Topic: Horror Films Of Actors/ Actresses Not usually Known For Horror 2/10

And the second in the series is

2. Oliver Reed

Tough guy actor and hellraiser  who worked his way through a lot of genres westerns, comedies, thrillers, action and star of  films such as  The Assassination Bureau, Hannibal Brooks, The Jokers, The Trap, the Hunting Party and many others. he had a very up and down career and that goes for some of the horror films he did too. in chronological order.

1. Curse Of The Werewolf ( 1961) this was Oliver's first big role and he took it with both hands. He plays Leon a boy born on christmas day and the result of a begger raping a woman and the boy being cursed to be a werewolf. He is adopted by a Spanish nobleman and as he grows up falls in love but is tormented by his curse and becomes a raging  bloodthirsty beast on the full moon. Oliver Reed is very good in the role aided by a great werewolf make up, he is both sympathetic, tragic and brutal all at the same time. Hammer Studios only werewolf film and a pretty good one.

2.These Are The Damned ( 1963) oliver Reed in another Hammer film but here he is a " Normal" human. he plays the leader of a gang who mug an Amercian on his boat and the man falls for Ollie's sister which doesn't please him. The man and the girl go on the run but all of them get mixed up in a scientific experiment involving a " Special breed" of children  with deadly consequences. slow moving film and one that changes from a drama to a rather chilling science fiction film. not bad.

3.The Brood ( 1979) Oliver Reed here under David Cronenberg's direction plays Dr Hal Raglin a controversial psychiatrist who has a bizarre method to bring out his patient's rage and it has a really nasty effect on one of his women patients who produces a brood of freakish dwarf like children who commit nasty brutal murders when mummy gets agitated.Typical  cronenberg movie with a couple of brutal murder scenes including one in a classroom.

4. Dr Heckyl & Mr Hype ( 1980) not a great film but it's ok and Oliver Reed seems to enjoy himself here in a comedy horror version of Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde but with a slight difference. Dr henry Heckyl is the ugly and deformed podist ( foot doctor) who discovers a potion that turns him into the handsome mr Hype who is a great womaniser but has something of a temper and commits a serious of murders. Ollie has fun in both roles and shows a flair for comedy. film is only average but it's light hearted.

5. Spasms ( 1983) Ollie plays Jason Kincaid a millionaire hunter who finds a giant snake and discovers he has a telepathic link with it . He foolishly captures it and keeps it but it escapes and starts killing people. silly and cheap film with not very good effects but a couple of gory moments when some victims start spouting huge festering boils all over them.

there we go, i would appreciate some memories of the films if you have seen them, comments  and whatever from you lovely people and  perhaps inspire you to view some of them. Watch out for number three in the next few days.

Last edited by wolfman1959 (2013-02-06 16:08:28)

Re: Horror Films Of Actors/ Actresses Not usually Known For Horror 2/10

The only one of the bunch that I've seen is The Brood, which is also one of my favourite horror movies. I'm honestly not overly familiar with Oliver Reed's catalog, but he is outstanding in The Brood, it was a very versatile role which not many others could've pull off so well.

Re: Horror Films Of Actors/ Actresses Not usually Known For Horror 2/10

Yeah, The Brood is the only one I have seen that movie. I have yet to see to many hammer films. I'll add Curse' to my list!

Re: Horror Films Of Actors/ Actresses Not usually Known For Horror 2/10

Seen 3 of 'em Wolfman. The Jeckyll & Hyde effort is instantly forgettable but, as you say, Reed seemed to be having fun which shone on camera. The Brood, and, to be frightfully honest this film is duller than toothache but the piece de resistance in our dearly departed Alkie favourite's ouevre is his wonderful turn as the werewolf in 'Curse of the Werewolf' - he hammed it up like a superstar in that classic Hammer outing and it remains one of my fave Hammer House of Horror offerings.

I'll be sure to check the other two out as well. smile

Re: Horror Films Of Actors/ Actresses Not usually Known For Horror 2/10

Again, interesting list, Wolfie. smile
For those wanting to locate some of the films, Curse of the Werewolf and The Brood are on YouTube, as is The Assassination Bureau and The Trap as well.

edit - Forget to mention, like Theli, I'm not overly familiar with Oliver's films either, but I really enjoyed him in Burnt Offerings (1976)! A solid haunted house movie, IMO.

Last edited by The Creature (2013-02-09 23:40:37)

Re: Horror Films Of Actors/ Actresses Not usually Known For Horror 2/10

Oliver Reed is a favourite actor of mine.  I loved Curse of the Werewolf, definitely in my top 5 Hammer movies.  He was good in the Brood and Burnt Offerings as well, but he really shines in The Devils.  He wrote, directed, and starred in The Devils.  Great movie that is visually stunning.