Let me take you back a bit to when I was a wee lad sitting in my parents basement on a Saturday afternoon. That was my TV time: Saturday morning cartoon after cartoon was just a build up to what I really wanted to see: a horror movie show then known as “Chiller Theater.” It can be argued that this is what made me the movie fan I am today and horror flicks were my gateway drug.
As much of the horror fan as I was then, nothing in my mind compared to Hammer Films. To me they were the benchmark. Quality sets, lurid color, English accents… all aspects and more helped to amp the creep factor to eleven. I was so enamored with these movies, I knew who Peter Cushing was before he played the Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars. For a lot of my friends during that time in the late 70s, their hero was Johnny Bench. For me it was Christopher Lee.
It is with this heartfelt introduction I am pleased to present our episode on SELECTED HAMMER HORROR. We only discuss four films but they’re all pretty darn good: FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, SCREAM OF FEAR, CAPTAIN KRONOS – VAMPIRE HUNTER and QUATERMASS AND THE PIT. We had a great time shooting this in my apartment in Brooklyn. Not only did I get to drink a Manhattan left over from our CLASSIC NOIR show, I almost burnt my apartment down from the lit candles set up all over the place. That’s the kind of commitment you can expect from The CineFiles. And we accept your gratitude.