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More Hammer Double-Bills In March
By James Whittington, Friday 14th February 2014

Dr Jekyll and Sister HydeHorror Channel’s Hammer Double-Feature Season continues throughout March bringing you more classic shockers from the studio that dripped blood running from Saturday 1st till 29th at 9.00pm.

Here's the full line-up:

March 1st - The Plague Of The Zombies/Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter
Directed by John Gilling, The Plague Of The Zombies was Hammer’s sole foray into the Zombie genre and 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, and Sir James Forbes (André Morell) arrives to investigate. Considered one of the last great Hammer films, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter is a swash-buckling vampire yarn, featuring a master swordsman and his hunchbacked assistant who hunt vampires and has become a cult classic. Written and directed by Brian Clemens, it stars Horst Janson in the title role, along with John Carson, Shane Briant and Caroline Munro.

March 8th - The Reptile/Quatermass And The Pit
The Reptile was directed by John Gillingand tella the story of the hostile Dr. Franklin (Noel Willman), who hides in a mansion in Cornwall with his frightened daughter Anna (Jacqueline Pearce). Unknown to his neighbours, Franklin had been investigating a secret tribe of snake-people on his last trip to Borneo, and they reacted to his intrusion by making Anna one of them. As a result, she turns into a hideous cobra-woman every winter. Based on the BBC serial of the same name, and directed by Roy Ward Baker, Quatermass And The Pit is classic science-fiction horror that stars Andrew Keir as Professor Bernard Quatermass, who discovers an ancient Martian spacecraft in the London Underground. The spacecraft has an intelligence of its own and once uncovered begins to exert a malign influence on the human psyche. Mayhem breaks out on the streets of London as the alien force grows in strength

March 15th – The Witches/Demons Of The Mind
A schoolteacher, Gwen Mayfield, (Joan Fontaine) has a nervous breakdown in Hammer’s The Witches after being exposed to witchcraft while teaching as a missionary in Africa. In an effort to recover, she becomes head teacher of a small private school in a rural English village. But Gwen soon detects a sinister undercurrent beneath the pleasantries of village life and discovers an active voodoo cult preying on a 14 year-old girl. There's terror of a very different kind in Hammer's Demons Of The Mind. Baron Zorn (Robert Hardy) keeps his two incestuous grown-up children locked up and separated, afraid that they will go mad – a fate that beset his deceased wife. He invites a doctor of dubious reputation (Patrick Magee) to supervise his son and daughter’s mental health. Meanwhile, in the vicinity of the house, grisly murders are happening...

March 22nd - Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde/Lust For A Vampire
Martine Beswick brings a chilling conviction to her role in Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde. Directed by Roy Ward Baker and co-starring Ralph Bates, the film is seen as Hammer’s most successful attempt to combine gore and eroticism, taking advantage of the newly allowed freedom by censors. Beswick was a favourite of the film director Terence Young who cast her in two Bond films. A remake of the film is reportedly under consideration. Yutte Stensgaard only appeared in one Hammer film but made quite an impression in Lust For A Vampire as the predatory Mircalla who, as a member of the Karnstein Vampire Dynasty, bites her way through the pupils of a ladies finishing school. Directed by Jimmy Sangier and also starring Ralph Bates, Barbara Jefford and Suzanne Leigh, the film has developed a huge cult following around the world.

March 29th – The Horror Of Frankenstein/Rasputin: The Mad Monk
Academically gifted but arrogant and amoral, Victor Frankenstein (Ralph Bates) will stop at nothing, not even patricide, to achieve his goal of recreating human life. He builds a man monster (played by David Browse) made up of a collection of spare body parts but when his handiwork turns out to have homicidal tendencies, he is happy to use this to his own ends rather than realise he has gone too far. The Horror Of Frankenstein is not to be missed. Thrown out of his monastery for licentious and drunken behaviour, Rasputin (played by Christopher Lee),travels to St Petersburg to try his luck. Through a dalliance with one of the czarina's ladies in waiting he soon gains influence at court with his powers of healing and of hypnotism. But he also makes enemies who wish to see him dead. Directed by Don Sharp, Rasputin: The Mad Monk is only loosely based on historical fact.


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