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Shopping: The Vampire Lovers...

1970 UK horror film by Roy Ward Baker, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray

Link Here9th January 2022
Vampire Lovers is a 1970 UK horror film by Roy Ward Baker.
With Ingrid Pitt, George Cole and Kate O'Mara. YouTube iconMelon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for the UK cinema release. Cuts gradually restored until fully uncut by 2008. Also originally cut in the US for nudity that was not allowed in an R rated film, but again cuts were later mostly restored, albeit with a debate about missing a shot.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Summary Notes

The Countess is called away to tend a sick friend and imposes on the General to accept her daughter Marcilla as a houseguest. Some of the villagers begin dying, however, and the General's daughter Laura soon gets weak and pale, but Marcilla is there to comfort her. The villagers begin whispering about vampires as Marcilla finds another family on which to impose herself. The pattern repeats as Emma gets ill, but the General cannot rest, and seeks the advice of Baron Hartog, who once dealt a decisive blow against a family of vampires. Well, almost.



Shopping: The Evil of Frankenstein...

1964 UK horror by Freddie Francis, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray

Link Here2nd January 2022

The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
Starring Peter Cushing and Peter Woodthorpe and Duncan Lamont. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The BBFC cut the X rated 1964 cinema release but waived the cuts for 12 rated 2007 DVD. There also exists a cut but extended US TV version.

Summary Notes

Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. Fortuitously finding the creature he was previously working on, he brings it back to a semblance of life but requires the services of a mesmerist, Zoltan, to successfully animate it. The greedy and vengeful Zoltan secretly sends the monster into town to steal gold and 'punish' the burgomaster and the chief of police, which acts lead to a violent confrontation between the baron and the townspeople.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and violence:
  • 2021 Final Cut Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th December 2021

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Once hounded from his castle for creating a monstrous living creature, Baron Frankenstein returns to his ancestral home in Karlstaad, determined to continue his experiments into the creation of life. High in the mountains, Frankenstein and his faithful assistant, Hans, stumble on the body of the creature, perfectly preserved in ice. He is brought back to life, but Frankenstein is forced to employ a hypnotist, Zoltan, to complete the process. Unbeknown to Frankenstein, Zoltan now controls the creature and has plans to use him to rob and pillage the local villages. Can Frankenstein break Zoltan's hypnotic spell, or will Zoltan induce the creature.





Shopping: The Damned...

1963 UK Hammer Sci-Fi by Joseph Losey, once cut in the UK and US, just released on UK Blu-ray

Link Here21st July 2021

The Damned is a 1963 UK Sci-Fi horror drama by Joseph Losey.
Starring Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field and Viveca Lindfors. IMDb

Cut prior to 1963 X rated cinema release over child concerns. It was further cut for US theatrical release. The cuts were restored in 2010 for 12 rated DVD and MPAA Unrated home video release in the US.
UK: The Director's Cut/Restored Version was previously passed 12 uncut for moderate violence for:
  • 2021 Powerhouse Special Edition R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 19th July 2021

Promotional Material

Having been exiled from Hollywood in the 1950s, American filmmaker Joseph Losey settled in Britain, where he made a series of remarkable and highly individual works.

A film about the horrors of the nuclear age, and the irresponsible science which spawned it, The Damned is one of Losey's - and Hammer's - most idiosyncratic films, and one which has grown in reputation through the years.


* 2K restoration
* Original mono audio
* Alternative presentations of the complete 96-minute version, playable as either The Damned or These Are the Damned
* Audio commentary with film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
* On the Brink: Inside 'The Damned' (2019, 27 mins): documentary, featuring Alan Barnes, Kevin Lyons, Nick Riddle and Jonathan Rigby, exploring aspects of the film production
* Hammer's Women: Viveca Lindfors (2019, 15 mins): profile of the renowned actor by film historian Lindsay Hallam
* Looking in the Right Place (2019, 10 mins): actor Shirley Anne Field recalls working with Oliver Reed and Joseph Losey
* Children of 'The Damned' (2019, 24 mins): former child actors David Palmer, Kit Williams and Christopher Witty discuss their experiences making The Damned
* Something Out of Nothing (2019, 7 mins): screenwriter Evan Jones reflects on this first feature-film credit
* Smoke Screen (2019, 12 mins): interview with camera operator Anthony Heller
* Beneath the Surface (2019, 26 mins): interview with filmmaker Gavrik Losey, son of director Joseph Losey
* Beyond Black Leather (2019, 15 mins): academic I Q Hunter discusses The Damned
* No Future (2019, 26 mins): appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard
* The Lonely Shore (2019, 21 mins): appreciation of James Bernard's score by David Huckvale, author of James Bernard, Composer to Count Dracula: A Critical Biography
* Isolated music & effects track
* Original US theatrical trailer
* Joe Dante trailer commentary (2013, 4 mins): short critical appreciation
* Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
* New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.



Shopping: Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows...

4 film set of Hammer Films, several once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray

Link Here30th June 2021

Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows is a 4 film set of Hammer Films

UK: Passed with an aggregate 12 rating:
  • 2021 Powerhouse Films Hammer Volume 6 (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 28th June 2021

The Shadow of the Cat is a 1961 UK horror mystery thriller by John Gilling.
With Conrad Phillips, Barbara Shelley and André Morell. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Passed X after BBFC cuts for the 1961 cinema release. Unreleased until cuts were waived for the 12 rated DVD in 2014.

Captain Clegg is a 1962 UK horror mystery adventure by Peter Graham Scott.
Starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain and Patrick Allen. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Uncut in the UK and US. Home videos are noted as running around 80m but the BBFC noted an unlikely running time of 105 minutes for 1962 cinema release

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1962 UK horror music mystery by Terence Fisher.
Starring Herbert Lom, Heather Sears and Edward de Souza. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut for an 'A' rating on cinema release, but has been uncut for all PG rated DVD and Blu-ray releases. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. (Thanks to Tim for an update).
Nightmare is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Freddie Francis.
With David Knight, Moira Redmond and Jennie Linden. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for its 1964 cinema release. The consensus is that US and European DVD releases are uncut

Promotional Material

Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows revives four consummate Hammer classics from the early sixties, exemplifying some of Hammer Films' best work in the horror and thriller genres. Edgar Allan Poe looms large in The Shadow of the Cat, a macabre 'old dark house' tale of feline revenge, starring André Morell (Cash on Demand) and Barbara Shelley (The Camp on Blood Island); Peter Cushing (The Gorgon, Corruption) and Oliver Reed (The Scarlet Blade) star in Captain Clegg, which sees Hammer fuse horror and adventure in an eighteenth-century-set tale of smugglers and marsh phantoms; Herbert Lom (Mysterious Island) stars as The Phantom of the Opera in Hammer's acclaimed production of Gaston Leroux's Gothic classic, whilst Freddie Francis (Torture Garden) directs Nightmare, a spooky psychological thriller in the Les Diaboliques vein, which benefits from full-blooded central performances by Moira Redmond (Jigsaw) and Jennie Linden (A Severed Head).

This collection contains a wealth of new and archival extra features, including documentaries and appreciations, interviews with actors and crew members, audio commentaries, and extensive booklets. Strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

The Shadow of the Cat (John Gilling, 1961). A house cat sees her mistress murdered by two servants under orders from her husband , and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.

Captain Clegg (Peter Graham Scott, 1962). When a captain arrives on an English coastal town to investigate reports of smuggling, he ends up with much more to deal with, including marsh phantoms and a suspicious vicar.

The Phantom of the Opera (Terence Fisher, 1962). Composer Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) and his backer, Harry Hunter (Edward De Souza), struggle to find a replacement for the female lead in their new opera after she quits in the wake of a gruesome murder. When a new prospect, the nubile Christine Charles (Heather Sears), disappears, Harry cautiously investigates. Meanwhile, a mysterious masked man (Herbert Lom) who is eerily familiar with the opera holds Christine captive and offers to groom her to play the part.

Nightmare (Freddie Francis, 1964). Janet is a young student at a private school. Her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in a psychiatric hospital, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.


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