Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

Hammer had already made two adaptions of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- The Ugly Duckling and The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll. But what if they combined that story with the historical Jack the Ripper and Burke and Hare cases? And what if Jekyll turned into a female Hyde? Now we… Continue reading Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

Hammer hit all the monster cues before 1971: vampires, mummies, werewolves, lesbian vampires, you name it. By 1971, it was time for something different. Something that mixed the Hammer sophistication audiences had come to expect with plenty of the gore they now wanted. Peter Sasdy was tapped to direct -- you may know him from… Continue reading Hands of the Ripper (1971)

The Fifth Cord (1971)

Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage has scores of imitators that rose in the wake of its success. There were scores of gorgeous women being murdered, jazzy soundtracks blaring and movies with animals in their titles. And then, every once in a while, there's a giallo that rises beyond the pack and asserts itself as a true work… Continue reading The Fifth Cord (1971)

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

I've said it before and I'll say it again, but no one ever will do portmanteau movies quite like Amicus. This 1971 offering claims that "TERROR waits for you in every room in The House That Dripped Blood" and it's directed by Peter Duffell, who mainly worked in British TV. All four stories are based on the… Continue reading The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)

Marianne (Susan George, Tintorera…Tiger Shark) has been on the run from her family and the criminals they've hired, because on her 21st birthday, she inherits millions of dollars from her mother and the legal papers that will incriminate her father, the Judge (Leo Genn, A Lizard in a Woman's Skin). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWySWtcvEEA After being chased by those criminals away from her go-go dancing… Continue reading Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Lady Frankenstein (1971)

Imagine a Hammer movie where instead of implied nudity and strange sexuality, everything is laid, well, bare. It's not hardcore, but compared to where horror was pre-1971, Lady Frankenstein is a somewhat audacious concept: the man is no longer in charge and it turns out that the heroine (or villain, there's no real hero in… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Lady Frankenstein (1971)