If you tire of eating chocolate eggs this easter, there’s something much better to sink your teeth into.
Horror Channel (Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70) will be screening a clutch of classics in their Hammer-thon which will run from 3pm – 10pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March.
Horror Channel’s Easter Hammer-thon
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) – Sat 26 March, 15:00
Gaze in awe at Oliver Reed’s in his first film role, playing Leon Corledo, a young man raised in the home of Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans), his kind and loving adopted father.
When he leaves to find work, Leon discovers that he has increasingly violent urges. Although these tendencies are calmed by Leon’s love for the beautiful Christina (Catherine Feller), he ultimately cannot contain his curse and transforms into a werewolf, terrorising the Spanish countryside.
The Brides of Dracula (1960) – Sat 26 March, 16:50
The sisters are doing it for themselves in this colourful sequel. Though imprisoned in the family estate by his mother, Baron Meinster (David Peel) is released from his silver chains by an unsuspecting French teacher (Yvonne Monlaur), through which he gains access to a number of young women at a girls’ school. Fortunately, master vampire killer Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is on the case.
The Plague of the Zombies (1966) – Sat 26 March, 18:35
Beating Romero to the zombie phenomenon by two years, Hammer’s film 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…
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) – Sun 27 March, 15:00
The second in the Hammer Frankenstein series and considered Terence Fisher’s best.
He may be calling himself “Dr. Stein,” but general practitioner (Peter Cushing) in the village of Carlsbruck is none other than our old friend, Victor Frankenstein. No one seems unduly concerned when the patients in a charity clinic begin losing their arms and legs during Dr. Stein’s emergency operations — no one except his young rival, Dr. Kleve (Kerwin Mathews).
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) – Sun 27 March, 16:50
And if his revenge wasn’t enough, in this is the third in the Hammer Frankenstein series Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) returns again. Re-appearing in his home village to recommence his experimental research into the reanimation of dead tissue, he stumbles upon his old monster suspended in ice. Though he revives the creature, Frankenstein must seek the help of hypnotist Zoltan (Peter Woodthorpe) to repair its mind. Zoltan then assumes control of the monster, using him to wreak havoc.
The Devil Rides Out (1968) – Sun 27 March, 18:35
The Devil Rides Out is a satanic shocker in which Christopher Lee stars alongside Charles Gray as two men who discover their recently deceased friend’s son is involved in the occult, and must battle the evil forces of darkness to save him. Made in 1968, it brings the classic Dennis Wheatley novel vividly to life with a strong cast led impeccably by Lee.
Classic horror fans will also want to keep an eye out for Horror Channel’s ‘Hammer Thursdays’ which will run from Thurs 7 April for six weeks.