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Icons OF Horror 3: Hammer Films

15/10/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Sony is set to release Icons OF Horror 3: Hammer Films on DVD with four horror movies carried over two discs... The Gorgon, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, and Scream of Fear.

Here's their beastly details...

The Gorgon

Directed by Terence Fisher (The Curse of the Werewolf) and written by John Gilling (The Pirates of Blood River), The Gorgon (1964) stars horror icons Peter Cushing (Horror of Dracula) and Christopher Lee (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow), as well as Barbara Shelley (Dracula: Prince of Darkness) and Michael Goodliffe (Von Ryan's Express).

In a Balkan village, a professor investigates the suicide of his youngest son. No one is willing to help the professor, so he enters the ruins of a local castle where he encounters the legendary monster whose gaze turns men to stone. Before dying, the professor warns his eldest son who continues the investigation.

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) was written and directed by Michael Carreras (These Are The Damned, One Million Years B.C.) and stars Terence Morgan (Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet), Ronald Howard (Come September), George Pastell (From Russia With Love), and in a rare dramatic role, American comedy actor Fred Clark (How to Marry a Millionaire, Auntie Mame).

The film follows an expedition in Egypt as they open a cursed crypt. The leader of the excavation crew decides to give the ruins to a museum, but a fast-talking American grabs the tomb for a sideshow attraction.

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

Directed by Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula) and scripted by Wolf Mankowitz (Casino Royale) from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) stars Paul Massie (Libel), Dawn Addams (The Moon is Blue, The Robe), Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Norma Marla (The Ugly Duckling), David Kossoff (Freud), and Francis De Wolff (From Russia with Love), and in a very early role, Oliver Reed (Oliver!).

Absorbed in research directed towards the isolation of the two natures of man, Dr. Jekyll (Massie) degenerates into Mr. Hyde, a vengeful maniac. While Hyde wants revenge against a gambler whom his wife is in love with, Dr. Jekyll, revolted by his second nature, takes steps to do away with his evil self.

Scream of Fear

Directed by Seth Holt and written by Jimmy Sangster, who later reteamed for the Bette Davis vehicle The Nanny, Scream of Fear (1961) stars Golden Globe nominee Susan Strasberg (Picnic, Stage Struck), Ronald Lewis (Billy Budd), Ann Todd (Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case), Christopher Lee (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones), John Serret (The Sword and The Rose), and Leonard Sachs (Thunderball).

When wheelchair-bound Penny (Strasberg) pays a visit to her father's Riviera resort, she finds her father's corpse propped up in the backyard. Everyone thinks she's crazy, but she believes it's a plot to drive her mad.

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