September 22, 2013

The Hammer Films Frankenstein Movies (And The Mummy Movies, Too) In Chronological Order


The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957) 
The Revenge Of Frankenstein (1958)  

The Evil Of Frankenstein (1964)

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) 
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (1974)

      Hammer Films also released The Horror Of Frankenstein (1970) starring Ralph Bates as the doctor.  That movie was not part of the continuity of the rest of the Hammer Frankenstein movies, all of which starred Peter Cushing as the doctor.         

                            HAMMER MUMMY MOVIES

The Mummy (1959)
The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb (1964)
The Mummy’s Shroud (1966)

Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

     So here's part two of my ongoing Pre'Ween organizational project, because we all know I can't watch a list of movies if that list of movies isn't in chronological order.  Having seen all of these Frankenstein movies, I'm proud to say it was unnecessary for me to cheat and look up the proper order.  The Mummy movies are another story.  I'll be watching two of those for the first time this year. 

     I'm already a pretty big fan of the Hammer Frankenstein flicks, and I'd even go so far as to say Peter Cushing's portrayal of the doc is one of the finest sustained character arcs in all of cinema.  Seriously, Peter Cushing is freakin' awesome.  I'm a staunch defender of Ralph Bates' one shot at the role, as well.  Sure, it wasn't Cushing, but Bates does a fine job with the material.  Horror Of Frankenstein bears a deliciously dry and morbid humor, and Bates delivers his droll dialog with aplomb.  I get a strong Kyle MacLachlan vibe from Bates (or is it a strong Ralph Bates vibe from MacLachlan?).

     When I made up this second list I took the notion that I might link each of the posters to the corresponding trailer.  Turns out I don't need to - Hammer Films has its own YouTube channel that already compiles their trailers for me.  Check it out, but be prepared to spend longer there than you initially plan.

     Next up is a chronological list of the miscellaneous Hammer titles that'll be rounding out my Pre'Ween viewing this year.

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