November is Hammer Double Feature Season on Horror Channel
November on Horror Channel has become a Hammer Double-Bill Season where eight classics (five of which have been directed by Terence Fisher) are being screened on Saturday nights at 9pm.
So far, we’ve had The Curse of the Werewolf and The Gorgon, followed by last week’s The Revenge of Frankenstein and The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll. Tonight, we’ve got The Evil of Frankenstein, followed by The Brides of Dracula at 10.45pm.
Directed by Freddie Francis, The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) is the third in the Hammer Frankenstein series, which sees Victor (Peter Cushing) return destitute to his home village to recommence his experimental research into the reanimation of dead tissue. He stumbles upon his old monster (this time played by wrestler Kiwi Kingston) suspended in ice and although he revives the creature, he 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.
Director Terence Fisher followed the excellent Horror of Dracula with the richly-coloured sequel, The Brides of Dracula (1960). 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, Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is on the case. This is one of the first Hammer films to delve into the more sexual aspects of vampirism.
Next week season closers will be Night Creatures (1962), which I certainly can’t miss, and Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, starring the leggy and lushous Valerie Leon