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1951 Down Place Episode 36 - "Nightmare"

Enjoy Hammer Horror? Need a taste of something old? Come join me for an in depth discussion for 1964's psychological thriller "Nightmare"!

Hammer classics slated for Blu-Ray restoration, lost material dredged up

Since the studio has come back to life in 2007, Hammer Studios have been hard at work putting out some quality content. High quality flicks such as "Let Me In" and the upcoming "The Woman in Black" help to prove that they mean business with their return to the big screen. With this news story over on the BBC this morning, Hammer is now planning to impress us even more with plans to restore thirty of their past horror classics for Blu-ray release!

Horror Headlines: Friday January 7th, 2011

Naomi Harris, a relatively unknown actress who appeared in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films is being considered for a female in lead in Ron Howard's "Dark Tower" trilogy. Though you may not know the actress, the important thing to take away here is...they're finally casting the "Dark Tower" movies!

The trailer for John Carpenter's latest film "The Ward" is now onine! Amber Heard, John Carpenter and a ghost filled nut house? All signs point to something special.

In Real People News: 

Disagreeing over how to clear the snow on their adjoining properties, these two elderly Swedish men proceeded to beat each other with snow shovels until somebody managed to split them up. Bork bork bork.

After succumbing to illness in the confines of her home, a 68 year old Louisville woman was fed upon by her dogs for nearly 22 days.

On this day in history: 

1943 - Nikola Tesla dies. The inventor of alternating current, Tesla was driven mad by Edison and spent his final days trying to invent a death ray.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday July 20th, 2010

"Saw V" director David Hackl is working to distance himself from the tired franchise as he signs on to direct "The Red Machine", a story of two brothers versus a bear.

Robert Kirkman, all star scribe of "The Walking Dead" has launched a new publishing house under the Image Comics banner called "Sky Bound Comics". Here, Kirkman plans to release new original comics from up and coming creators, starting with The Witch Doctor, a tale of a sick world filled with monsters that effect that natural order.

This is what happens when you graduate from Hogwarts; Daniel Radcliffe is expanding his horizons with a starring role in "The Woman in Black", a new feature under development and the newly revived Hammer Studios.

In Real People News: 

Mexico City airport authorities feared the worst when they stopped a man with a mysterious bulge under his t-shirt. Upon further inspection, it wasn't a bomb they discovered but rather 18 endangered monkeys hidden beneath a girdle.

There's an important lesson to be learned here; in Keene, New Hampshire it's not against the law to walk around topless, ladies! However, if you were to have your breasts painted by another woman? That'll get you nailed for lewd behavior.

On this day in history: 

1923 - While driving his 1919 Dodge, retired revolutionary Pancho Villa is ambushed and assassinated. But even with 16 gunshot wounds he still manages to kill one of his attackers

Horror Headlines: Friday March 19th, 2010

Since I'm filling in for Fowler Friday this week, I'm going to start off your weekend with a swift kick to the nuts! You know Platinum Dunes and their love of remaking classic franchises? They've now set their sights on "The Monster Squad" for their next remake.

Though they titled the fourth film in the franchise "The Final Destination", Warner Brothers head Alan Horn revealed that they'll be making a fifth "Final Destination". Since they've already raided the gimmick that is 3-D, here's hoping they go old school and add ball shockers to the seats this time.

Even the newly raised from the dead Hammer Studios can't resist the remake band wagon but according to CEO Simon Oakes, they'll be remaking three of their own films. Titles up for the treatment are "Captain Kronos", "Quatermass" and "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde".

Not content to rest on his mediocre success of "Alice in Wonderland", Tim Burton has already begun plans for his next film. Feeling a bit nostalgic, he's thinking about throwing together a stop motion animated version of "The Addams Family".

In Real People News: 

Jersey City, NJ police officials have captured a serial urinator who has been terrorizing women at bus stops since December. While the ladies waited casually for their morning commute, the perpetrator would stroll up behind them and let loose on their legs. So far this morning, the whereabouts of our own Joe Charnews is still in question. Don't pick up the soap Joe!

Jennifer Mercado found jury duty to be rather boring, so she used the time to swipe the wallet of a fellow juror. Pleased with her new find, she ran to a store across the street during their lunch break to wrack up purchases on the stolen credit cards.

On this day in history: 

1982 - The guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, dies during the Diary of a Madman tour after the plane he is flying in buzzes the band's tour bus and clips the wing of the plane, crashing into a nearby farmhouse.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday February 2nd, 2010

Early reports say that Kate Beckinsale will be donning her leather cat suit once again for "Underworld 3D". The same reports also say she's trying to find a way to get out of the film as well.

Michael Rooker will be coming back once again to face off against monsters, this time in an ice fishing trip turned beast battle in "Hypothermia". Let's hope he fares better this time than he did in "Slither".

Hammer Studios continues its rise from the dead by acquiring its next film, a big screen adaptation of Susan Hill's "The Woman In Black".

Director Russell Mulcahy has been tapped to direct the pilot for MTV's recently announced "Teen Wolf" reboot. When you consider Mulcahy directed the classic "Highlander", there is some reason to grow excited. Then you remember he also directed "Highlander 2: The Quickening" and that all goes out the window.

Lakeshore Entertainment and Kevin Grevioux, the team up that brought you "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" are preparing to bring you more of the unique brand of action horror with an adaptation of Grevioux's comic, "I, Frankenstein". At this time, it is still unclear how they will be working in Kate Beckinsale in tight leather.

In Real People News: 

A murderer on the FBI's most wanted list for 25 years is finally nabbed after walking into the US Embassy in Manila. Attempting to renew his passport, he forgot to apply using his alias.

After a long standoff, Perth Police charge the house of a local loony threatening to burn down his house after spreading fuel across the homestead. In an effort to stop the man from igniting the blaze, police shoot him with a taser gun, which in turns sets fire to the fuel severely burning the perpetrator . Whoopsies.

On this day in history: 

1852 - The first public toilet is inaugurated, located at 95 Fleet Street in London, by the Society of Arts.

8 Hammer Films To Die For

If you haven't guessed by now, I love a horror movie with atmosphere. When a movie can suck you in and feel unique, that's the sign of a great movie. Luckily for me, throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's, Hammer Studios managed to put out a slew of horror films that fit this bill perfectly. Many of you may be familiar with these films but many, especially here in the States, may not.

Book Review: "Hammer Glamour"

I've been an outspoken fan of the Hammer Studios brand of horror for a long long time. Each and every one of their movies packed in a rather luxurious atmosphere unique to the studio with it's own brand of story telling. With leading men such as the late great Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, their charm was unmatched. Hammer films always packed a second more powerful punch however in their sense of beauty; each movie was guaranteed to feature a fresh new statuesque starlet, each more breathtaking than the last!

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