Last night TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES celebrated Halloween with Hammer's HORROR OF DRACUA and BRIDES OF DRACULA.
So for my annual Halloween month horror-movie-watching extravaganza (what I call #frightfilmspectacular ) I've focused solely on 70s horror, and only movies I've never seen or haven't seen in a really long time. (So no #theexorcist or #theomen , etc.) The first nine were: #thedunwichhorror - loose adaptation of the #hplovecraft story starring a young, creepy Dean Stockwell, which wasn't too bad.
#thecorpsegrinders - schlocky, low-budget sleeze about putting people in pet food.
#tombsoftheblinddead Decent (if a little slow) Spanish zombie flick about satanic Knights Templar. Really liked the music on this one.
#thelasthouseontheleft #wescraven 's early exploitation flick, which I'd seen many years ago and is still kind of disturbing.
#moonofthewolf , a just-OK TV movie about a #werewolf .
#threeonameathook A gory, poorly acted #psycho ripoff that was pretty boring.
#cryptofthelivingdead Vampire flick with a kind of silly plot, but I really liked it anyway.
#frombeyondthegrave A good British gothic anthology, starring the great #petercushing amd #donaldpleasance .
And #returnoftheevildead OK sequel to Tombs of the Blind Dead.
Up next: Italian giallo #Torso
Now watching THE BRIDES OF DRACULA, Hammer Films' 1960 sequel to Horror Of Dracula with the babe @horror_is_my_thang. This has to be one of Hammer's most underrated films, and certainly the most underrated of their Dracula sequels. The reason it's not as well known as Hammer's other Dracula sequels has more to do with what it lacks rather than what it contains. What it lacks is Dracula himself, and more specifically Christopher Lee. Dracula was, of course, killed at the end of Horror Of Dracula (which should not be a spoiler for anyone). He was not brought back for this film, although Peter Cushing does resume his role of vampire hunter Van Helsing. This time he's pitted against one of Dracula's disciples, Baron Meinster (David Peel), and his "brides". Christopher Lee's presence as Dracula may be missed, but the movie makes up for this with a great gothic story, masterful directing by Terence Fisher, and beautiful cinematography by Jack Asher, both of whom return from Horror Of Dracula.
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Horror Of Dracula
I'm not sure why Hammers first take on Stoker's immortal tale is still my favorite. Maybe it's Christopher Lee's commanding performance or Cushing's budding action star like Vanhelsing. It could be Jimmy Sangsters meat and potatoes script, which pretty much brings Stoker's tale down to the bare bone essentials. I enjoy all the different versions of Dracula. From Coppola's hyper stylized rendition to Herzog's ethereal Nosferatu or Lugosi's original blue print act. One thing I love especially is Hammers gothic sets. They just seem to put me in the right mind set during the October season. Dracula 1958 is a genuine classic and a great " remake " probably before the word was introduced into the movie goer lexicon.
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