The 1960s and 1970s saw they hey day for Hammer Horror movies, but come the 1980s the shift to TV happened. 1980 saw the Hammer House Of Horror hit screens. It is a horror anthology series of 13 episodes in just one series. Each episode was around 50 minutes long (Transmission time would have been 1 hour with adverts). Sadly Peter Cushing’s input was just one episode and there is no appearance by Christopher Lee.
This Halloween Network are releasing Hammer House of Horror – available for the first time on Blu-ray from 23rd October 2017.
Hammer House of Horror Blu Ray Details
No. of Discs: 3
Screen Ratio: 16:9
Colour Running Time: 676 mins (approx.)
Commerical Break stings
Rude Awakening opening montage raw takes
Guardian of the Abyss widescreen version
This star-studded anthology from Hammer Films presents thirteen unforgettable tales of spine-chilling terror!
Reimagining classic Hammer themes in a contemporary British setting and signalling a new direction for the legendary film studio under the aegis of producer Roy Skeggs, the series blends the supernatural with a very modern horror from hauntings and demonic possessions to sinister incarcerations and cannibalism…
A huge hit on its first ITV transmission, Hammer House of Horror boasts a consistently high-calibre cast including Peter Cushing, Diana Dors, Denholm Elliott, Brian Cox and Sian Phillips.
The complete series is featured here for the first time in a stunning new High Definition restoration from the original film elements in its as-transmitted fullscreen aspect ratio.
Looking at what things might have been should the Movie series of Doctor Who expanded beyone Daleks Invasion Of Earth.
In 1963 Peter Cushing started the Doctor Who Movie franchise with Doctor Who and The Daleks. Due William Hartnell looking to leave the role of Dr Who in 1966 it was decided to call the TV series a day. The power of the Daleks and the character / possibilities of the Doctor would not die ensured that the franchise would have a future, after 2 sucessful Dalek Movies Peter Cushing was offered a third movie but due to TV commitments (Sherlock Holmes) and other movie projects he was unable to commit to another feature.
The regeneration was born.
Due to the alien nature of the Doctor and the worlds he inhabits it was decided that recasting could be explained away as part of the character’s life cycle.
The Second (movie) Doctor
As the last Doctor Who series on TV involved Cybermen and the Daleks, though still popular had been done twice, it seemed logical that the third Doctor Who movie should feature this second Metal Menace.
Casting originally focused on the hugely talented and ever popular Christopher Lee. An obvious successor to Mr Lee. But for a number of reasons he was unable to commit at the time of filming. Due to a series of unforeseen events and fortune it came to pass that Vincent Price stepped into the role.
Reception of Vincent Price in the role of the Doctor in Tomb of the Cybermen (1968) was not the pan-atlantic success that had been hoped for. Despite critical aclaim for the regeneration scene passing the baton from Peter Cushing to Price, and the strong, scary cybermen a more ‘True British’ feel was desired.
Vincent followed Tomb for a second outing as The Doctor in The Web Of Fear (1970), after a luke warm reception all round it was decided that the Vincent should step down and pave the way for a more British, light hearted portrayal of The Doctor.
Comedic actor Peter Sellers took on the role, now banished to earth by the Doctor’s own people The Timelords in Auton adventure Spearhead From Space (1972), introducing Autons, Unit and Time Lords in a single film was a task, but executed to high aclaim. 1974 Saw the reintroduction of The Daleks in Day Of The Daleks (1974) and the final adventure for the Third Doctor harked back to hammer films with The Daemons 1976
At thirty years old the youthful John Rhys Davies was initially criticised for his ‘Bluster and Beard’ attitude to the role. Carrying on the humour from the Sellers years, he brought new energy to the role, and would indeed become the longest serving Doctor with no less that 7 movies to his name over 12 years. Davies’ first movie was in 1977 bringing back the daleks and introducing their creator, DAVROS, Genesis of the Daleks was a massive hit and brought the Doctor Who movies to new heights.
It was 1981 before the next Doctor Who movie was to see light of day despite his popularity John Rhys Davies was unable to reprise the role he made great as he was making Indiana Jones in Hollywood at the time.
So it was time for (controversially) another American Doctor. After seeing Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother as an audition piece producers looked to Gene Wilder to take on the next regeneration.
Castrovalva saw the new Doctor up against his most feared enemy, The Master. This time round the Master was played by Tim Curry.
Doctor Who is 50 years old this year, even if the BBC are doing little to directly promote this fact. Also this year would have seen the Centenary of Peter Cushing – the second actor to play The Doctor! So what better way to celebrate this than looking at the 1960’s Dalek movies with fresh eyes as they come to Blu Ray.
Dr Who And The Daleks (Digitally Restored)
Out on DVD and Blu-ray: May 27th, 2013
Directed by Gordon Flemyng and now fully restored, Dr. Who & The Daleks (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, and was the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour!
British film legend Peter Cushing plays everyone’s favourite Timelord, and having invented the TARDIS, a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro. A primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species, a peaceful tribe known as Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines. A merciless force of destruction known as The Daleks!
Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (Digitally restored)
Out on DVD and Blu-ray: May 27th, 2013
DALEKS INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. directed by Gordon Flemyng, now fully restored and starring Peter Cushing in his return to the big screen as British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, Doctor Who.
The earth of 2150 AD is a desolate and hostile ruin of a planet, crumbling at the edge of civilisation, slowly disappearing into the darkness of space. For the future of planet earth now belongs The Daleks, a destructive army of alien invaders who have turned the human race into cowering slaves. Meanwhile deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. But there’s only one man who could possibly help them succeed in destroying their extra terrestrial enemies and take back control of planet earth. A man of mystery, a man of time and space, a man known only as… The Doctor.
Interview With Bernard Cribbins
Scifind’s Helen Armfield had the oppertunity to speak to Peter Cushings co-star for Daleks Invasion 2150AD Bernard Cribbins
Bernard Cribbins starts with a more recent adventure with the Doctor…
..we’d gone into the tardis. Now the tardis was in the stable block, and we had to walk in to this. And he (David Tennant) opened the door and said “come on, come on in”. We went in, closed the door, and the director said, “ok cut that’s it.” Before we came out of the tardis again, I said to David, do you know, the first time I was in this thing was in 1966. There was a pause and he looked at me, and he says… I wasn’t even born then.
It just struck me as extra ordinarry that I’d been involved with it all those years before.
Recollections of the Movie?
One of the things I do remember about the film was Peter (Cushing) and I got into terrible trouble with the director, Gordon Flemming, who was a very gruff voiced scotsman… the first time Peter and I had met a dalek in the film. Now the daleks were operated by a man sitting inside, shuffling his feet to move along. They had the line the daleks speak as well, in order to play the scene with us… we’d been captured by the daleks and down the ramp comes a dalek, the lead dalek. The guy inside was called, I think he was Bob Jewels, he was Australian. He said something to the effect of “if you don’t behave yourself, you will be exterminated” [in] this broad australian accent.
Now Peter and I got the giggles, we were just wetting ourselves at the thought of this little guy saying “you will be exterminated” [in an Austrailian accent] inside and ‘Don Flemyng, the director saying “Cribbins will you stop laughing, come on! We’ve got a lot of work to do” (Cribbins aped Gordon Flemymin’s Scottish accent to a T). He got very angry with us, but in a nice sort of way. just because we were like two school girls giggling.
And Peter Cushing?
[Seeing Daleks Invasion Earth Again] brought back so many happy memories, of Peter; we had a wonderful time when we did a film in israel, “She”, with Ursula Andress and Christopher Lee… then to work with him again was absolutely brilliant. Because we always got on well, and we used to compare notes. he was a sweet sweet man and a very very good actor.
Bernard Cribbins, Scifind thanks you for your time, and your amazing career!
Classic SciFi and Horror on new DVD releases from the Vaults of Amicus
WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS: Aboard the Texas Rose, a professor of archaeology, his scientist son, and an engineer are on a quest to find the lost city of Atlantis. When a giant octopus attacks their ship, they awaken within a mysterious under water realm. A deep-sea kingdom has been colonised by an advanced alien race with immense psychic powers and a dark secret? A perilous, nautical tale of mutiny, murder, hidden treasure, giant sea monsters and lost worlds.
Starring Doug McClure and directed by Kevin Connor.
AT THE EARTH’S CORE: Scientist Doctor Abner Perry (Cushing), develops a huge burrowing machine to pierce the Earth?s core and explore the mysteries deep beneath the surface of our planet. Accompanied by his rich, young backer David Innes (McClure), they travel in the machine. However when it loses control and passes the core, they realize they have discovered a twilight world ruled by giant lizard-like female birds. Can they get out alive?
Starring Doug McClure and Peter Cushing. Directed by Kevin Connor.
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: Set during World War I, survivors of a sinking British merchant ship take the opportunity to command a passing German U-boat. During the violence, the boat loses radio contact and when the U-boat veers off course and loses fuel, they drift into a strange,mist-filled land bursting with rich vegetation. There, they discover huge prehistoric monsters and that dinosaurs still roam. Amid conflicts between the opposed nations, they are forced to bury their political differences in a combined effort for survival.
Starring Doug McClure and John McEnery. Directed by Kevin Connor.
DVD Extras: Interview with Director Kevin Connor, Interview with Susan Penhaligon
THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE: Extra-terrestrials from outer space have developed a way of transforming brain-power into pure energy, at the expense of their physical forms. Needing new bodies to house the incredibleforce, the extra-terrestrials invade Earth to export human beings. No one is immune from the invasion except for scientist Dr. Curt Temple, whose skull, as a result of an accident, is reinforced with a metal plate.
Starring Robert Hutton and Jennifer Jayne, directed by Freddie Francis.