Featuring a wide array of classic movies and a few new ones, a movie lover should take a look into the Hammer Films list. With heroes like Zorro and a lot of the old villains like Dracula, this company has a library that goes way back in cinema history. When you have a little time on your hands, why not go spelunking in their archives and discover what the ghosts of movies past have to offer with these choices:
"The Abominable Snowman". The fear of the unknown just isn't all that fearful these days. Humanity just doesn't worry about being trapped in the middle of nowhere anymore. This constant connection to society resulted in the terrible loss of movies about Yetis. No one but various hermits are prepared for attacks by giant furry beasts and thus "The Abominable Snowman" is not just a movie but also a wake up call to look over our shoulders once again. This is a film that is filled with the wonder and the worry that comes with being in an environment that's cut off from society, as well as filled with a snowy white starkness that manipulates the viewer's fear. A film that relies upon keeping a strong undercurrent of tension that will have you breathing quick and shallow. A definite movie to check out from Hammer films.
"She". A movie with Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ursula Andress brings ties to "Star Wars", "The Lord of the Rings" and "Dr. No" in this epic fantasy. The car taken with the visual elements strikes the eye first, and afterwards you begin to notice the characters. "She" is fantasy mixed with horror, and it satisfies both with calculated abandon. Lee and Cushing both propel the story, but it's Ursula's introspection about her immortality that carries the film onwards. A Hammer film filled with interesting and worthy of note performances that should not be ignored.
"The Scarlet Blade" Two warring houses refuse to make nice in this period piece about England. "The Scarlet Blade" is an interesting study in politics particularly the shady aspects of it. Don't be alarmed though, for Hammer film has enough warring to make up for any instant dislike you might have at the mention of the word "politics". A good study of what battles and fighting looked like without computers to pump up numbers or run fighting algorithms to make it look authentic en masse. View this Hammer film just for the fighting, and you'll fall into the true battles of personalities and minds at war.
"The Mummy". Revisit a time when bloodshed came from thoroughly wrapped guardians of the pyramids. Good old-fashioned curses used to be the weapons of destruction that kept children checking their closets before and during bedtime and with "The Mummy" that dusty denizen of the tombs roams again with vengeance on its mind. Lee as the mummy makes it worthwhile to check this Hammer film out even without seeing that his counterpart is played by Peter Cushing. These two actors square off in a dance of death that makes you believe again in the power of the pharaohs.
"Let Me In". The times that a remake is seen to be as good as the original are few and far between. If the remake is within the same decade then it seems even harder to stack up to the original but "Let Me In" does a decent job of redoing "Let the Right One In" without destroying itself in the process. Vampires are scary, as long as they don't sparkle or look like they use a glitter shampoo on a regular basis, but a vampire kid is way scarier. This Hammer film does the improbable and keeps the tone and suspense alive without being an exact carbon copy or sinning by making a movie that doesn't resemble the original in any recognizable way. The gender issues did get whitewashed here but it is still a good view but make sure to see "Let the Right One In" first so you can keep track of who went left at the fork in the road and who went right.