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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Hammer's 'Pirates of Blood River'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 25, 2013 at 10:55AM

Get Hammered! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing the Brit horror studio's "The Pirates of Blood River," in which Hammer regular Christopher Lee steals the show as a ruthless pirate captain invading an island settlement looking for treasure.
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"The Pirates of Blood River"
"The Pirates of Blood River"

Get Hammered! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing the Brit horror studio's "The Pirates of Blood River," in which Hammer regular Christopher Lee steals the show as a ruthless pirate captain invading an island settlement looking for treasure.

There aren't a lot of movies about Huguenots, but this landlocked pirate epic is one of them. Made as part of Hammer's coproduction deal with Columbia, American contract players Kerwin Mathews and Glenn Corbett seem a bit out of place, although Mathews and Lee provide some formidable swordsmanship. British censor problems led to a lot of back-and-forth to secure a less restrictive rating.

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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.