Quad Cinema NY Presents “Hammer’s House Of Horror Part II:The Decadent Years [1967–1976]”

Hammer’s House of Horror Part II:The Decadent Years (1967–1976) July 20 – August 2 The Quad bares it all with Part II of their extensive Hammer Films retrospective featuring 25 titles from the studio’s libidinous and gloriously gory go-go years. With 20 films on 35mm plus four U.S. premieres of new digital restorations. Highlights include Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde, Lust for a Vampire, Dracula A.D. 1972, Hands of the Ripper, and more!

Part two of their Hammer retrospective finds the studio reaching its zenith, by the late 1960s, modern cinema had caught up with its lurid envelope-pushing blood and guts, and so Hammer took advantage of loosening censorship to forge ahead into the realm of “erotic horror”; the sexual undertow that had hitherto been glimpsed in its films was now literally bared, titillating anew the generation that came of age during the Swinging Sixties. Other genres were explored, and sometimes cross-bred in experiments that recalled those in the studio’s durable Frankenstein series. The famous monsters that Hammer had successfully reanimated were updated and upgraded, while women were given more agency to dominate horror mythos—and to flout some taboos. But the studio’s “disreputable” and unarguably cut-price offerings were to be outflanked and outdone by films like The Exorcist, which signaled the mainstreaming of horror. Hammer unleashed one final salvo in 1976 before retreating into the crypt, emerging later only to tell television tales of terror. After long haunting and inspiring fans and filmmakers, Hammer has begun making movies again in this decade; there may yet be a full-blooded resurrection at hand. Until then, we present glories from the gory go-go years.

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  • Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb – Seth Holt, 1971, UK, 94m, DCP – U.S. premiere of 2k restoration

  • Countess Dracula – Peter Sasdy, 1971, UK, 93m, 35mm

  • Creatures the World Forgot – Don Chaffey, 1971, UK, 92m, 35mm

  • Crescendo – Alan Gibson, 1970, UK, 83m, 35mm

  • Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde – Roy Ward Baker, 1971, UK, 97m, DCP

  • Dracula A.D. 1972 – Alan Gibson, 1972, UK, 96m, 35mm

  • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave – Freddie Francis, 1968, UK, 92m, 35mm

  • Fear in the Night – Jimmy Sangster, 1972, UK, 94m, 35mm

  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell – Terence Fisher, 1974, UK, 99m, 35mm (original UK version)

  • Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed – Terence Fisher, 1969, UK, 101m, 35mm

  • Hands of the Ripper – Peter Sasdy, 1971, UK, 85m, 35mm

  • The Horror of Frankenstein – Jimmy Sangster, 1970, UK, 95m, DCP – U.S. premiere of 2k restoration

  • The Lost Continent – Michael Carreras, 1968, UK, 97m, 16mm

  • Lust for a Vampire – Jimmy Sangster, 1971, UK, 95m, 35mm (original UK version)

  • Moon Zero Two – Roy Ward Baker, 1969, UK, 100m, 35mm

  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula (aka Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride) – Alan Gibson, 1973, UK, 87m, 35mm

  • Scars of Dracula – Roy Ward Baker, 1970, UK, 96m, DCP – U.S. premiere of 2k restoration

  • Shatter (aka Call Him Mr. Shatter) – Michael Carreras, 1974, Hong Kong/UK, 90m, 35mm

  • Straight on Till Morning – Peter Collinson, 1972, UK, 96m, 35mm

  • Taste the Blood of Dracula – Peter Sasdy, 1970, UK, 95m, 35 mm (original UK version)

  • To the Devil… A Daughter – Peter Sykes, 1976, UK/West Germany, 95m, DCP – U.S. premiere of 2k restoration

  • Twins of Evil – John Hough, 1971, UK, 87m, 35mm

  • Vampire Circus – Robert Young, 1972, UK, 87m, 35mm

  • The Vampire Lovers – Roy Ward Baker, 1970, UK/U.S., 91m, 35mm

  • When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth – Val Guest, 1970, UK, 96m, 35mm


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