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Quad Cinema NY to Host ‘Hammer’s House of Horror Part 1’ This June.

Hammer’s House of Horror Part I: The Classic Years 1956–1967
May 30 – June 19

It’s a chilling season at the Quad! Brace yourself for mummies, vampires, werewolves, and more with our extensive two-part retrospective celebrating Britain’s genre studio powerhouse, Hammer Films. With 32 titles in the first installment (22 on 35mm), including Frankenstein Created Woman, The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and The Quatermass Experiment. Look forward to Part II (1967-76) this July, with highlights including: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde, and The Vampire Lovers.

Throughout film history, many countries have had their own point-of-pride movie studios; Britain can claim several, whether as backlots or sites of creative capital. In Hammer Films, a genre-oriented counterpart to Ealing Films, the UK could boast of one with all that and more; Hammer’s output in the second half of the 20th century sent aesthetic and sensory frissons throughout the nation while influencing pop culture and world cinema. Although synonymous with horror, the Hammer library was stocked from the beginning with films of all kinds. Founded in November 1934 as Hammer Film Productions and based in London, the studio came out of the gate with dramas and then specialized in “B” pictures and homegrown tales, pausing only for WWII. A turning point came in the mid-1950s with a move into genre fare with an accent on the Gothic, and this first crop of titles in the Quad’s extensive two-part Hammer retrospective demonstrates that—as Universal Pictures had found in the 1930s—famous monsters were a good (and generally inexpensive) way to expand your industry footprint. Hammer finally made its first color movie in 1954; a good thing, too, since what would the next quarter-century of movies have been like without all that scarlet sanguinary screen imagery?

“If we saw the logo of Hammer Films, we knew it was a very special picture. We knew it was a certain kind of film. A surprising experience, usually—and shocking.” — Martin Scorsese

The Abominable Snowman – Val Guest, 1957, UK, 91m, 35mm
The Brides of Dracula – Terence Fisher, 1960, UK, 85m, 35mm
The Camp on Blood Island – Val Guest, 1958, UK, 82m, 35mm
Cash on Demand – Quentin Lawrence, 1961, UK, 89m, 35mm
The Curse of Frankenstein – Terence Fisher, 1957, UK, 83m, 35mm
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb – Michael Carreras, 1964, UK, 81m, 35mm
The Curse of the Werewolf – Terence Fisher, 1961, UK, 93m, DCP
The Damned (aka These Are the Damned) – Joseph Losey, 1962, UK, 96m, DCP
The Devil Rides Out (aka The Devil’s Bride) – Terence Fisher, 1968, UK, 95m, 16mm
Dracula: Prince of Darkness – Terence Fisher, 1966, UK, 90m, 35mm
The Evil of Frankenstein – Freddie Francis, 1964, UK, 84m, 16mm
Fanatic (aka Die! Die! My Darling) – Silvio Narizzano, 1965, UK, 97m, 35mm
Frankenstein Created Woman – Terence Fisher, 1967, UK, 92m, 35mm
The Gorgon -Terence Fisher, 1964, UK, 83m, DCP
Horror of Dracula – Terence Fisher, 1958, UK, 82m, 35mm
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Terence Fisher, 1959, UK, 87m, 16mm
Hysteria – Freddie Francis, 1965, UK, 85m, 16mm
The Mummy – Terence Fisher, 1959, UK, 88m, 35mm
The Nanny – Ian Holt, 1965, UK, 93m, 16mm
Never Take Sweets from a Stranger – Cyril Frankel, 1960, UK, 91m, 35mm
One Million Years B.C. – Don Chaffey, 1966, UK, 100m, DCP
The Phantom of the Opera – Terence Fisher, 1962, UK, 84m, 35mm
The Pirates of Blood River – John Gilling, 1962, UK, 87m, 35mm
Quatermass and the Pit (aka Five Million Years to Earth) – Roy Ward Baker, 1967, UK, 98m, 35mm
The Quatermass Experiment – Val Guest, 1955, UK, 82m, 35mm
Rasputin: The Mad Monk – Don Sharp, 1966, UK, 92m, 35mm
The Revenge of Frankenstein – Terence Fisher, 1958, UK, 91m, 35mm
The Stranglers of Bombay – Terence Fisher, 1959, UK, 80m, 35mm
Ten Seconds to Hell – Robert Aldrich, 1959, UK/US/West Germany, 93m, 35mm
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll – Terence Fisher, 1960, UK, 88m, 35mm
X—The Unknown – Leslie Norman, 1956, UK, 81m, 16mm
Yesterday’s Enemy – Val Guest, 1959, UK, 95m, 35mm

Written by MGDSQUAN

(Senior Editor) MGDSQUAN