Our Favorite Top Hammer Films List

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Hammer Films has been a staple of horror films since long before my time. Not a definitive list of all Hammer Films but at least a good starting list of the best films from Hammer. My very first Hammer horror film was Horror of Dracula (1958) or Dracula (1958) with actors Christopher Lee and Peter Crushing. Enjoy our list of our top Hammer Films.

Top Hammer Horror Films

Best Movies


This list has been narrowed to include films within the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and thriller genres.

Pending Review

  1. Taste of Fear (1961)

    AKA(s): Scream of Fear
    Synopsis: A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.
    Cast: Christopher Lee, Gordon Sterne, Anne Blake, Rodney Burke, Richard Klee, Madame Lobegue, Frederick Schrecker, Susan Strasberg, Frederick Rawlings, Fred Johnson
    Directors: Seth Holt
    Genres: Horror, Thriller
  2. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

    Synopsis: Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended.
    Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Valerie Gaunt, Claude Kingston, Andrew Leigh, Ann Blake, Sally Walsh, Raymond Ray, Hazel Court, Josef Behrmann
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
  3. Paranoiac (1963)

    Synopsis: Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.
    Cast: Jack Taylor, Sydney Bromley, John Stuart, Oliver Reed, Colin Tapley, Arnold Diamond, Sheila Burrell, Maurice Denham, Marianne Stone, Alexander Davion
    Directors: Freddie Francis
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
  4. Quatermass 2 (1957)

    AKA(s): Enemy from Space
    Synopsis: Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.
    Cast: George Hilsdon, John Stuart, William Franklyn, John Van Eyssen, Charles Lloyd Pack, George Merritt, Edwin Richfield, Michael Ripper, Alastair Hunter, Michael Balfour
    Directors: Val Guest
    Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
  5. The Devil Rides Out (1968)

    AKA(s): The Devil's Bride
    Synopsis: In the countryside of England, the Duc de Richleau a.k.a Nicholas welcomes his old friend Rex Van Ryn that has flown to meet him and Simon Aron...
    Cast: Christopher Lee, Eddie Powell, Richard Huggett, Charles Gray, John Bown, John Brown, Yemi Goodman Ajibade, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Sarah Lawson, Paul Eddington
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  6. Captain Clegg (1962)

    AKA(s): Night Creatures
    Synopsis: In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms.
    Cast: Peter Cushing, Fred Wood, Sydney Bromley, Jack MacGowran, Martin Benson, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen, Daphne Anderson
    Directors: Peter Graham Scott
    Genres: Horror, Adventure
  7. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

    Synopsis: Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor...
    Cast: Harry Fielder, Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Victor Harrington, Michael Gover, Geoffrey Bayldon, Thorley Walters, Peter Copley, George Pravda, Colette O'Neil
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama
  8. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

    Synopsis: We watch Baron Frankenstein escaping from the guillotine and going to Germany. There, he names himself Dr...
    Cast: Peter Cushing, George Woodbridge, John Stuart, Michael Gwynn, Charles Lloyd Pack, Francis Matthews, Michael Ripper, Ian Whittaker, Richard Wordsworth, Ernest Blyth
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  9. The Brides of Dracula (1960)

    Synopsis: Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.
    Cast: Peter Cushing, Miles Malleson, Michael Ripper, Vera Cook, Marie Devereux, Susan Castle, Michael Mulcaster, Harry Pringle, Harold Scott, Jill Haworth
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  10. The Mummy (1959)

    Synopsis: In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.
    Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, George Woodbridge, John Harrison, John Stuart, Michael Ripper, Roy Stewart, Frank Singuineau, Denis Shaw, Frank Sieman
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Adventure
  11. The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

    Synopsis: Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson...
    Cast: Peter Diamond, Fred Wood, Michael Ripper, Reg Harding, Roy Lansford, Jacqueline Pearce, Alexander Davion, Marcus Hammond, Dennis Chinnery, Louis Mahoney
    Directors: John Gilling
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy
  12. Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

    AKA(s): Kronos
    Synopsis: A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.
    Cast: John Hollis, Caroline Munro, Steve James, John Cater, Paul Greenwood, Linda Cunningham, Lisa Collings, Julian Holloway, Ian McKay, Susanna East
    Directors: Brian Clemens
    Genres: Horror
  13. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

    Synopsis: When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites...
    Cast: Christopher Lee, Michael Ripper, Veronica Carlson, John D. Collins, Rupert Davies, Barbara Ewing, Barry Andrews, Ewan Hooper, Marion Mathie, George A. Cooper
    Directors: Freddie Francis
    Genres: Horror, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  14. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

    Synopsis: A dead and frozen Baron Frankenstein is re-animated by his colleague Dr. Hertz proving to him that the...
    Cast: Peter Cushing, Alec Mango, Thorley Walters, Philip Ray, John Maxim, Duncan Lamont, Robert Morris, Howard Lang, Derek Fowlds, Alan MacNaughtan
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  15. The Vampire Lovers (1970)

    Synopsis: Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.
    Cast: Peter Cushing, Ferdy Mayne, Douglas Wilmer, John Forbes-Robertson, Shelagh Wilcocks, Vicki Woolf, George Cole, Dawn Addams, Charles Farrell, Janet Key
    Directors: Roy Ward Baker
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy
  16. Twins of Evil (1971)

    Synopsis: A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav's niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region.
    Cast: Harry Fielder, Peter Cushing, Fred Wood, Jason James, Roy Boyd, Alex Scott, Bill Sawyer, David Warbeck, Roy Stewart, Judy Matheson
    Directors: John Hough
    Genres: Horror
  17. The Abominable Snowman (1957)

    Synopsis: A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.
    Cast: Peter Cushing, Anthony Chinn, Robert Brown, Arnold Marlé, Forrest Tucker, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis, Michael Brill, Wolfe Morris, Jack Easton
    Directors: Val Guest
    Genres: Horror, Adventure
  18. The Gorgon (1964)

    Synopsis: In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.
    Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton, Barbara Shelley, Joyce Hemson, Joseph O'Conor, Michael Peake, Alister Williamson, Jeremy Longhurst, Toni Gilpin
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  19. Vampire Circus (1972)

    Synopsis: A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague...
    Cast: Sean Hewitt, Jason James, Robin Sachs, David de Keyser, Thorley Walters, John Bown, Anthony Higgins, Lynne Frederick, Bradforts-Amaros, Elizabeth Seal
    Directors: Robert Young
    Genres: Horror
  20. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

    Synopsis: Baron Frankenstein works with a mental patient to reanimate the dead.
    Cast: Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton, Sydney Bromley, Hugh Cecil, Charles Lloyd Pack, Nicholas Smith, Roy Lansford, Michael Ward, Beatrice Greek, Elsie Wagstaff
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  21. Hands of the Ripper (1971)

    Synopsis: As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.
    Cast: Charles Lamb, Lewis Alexander, Marjorie Rhodes, Lynda Baron, Ann Way, Marjie Lawrence, Norman Bird, Margaret Rawlings, Elizabeth MacLennan, Barry Lowe
    Directors: Peter Sasdy
    Genres: Horror
  22. X the Unknown (1956)

    Synopsis: A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village.
    Cast: Brian Peck, Leo McKern, John Harvey, Jack Lambert, Edwin Richfield, Michael Ripper, Ian MacNaughton, Jameson Clark, Stevenson Lang, William Lucas
    Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
    Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi

This list has been narrowed to include films within the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and thriller genres.

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