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Horror Channel Revives Hammer Double-Bills For Saturday Nights
By James Whittington, Wednesday 15th January 2014

Dracula Prince Of DarknessVampire vixens, creepy castles, mouldy mummies, satanic sadists and Lee and Cushing on top show. Yes, its Hammer heaven as the UK’s number one TV destination for all things Horror presents a Hammer Double-Feature Season, which broadcasts from Saturday February 1st till February 22nd from 9.00pm.

Here's the full line-up:

February 1st – Dracula: Prince Of Darkness/Scars Of Dracula
Dracula: Prince Of Darkness is the sequel to the 1958 Dracula and sees the supposedly dead Count back in bloody business once his trusty servant Klove entices the English Charles (Francis Matthews), brother Alan (Charles Tingwell), and their wives, Diana (Suzan Farmer) and Helen (Barbara Shelley), inside his welcoming castle. Directed by Terence Fisher, this is seen as the “quintessential Hammer horror". Directed by Roy Ward Baker, Scars Of Dracula is the popular sequel to Taste the Blood of Dracula stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, who spreads his evil from his mountaintop castle. When libertine Paul Carlson disappears one night, his brother Simon and girlfriend trace him to the area, discovering a terrified populace. They make their way towards the sinister castle and its undead host. Also stars Dennis Waterman.

February 8th – Frankenstein Created Woman/ Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
Frankenstein Created Woman directed by Terence Fisher stars Peter Cushing as Baron Frankenstein, who discovers a way of trapping the soul of a dead person. Frankenstein believes he can transfer the soul into a recently deceased female (Susan Denberg) to restore her to life. This is one of the most critically acclaimed Hammer films and Martin Scorsese cites this as one of his favourite films. Then in Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell an aged Baron Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is housed at an insane asylum where he has been made a surgeon, where, under the alias of Dr. Carl Victor, uses his position to continue his experiments in the creation of man. Filmed at Elstree Studios in 1972 but not released until 1974, it was the final chapter in the Hammer Frankenstein saga of films as well as director Terence Fisher's last film.

February 15th – The Mummy’s Shroud/ Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb
Directed by John Gilling, The Mummy’s Shroud stars André Morell and David Buck as explorers who uncover the tomb of an ancient Egyptian mummy. (played by stuntman Eddie Powell, Christopher Lee’s regular stunt double), brought back to life to wreak revenge on his enemies. It was the third of Hammer's four Mummy films, and the last to feature a bandaged mummy. It was the final Hammer production to be made at Bray Studios. Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb was the swan song for director Seth Holt, who died before filming finished. An expedition, led by Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir), find the tomb of an evil Egyptian princess. Her preserved, still-bleeding severed hand sports a dazzling ruby ring. Several years later, Fuchs gives the ring to his daughter Margaret (Valerie Leon), who slowly begins to take on the malevolent traits of its original wearer.

February 22nd – The Devil Rides Out/ To The Devil A Daughter
The powers of good are pitted against the forces of evil in The Devil Rides Out a gripping tale of Satanism, based on the best-selling 1934 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. Written by Richard Matheson and directed by Terence Fisher, the film stars Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Niké Arrighi, Leon Greene and Patrick Mower. Christopher Lee has often said that of all his vast back catalogue of films this is his favourite. Directed by Peter Sykes, To The Devil A Daughter was the second of Wheatley's "black magic" novels to be filmed by Hammer and stars Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Nastassja Kinski and Denholm Elliott.


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