Hammer Studios is a beloved name to hardcore horror movie fans. They completely redefined horror movies, especially those with vampires. A lot of what to see in horror flicks now originally came from the old school Hammer films. So let’s take a trip to the past and check out their legendary vampire movies.
This flick is often considered the very first mainstream Dracula movie. It broke many norms in Hollywood horror and was hated by the majority of critics when it was first released. But thanks to its unique style it was absolutely adored by fans and gained a huge cult following which still thrives today.
Christopher Lee was cast in the lead role as Count Dracula and Terrence Fisher landed the gig of director. Thanks to this movie they are still Hollywood idols and will forever be known for their work in Dracula.
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Two years after the release of Dracula, director Terrence Fisher returned with a new Hammer Vampire tale, ‘The Brides of Dracula.’ The big thing about this Dracula flick was that Dracula wasn’t even in it, which is what fans were expecting. But even though this movie didn’t share the success of the first Dracula film it still gained a huge fan base.
Want to guess who directed this Hammer film? Once again it was Terrence Fisher. This movie is known for doing something completely different by not following Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. The movie features an entirely new storyline and leaves out the lead characters from the book. But it was the end of the movie that shaped how future horror movies would be shot and viewed.
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
This film once again reshaped Dracula’s image, while the older films were full of gore and violence, they still had Dracula charming and seductive. But in this new movie he was nothing but terrorizing, frightening and completely dark. But it did bring back the famed Christopher Lee.
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969)
This Hammer movie, directed by Peter Sasdy, was released as a sequel to the 1968 film ‘Dracula Has Risen from His Grave’ and it brought back the legendary Christopher Lee. Sasdy introduced a darker Dracula, and many new spins to the vampire myth. Even though it had decent ratings at the time, it was quickly forgotten by most.
A new director was brought onto this project. Roy Ward Baker created a movie that received such positive reviews some considers it the second best vampire movie out of all of the Hammer Dracula movies.
Some critics weren’t a big fan of this one since it was an incredibly dark film that strayed from past movies. Critics said that Dracula was made too cruel and that his romantic side was lost. But either way fans still think of this one as one of the best.
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
This movie was completely different than the past Hammer Vampire films since it wasn’t a period piece; it was set in the present. It is a fun movie that follows the hippie granddaughter of the last Helsing and her quest to kill Dracula.
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
This movie is all about what is now a hugely popular vampire cliché, which is the vampires being resurrected by satanic cults and rituals. This flick was one of the earliest ones to portray this. If it wasn’t for the fact that it was Christopher Lee’s final role as Count Dracula this movie probably wouldn’t be remembered for much more.
The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (1974)
This Hammer vampire film took a completely different path than other movies by involving kung fu and zombies - definitely not similar to the older vamp movies.