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Icons of Horror: Hammer Films [2 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 9008423
  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Rating: NR

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    Special Features

    • Original Theatrical Trailers
    • Closed Captioned


    The Gorgon
    A small German town falls prey to an unseen monster that turns its victims into lifeless statues in this mid-'60s outing from Hammer Studios. When the girlfriend of bohemian artist Bruno Heitz (Jeremy Longhurst) becomes the latest townsperson to turn up dead, her corpse transformed to stone, Bruno hangs himself, leaving the town to assume his guilt. But when his father, Prof. Heitz (Michael Goodliffe), comes to investigate, he too encounters the Gorgon and turns to stone. Just before dying, the professor dashes off instructions to his other son, Paul (Richard Pasco), about how to exonerate Bruno. Suspicion falls on Dr. Namaroff (Peter Cushing), proprietor of the local madhouse, although one of his patients (Joyce Hemson) seems just as likely a culprit. Then along comes Prof. Carl Maister (Christopher Lee), a folklore expert from the University of Leipzig, who claims that the murderer is actually a human possessed by the spirit of Magaera, one of Medusa's snake-haired sisters from Greek mythology. Together, Paul and Dr. Namaroff attempt to root out the incognito Gorgon while Paul courts lovely amnesiac Carla Hoffman (Barbara Shelley). Directed by Hammer veteran Terence Fisher, The Gorgon is one of several films to feature British horror mainstays Lee and Cushing side by side. In the States, the film appeared with The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb on a double bill promoted by the distribution of a unique giveaway item: black stamps. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    The Curse of the Mummy
    This tale, based on a story by Bram Stoker, chronicles the tragedies that befall an odd archaeologist who disregards an ancient curse when tries to revive an old Egyptian queen. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    Scream of Fear
    The British writer/director team of Jimmy Sangster and Seth Holt was never satisfied unless it scared the bejeepers out of its audience. Scream of Fear stars Susan Strasberg as the crippled daughter of Ann Todd, whom she meets for the first time during a vacation on the Riviera. There's something unsettling about Strasberg's surroundings and her mother's behavior. But when Strasberg insists that she's seen the dead body of her father, it is she who is considered off the beam, while everyone else is treated as normal. Perhaps the authorities are right; perhaps Strasberg is merely neurotic and overwrought. And perhaps there's more than one plot twist ahead of us as we draw nearer and nearer the truth. Scream of Fear was originally released in Great Britain as Taste of Fear. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
    This is the film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in which Hyde is the handsome, clean-shaven one. Though top-billed Christopher Lee, portraying a caddish playboy, was the beneficiary of all the ad publicity, it is Paul Massie who plays Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The "horror" in the film is mostly sociological, with Jekyll learning first hand of the corruption lurking beneath the respectable facade of the Victorian Era. His metamorphosis into Hyde is meant as an allegory to the evils of drug addiction, another "don't ask--don't tell" element of 19th century London. In still another departure from the Stevenson original, Jekyll becomes Hyde not because he can't control his alter ego, but because he wants to exact revenge on Christopher Lee, who has been siphoning off Jekyll's savings to finance his own gambling and womanizing. In contrast to Stevenson's story, Jekyll/Hyde does not die--though the strain of being Hyde has permanently scarred Jekyll's psyche. Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll was originally released in Britain as House of Fright. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Peter Cushing
      Peter Cushing - Dr. Namaroff
    • Christopher Lee
      Christopher Lee - Prof. Carl Maister
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      Richard Pasco - Paul Heitz
    • Barbara Shelley
      Barbara Shelley - Carla Hoffman
    • Michael Goodliffe
      Michael Goodliffe - Prof. Heitz

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hits the nail, but on the head?


      I would have given this 5 stars were it not for the packaging. These movies are all excellent entries in the Hammer fan's library. If you're looking at this review, you're probably familiar with enough of Hammer's work to warrant purchasing this, especially for the price. I won't go into detail about the movies themselves as you can easily find that elsewhere. But believe me, they're all good ! The DVD quality is quite nice. Picture is crisp and audio is clear. Extras are limited to just trailers. For those of you who have been following the Icons of Horror collections for the past few years, you may be disappointed by the packaging, especially if you're as finicky as me. Both the two earlier entires in the Icons collection (Boris Karloff and Sam Katzman) came in cardboard outer sleeves with two slim line keep cases. This new set, breaks the continuity by being presented in one basic regular sized keep case with no cardboard outer sleeve. No big deal I suppose, unless you like your sets to match nicely when displayed together. Also, perhaps like me, you were able to vote for the cover artwork? I was glad my choice was the winner, however, the colors in the cover look quite cheap and even the paper stock feels cheap. Makes me wonder why they had that vote in the first place? To gauge interest in sales perhaps? In a year of rather lackluster horror offerings this is a true gem.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      ***Class Hammer***


      I have been a big fan of Hammer Horror Films growing up-especially the ones with Christopher Lee as Dracula. No one makes horror films like the British or Hammer! I have always been a big fan of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing especially with their Dracula films. I bought this DVD because I wanted the movie "The Gorgon" and was unable to find it as a single. I had never seen the 3 other fims on the DVD but was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the very well acted stories-especially-The Curse of the Mummy. I even reconized the classic Hammer background music from another Hammer "Mummy" movie that starred Christopher Lee as the Mummy. Everything is first class even down to the music. My only regret is that Hammer no longer makes films and you just can't get any better than Christpher Lee or Peter Cushing for Hammer Horror. Barbara Shelley is also another very talented actress from Hammer and I also seeing Patrick Troughton and Michael Ripper who also appear in many,many Hammer Films.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      I was hoping to find some of the movies on this DVD in Blu-Ray format, but their just not available. However I found the picture and sound quality of the movies to be fantastic. I have no complaints whatsoever with this DVD. Plus your getting four classic Hammer films for one low price. I recommend this DVD, and if your a Hammer Films collector you will want to add this to your collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      four great classic horror movies in one box!


      they dont make horror movies like this

      I would recommend this to a friend

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