Saturday, October 24, 2009

Flesh and Blood- Hammer Horror documentary

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Well, it's a rainy Saturday afternoon, just the kind of gloomy day when I'd sit at home and watch Creature Double Feature on channel 56. My favorites were always the Hammer horror films, which always seemed to come across as being more serious and intense than the 50s stuff that CDF usually traded in.

Here's a BBC documentary on the Hammer horror films, hosted by none other than Christopher Lee himself. You may have to watch the whole thing over at Veoh, so I kept the handy links attached.

Watch Flesh And Blood - The Hammer Heritage Of Horror Part 2 in Entertainment

If you're hankering for some contemporary, real-life horror, there's always Take a good, long look at America's future, which is far scarier than any horror film.


  1. I have a pretty nice collection of Hammer Films and I have to admit, they're one of my fav's on a rainy day (although it never rains here), but sometimes I just pretend by pulling the curtains closed. Glad to see there's others who are appreciative of the gothic 70s horror genre.

  2. I grew up partially at Wal-Mart. Probably explains a lot. I just liked their selection of Legos and action figures, though this definitely decreased over the years. Ours was relatively tame compared to the stereotype. I remember going to one in Florida on vacation (sounds like a great vacation, huh?)and finally realized why everyone hates the place so much.

    I remember being pleasantly surprised by The Satanic Rites of Dracula, so I may watch the rest of it today. Got nothing else to do.

  3. Right on Autumn- I had a feeling you were a fan.

    Tommy, I was just watching a docmentary on Jungian psychology that talks about how the American Indians weren't just defeated, their myths and their landmarks were stolen from them and they were left with nothing. What you see is what happens when you take everything away from a people, particularly their livelihoods. A kind of mass neurosis sets in.

  4. Nick Redfern is a big fan of the Hammer films. As am I.

  5. Another big fan of Hammer Horror films, never tired of them. FYI, they have on Demand, "Jason and the Argonauts", I remember Chris mentioned that being a favorite, I never get tired of that film on occasion as well.

  6. The Walmart site is pretty cruel. The people in the photos there (and yes, they are people, not "creatures") seem to be divided among those who seem to be marching to a different drummer, and those who are just too beaten down and depressed to give a damn. I have a sort of admiration for the former, even if I may not totally approve of their choices. I didn't realize there were so many middle American gender benders out there.

    All of these people have been left behind by the Great American Corporate Douchebag State, which values gray conformity and "professional appearance" above all else, including actual competence.

  7. The biggest concert crowd in Rose Bowl history is expected tonight when U2 takes the stage, performing in the round for upward of 95,000 people and untold millions via YouTube.

    Give this a quick look over Chris, please. The conspiracy sites are going nuts over the various predictions for the next couple of days, specifically today(per HalfPastHuman.) Does this have the right "Grease" (the time, the place, the motion)

  8. Do they even produce these kinds of local horror movie TV shows anymore? I fondly remember Nightmare Theater, which broadcast from a pre-Fox 55 in Fort Wayne and was hosted by The Shroud. I remember watching that when I was seven, though there would be parent-imposed sanctions lasting a few weeks if something really freaked me out.

    I also have fond memories of watching Japanese horror movies at night and mid-afternoon. The CDF opening title appears to have plenty of compelling one-second excerpts from those. (I have to say that the Rodan still in the embedded video got me to watch.) They haven't received much attention here, but there's got to be some Secret Sun-related tidbits tucked away in those movies as well. Many of the films made after 1965 had major extraterrestrial themes, like the original Ghidrah... the three-headed demon who destroyed Martian civilisation many years ago (3000 according to the dubbed translation).

    For the record, I've always had great admiration for the miniatures in Japanese horror films, which I don't think are as "cheesy" as people want to believe. And when Akira Ifukube composed the scores, it lent the movies a certain level of soul... even if he employed the same motifs in many of them.