Sadly it passed me by when it was released last week, but the final poster for Hammer’s The Woman in Black has brought a great big smile to my face. If like me you missed it here it is in all it’s vintage Hammer Horror glory.
Daniel Radcliffe takes on his first post Potter role, and this certainly seems a return to form after some less than impressive efforts from Hammer since their rebirth. Directed by James Watkins who previous works, Eden Lake and providing the script for My Little Eye have both shown Watkins is an emerging young talent. However he did write The Descent part 2, but we won’t hold that against him.
I’ve been watching quite a few Hammer films recently in preparation for a forthcoming feature for the lovely folks at www.filmjuice.com. So, I thought I’d share a couple of my all time favourite Hammer Horror posters.
The Horror of Dracula or simply Dracula for us Brits, was made in 1958 and still stands the test of time as one of the best Dracula movies. Christopher Lee would play the Count 7 times for Hammer, but his performance is never equaled. The poster is a work of art.
This French poster for Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) is stunning, the UK DVD cover for this film is woeful and would put the most seasoned horror fan off from watching it.
The Movie itself is by no means great, but the iconic poster of Raquel Welch helped make One Million B.C a hit.
The Mummy (1959) once again Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are the stars, and the poster contains everything you would expect from a Hammer Horror film.
And the “What Were You Thinking” Award goes to…
To The Devil …A Daughter (1976) had a very troubled production, given the extent of the problems I think the finished result is a bit of a mess but Hammer had made worse films long before this. This poster (one of many) is void of everything that tells the audience this is a Hammer Horror movie. Three lines of text hardly makes for a punchy tag-line, this was revisited on a different poster with “…and suddenly the screams of a baby born in hell!”.
These are just a few of the best Hammer Horror posters out there, which is your favourite one?