Monday, May 18, 2015
Blood, Boobs, and Carnage! Blogfest: The Films of Hammer
A lot of gamers talk about their "Appendix N", a list of fantasy or pulp-era books (sometimes movies and TV shows) that influenced their games.
My Appendix N is full of Hammer Films.
Every October I participate in the Horror Film Marathon. I have taken it upon myself to watch (and rewatch in many cases) all Hammer Dracula films. They all fit today's theme of Blood, Boobs and Carnage.
I have not seen all of the Hammer films and a few I have not seen in maybe 20+ years but they have always had a profound effect on the games I write. Ghosts of Albion in particular is overflowing with my love for Hammer, as are most of my adventures. My vampires are not modern mopey emos. They are blood thirsty killers in the suave exterior of Christopher Lee.
Even in Eldritch Witchery I have tried t tap into that same vibe of Hammer Horror. Even though most of their moveis were made in the late 50s and 60's, there is something very 70's about them to me. Maybe that is when I watched most of them (then and the early 80's).
Hammer Glamour; a glossy coffee table book of all the women that appeared in the Hammer films.
Here are some of reviews of Hammer Films I have posted here. IF I had had the time I would posted a body count.
Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)
Dracula has Risen From His Grave (1968)
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Countess Dracula (1970/1971)
Lust for a Vampire (1971)
Twins of Evil (1971) and on Blu-Ray
Dracula AD 1972 (1972)
Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (1974)
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
That was the end of the "Classic" Hammer.
It "rose from the grave" more recently to give us some newer movies. Less "Blood, Boobs, and Carnage" than before, but still solid horror.
Let Me In (2010)
The Woman in Black (2012) (Daniel Radcliffe blew me away in this!)
Even ones I have seen but not got around to reviewing, like the various Frankenstein movies or the Quatermass ones.
Check out the feature, Hammer for Dummies to learn more.