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
Official Synopsis: A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.
Tagline: All Earth Stands Helpless! Spawned in the depths of outer space -- a monster so horrible, so vicious, so incredible -- even when you see it you won't believe it could be! (U.S. poster)
Cast: Brian Peck, Julian Glover, Harry Fielder, James Payne, Roy Beck, Eddie Powell, George Fisher, George Hilsdon
Official Synopsis: Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.
Tagline: The Greatest All New Fright Show In Town!
Cast: Christopher Lee, Fred Wood, Peter Cushing, George Woodbridge, John Maxim, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews
Official Synopsis: Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.
Tagline: Don't Dare See It...Alone!
Cast: Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Peter Cushing, George Woodbridge, John Maxim, Miles Malleson, Geoffrey Bayldon, Paul Cole
4). Let Me In (2010)
Official Synopsis: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
Tagline: Innocence dies. Abby doesn't.
Cast: Elias Koteas, Richard Jenkins, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dylan Kenin, Dylan Minnette, Jon McGarrah, Sasha Barrese
Official Synopsis: A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Tagline: Do you believe in ghosts?
Cast: Mary Stockley, Victor McGuire, Jonathan Taylor, Patricia Winker, Daniel Radcliffe, Roger Allam, Neil Broome, Tim McMullan
Official Synopsis: In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother...
Tagline: EVEN THOSE WHO LOVED HIM WERE NOT SAFE! (original print ad - all caps)
Cast: John Bennett, George Woodbridge, Fred Wood, Victor Harrington, Peter Sallis, Charles Lamb, Hira Talfrey, Rodney Burke
Official 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.
Tagline: For maximum thrill . . . we earnestly urge you to see this motion picture from the start!
Cast: Christopher Lee, Gordon Sterne, Anne Blake, Rodney Burke, Richard Klee, Madame Lobegue, Frederick Schrecker, Susan Strasberg
Official Synopsis: Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended.
Tagline: Not recommended for people of nervous disposition
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Valerie Gaunt, Anne Blake, Noel Hood, Claude Kingston, Andrew Leigh, Ann Blake
9). Paranoiac (1963)
Official Synopsis: Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.
Tagline: Shocking! Horrifying! Macabre!
Cast: Jack Taylor, Sydney Bromley, John Stuart, Oliver Reed, Colin Tapley, Arnold Diamond, Sheila Burrell, Maurice Denham
10). Quatermass 2 (1957)
Official Synopsis: Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.
Tagline: A horrible enemy from the unknown strikes terror across the earth!
Cast: George Hilsdon, John Stuart, William Franklyn, John Van Eyssen, Charles Lloyd Pack, George Merritt, Edwin Richfield, Michael Ripper
Official Synopsis: Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.
Tagline: The beauty of woman... the demon of darkness... the unholy union of "The Devil's Bride"!
Cast: Christopher Lee, Eddie Powell, Richard Huggett, Charles Gray, John Bown, John Brown, Yemi Goodman Ajibade, Patrick Mower
Official Synopsis: Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor...
Tagline: The Most Frightening Frankenstein Movie Ever!
Cast: Harry Fielder, Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Victor Harrington, Michael Gover, Geoffrey Bayldon, Thorley Walters, Peter Copley
Official 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.
Tagline: What is the blood freezing secret of the night creatures?
Cast: Peter Cushing, Fred Wood, Sydney Bromley, Jack MacGowran, Martin Benson, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain
Official Synopsis: Baron Frankenstein escapes from the guillotine and goes to Germany. There, he names himself Dr. Stein...
Tagline: The Terror Rises Again
Cast: Peter Cushing, George Woodbridge, John Stuart, Michael Gwynn, Charles Lloyd Pack, Francis Matthews, Michael Ripper, Ian Whittaker
Official Synopsis: Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.
Tagline: He Turned Innocent Beauty Into Unspeakable Horror.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Miles Malleson, Michael Ripper, Norman Pierce, Vera Cook, Marie Devereux, Susan Castle, Michael Mulcaster
16). The Mummy (1959)
Official Synopsis: In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.
Tagline: Torn from the tomb to terrify the world!
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, George Woodbridge, John Harrison, John Stuart, Michael Ripper, Roy Stewart, Frank Singuineau
Official Synopsis: Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson...
Tagline: Only The Lord Of The Dead Could Unleash Them!
Cast: Fred Wood, Peter Diamond, Michael Ripper, Reg Harding, Roy Lansford, Jacqueline Pearce, Alexander Davion, Marcus Hammond
Official Synopsis: A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.
Tagline: Evil Ends Here.
Cast: John Hollis, Caroline Munro, Steve James, John Cater, Paul Greenwood, Linda Cunningham, Lisa Collings, Julian Holloway
Official Synopsis: When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man's beautiful niece and her friends.
Tagline: You just can't keep a good man down.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Michael Ripper, Veronica Carlson, John D. Collins, Rupert Davies, Barbara Ewing, Barry Andrews, Ewan Hooper
Official Synopsis: A dead and frozen Baron Frankenstein is re-animated by his colleague Dr. Hertz proving to him that the...
Tagline: The Ultimate in Evil!
Cast: Peter Cushing, John Maxim, Alec Mango, Thorley Walters, Philip Ray, Duncan Lamont, Robert Morris, Howard Lang
Official Synopsis: Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.
Tagline: She's the New Horror from Hammer!
Cast: Peter Cushing, Ferdy Mayne, Douglas Wilmer, John Forbes-Robertson, Jon Finch, Shelagh Wilcocks, Vicki Woolf, George Cole
22). Twins of Evil (1971)
Official 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.
Tagline: One Uses Her Beauty For Love! One Uses Her Lure For Blood!
Cast: Harry Fielder, Peter Cushing, Fred Wood, Jason James, Roy Boyd, Alex Scott, Bill Sawyer, David Warbeck
Official Synopsis: A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.
Tagline: WE DARE YOU TO SEE IT ALONE!
Cast: Peter Cushing, Anthony Chinn, Robert Brown, Arnold Marlé, Forrest Tucker, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis, Michael Brill
24). The Gorgon (1964)
Official Synopsis: In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.
Tagline: A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh Into Stone!
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton, Barbara Shelley, Joyce Hemson, Joseph O'Conor, Michael Peake, Alister Williamson
Official Synopsis: As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.
Tagline: Human fangs ripping throats - no sawdust can soak up the torrent of blood!
Cast: Sean Hewitt, Jason James, Robin Sachs, David de Keyser, Thorley Walters, John Bown, Anthony Higgins, Lynne Frederick
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Official Synopsis: Baron Frankenstein works with a mental patient to reanimate the dead.
Tagline: His brain came from a genius. His body came from a killer. His soul came from hell!
Cast: Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton, Sydney Bromley, Hugh Cecil, Charles Lloyd Pack, Nicholas Smith, Roy Lansford, Michael Ward
Official 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.
Tagline: The Hands of Jack the Ripper Live Again...As His Fiendish Daughter Kills Again...And Again...And Again...
Cast: Charles Lamb, Lewis Alexander, Marjorie Rhodes, Lynda Baron, Marjie Lawrence, Ann Way, Margaret Rawlings, Norman Bird
28). X the Unknown (1956)
Official Synopsis: A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village.
Tagline: NOTHING CAN STOP IT! (original print ad - all caps)
Cast: Brian Peck, Leo McKern, John Harvey, Jack Lambert, Edwin Richfield, Michael Ripper, Ian MacNaughton, Jameson Clark
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