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A Throwback to 80s British Horror Hammer Style,
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This review is from: Hammer House Of Horror - Complete Collection [DVD]  (DVD)
The Hammer House of Horror's sadly only lasted for 13 episodes in the winter of 1981 on ITV.
It is for the horror fan of course, but the acting, script, camerawork can be appreciated by anyone yearning old style television in favour of the 24/7 reality trash we sadly have now.
This TV show is a success in the fact that it gives us what it sets out to do. Even the weaker episodes are filled with dread, fear, suspicion and an authentic eerieness.
Lets take a look at the 13 episodes that were produced.
The House that Bled Death- is for the most part classic Hammer. Only a British production could have pulled this one off. For me the double finale twist ending doesn't quite work. But the episode will have you guessing and is not one to watch on your own with the lights off....
The Silent Scream is most famous for having the great Peter Cushing star in this one. A Hammer stalwart- The Silent Scream is wonderful. Cushing is pure evil as he terrorizes a young couple. Great climax. However this episode or at least my copy of this one suffers from slight lip synch, tut tut ITV.
The Two Faces of Evil for me is the best episode. Terrifying in places and just a superemly well made piece of television, that single handedly terrified yougsters of the 80s up and down the country.
The Mark of Satan is another stand out episode and often overlooked. Number 9, Number 9 Number 9.
Both Witching Time and Visitor from the Grave are compotent episodes if not classics, but still very watchable.
Rude Awakening is another classic. Starring Denholm Elliot who is seemingly in a timewarp of dream, this is delighful stuff and easily rewatchable.
The form continues with the highly rewarding Charlie Boy, featuring the bleakish of endings and an entertaining story to boot.
Children of the Full Moon is headed by Diana Dors and just about pulls off the eerieness. A little more blood in this one considering it's plot would have been nice though.
The next 3 episodes are the real let downs here. The 13th Reunion plays out too much like a spoof detective story. The Carpthaian Eagle is a brief return to form but both Guardian of the Abyss and Growing Pains are utterly forgettable.
However this set gets 4 stars because out of the 13 episodes on offer 8 are very good and 6 of those are classics.
The set itself is a let down as we only get some stills gallery and written bios. Some behind the scenes footage which surely must be knocking about in the ITV vaults would have been magic.
All in all if you are a fan of late 70s early 80s tv horror/thrillers and like Hammer Horrors then this should be a rewarding purchase for you. Great stuff.
My Top 5 episodes would be.
1. The Two Faces of Evil
2. The Silent Scream
3. Rude Awakening
4. The Mark of Satan
5. Charlie Boy
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2013 21:36:39 BDT
R. M. M. says:
Have people stopped giving feedback or something? I found this review tremendously helpful; it's probably the one that closed the sale for me. I'll kick off with The Silent Scream in a few minutes.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2013 17:35:45 BDT
Colonel Decker says:
Thank you, glad you liked the review. And I hope you enjoy the series as much as I did.
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