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chris gough

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04 Sep 2011, 7:37pm

Do you know if the full uncensored version was ever shown in British cinemas or was it chopped before release ? I have an old lobby card for the film with an 'A' certificate after the title . I have seen the version with the nudity recently and I agree with you that it seems a bit out of place in a film that generally is more family friendly than the later 'Creatures the World Forgot ' or even 'One Million Years BC' .

Related to: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

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15 May 2011, 7:06pm

While not being the most original horror movie ever made this is still an enjoyable enough romp . The Mummy does not start to kick up a fuss until about half way through the proceedings but makes quite an impression when he does . The final scene in the sewers is effective and memorable .

Related to: The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb (1964)

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07 Mar 2011, 12:04am

I am gradually working my way through the region 1 'Icons of Suspense' DVD collection and was particuarly looking forward to seeing this one as I had never seen it before and it is about the only one in the set that definately falls into the horror category . However , I found it rather disappointing and uninvolving . There are no real visual shock moments despite a few twists in the story and Carreras allows the first half of the film to plod along at a snail's pace ,once the rather nasty opening scene is over . If the ending were exciting then this would be forgivable but I found it all a bit of a yawn up to the very end . There is also rather a lot of intrusive jazzy music which often destroys any sense of suspense or menace by being far too upbeat in tone . The actors do their best with the material on offer but it just is not in the same class as 'Paranoiac' , a much better example of Hammer pychological horror . The set however is well worth getting as you also get 5 other rare films and I have enjoyed the other 2 I have so far watched , 'Stop Me Before I Kill ' and 'The Snorkel'.

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29 May 2011, 2:10pm

I've also recently purchased the same DVD set. I found Never Take Sweets From A Stranger to be excellent.

Related to: Maniac (1963)

chris gough

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01 Mar 2011, 10:11pm

A great opening episode from Hammer's best and most underrated television series .

Related to: Eve (1968)

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21 Feb 2011, 10:26pm

Depressing more than thrilling . Worth seeing once but you probably will not want to revisit it .

Related to: Straight On Till Morning (1972)

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20 Feb 2011, 11:54pm

One of the best in the Lee Dracula series well directed by Freddie Francis . The final scene of Dracula impaled on a giant crucifix is one of the most memorable in any Hammer film . It probably would have been even better with Cushing involved .

Related to: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)

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20 Feb 2011, 11:44pm

Great fun and a rather impressive adventure tale , despite the lack of familiar hammer talents involved in its making .

Related to: A Challenge For Robin Hood (1967)

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20 Feb 2011, 11:39pm

A rather disappointing effort considering all the talent involved . Cushing's performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham is the best thing about the film but other than that it is all rather laboured and uninspired . Not a complete disaster by any means but no great shakes either . The later 'A Challenge for Robin Hood' is actually a lot more fun .

Related to: Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)

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20 Feb 2011, 1:07am

Compelling historical horror . The scenes of verbal conflict between Ingrid Pitt and Nigel Green are particuarly well done ,although Pitt's voice was dubbed over by another actress for some inexplicable reason . Hammer virgins be aware though that the title is misleading as the film is totally unrelated to the rest of the Dracula series

Related to: Countess Dracula (1971)

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20 Feb 2011, 12:53am

Wonderful utilisation of the skills of Ray Harryhausen by Hammer . I read somewhere that Hammer were planning a remake of 'King Kong 'soon after making this film , again with Harryhausen , but it never got off the ground . That would have been fascinating!

Related to: One Million Years B.C. (1966)

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