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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior series from the house of horror, 6 Mar 2009
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Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense: Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
In 1980, Hammer studios brought a series of one hour terror tales to ITV. This series called 'Hammer House Of Horror' was a great success, and is still fondly remembered by those who watched it. Four years later, the same studio brought out another television series this time called 'Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense'. The episodes were slightly longer, approaching feature length, and their was more of an emphasis on making a clever thriller with a twist, than sticking to the tried and tested gothic horror format that had served Hammer so well over the years.
This series was not a great success like its predecessor, and seems to be remembered( at least in reviews that I've come across) as a rather lacklustre affair. This is very unfair in my opinion, as I'm going to commit heresy here and actually vote for the latter series as my favourite of the two. I think there are a couple of important factors as to why it wasnt the success I feel it should have been. Firstly, and most importantly 'Hammer House Of Horror' was given a primetime slot on ITV on a Saturday night. The latter series, on the other hand was consigned to the early hours of the morning, when a large percentage of the population had gone to bed. Secondly, I think that the series threw a lot of people who were expecting more in the same vein of the 'Hammer House Of Horror' series.
Thats not to say that the two series bear no relation to eachother. Both the episodes 'Black Carrion' and 'And the Wall Came Tumbling Down' were very much in the style of the episodes to be found in the earlier series. Both very fine shockers they are too. However its some of the other episodes in the '..Mystery And Suspense' seies that stand out for me. 'In Possession' is probably the best of all, a supernatural mystery with a great twist. Other notables include 'The Corvini Inheritance' concerning the efforts of an over zealous security guard(played with great aplomb by David McCallum)to protect a woman from a stalker. Another great twist in this one. The there 'Childs Play' that has built up quite a cult following due to its outlandish outcome. Ludicrous, but highly enjoyable. The theres a couple of highly enjoyable straight thrillers 'Czech Mate' and 'The Sweet Scent Of Death' that are very satisfying to watch. Okay there are a couple of duds in this series, but the same could also be said of the 'Hammer House Of Horror' series too.
I just hope that this constantly entertaining, undervalued series gets re-released on DVD soon so maybe it might finally get the recognition it deserves. Top class entertainment. 5 out of 5
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last hurrah of Hammer, 28 July 2010
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This review is from: Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense: Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Excellent show, Not as good as the first series but excellent in its own right. Great stuff. Great acting all the way.
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