Martin Scorcese's Best HAMMER films (from Variety Book of Movie Lists)

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1. Stolen Face (1952)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama

A doctor repairs a female inmate's disfigured face to match the lovely woman who left him, and marries her, only to find out how abusive she is.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott, André Morell, Mary Mackenzie

Votes: 530

2. Four Sided Triangle (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

Bill and Robin, helped by their childhood friend, Lena, develop a "reproducer" which can exactly duplicate any object. Bill, crushed when Lena marries Robin, convinces her to allow him to ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen

Votes: 528

3. Spaceways (1953)

74 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A small group of closely-guarded British scientists test their first rocket amidst indications of matrimonial strife in the community. After the partial failure of the firing, a couple go ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Howard Duff, Eva Bartok, Alan Wheatley, Philip Leaver

Votes: 331

4. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean, Thora Hird

Votes: 5,117

5. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee

Votes: 8,741 | Gross: $17.44M

6. Horror of Dracula (1958)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling

Votes: 19,549

7. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Baron Frankenstein escapes from the guillotine and goes to Germany. There, he names himself Dr. Stein and plans to restart his experiments by using parts of dead bodies.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Gayson, Michael Gwynn

Votes: 4,341

8. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery

When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi

Votes: 8,624

9. The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur, Freda Jackson

Votes: 6,241

10. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

88 min | Horror

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee, David Kossoff

Votes: 2,298

11. Scream of Fear (1961)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis, Christopher Lee

Votes: 3,544

12. These Are the Damned (1962)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

72 Metascore

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox

Votes: 2,804

13. Paranoiac (1963)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell, Maurice Denham

Votes: 2,263

14. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Unrated | 84 min | Horror

Upon returning to his home village to continue his experimental research, the destitute Dr. Frankenstein revives his old creature, but a hypnotist wants the monster to control for himself.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont, Sandor Elès

Votes: 3,362

15. The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10-year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, James Villiers

Votes: 5,019

16. The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Approved | 90 min | Horror

Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his ... See full summary »

Director: John Gilling | Stars: André Morell, Diane Clare, Brook Williams, Jacqueline Pearce

Votes: 4,243

17. The Witches (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.

Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell

Votes: 2,371

18. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

Unrated | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After being reanimated, Baron Frankenstein transfers the soul of an executed young man into the body of his lover, prompting her to kill the men who wronged them.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris

Votes: 4,039

19. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 8,858

20. The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | 95 min | Horror

Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene

Votes: 7,365

21. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

G | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man's beautiful niece and her friends.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing

Votes: 6,078

22. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

PG-13 | 101 min | Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi

Baron Frankenstein, with the aid of a young doctor and his fiancée, kidnaps the mentally sick Dr. Brandt in order to perform the first brain transplant operation.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward

Votes: 3,962 | Gross: $0.10M

23. Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

GP | 92 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

In prehistoric times, two brothers fight each other for the leadership of their tribe.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Julie Ege, Tony Bonner, Robin John, Brian O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 589

24. Vampire Circus (1972)

PG | 84 min | Horror

As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins, John Moulder-Brown

Votes: 3,370

25. Straight on Till Morning (1972)

R | 96 min | Thriller

A timid, withdrawn woman meets a man she believes is finally the love of her life, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Shane Briant, James Bolam, Katya Wyeth

Votes: 931

26. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Baron Frankenstein works with a mental patient to reanimate the dead.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, David Prowse

Votes: 2,981



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