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Hands of the Ripper released October 17, 1971

 

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

 

Hands of the Ripper is a 1971 British horror film directed by Peter Sasdy for Hammer Film Productions.

It is set in London in Victorian times, and stars Angharad Rees as Anna, a vulnerable young woman who is exploited by her guardian (Dora Bryan), a medium, and haunted by the subconscious memory of her mother’s murder by her father – Jack the Ripper. She is taken in by a Freudian psychiatrist (Eric Porter), who is determined to find out the cause of her by-now-murderous impulses.

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The film also stars Jane Merrow, Keith Bell and Derek Godfrey. It was filmed at Pinewood Studios, with some location work at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

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Trivia:

  • Lynda Baron’s character is named after one of Jack the Ripper’s real-life victims, Elizabeth Stride, whose nickname was “Long Liz”.
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  • For the climactic scenes in St Paul’s Cathedral – permission was requested and turned down to film on location. A replica was built instead.
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Angharad Rees

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Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

 

 

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde is a 1971 UK film based on the short story Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The film was made by British studio Hammer Film Productions and was their second adaptation of the story after their 1960 film The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll.

Cast:

Ralph Bates as Dr. Jekyll

Martine Beswick as Sister Hyde

Gerald Sim as Professor Robertson   

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Tagline: The sexual transformation of a man into a woman will actually take place before your very eyes!

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Trivia:

  • Husband and wife Ralph Bates and Virginia Wetherell first met as they prepared to shoot the scene in which Bates as Dr. Jekyll kills the prostitute played by Wetherell.
  • Caroline Munro was offered the part of Sister Hyde but refused because it required some nudity.
  • The BBFC requested cuts to remove the inter-cutting of a murder and a rabbit gutting, and to edit a bedroom murder and the stabbing of Professor Robertson. The bedroom murder was shortened though Hammer re-edited the stabbing of the doctor to comprise flash shots of earlier killings. Despite initial BBFC objections the film was then passed, and all later releases feature this same edited print.
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Martine Beswick

Martine Beswick

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Twins of Evil released October 3, 1971

 

 

 

Twins of Evil (1971)

Mary and Madeleine Collinson in Twins of Evil (1971)

 

 

Twins of Evil is a 1972 horror film by Hammer Film Productions starring Peter Cushing. It is the third film of The Karnstein Trilogy, based on the vampire tale Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. The film has the least resemblance to the novel and adds a witchfinding theme to the vampire story. It is sometimes seen as a prequel to The Vampire Lovers, the first film in the Karnstein Trilogy, as the set design and costumes give the film an 18th Century look and feel. Much of the interest of the film revolves around the contrasting evil and good natures of two beautiful sisters, Frieda and Maria Gellhorn (played by twin Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson). Unlike the previous two entries in the series, this film contains only a brief vampire lesbian element.

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Trivia:

  • Harvey Hall is the only actor to appear in all three films of the Karnstein trilogy, although in different roles in each one. Peter Cushing also played one of the leads in the first, The Vampire Lovers, and also Luan Peters, who plays a small role in this film, also appeared in the second film Lust for a Vampire.
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  • Both the Collinson Twins were dubbed
  • Ingrid Pitt was offered the cameo role played by Katya Wyeth.
  • Used the same sets as Vampire Circus (1972)
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  • According to Damien Thomas Dennis Price was Ill and in a great pain while filming his brief cameo.
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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires was a 1974 horror film produced by Hammer Studios and Shaw Brothers Studio.  Starring Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege, and John Forbes-Robertson.

Both Roy Ward Baker, a British director who had helmed several previous Hammer films, and Chang Cheh, a veteran Hong Kong action director, worked on the movie, though only Baker is credited.

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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires was a co-production with Hong Kong’s Shaw Studio, made in the hope of garnering some of the kung fu movie market share.

The movie was released with various titles in different locations, including The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula and Dracula and the Seven Golden Vampires. It is a clear precursor of the ghost kung fu comedy genre initiated by Sammo Hung some ten years later (Encounters of the Spooky Kind, Mr. Vampire).

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The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula version trims twenty minutes of the film’s footage and soundtrack and loops several remaining scenes to fill the running time. The Anchor Bay DVD release features both the Seven Brothers Meet Dracula version and the original uncut Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires version.

Trivia:

  • Although Christopher Lee was offered the role of Dracula, he declined after reading the script.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: During the big fight scene at the village (at 1hr 12mns) when Van Helsing shoves a zombie into the fire pit.

    Julie Ege

    Julie Ege

 

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The Vampire Lovers released October 4, 1970

 

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The Vampire Lovers is a 1970 British Hammer Horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Peter Cushing, Polish actress Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith and Kate O’Mara. It is based on the J. Sheridan Le Fanu novella Carmilla and is part of the so-called Karnstein Trilogy of films. Other films in the trilogy are Lust for a Vampire (1971) and Twins of Evil (1972). The three films were somewhat daring for the time in explicitly depicting lesbian themes. In the early 1980s a punk group in tribute Vampire Lovers (Australian band) named themselves after the movie.

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Tagline: Beautiful temptress …… or Bloodthirsty monster?

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In The Vampire Lovers (based on J. Sheridan LeFanu’s “Carmilla”), Ingrid Pitt’s sensuous bloodsucker seduces Hammer starlets Madeleine Smith and Kate O’Mara and incurs the vengeful wrath of Peter Cushing.  The Vampire Lovers aims for comic-book thrills with plenty of nudity and violence (much of which was trimmed from the American version, but reinstated in the DVD).

Before production the script of The Vampire Lovers was sent to the chief censor John Trevelyan who warned the studio about depictions of lesbianism, pointing out that a previous lesbian film The Killing of Sister George had had five minutes excised by his office. In

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response Hammer replied that the lesbianism was not of their doing but was present in the original story by Le Fanu. Trevelyan backed down (Sinclair McKay 2007: 118). Production of The Vampire Lovers began at Elstree Studios on 19 January 1970 and used locations in the grounds of Moor Park Mansion, Hertfordshire (standing in for Styria, central Europe). It was the final Hammer film to be financed with American money — most of the later films were backed by Rank or EMI.

Kate O'Mara

Kate O'Mara

Trivia:

  • Peter Cushing was cast at a late stage.
  • The role of the Man in Black was offered to Christopher Lee but he declined the role and John Forbes-Robertson was cast instead. Forbes-Robertson would also later replace Lee in Hammer’s The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974).
  • Jon Finch’s first film role.
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