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Classic film fans lock up your daughters, take up your wooden stakes and prepare to battle the forces of darkness: Hammer Films has announced it's called action on its first horror production for over 30 years. Principal photography began today in County Donegal on The Wake Wood, featuring Eva Birthistle, Aidan Gillen and …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Quatermass And The Pit is excellent, whether the film or the television production. The surviving episodes from the original television versions of the BBC Quatermass stories are available on DVD and well worth getting.

    Nigel Kneale was not happy with Brian Donley's portrayal of Quatermass IIRC. Dunno if that's got something to do with the film version not being out on DVD?

  2. Dangermouse

    Pagen Rituals, eh?

    Que an aforementioned blonde, semi-naked Miss Birthistle writhing around in front of naked flames, then.

    Purely for religous interest, of course.


  3. Jason

    Remake it!!

    Quatermass and the pit - top stuff!!!

    They should make a modern version called Quatermass and the Shit, or something...(hey it could be set underground again, in the sewer?)

  4. Len Goddard


    It is available. There is a standalone disk and I think it is also part of the 3-disk boxed set.

  5. Narlaquin

    Quatermass Experiment

    It's out of print (or whatever the DVD equivalent is).

  6. Rob

    The Public Life Of Henry The Ninth

    Then, of course, there was the porno version called "The Pubic Lice of Henry the Nonce".

  7. Steen Hive


    It just doesn't get any better than Quatermass, and no amount of ridiculous CGI pap will ever change that. I hope Hammer live up to the tradition.

  8. Anonymous Coward


    ....hahahaha! It's a-LIVE!!!!!!

  9. Marvin the Martian
    IT Angle



    I probably could have said it less clearly, throwing in something about the futility of trying to recapture the spirit of Hammer horror (The Reptile!), eh -- what next? Remaking Ealing comedies? Carry On maybe even (oops)?, b

    but then I can't be bothered --- I have my just-arrived telescopic magnet-on-a-stick (with LED light!) to play w^h^h^h^h^h^h retrieve dropped screws from my desktop chassis.

  10. beast666
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    Quatermass and all other Hammer productions...

    You guys never heard of TPB??? Sheesh...

  11. b166er


    re-runs of Hammer House of Horror.

    Scared me when I was a kid, I'd quite like to see 'em again as I can't remember ever having been scared since.

  12. Andy Barber

    * Why isn't this available on DVD, eh? Come on, pull your socks up

    Have you tried to Torrent it?

    Mines the one with Limewire in the pocket.

  13. Fozzy

    title needed here

    the only thing that scares me these days are the new batches of reality tv shows

  14. Les Matthew
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    Hammer house of horror

    Low cut heaving cleavages with heavy breathing.

    Excuse me while I have an Otto Chriek moment.

  15. Nordrick Framelhammer


    I still like the Hammer House of Horror productions. There is a slightly campy quyality to them despite having some of the biggest names in the genre in them. Horror movies now just seems to compete in how much blood they can fill the set with. No style.

    Mine is the one with the plastic, glow in the dark vampire teeth.

  16. Jack the Bat

    First Church of Ingrid Pitt

    Hammer Films...a British classic. No one thought ANYone could replace Lugosi until Lee (feral and predatory) showed his pearlies. And don't forget the collaboration with Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers studios, "Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires," with Peter Cushing and David Chiang battling Chinese vamps in the then-Brit Colony (with Julie Ege as eye-candy).

    Still, the question remains, and I throw it as a gauntlet to readers of El Reg:

    Ingrid Pitt? Or Barbara Shelley?

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  18. alan lovedog

    not hammer

    so it's different crew and different actors - not really hammer at all then - only in ( purchased ) name.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Very Nice!

    @ JIM THE BOSS. Yes you do type and spell like a boss, don't you?

    I reckon Paris could have a role in one of those pagan burning cross/wicker type scenes.

  20. Jon Teda
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    Vampires and good old UK cleavage

    All the vampire films bring back...uh exciting - memories. Horror movies today lack style but I suppose that makes me old.

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  22. Jerome Fryer
    Dead Vulture

    They really should give Christopher Lee another outing

    Perhaps something along the lines of a vengeful old vampire hunting down a shabby, hairy, movie director with a dodgy grasp of editing?

    Come to think of it, Peter Jackson would be perfect for playing Drac's more-or-less human familiar. :D

    No vampire bat, so toss-up between vulture and Steve Ballmer.

  23. Thomas

    Fangs For The Memory...


    A horror film I can get my teeth into!

    Mines the one with the foldout vampire wings.

  24. goinglogo

    Ingrid Pitt... the Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula. Mmmm.

    And the stories were quite good too.

    Don't forget Quatermass II which was the best of the trilogy!

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Unlike Yanks in Hollywood and their remakes, let's see... remakes of Lost in Space, Beverly Hillbillies, Italian job, Get Smart. Sure there is a lot more - feel free to add to the list

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