Top 10 Hammer Horror Movies


Everyone who knows me, knows that I have a lifelong love of the Classic Gothic Films from Hammer Studios. I grew up watching them on my old 13” black and white TV on Channel 13. I waited patiently every Saturday and Sunday afternoon for the Classics to Air. Channel 13 showed everything from Godzilla and Creature From the Black Lagoon, to the Universal Classics, Frankenstein and Dracula. But it was the Hammer movies that really spoke to me.

I was always drawn in by the mesmerizing titles and became addicted to the intriguing storylines, rich costumes, and gothic sets used by Bray Studios. During the 60s and early 70s Hammer defined the Horror Genre as we know it. Here is my top ten list of Hammer Films…Yes, I left out a lot great movies. It was so hard to narrow this list down, but here it is…

10-The Twins of Evil

When orphaned, two beautiful Twins go to live with their puritanical and witch-finding Uncle Gustav, played by Peter Cushing. It doesn’t take long for the local Vampire to seduce them…

Twins of Evil

9-The Vampire Lovers

Ah… my favorite movie starring Ingrid Pitt. She plays the Voluptuous Marcalla who seduces everyone around her…

Ingrid Pitt Vampire Lovers

8-Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde

Leave it to Hammer to come up with such an original spin on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by having a beautiful woman play the Evil Hyde…

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

7-The Gorgon

Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee soon find out that women will mess with your head, break your heart, and maybe even turn you to stone!

The Gorgon

6-The Reptile

Definitely one of my favorite storylines from Hammer about a Snakewoman that stalks a small village by the moors at night…

5-The Plague of the Zombies

In a small Village in Cornwall, the Dead are coming back to life. Bodies of the recently dead are disappearing and suddenly reappearing as mindless Zombies. There is an amazing scene of Zombies rising out of their graves…

Plague of the Zombies

4-Devil Rides Out

Christopher Lee plays the Hero in this movie about a Satanic Cult. The movie is an excellent suspenseful Thriller…

3-The Curse of the Werewolf

Oliver Reed plays such a convincing role of a heartbroken Werewolf. I really felt sorry for the Werewolf that suffered such terrible self-hatred…

Curse of the Werewolf

2-The Curse of Frankenstein

What makes this movie truly special is Cushing’s performance as the Evil Dr. Frankenstein. The film focuses more on the good Dr. than the Monster played by Christopher Lee.

1-Horror of Dracula

And I saved the best for last…Christopher lee as Dracula and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing in the Horror of Dracula. I just love when Van Helsing runs across that table!

Christopher lee Horror of Dracula

So there you have it, my Favorite Hammer movies. Some honorable mentions would be Captain Kronos the Vampire Hunter and The Mummy. Which Hammer classics are your favorites?


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      1. Bryan Verhanovitz March 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

        Nice list, DG.

      2. MsGorefiend August 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

        Great list. I’ve yet to see The Reptile. Definitely have to add that to my list!

      3. J. Dancaster May 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        The Vampire Lovers, Twins of Evil, The Gorgon and Captain Kronos definately! The Devil Rides Out perhaps? I’d put Captain Clegg, Taste of Fear, Cash On Demand, Paranoic and Brides Of Dracula after that for my top ten.
        The first 30 minutes of Curse of the Werewolf are superb, Oliver Reed indeed keeps the film interesting after that, but the ending is weak.
        Dracula, Plague of the Zombies and particularly The Mummy were dissapointing for me. Haven’t seen The Reptile or Sister hyde yet I’m afraid