Latest News On Restored Hammer Titles
By James Whittington
Saturday 12th May 2012
Following on from last weeks release of Dracula, Prince of Darkness on double play, the next two Hammer titles in the restoration series will be The Reptile and The Plague Of Zombies. Both will be released on Double Play on June 18th.
Companion films, shot back-to-back under the direction of John Gilling, both have undergone extensive restorations in conjunction with Hammer and Pinewood studios and had new extras especially created working alongside Hammer expert Marcus Hearn. Every effort and care has been made with the legion of Hammer fans in mind when creating these releases, to give them the special packages they've been waiting for.
The Reptile - A deadly epidemic is spreading through the remote Cornish village of Glagmoor Heath. As darkness falls its victims are found foaming at the mouth with savage wounds upon their necks. After his brother becomes another fatality, Harry Spalding travels to Clagmoor to investigate his sibling's mysterious death. With little help from the superstitious locals, Harry follows a trail of macabre intrigue that leads him to the sinister Dr Franklyn, his strange but beautiful daughter and a truly horrific family secret. Released in 1966, The Reptile is Hammer Horror at its most nightmarish and bizarre. Extras: World of Hammer episode "Wicked Women", Brand new featurette "The Serpents Tale", Restoration comparison, Restored trailer.
The Plague Of Zombies - Within a remote eighteenth century Cornish village, an evil presence lurks within the darkness of the witching hour, a mysterious plague relentlessly taking lives at an unstoppable rate. Unable to find the cause, Dr Peter Thompson enlists the help of Professor James Forbes. Desperate to find an antidote what they find instead are empty coffins with the diseased corpses missing. Following a series of strange and frightening clues, Thompson and Forbes are lead to a deserted mine where they discover a world of black magic and a doomed legion of flesh eating slaves, the walking dead. Extras: World of Hammer episode "Mummies, Werewolves And The Living Dead", Brand new featurette 'Raising The Dead', Restoration comparison, Restored trailer.