England’s Hammer Film Productions was the premier stylist of 1950s-70s horror films in ravishing Technicolor.
Explore and discuss the legends, screenplays and top British casts in four delicious thrillers, three of which are rarely seen anywhere.
- Session 1: Horror of Dracula
Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, masters of the macabre, are Dr. Van Helsing and Count Dracula in Terence Fisher’s gorgeous big-budget 1957 terror classic with Melissa Stribling.
- Session 2: The Evil of Frankenstein
Cushing returns as Baron von Frankenstein who revives the creature preserved in ice, in Freddie Francis’ elegant 1964 production. With Katy Wild as the mute deaf girl.
- Session 3: Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
In Victorian London, scientist Ralph Bates injects himself with female hormones and turns into Hammer scream queen Martine Beswick, in Roy Ward Baker’s wicked lost 1971 thriller.
- Session 4: The Phantom of the Opera
Herbert Lom stars in the third remake (1962) of Gaston Leroux’s classic as the madman composer living in the opera house cellar. Terence Fisher directs, with Michael Gough and Heather Sears.
Kurt Brokaw is an associate teaching professor at The New School, senior film critic of The Independent and author of A Night In Transylvania: The Dracula Scrapbook.
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