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Hammer House Resurrected Box Set

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These days, everyone reveres Britain's most prolific horror studio, those rose-tinted specs bringing the triumphs into sharp focus while blurring out the pulp pap. Just take a squint at this Hammer Horror Resurrected set, a grab-bag of the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

Worst offenders are Frankenstein Created Woman, where the dependable Peter Cushing transfers the soul of a murderer into the body of his dead girlfriend (will he never learn?); The Vengeance Of She, which has Czech totty Olinka Berova flashing her ample cleavage while discovering she's a reincarnated ancient queen; and To The Devil A Daughter, an ignominious Exorcist rip-off that proved to be the studio's last horror movie.

Fortunately, the slack gets picked up in Rasputin The Mad Monk, with studio stalwart Christopher Lee sporting a mullet as he ingratiates his way into the Russian royal family; the creepy UFO tale Quatermass And The Pit; and The Plague Of The Zombies, an underrated classic about undead slaves working in a Cornish tin mine. (Along with Carnival Of Souls, it was the major influence on George A Romero's Night Of The Living Dead.)

Three hits, three misses, no extras and a hefty price tag. Our advice? Save your dosh and pick up the Hammer Horror Originals collection instead.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: January 1st 2004