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By James Whittington, Monday 21st March 2016
Hammer film fans are in for a treat… Horror Channel is to screen an Easter Hammer-thon with back-to-back Hammer classics.
Some of Hammer’s most popular films, including The Revenge Of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out and The Brides Of Dracula will be broadcast across the weekend from 3pm till 10pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March.
Plus, Horror Channel will be presenting Hammer Thursdays from Thursday 7th April for six weeks. This will be a Hammer movie at 9pm followed by a double-bill of Hammer House Of Horror at 10.50pm. First movie up is Countess Dracula.
Full details in transmission order:
Saturday 26th March
3.00pm – The Curse Of The Werewolf
In Oliver Reed’s first film role, he excels as Leon Corledo, a young man raised in the home of Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans), his kind and loving adopted father. When he leaves to find work, Leon discovers that he has increasingly violent urges. Although these tendencies are calmed by Leon's love for the beautiful Christina (Catherine Feller), he ultimately cannot contain his curse and transforms into a werewolf, terrorising the Spanish countryside.
4.50pm – The Brides Of Dracula
Director Terence Fisher followed the excellent Horror of Dracula with this richly-coloured sequel. Though imprisoned in the family estate by his mother, Baron Meinster (David Peel) is released from his silver chains by an unsuspecting French teacher (Yvonne Monlaur), through which he gains access to a number of young women at a girls' school. Fortunately, master vampire killer Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is on the case.
6.35pm - The Plague Of Zombies
A spooky, atmospheric outing from Hammer Films, who diverged into the world of zombies, two years before Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead. The plot, centres on a mad Cornish squire, who solves a labour crisis in his tin mines by turning local villagers into voodoo-controlled zombies. Dr. Thompson (Brook Williams) and his daughter Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) soon discover the unpleasant nocturnal habits of the shambling undead slaves…
Sunday 27th March
3.00pm - The Revenge Of Frankenstein
The second in the Hammer Frankenstein series and considered Terence Fisher’s best.
He may be calling himself "Dr. Stein," but general practitioner (Peter Cushing) in the village of Carlsbruck is none other than our old friend, Victor Frankenstein. No one seems unduly concerned when the patients in a charity clinic begin losing their arms and legs during Dr. Stein's emergency operations -- no one except his young rival, Dr. Kleve (Kerwin Mathews).
4.50pm - The Evil Of Frankenstein
Directed by Freddy Francis, this is the third in the Hammer Frankenstein series, Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) returns destitute to his home village to recommence his experimental research into the reanimation of dead tissue, and stumbles upon his old monster suspended in ice. Though he revives the creature, Frankenstein must seek the help of hypnotist Zoltan (Peter Woodthorpe) to repair its mind. Zoltan then assumes control of the monster, using him to wreak havoc.
6.35pm - The Devil Rides Out
The Devil Rides Out is a satanic shocker in which Christopher Lee stars alongside Charles Gray as two men who discover their recently deceased friend's son is involved in the occult, and must battle the evil forces of darkness to save him. Made in 1968, it brings the classic Dennis Wheatley novel vividly to life with a strong cast led impeccably by Lee.
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