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It's Hammer Time: UK's Celebrated Genre Studio Launches YouTube Channel

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 24, 2012 at 5:00PM

Britain's historic horror studio Hammer recently launched its own YouTube channel, which includes content from contemporary Hammer films (like the sequel to the Daniel Radcliffe-starring box office hit "The Woman in Black") as well as beautifully restored classic Hammer titles available for streaming...
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Christopher Lee in "Horror of Dracula"
Christopher Lee in "Horror of Dracula"

Britain's historic horror studio Hammer recently launched its own YouTube channel, which includes content from contemporary Hammer films (like the sequel to the Daniel Radcliffe-starring box office hit "The Woman in Black") as well as beautifully restored classic Hammer titles available for streaming. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing enthusiasts, welcome home.

So far the channel is streaming British horror maestro Val Guest's "The Quartermass Xperiment" (aka "The Creeping Unknown"), one of the scariest sci-fi horror hybrids from the '50s, starring Brian Donlevy as rocket scientist Quartermass and Richard Wordsworth as an astronaut-turned-outsized wormy octopus blob; 1973's "Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter," which resituates Dracula lore into a swashbuckler, with Horst Jansen "en garde"-ing the undead like nobody's business; and behind-the-scenes tidbits from upcoming "The Quiet Ones," starring Jared Harris (dearly departed Lane Pryce from "Mad Men") and Sam Claflin (who recently scored the role of Finnick in the ongoing "Hunger Games" franchise), about a university team that creates a poltergeist.

Here's hoping Terence Fisher's seminal Lee and Cushing team-ups "The Curse of Frankenstein" and "Horror of Dracula" will be streamable soon.

Check out a sampling of the channel's offerings below, including the interesting and time-saving "History of Hammer in 90 Seconds."

This article is related to: Hammer, YouTube, Digital Future, Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.