Hammer Films only seem to get better with time. They so define an age of American horror film making that they are almost their own genre of film.
Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee - were there ever two more reliable film stars. You know just what you are getting the second they appear on screen.
They had a way of making Easter Europe look really grim.
Naked girlfriend asks painter boyfriend while posing for him.
"Are you going to marry me, Bruno?"
"Yeh sure baby. Now put your shirt back on."
I can't get enough of the hammy overacting. Nothing is every subtle or subtext in a Hammer film.
Test tubes filled with colored water is just so set designer showing off.
The plot is goofy but creepy. I liked seeing the results of the encounters with the Gorgon. How anyone didn't immediately come to that conclusion once a 'person had been turned to stone' that they had a Gorgon on their hands is beyond me. Even ignorant 18th century Easter European peasants knew their Greek myths.
The sound and music are all top notch. It feels like a stage production with the over the top make-up, hammy over acting and garish color pallet. It's like some child just got his hands on a color movie camera. It's interesting to look at.
The make-up is delightfully distracting.
I love the way the peasants in their Sunday best coming to burn the place down until the police (who don't chase any of their rioters down) show up. Small town ignorant provincial monster protectors.
The castle is sufficiently run down and spooky with the sudden sounds and wind only adding to the terror. When you are ten and watching this movie at 2 am, it can freak you out a bit.
This one reminded me of the matinee movies we went to on the base when we were kids.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.