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Hammer House of Horror
Created by Roy Skeggs
Starring various
Theme music composer Roger Webb
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) Hammer Films/ITC Entertainment
Running time 51 minutes
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 13 September – 6 December 1980

Hammer House of Horror is a British television series made in 1980. An anthology series created by Hammer Films in association with Cinema Arts International and ITC Entertainment, it consists of thirteen 51-minute episodes, originally broadcast on ITV.

Each self-contained episode features a different kind of horror. These vary from witches, werewolves and ghosts to devil-worship and voodoo, but also include non-supernatural horror themes such as cannibalism, confinement and serial killers. In 2003 Channel 4 placed Hammer House of Horror at No. 50 in its "100 Scariest Moments" show. The clip shown was the children's party scene in "The House That Bled to Death".[1]

Episodes were directed by Alan Gibson, Peter Sasdy and Tom Clegg, among others, and the story editor was Anthony Read.

Contents

List of episodesEdit

Title Directed by Written by Cast UK Transmission Date
"Witching Time"Don LeaverAnthony ReadJon Finch, Patricia Quinn, Prunella Gee, Ian McCulloch, Lennard Pearce13 September 1980 (1980-09-13)
A 17th-century witch uses her craft to transport herself to the 20th century. She brings spine-chilling terror to the present-day occupants of the old farmhouse in which she lived. She puts her mark on the man now living in the farmhouse, while his wife tries to save him.
"The Thirteenth Reunion"Peter SasdyJeremy BurnhamMichael Latimer, Julia Foster, Dinah Sheridan, Richard Pearson, Norman Bird, Warren Clarke, Kevin Stoney, Gerard Kelly, James Cosmo, George Innes20 September 1980 (1980-09-20)
A reporter investigating a health farm stumbles upon a horrifying truth behind a secret society that is connected to it, and must now fear for her life.
"Rude Awakening"Peter SasdyGerald SavoryDenholm Elliott, Lucy Gutteridge, James Laurenson, Pat Heywood, Gareth Armstrong, Eleanor Summerfield27 September 1980 (1980-09-27)
A lecherous estate agent has recurrent dreams about his seductive secretary, a mysterious house and an even more mysterious encouragement to murder his wife.
"Growing Pains"Francis MegahyNicholas PalmerGary Bond, Barbara Kellerman, Norman Beaton, Geoffrey Beevers4 October 1980 (1980-10-04)
After the death of their young son, a scientist and his wife adopt a new son, but it coincides with a series of odd events and disasters for the father's research.
"The House that Bled to Death"Tom CleggDavid LloydNicholas Ball, Rachel Davies, Brian Croucher, Patricia Maynard, Milton Johns11 October 1980 (1980-10-11)
After buying it for a good price, a couple and their young daughter move into a house that was the scene of a macabre murder. A series of terrifying events eventually force them to flee for their lives, but all is not as it seems.
"Charlie Boy"Robert YoungBernie Cooper & Francis MegahyLeigh Lawson, Marius Goring, Angela Bruce, Frances Cuka, Michael Culver, Jeff Rawle, David Healy, Janet Fielding18 October 1980 (1980-10-18)
An ancient African idol, possessed by the spirit of an evil sorcerer, seems to take on a life of its own.
"The Silent Scream"Alan GibsonFrancis EssexPeter Cushing, Brian Cox, Elaine Donnelly25 October 1980 (1980-10-25)
An elderly pet shop owner, who is secretly a former Nazi concentration camp guard, is intent on continuing experiments on human victims. His plan is to create prisons with no bars, for which he captures a former prison inmate and his wife.
"Children of the Full Moon"Tom CleggMurray SmithDiana Dors, Christopher Cazenove, Celia Gregory, Robert Urquhart1 November 1980 (1980-11-01)
A husband and wife head off on holiday to the West Country, but get stranded. They find sanctuary at a house in the woods, where a woman cares for a number of children; the husband believes these to be werewolves. After an accident he wakes in a hospital, to be told the werewolf children were all a dream. However, his now-pregnant wife has changed, developing a taste for raw steak, among other things.
"Carpathian Eagle"Francis MegahyBernie Cooper & Francis MegahySuzanne Danielle, Anthony Valentine, Siân Phillips, Jeffry Wickham, W. Morgan Sheppard, Pierce Brosnan8 November 1980 (1980-11-08)
A young woman, convinced she possesses the reincarnated spirit of a murderess, walks the night seeking out new victims to fill an ancient prophecy for death. Features Pierce Brosnan in one of his early screen roles.
"Guardian of the Abyss"Don SharpDavid FisherRay Lonnen, Barbara Ewing, John Carson, Rosalyn Landor, Paul Darrow15 November 1980 (1980-11-15)
Human sacrifice as part of an ancient rite is the unexpected consequence when an antiques dealer unwittingly buys a mirror with mysterious evil powers.
"Visitor from the Grave"Peter SasdyJohn ElderKathryn Leigh Scott, Gareth Thomas, Simon MacCorkindale22 November 1980 (1980-11-22)
A psychologically fragile woman accidentally kills an intruder who is about to hurt her. Her husband buries the body in the woods, but she continues to see the man in various places; this leads her to seek help from a psychic. Worse is to follow as she becomes the victim of a macabre plot.
"The Two Faces of Evil"Alan GibsonRanald GrahamGary Raymond, Anna Calder-Marshall, Philip Latham, Jenny Laird, Brenda Cowling29 November 1980 (1980-11-29)
Setting off on their holidays, a family give a lift to a sinister hitchhiker. After the car crashes, one man is dead and one man is injured. But which one?
"The Mark of Satan"Don LeaverDon ShawPeter McEnery, Emrys James, Georgina Hale, Peter Birrel, Conrad Phillips6 December 1980 (1980-12-06)
A worker in a hospital mortuary becomes convinced that a conspiracy of evil has chosen him as the devil's disciple. Those around him remain sceptical, believing that his rantings are a sign of insanity rather than a desperate cry for help from an innocent soul marked for Satan.

DVD/Blu-ray releaseEdit

The series was released on DVD in the UK (region 2) in October 2002 by ITV Studios. It was released as a four-disc set featuring all thirteen episodes, and includes stills galleries and cast biographies as extras.

A re-mastered version was released in the US (region 1) on 11 September 2012 by Synapse Films. It was released as a five-disc set, and features an animated stills gallery, episode introductions from film historian Shane M. Dallman, and featurettes including Grave Recollections: A Visit With Kathryn Leigh Scott and Hammer Housekeeping: A Visit With Mia Nadasi.[2]

Having completed a "high-definition restoration" of the series, Network Distributing released Hammer House of Horror for the first time on Blu-ray in October 2017 in the UK.[3]

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