In the Autumn of 1980, the legendary British horror film production company ‘Hammer Films’ (‘The Curse of Frankenstein’, ‘The Quatermass Xperiment’) unleashed its second anthology television series: ‘Hammer House of Horror’.
A lucky for some thirteen episodes aired on the UK channel ITV and gave a generation of square-eyed youngsters nightmares. Featuring frightening tales with a sting in the tail written by the likes of regular Hammer scribe John Elder (‘Captain Clegg’, ‘The Reptile’, ‘Scars of Dracula’) and helmed by Hammer Films directors like Peter Sasdy (‘Hands of the Ripper’, ‘Countess Dracula’), Alan Gibson (‘The Satanic Rites of Dracula’, ‘Dracula A.D. 1972’), Don Sharp (‘Rasputin: The Mad Monk’) and Tom Clegg (‘McVicar’), the show also features star turns from an array of talent such as Peter Cushing, Pierce Brosnan, Brian Cox, James Cosmo, Denholm Elliot, The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Patricia Quinn, Zombie Flesh Eaters’ Ian McCulloch and even the UK’s own Marilyn Monroe: Diana Dors. All with special effects by Ian Scoones (‘The Dark Crystal’), ‘Hammer House of Horror’ was appointment TV that kept a nation up past their bedtime.
With enormous pleasure, ARROW now present the whole baker’s dozen of episodes, doled out one per week, just the way it was that September through to December in 1980, so you can have a weekly bask in the best of British doing horror the way no one else does.