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Ian Jane
03-28-2011, 02:23 PM
Has anyone else had the chance to check out any of the new Hammer productions?

I haven't seen Let Me In yet but will get to it eventually. I liked Wakewood and thought it fit well under the Hammer banner as it felt like a 70s occult/supernatural film without going for an intentionally campy retro vibe. I liked the concept and the performances and most of the effects but was more impressed with the tone and atmosphere than anything else. It felt like a Hammer movie to me, it had the right approach.

And then there's The Resident, which is not a bad movie at all in and of itself but the only 'Hammer'ish quality to it is the presence of Christopher Lee, who is in it for about five minutes tops. It's got some creepy parts to it, it's fairly well paced and the performances are good but there's nothing that distinctly places it under the Hammer banner in my eyes.

And maybe that's the problem. Maybe because I like the old Hammer stuff so much that I want the new stuff to play in the same world. Obviously a lot has changed since the seventies and it's probably unrealistic of me to expect the new Hammer to make the kind of movies that the old Hammer would have made. I guess I should just be happy that there's a new studio out there interested in making reasonably good horror movies rather than retreading tired old slasher motifs over and over again.

Alison Jane
03-28-2011, 04:02 PM
And then there's The Resident, which is not a bad movie at all in and of itself but the only 'Hammer'ish quality to it is the presence of Christopher Lee, who is in it for about five minutes tops. It's got some creepy parts to it, it's fairly well paced and the performances are good but there's nothing that distinctly places it under the Hammer banner in my eyes.

I really enjoyed it. But yes, nothing about it felt Hammerish in the least.

Mike T
03-28-2011, 04:43 PM
I'll get around to them all eventually. Good to hear that Wake Wood is a decent effort. And The Resident just what I suspected...

Just make sure you avoid Beyond the Rave, as it's utter, utter shite... :puke: If the following Hammers were as bad as the first shot at a reboot, they'd be bankrupt by now.

Ian Jane
03-29-2011, 03:35 PM
I didn't bother with Beyond The Rave, in fact, I'd forgotten about it.

Hammer Films did just mention on twitter "Dracula HD 1080 <-- Very clever! (And hopefully coming soon... ;-)" - could that mean some Blu-ray releases of the Hammer classics are coming soon?

Ian Jane
08-17-2011, 09:56 AM
Bringing this one back from the dead. Here's the trailer for their latest... The Woman In Black.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk0s8J4N-EE

This looks pretty good, actually.

Mike T
08-17-2011, 10:02 AM
This looks pretty good, actually.

And it's directed by James Watkins, who made the excellent...Eden Lake. ;)