Hammer Films

Ken Hughes – The House Across the Lake (1954)

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Written and directed by Ken Hughes (the 1967 Casino Royale), Heat Wave employs the regular film noir convention of a man who has run out of rope confessing his story to an unseen presence (the audience). Novelist Mark Kendrick (the film’s requisite American, Alex Nicol, also known for Jacques Tourneur’s Great Day in the Morning) is found by a mysterious figure at the bar where he is drowning his sorrows, and Mark’s ready to spill them out. Cut to Mark wrestling with his typewriter at his lakeside home, looking across the water at an opulent house and the fancy lights on its dock (how Great Gatsby!). Carol Forrest (Hillary Brooke, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd), a rich and glamorous blonde, phones him and asks him to ferry her friends across the lake, and of course, he ends up ferrying himself to his own doom. Read More »

Montgomery Tully – Five Days (1954)

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A failed business deal forces James Nevill to blackmail his weak-willed friend into murdering him so that his wife can collect his insurance, but circumstances suddenly change. Read More »

Cyril Frankel – Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960)

Peter Carter, his wife Sally and their young daughter Jean move to a sleepy Canadian village, where Peter has been hired as a school principal. Their idyll is shattered when it’s discovered that Jean has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and their cries for help are met with resistance from their new friends and neighbours. Read More »

Don Chaffey – One Million Years B.C. (1966)

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Caveman Tumak is banished from the Rock tribe and joins the Shell Tribe until he is banished from them as well. One of their women, Loana leaves with him as they face the harsh prehistoric world. Read More »

Val Guest – Quatermass 2 (1957)

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Based on the British TV serial by Nigel Kneale (who reportedly disliked the finished product), the film stars Brian Donlevy, repeating the role of Professor Quatermass. This time, the good professor must contend with a `meteor shower` which turns out to be a secret alien invasion. The extraterrestrials arrive on earth in rocklike vehicles, then take over the minds and nervous systems of earthlings, the better to go about their business undetected. Subliminally a cruel satire of British bureaucracy and obfuscation, Enemy from Space also works on a pure-horror level, building slowly and methodically to a powerhouse finale. For many years a `lost` film due to legal tangles, Enemy from Space has recently become available again on video and cable TV. – All Movie Guide Read More »

John Gilling – The Pirates of Blood River [+commentary] (1962)

A group of ruthless pirates attack a seventeenth century Huguenot settlement on the Isle of Devon in search of treasure and will stop at nothing to obtain it. Read More »

Val Guest – The Full Treatment AKA Stop Me Before I Kill (1960)

After surviving a traumatic car accident, a race car driver travels to the Cote D’Azur to recover but is plagued by an urge to strangle his wife. Read More »