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

Ingrid Pitt , Laurence Payne , John Hough , Robert W. Young    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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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: 59,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. The show is collected here in its entirety, 13 50-minute episodes on four sturdy cassettes within a somewhat flimsier cardboard box. They are arranged randomly three or four to a tape, rather than in the order they were originally broadcast. 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.

Outstanding episodes: "Witching Time" (Patricia Quinn as a sexy witch haunting Jon Finch), "The Silent Scream" (sinister pet shop owner Peter Cushing plays nasty games with a young Brian Cox), "The House That Bled to Death" (an Amityville variant with a clever twist), "Rude Awakening" (Denholm Elliott has a recurring dream), "The Two Faces of Evil" (scary doppelgangers with bad teeth) and "Charlie Boy" (an African idol brings death to a bunch of people). Even the duds have a certain my-God-what-is-she-wearing period charm (check out the horrific wardrobe modelled by Suzanne Danielle in "Carpathian Eagle"), though "Visitor from the Grave" (and it's-all-a-plot plot about seances) is as dull an hour of television as ever aired and "Children of the Full Moon" (a werewolf tale, with Diana Dors) is thuddingly obvious. The varied guest cast includes Pierce Brosnan in a tiny victim role; and 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

Product Description

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


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VAMPIRE LUST 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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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last, our very own Hammer Horror on DVD!! 26 Oct 2002
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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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of British Blood 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Horror at it's best! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain of the year 18 Oct 2002
Format:DVD
This collection of Hammer vampire movies must surely be the bargain of the year. All three movies are presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen,The only exception to this is the trailer for Vampire Circus. I can't recall these films ever looking so good, You can actually see what's going on in the night scenes. The sound on all three movies match the high standard set by the video transfers.
Countess Dracula is a fine film featuring some great performances from Graham Greene, Louis Jordan (who would later go on to star as The Count in the BBC's production a few years later) and Ingrid Pitt. It's just a shame that Hammer saw fit to dub Ingrid's voice by another actress, This seems to have been quite a common practice at that time.
Vampire Circus is another fine movie from the Hammer stable featuring a novel twist to the usual vampire story. It's also interesting to see an early performance by future Dr.Who star Lalla Ward.
Twins Of Evil is a really great movie. This features an excellent cast including Peter Cushing, The Collinson twins and cult film favourite, David Warbeck (Fresh from his stint in Gerry Anderson's series UFO). It's interesting how Cushing's puritanical Uncle and his "Brotherhood" are shown to be almost as bad as Count Karnstein, charging through the countryside burning everyone who they disapprove of.
I would urge anyone be they a horror fan or just a fan of films in general to snap up this film before sundown, You won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
These classic films are timeless. Still as good an experience as watching it first time around and at a very good price.
Published 18 months ago by 3D
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets better with each episode
I bought this for the final episode, 'Children of the Full Moon' as it scared me silly when it was first screened more than 20 years ago. Read more
Published on 1 May 2008 by D. O'Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant horror episodes
Buy this just for the one called GUARDIAN OF THE ABYSS. Its a tale about a group of modern occultists trying to make contact with the demon CHORONZON. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2005 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant hammer horror
This is a nostalgia trip for me as I saw them when they were first shown on tv in 1980.
This video contains one of my 2 favourite episodes.
WITCHING TIME. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Twins Of Evil :The Citizen Kane of Vampire Movies
An indispensible box set, purely because it contains the greatest horror film ever: "Twins Of Evil". Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2004 by andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat!
It's just great to see 'Twins of Evil' and 'Vampire Circus' on DVD, two sadly overlooked and underrated classics that are my very favourite Hammer movies. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2003 by R. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 classics on DVD
At long last 3 classic Hammer Horror films on DVD.
Countess Dracula stars sexy Ingrid Pitt as a Countess who must bath in blood to keep young. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2002 by David Goodram
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Hammer House Of Horror
Each video has brought me great entertainment.
I bought these videos based on memories of being scared at the age of 10! Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2002
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