The horror... the horror... The Fifties

In the 50s, one of the most recognised British production companies, Hammer Films established a strong niche in Gothic horror. Showcased in bold, vibrant colour, characterised by gruesome stories, supernatural elements and deliciously dark settings. The beginning of two long running franchises - ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’ overnight, made Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing into international stars.

Sci-fi B flicks ruled the genre and decade. Hollywood didn’t suffer for going low-budget but effortlessly fused originality and a corny kitsch that was wholly endearing. A lot of them were stinkers, dropping out of sight but to some diehard fans, never forgotten. There were others that stood the test of time.
I love ‘The Thing From Another World’ almost as much as Carpenter’s…

  • The Thing From Another World
  • Bride of the Gorilla
  • Five
  • The Son of Dr. Jekyll
  • The White Reindeer
  • Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla
  • Cat-Women of the Moon
  • House of Wax
  • The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
  • The Maze
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Donovan's Brain
  • The War of the Worlds
  • The Witch
  • Them!
  • Day the World Ended
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • Dementia
  • Diabolique
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • The Quatermass Xperiment
  • Quatermass 2
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • The Mole People
  • The Curse of Frankenstein
  • Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
  • Night of the Demon
  • The Undead
  • Lust of the Vampire
  • Macabre
  • Zombies of Mora Tau
  • The Abominable Snowman
  • The Deadly Mantis
  • The Giant Claw
  • The Cyclops
  • Fiend Without a Face
  • Frankenstein's Daughter
  • Dracula
  • Corridors of Blood
  • The Revenge of Frankenstein
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
  • The Fly
  • The Blob
  • The Screaming Skull
  • The Return of Dracula
  • Caltiki, the Immortal Monster
  • House on Haunted Hill
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Return of the Fly
  • The Wasp Woman
  • The Tingler
  • The Mummy
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • The Ghost of Yotsuya
  • The Seventh Seal