Our Favorite Top Hammer Films List


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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

  1. Horror of Dracula poster

    Dracula (1958)

    AKA(s): Dracula 1958, Horror of Dracula
    Synopsis: Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.
    Cast: Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Peter Cushing, George Woodbridge, Paul Cole, Guy Mills, Richard Morgan, Melissa Stribling, John Mossman, Carol Marsh
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy

    Our Score: 9/10   IMDB Score: 7.4/10
    Read the Horror of Dracula Review

  2. Quatermass and the Pit poster

    Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

    AKA(s): Five Million Years to Earth
    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.
    Cast: Brian Peck, Julian Glover, Harry Fielder, James Payne, George Fisher, Eddie Powell, George Oliver, Ian White, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir
    Directors: Roy Ward Baker
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery

    Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 7.1/10
    Read the Quatermass and the Pit Review

  3. Dracula - Prince of Darkness poster

    Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

    Synopsis: Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.
    Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, George Woodbridge, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Fred Wood, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Thorley Walters
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror

    Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 6.8/10
    Read the Dracula - Prince of Darkness Review

  4. Let Me In poster

    Let Me In (2010)

    Synopsis: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
    Cast: Elias Koteas, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dylan Kenin, Dylan Minnette, Jon McGarrah, Sasha Barrese, Chris Browning, Jon Kristian Moore
    Directors: Matt Reeves
    Genres: Horror, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

    Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 7.2/10
    Read the Let Me In Review

  5. The Woman in Black poster

    The Woman in Black (2012)

    Synopsis: A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
    Cast: Mary Stockley, Victor McGuire, Patricia Winker, Daniel Radcliffe, Roger Allam, Neil Broome, Jonathan Taylor, Tim McMullan, John R. Walker, Chloe Page
    Directors: James Watkins
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy

    Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.4/10
    Read the The Woman in Black Review

  6. The Curse of the Werewolf poster

    The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

    Synopsis: In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother...
    Cast: John Bennett, George Woodbridge, Victor Harrington, Fred Wood, Peter Sallis, Charles Lamb, Loraine Carvana, Anthony Dawson, John Gabriel, Francis De Wolff
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror

    Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.8/10
    Read the The Curse of the Werewolf Review

Pending Review

  1. 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, Ian McKay, Susanna East, Barry Smith, Stafford Gordon, Caroline Villiers, Elizabeth Dear
    Directors: Brian Clemens
    Genres: Horror
  2. 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, Peter Macpherson, Norman Mitchell, Gordon Richardson
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  3. 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, Richard Calder, Robin Hunter, Nina Francis
    Directors: Robert Young
    Genres: Horror
  4. 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, Ann Way, Marjie Lawrence, Norman Bird, Margaret Rawlings, Elizabeth MacLennan, Barry Lowe, Katya Wyeth, A.J. Brown
    Directors: Peter Sasdy
    Genres: Horror
  5. 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, Kenneth Gilbert
    Directors: John Hough
    Genres: Horror
  6. 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, George Cole, Dawn Addams, Charles Farrell, Janet Key, Tom Browne, Ingrid Pitt
    Directors: Roy Ward Baker
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy
  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, Frank Middlemass, Norman Shelley
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi
  8. 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
  9. 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, Paul Eddington, Liane Aukin, John Falconer
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  10. 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, Ivan Beavis, Colin Jeavons
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  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, Marcus Hammond, Dennis Chinnery, Louis Mahoney, Roy Royston, John Carson
    Directors: John Gilling
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy
  12. 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, Sally Nesbitt, Jack Watson
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  13. 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, Arnold Diamond, Sheila Burrell, Maurice Denham, Marianne Stone, Alexander Davion, Janette Scott
    Directors: Freddie Francis
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
  14. 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, Gordon Rollings, Milton Reid
    Directors: Peter Graham Scott
    Genres: Horror, Adventure
  15. 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, Frederick Schrecker, Susan Strasberg, Frederick Rawlings, Fred Johnson, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd
    Directors: Seth Holt
    Genres: Horror, Thriller
  16. 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, Susan Castle, Michael Mulcaster, Harry Pringle, Jill Haworth, Harold Scott, Fred Johnson, Stephanie Watts
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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, Ann Blake, Sally Walsh, Raymond Ray, Hazel Court, Josef Behrmann, Bartlett Mullins, Henry Caine
    Directors: Terence Fisher
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
  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, Anthony Sagar, Robert Bruce, Peter Hammond
    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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