TDF FilmCast Horrorthon 05 - British Explosion
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If you thought Hammer Film Productions was unjustly left out of the Euro Gothic episode, then fear not because we've lumped it all together in a British Triple Whammy that we're calling British Explosion: Hammer, Amicus, Tigon. Here we chart the course from the origins of the Hammer studio to the all-important success of The Curse of Frankenstein and the birth of the exploitative elements that would become a staple of the studio's output right into the 1970s, when the production budgets were getting tighter and the bloodshed was becoming overshadowed by that other B-word notoriously linked to the horror genre: Boobies!
Once the topic of Hammer is bled dry we'll move on to their chief British rivals: Amicus and Tigon, the former a studio formed in the early 60s that would become famous for their Portmaneau films and/or Horror Anthologies (We'll let you decide the technicalities of whether a Portmanteau film is an Anthology and vice versa). Tigon British Film Productions are - perhaps a little unfairly - less well remembered by the mainstream fans of today, but their importance to the horror genre will forever be cemented by classics such as Blood on Satan's Claw and Witchfinder General.
Horrorthon Episode contributors: John White (host), Mike Sutton, Rob Bayley, and Matt Shingleton
Here's a selection of trailers for just a handful of the titles we discuss:
The Curse of Frankenstein
Taste The Blood Of Dracula
Dr Terror's House of Horrors
The House That Dripped Blood
Blood on Satan's Claw
Don't Look Now
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