pure and after seeing her uncle whats the point of being good unlike her sister who is willing to sell herself to the Dark side for the pleasure of sex etc.Great film.
Ok now for the best of the three.VAMPIRE CIRCUS,A cousin of a late Count trys to get the count back to life by killing the kids whos parents took the counts life.It is a great mix of erotic,action and bloody gore.Great film and to me the Best in the history of Hammer.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
At last, three of my favourite quintessential late Hammer Horror films from the early Seventies on DVD! Countess Dracula, Twins of Evil and Vampire Circus all in one great collection!!!
I grew up watching re-run after re-run of these movies through the late 70's and early 80's as an adolescent with an active imagination. Hammer films always satisfied my need for a uniquely "original" and "stylish" aproach to the Horror genre. A "Hammer movie" is always recognisable as a "Hammer movie", but what makes them so unique? For me, Hammer movies represent the sum total of several key elements....
From the low-budget familiarity of the Bray Studio sets (economically and inventively re-designed for each new production) to the forest locations of Black Park, to the outlandish blood red colour of the Eastman film stock, to the immaculate gothic-style production values, to the great casting of Cushing and Lee and a staple of other well known Brits, to the evocative and stylish scores of James Bernard, Harry Robinson, David Whitaker and other great composers, to the "Hammer Glamour" and buxom delights of a bevvy of beautiful vampire women who could snarl with conviction, to the purely justified and in no way exploitative nudity of the latter, to the perplexing phenomenon of Cockney people popping up in the heart of Transylvania, to the continual emergence of regular Michael Ripper amongst those said cockneys and finally to the wonderful "atmosphere" and "style" conjured up by this talented ensemble of what is essentially, a National Treasure...as well as a phenomenon.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Johnny S Geddes on 16 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
In September 1980, Hammer launched its final offensive in the war to keep horror in Britain. It failed, of course, but the spectacular effort encapsulated in the thirteen episodes comprised in this box set deserves accolades galore.

Having channeled the last of its energy into television after a forty year run with films (less than half of which were golden), the studio came good in many departments. Perhaps a little corny, cliched and cute by 2000-plus standards, the series nevertheless stands highly cohesive - a monolith capable of taking on the popular 'Tales From the Dark Side' and 'Friday The Thirteenth' series from the 1980s.
Tape One
1 - 'The House That Bled To Death' - A family moves into a house with a grisly past and themselves become possessed. Pros: A nice 'sting in the tale' that gives this episode some effectiveness. Cons: Touted as a flagship episode by its sellers(check out the American releases hosted by Elvira), this is a good but not stellar entry. It's nice the first two times but becomes stale too quickly thereafter. Rating 7/10
2 - 'Silent Scream' - An ex-Nazi camp co-ordinator entraps a freed convict for his own Skinner-style experiments. Pros: Peter Cushing lends a wonderful presence to this picture and the idea is nifty. Cons: None perceived by this viewer. Rating 9/10
3 - 'The Two Faces of Evil' - A family pick up a murderous hitchiker en route to their holiday destination and are attacked, leaving the wife unsure whether the man who survives is really her husband. Pros: Has a chilling suspense mechanism a-la mysterious villain and who-dunnit nature. Cons: Reaches an uneasy maturity early on then becomes difficult to follow.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Curcio on 17 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
I bought this collection for "Vampire Circus". It's a sad shame that it's not available in the U.S., which means I'll be paying an arm and a leg to have it transferred to Region 1. It's worth it, though! As a child, I remember being scared out of my mind by this movie. Nobody did horror like Hammer. And nobody ever will. End of story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Ahh, "Hammer". -The name alone conjures up many good memories. But as nice as it is to see this old suspense series again, we all know why Carlton released it, don't we ?. If it hadn't been for the name ("Hammer") I'm pretty sure none of the episodes on these four volumes would ever have seen the light of day again, and most likely stayed hidden away somewhere in the sad video vaults of forgotten television obscurities. Sure, some very good names are involved here, behind and in front of the camera, but are the episodes any good ?. Some of them are o.k., most of them aren't. -These tricky, but popular "twist-in-the-tail" stories are always either hit or miss, and quite often an awfully disappointing miss. (-A good case in point might be the series "Tales Of The Unexpected", which had a handful of really brilliant episodes, and a million terrible ones.) "Hammer" (in their movies) had a tendency to over-do their supernatural stories and exaggerate everything, thus making them completely unbelievable, and this TV-series is no exception. -The material here is far-out most of it, but the actors certainly give it their all; McCorkindale overacts as if his life depended on it, and Finch (in this volume's best episode) is always a very interesting actor to watch, but top prize must go to McEnery who, and I mean this in a positive way, gives one of the most committed performances I've ever seen. He's always been an extremely dedicated actor, and the effort he chose to invest in this particular role is simply quite amazing. -And for such a silly story, too. Respect.Read more ›
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