This interesting box set collects together 21 films from the studio that defined gothic horror from the fifties through to the seventies, Hammer studios. This set concentrates on some of the more interesting output from the studios, with some well chosen films that show off the range of the studios.
As well as the bona fide horror classics (Frankenstein created woman; Dracula, Prince of Darkness etc) there is a great selection of adventure (She), historical fantasy (1 Million years BC), science fiction (Quatermass and the pit), comedy (the Horror of Frankenstein) and psychological thrillers (Demons of the mind). And the piece de resistance, the absolute classic `The Devil Rides Out', one of Christopher Lee's finest moments at the studio.
A seemingly disparate selction, but all with several things in common. A strong sense of imagination permeates, the Hammer team were really creative, and managed to make grand visions come to life on a shoestring budget. There is also a sense of fun - Hammer had a mission in life, to give people a thrill and get them back to the cinema for their next feature. And that's just what is delivered, film after film of thrill after thrill. Perfect entertainment.
The 21 films are collected into 5 booklets, gathered together into one large card outer. There is a feeling of quality and expense about the packaging that seems slightly at odds with the usual Hammer ethos of doing everything as cheaply as possible! There is a booklet with a decent essay about Hammer, and notes on each film. Also included is a set of postcards with reproductions of some of the promotional posters.
All in all, a decent set, and a great way to get hold of some interesting and obscure films.