Hammer in name, but this isn't your typical 1960s Hammer production - The Lost Continent is a slightly odd adventure flick.
Based on a Dennis Wheatley's Uncharted Seas (you can see one of the cast reading it in the opening minutes), The Lost Continent focuses on an old steam boat, one on its way to South America with a crew of rogues, passengers who aren't much better (that's why they're on a dodgy boat) and a cargo of highly explosive (and illegal) material that will explode if it gets wet. Not the best cargo to send by sea, but hey, the captain needs the cash.
Ever heard of Mad Monster Party? Probably not - but you really should.
We did a feature on it on this very site some time back, but if you missed that, let's just say it's a Rankin Bass production, starring Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller, with a plot revolving around a retirement bash organised by Dr Frankenstein.
Oh yes - the house band is a group of skeletons inspired by the Beatles and pretty much a shoe-in for a Nuggets compilation. Hugely influential (Tim Burton is obviously a fan) and really hard to find, it's finally making it to DVD next month. In fact, you can pre-order now at Amazon for around £10 Check out the trailer below and see over the page for an image of that skeleton band.
During the sixties Roger Corman directed and produced a lot of terrific horror films based on the work of author Edgar Allen Poe, but one of his best films borrows its story from the work of H. P. Lovecraft. During its initial release The Haunted Palace was advertised as being a "Poe" film in order to attract the same audiences that had enjoyed Corman's earlier movies, but The Haunted Palace is actually based on Lovecraft's story The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
In The Haunted Palace Vincent Price plays Charles Dexter Ward and he delivers one of his most complex and chilling performances in the film. The Haunted Palace is often overlooked in favor of Corman's Poe films, but that's a shame since it's one of the directors most interesting and creepy efforts. The original DVD is currently out-of-print and used copies fetch a high-price on Amazon. Hopefully a new DVD of the film will be made available soon. In the meantime you can enjoy the original trailer for the film posted below.
Good news for fans of classic Hammer movies - the pick of the film posters have been officially reissued.
The posters are back in print to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of The Curse Of Frankenstein, with 12 classic images available over a period of time. All are of the original 'quad' size, litho printed on 170gsm paper and sold in a heavy duty black glossy tube.
The first four of the 12 available are The Curse of Frankenstein, Countess Dracula, Vampire Circus and our favourite, The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires (pictured above). The remaining titles will follow over the coming weeks - and if you subscribe to buy them all, you will also receive a free copy of The Curse Of Frankenstein/The Mummy poster. This will not be sold separately.
All retail for £19.99 each, with postage and packaging free to anywhere in the world.