Feature: An Interview With Robin Stewart

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Now almost 68 years old, Robin Stewart is perhaps best known for playing Mike Abbott in the TV show Bless This House. He also had roles in a number of films, including The Haunted House Of Horror (1969), Cromwell (1970) and Adventures Of A Private Eye (1976). More importantly from the point of view of our ongoing celebration of 80 years of Hammer, he also had a key role in The Legend... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: The Nanny (1965)

The Nanny

80 Years Of Hammer continues with Dawn Dabell looking at The Nanny starring Bette Davis, Wendy Craig and William Dix. In Hammer’s heyday, they occasionally explored different genres to keep their films fresh. One area they ventured into was the ‘psychological thriller’, producing several films that fell under this bracket. Their adaptation of Evelyn Piper’s novel The Nanny... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Let Me In

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80 Years Of Hammer goes modern with a new Hammer company that had risen from the grave as Tim Wickens looks at Let Me In (2010), a remake of the Swedish film Let The Right One In (2008) starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz. Carreras/Hinds controlled, gory gothic glory Hammer ended with The Lady Vanishes (1979). In the 80s, under Roy Skeggs, the company did produce 2... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: The Viking Queen (1967)

The Viking Queen

80 Years Of Hammer continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Viking Queen starring Donald Houston, Don Murray and Carita. Hammer made many fine movies… they also made some pretty average movies and, from time to time, some downright terrible ones too: The Viking Queen falls into the category of the downright terrible. It’s evident that the studio was trying to contribute... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: Dr. Who And The Daleks (1965)

Dr Who and The Daleks

Tim Wickens takes a trip through time and space in the TARDIS as Gather Round The Tele focuses on Dr. Who And The Daleks (1965). (It was fun to write that sentence… if only it could happen). I have been a Doctor Who fan since the late 70’s when I first heard the other worldly sounds of Ron Grainer’s theme and the wild Bohemian Tom Baker smiled across the tele. For me, Doctor... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Man Bait (1952)

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80 Years Of Hammer continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Man Bait starring George Brent, Marguerite Chapman and Diana Dors. Hammer are most famous for their horror films, especially their Gothic melodramas. Prior to the success of the Dracula and Frankenstein cycles, the studio dabbled in other genres: swashbucklers, war films, sci-fi’s, comedies and even film noirs. It is the... Read More

Shootin’ Westerns: Breakheart Pass (1975)

Breakheart Pass

Shootin’ Westerns continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Breakheart Pass starring Charles Bronson, Richard Crenna and Jill Ireland. It was an unexpected step when Alistair MacLean – author of war novels and action thrillers including the likes of Where Eagles Dare, The Guns Of Navarone and Bear Island – opted to write a western. Breakheart Pass, the book, stands... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: Dressed To Kill (1980)

Dressed To Kill

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Dressed To Kill starring Michael Caine and Angie Dickinson. Please note: this review contains Spoilers. Having already analysed films best described as exploitation movies, this next instalment may, at first glance, seem a little out of place. This month This Is Not A Woman’s Picture looks at Brian... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Never Take Sweets From A Stranger (1960)

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80 Years Of Hammer continues with Tim Wickens looking at Never Take Sweets From A Stranger starring Patrick Allen and Felix Aylmer. 80 years Of Hammer looks at another true to life scenario Never Take Sweets From A Stranger (also known as Never Take Candy From A Stranger 1960) from the studio. My review of The Camp On Blood Island (1958) was from a recollection of a prisoner in... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: The Men Of Sherwood Forest (1954)

The Men Of Sherwood Forest

80 Years Of Hammer continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Men Of Sherwood Forest starring Don Taylor and Eileen Moore. Chiefly associated with their horror output (even in their newly resurrected guise they seem to be focusing solely on horror movies) it’s easy to forget that Hammer ventured into many other genres down the years. In fact, they’d existed for more than... Read More