I’ve got to be honest, I’ve always been a fan of the ‘lesser-known’ Hammer offerings, whether it be Valerie Leon’s voluptuous turn in Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb, or Shane Briant’s ‘psycho with a difference’ in Straight On Till Morning.

All of which means the fact they, along with six other Hammer classics, are getting the restoration and re-release treatment is something to celebrate.

Here’s the press release:

“In 1957, Hammer’s first ever horror film in colour was released: The Curse of Frankenstein. Its huge success spawned many more Hammer Horror films and the studio’s domination of the horror genre, which was to last for a decade and a half.

So 60 years on, to commemorate this anniversary, Studiocanal and Park Circus, in conjunction with FrightFestScalarama and more, are releasing brand new restorations of eight classic Hammer Horror titles at cinemas and on DVD/Blu-ray doubleplay.

From the gothic horrors Scars of DraculaBlood From The Mummy’s TombDr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, Horror Of Frankenstein and psychological chillers Fear In The NightStraight On Till Morning and Demons Of The Mind to Hammer’s last horror film of the 20th century To The Devil A Daughter, the eight films are selected from the glory years of the iconic house of horror.

On Sunday 27th August 2017FrightFest will host the restoration premieres of Demons Of The Mind and Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb at the Prince Charles Cinema, London.

On 19th September 2017 Scalarama’s annual month-long celebration of movies presents ‘Hammer Day’, with screenings across the UK of all eight restored Hammer films, in conjunction with Park Circus. 19th September would have been the birthday of Hammer producer/screenwriter Anthony Hinds. 

Studiocanal will release the newly restored films as Doubleplay editions on 23rd October 2017 [Blood From The Mommy’s Tomb, Demons Of The Mind, Fear In The Night, Scars of Dracula] and on 13th November 2017 [Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Straight On ‘Til Morning, To The Devil A Daughter, Horror Of Frankenstein]. Extra features are to be confirmed.”

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.