Captain Clegg (1962)
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Main Stars: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen, Oliver Reed
Storyline: It’s the 18th century and Captain Collier has been hired to figure out and stop all the smuggling.
Review (Spoils): The Royal Crown suspects that there is smuggling happening so they hire Captain Collier and his crew to check it out. When the captain starts to investigate in what is happening out on the foggy seas we learn the haunting tale of Captain Clegg. He suspects that the village vicar is holding a secret and trying to drive away their investigation with such ghost stories.
When I think of Hammer films I think of vampires, monsters and voluptuous women. This film is a lot different than those tales and films. This film is very dark, grainy and sets a morbid mood. Some of the classic parts of the film are when we are introduced to a crew known as the Marsh Phantoms that set the scene with skeletons and skeletal horses. Picture a film of gloominess and a touch of pirate humour and that is what makes this a hidden gem for Hammer films.
I like to mention that both Peter Cushing and beautiful Yvonne Romain stole the stage of this film and of course the perfect gentleman Oliver Reed. When it comes to the cast it screams Hammer but when it comes to the story telling it is something different.
Rating: Not as classic as many other Hammer films so it is not as popular but this still a hidden gem when it comes to horror films of the 60s. This film is also known as Night Creatures but it is hard to not want to sit down and watch Yvonne Romain.
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller
Storyline: A young boy was born on Christmas day from a mute servant who was raped by a beggar. Now he is cursed by god with lycanthropy.
Review: Leon (Oliver Reed) was born on Christmas day; his mother (Yvonne Romain) was a mute servant who was raped by a beggar. This brought on the curse of lycanthropy which his adopted parents and he tries to hide from society. He grows up to become a handsome man but is haunted by nightmare at night (full moon) due to his disease. Supposedly only love will lift the curse. While in his travels he comes across working for a wine cellar and falls in love with his daughter Cristina (Catherine Feller). But every full moon he turns and brings terror to the villages.
This is one of the great Hammer films that lie outside of the Dracula series. The film relives on the internal battle of the young man and the beast. He wants to be normal and live a normal life but the curse keeps him with drawled from the rest of society. The makeup is very well done and he is one of the most notable of the werewolves in horror outside of the Wolfman himself. The story does become long before get to the curse as a quarter of the film is on the life of his mother and her torment. They should have swapped the leading ladies around as Yvonne Romain is beautiful and Catherine Feller just does not fit the part. Other than that this is a great film.
Rating: I’m a Hammer fan and I find this film rates as one of their better films. The storyline is filled and the acting is pretty decent. Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain are both enjoyable to watch and the werewolf itself was well done. The only complaint would be the bright red blood they should have toned that down a bit.