Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974)

•December 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

The 7th and final chapter in the Frankenstein Franchise for Hammer sees them return to what had originally worked with its predecessors.
Along with it comes the return of Cushing and Fisher. So we can be rest assured that we are in safe hands.
Frankenstein is alive and well and living in a mental asylum, where there are no limits to the work that he can carry out. The lunatic has literally taken over the asylum.

HHP cast our views on whether the last of the Frankenstein movies ends on the right note or does it merely go out with a whimper? Check out the audio file below for more.

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing
Hammer Profile: Shane Briant

The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

•December 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The Horror of Frankenstein

We are now into the 6th instalment of the Frankenstein Franchise as visioned by Hammer Productions. It’s first in the 70s and it definitely feels it. Out with the old and in with the new as they say, as Hammer tries to sex up the image of Frankenstein. Cushing is cast aside and in comes Ralph Bates to take on the titular character. At the time, Hammer were trying to mould Ralph Bates as the new face of Hammer Horror.

But will this new approach take effect? And will the fact that Jimmy Sangster’s triple role of writer, producer and director limit the scope of Hammer’s new vision?
Check out the thoughts and views of HHP in the audio file below:

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

•November 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

The 5th in the Frankenstein franchise and possibly its finest, sees Frankenstein once again portrayed by Peter Cushing, tackle brain surgery to save an associate who has gone mad. His motive though lies in a formula that he wishes to receive from the doctor, but at what extent?

To listen to HHP’s views on this darker version of the Frankenstein tale, click on the audio file below:

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

•November 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Frankenstein Created Woman

The fourth film in Hammer’s Frankenstein franchise and the return of Terence Fisher as director. In Frankenstein Created Woman, the Baron sheds his pursuit of the physical transference of the human body and focuses on the metaphysical. Is it possible to transfer the human soul into the body of another?

HHP discuss the ramifications of this switch in story style. Check out our discussions in the audio file below.

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

The Evil of Frankenstein (1963)

•November 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The Evil of Frankenstein

The 3rd instalment of the Frankenstein franchise sees the monster take on the more traditional look that audiences had become familiar with from the Universal Pictures classics. This was in part due to the collaboration Universal as part of a distribution deal, which allowed Hammer free reign to duplicate make-up and set elements. Before Hammer had been restricted to do so, but by keeping close to the look and feel of Hammers’ gothic film predecessors, do they in turn lose some of their identity?

Check out the audio link below to hear HHP’s thoughts and views on the film.

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

Tales of Frankenstein / Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

•November 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Tales of Frankenstein

Hammer’s first endeavor into the realms of television would lead them to explore the options of expanding the Frankenstein universe. Armed with a series of ideas for potential episodes (most of which would be used one way or another in future films) they teamed up with Columbia Pictures. Creative differences would however play a part in this collaboration and the series would never be picked up. All that remains is the pilot for the show and the team at HHP have reviewed it in keeping with our Frankenstein Edition podcast.

Check out our review here:

https://hammerhorrorpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/tales-of-frankenstein.mp3

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The Revenge of Frankenstein

It was inevitable with the success of Curse of Frankenstein that Hammer would revisit the Frankenstein franchise. (In fact they would do so again another 5 times throughout their history) So, a sequel was quickly rustled up with Cushing taking on the role of Frankenstein once more and Terence Fisher was once again called upon to take on directoral duties. But would they be able to pull off the winning formula that was established in its predecessor?

Check out HHP’s thoughts and review of the movie here:

https://hammerhorrorpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/revenge-of-frankenstein.mp3

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

•October 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The Curse of Frankenstein

As we begin our 3rd podcast season, it seems only fitting that we should divert our attention to the Frankenstein franchise. After all, it was the monster that created Hammer.
Off the back of the success with Quatermass; Quatermass 2 and X: The Unknown, Hammer were primed to make their next move by adopting one of Universal’s much loved monsters, Frankenstein’s creation.

The Curse of Frankenstein would make screen legends out of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Combined with the directorial duties of Terence Fisher, the writing skills of Jimmy Sangster and with James Carreras at the helm, Hammer Productions would create a recipe that would result in movie history. Finally Gothic horror had a new home on the celluloid screen and it would be in glorious colour. A new wave of horror truly found a new home and would inspire and pave the way for many film directors and artists to come.

Check out the Hammer Horror Podcast teams thoughts and views by clicking the audio below.

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing
Hammer Profile: Christopher Lee

DOUBLE BILL: Beyond The Rave (2008) / Let Me In (2010)

•December 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Beyond The Rave

For our 6th and final instalment to the Vampire Tales Edition of the Hammer Horror Podcast, we head to more recent times with New Hammer films. The first of which is Beyond The Rave, a webseries launched on My Space to insert Hammer back into the popular culture main frame.

This film is truly a whole new beast delivered in 20 parts, it certainly tries to pack a punch with a blend of old and new horror (Pitt, Frost and Noone) but does it deliver?

Greer and I cast or views below.

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Let Me In

The second movie in our Double Bill sees Hammer take on the remake of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel, Let The Right One In.

Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moritz would headline the cast as the star-crossed pair, struggling to find a way to fit into society.

But how does Hammer’s version measure up. Click the audio below to listen to Ant and I throw our thoughts into the ring.

That concludes our look into The Vampire Tales of Hammer.

Stay tuned for our next series, where we look at Hammer’s Frankenstein movies.

Vampire Circus (1972)

•December 6, 2013 • 1 Comment

VAMP CIRCUS

Vampire Circus

The Fifth instalment of the Vampire Tales edition of the Hammer Horror podcast ventures for the final time into “Old Hammer” with a film called, Vampire Circus, which witnesses the demise of Count Mitterhaus, only for him to inflict a curse on the village with his dying words.

The village then finds themselves plague ridden and a mysterious troupe arrive to entertain the villagers whilst slowly taking the children of those who slayed the Count in order to resurrect him from the dead.

Myles Davies and I look further into this film and cast our thoughts. Click below to listen.

Countess Dracula (1971)

•November 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

COUNTESS DRACULA

Countess Dracula

For the Hammer Horror podcast teams fourth instalment into The Vampire Tales, we see the return of the “Hammer Queen” Ingrid Pitt taking on the titular role, but can her presence alone provide the strength that this movie needs to become a staple part of the Hammer film franchise?

Peter Sasdy struggles to inject the historical angle, being based on the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory, alongside the producers wish to keep as much gore and horror into the mix.

Ben Skinner and I cast our thoughts over whether or not this internal struggle played a part on the films impact.

Click below to listen to our views.

The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

•November 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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The Kiss of the Vampire

For the third installment in the Vampire Tales edition, Meredith and I go old school, by casting ourselves back to 1963’s Kiss of the Vampire, marking Hammer’s traditional gothic horror tale of a stranded couple who come across an aristocratic family headed by Dr Ravna who aren’t all they appear to be. Can the slightly eccentric Professor Zimmer played by the amiable Clifford Evans be able to aid them in their darkest needs?

Click below and find out out thoughts on the movie.

Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)

•November 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

CAPTAIN KRONOSCaptain Kronos – Vampire Hunter

Our second instalment sees OBE screenwriter Brian Clemens at the helm and Hammer Glamour star, Caroline Munro in the mix, but could Kronos stand out amongst its fellow Vampire Tale entries?

The movie itself has become a cult phenomenon and strives with a different take on the vampire myth, but what do regular podcasters Antony Yee and I think of the attempt to twist the story behind this legend? Fortunately we are aided by Guest Podcaster, producer of The Tunnel and web series Event Zero, Enzo Tedeschi to guide us in the decision process.

Click below to find out our conclusions.

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Caroline Munro
Hammer Profile: Shane Briant

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GUEST PODCASTER: ENZO TEDESCHI

Enzo2Enzo Tedeschi co-founded Distracted Media with Julian Harvey. Their first major project was the multiple award-winning crowdfunded feature film The Tunnel, which highlighted an innovative and controversial model of funding and distribution with the film being released in an Australian first simultaneously in cinemas, and via TV, DVD, in-flight, VOD and BitTorrent. Having reached an estimated global audience of over 12 million, this project saw Enzo & Julian names “Breakthrough Independent Producers Of The Year” at the 2011 SPAA Awards, as well as picking up an AIMIA award for “Best Use Of Social Media, Word Of Mouth or Viral”.

Distracted Media has since produced the award-winning epic online series Event Zero for Movie Extra, and the feature documentary The Crossing, directed by Julian Harvey, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Sydney Film Festival in 2013, are are in early pre-production on the science fiction series AIRLOCK.

For more info on Enzo Tedeschi and Distracted Media, check out the links below:

www.distractedmediaonline.com
THERE AIN’T NO EASY WAY – www.thecrossingfilm.net
7 STORIES. 1 HOUR. EVENT ZERO – www.eventzeroseries.com
THE LIGHT RUNS OUT – www.thetunnelmovie.net

The Karnstein Trilogy: The Vampire Lovers (1970) / Lust For A Vampire (1971) / Twins of Evil (1971)

•October 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Our first venture into the Vampire Tales sees the Hammer Horror Podcast team delve into the Karnstein Trilogy. New blood podcaster, Ben Skinner and I look at the first in the trilogy, The Vampire Lovers, which to some was dubbed the ‘lesbian vampire movie’. It also saw Ingrid Pitt take on the mantle of queen of horror, as it not only made a star of her in Hammer circles but on the horror film circuit too. But what do we make of the movie that branched Hammer into a whole new direction.

Click below to find out.

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Lust For A Vampire (1971)

The second part of the Karnstein Trilogy would see the role of Carmilla played by Yutte Stensgaard, with her being resurrected and then entering a finishing school, where she starts to prey on the girls to satisfy her lust for blood.

rSome Hammer fans have declared this movie too camp, despite it reaching a somewhat camp status and despite Ralph Bates’ strong portrayal, can this movie really stand out in its own right in the trilogy.

New blood podcaster Greer Nagle cast our thoughts.

Click below to find out.

TWINS of EVIL

Twins of Evil (1971)

The final part of the Karnstein Trilogy marks the return of Peter Cushing, this time playing one of his finest on screen creations Gustav Weil. The film itself is probably best remembered for its central characters, Maria and Freida, played by twins and former playboy playmates, Mary and Madeleine Collinson as they are tempted by Count Karnstein and his demonic ways.

Myles Davies and I cast our thoughts on the movie. Click below to find out.

LINKS:

Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

SPECIAL PODCAST: Double Bill – The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) / The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) recorded LIVE at the Q Station, Manly

•July 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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For our final podcast installment on the Hammer Horror Dracula franchise, we thought that we’d give you, the listeners, a special treat and thanks to the management at Q Station in Manly, we were able to bring you the podcast, recorded live from grounds.

So we have set up this page slightly differently to previous posts. Below, you can choose to navigate in several ways, although we recommend that you do listen in chronological order. Essentially we talk about both films, (The Satanic Rites of Dracula and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires) in 2 parts per film.

Additionally, we have also recorded our thoughts and reactions as we navigated our way through the Quarantine Station complex and its various haunted spots, ably guided by our Q Station host, Jake. Needless to say, we got a lot more than we bargained for as we experienced an extremely active night.

Click on the audio links below if you dare and let us know your thoughts on either the movies or the events that took place.

AN INTRODUCTION:

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The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

As we venture into the 8th instalment of the Dracula franchise,  we bear witness to Hammer’s decline from the horror movie throne. In a vain effort to keep the company afloat, Hammer Productions decided once more to take it into a new direction. set 2 years after the events of Dracula AD 1972 and set in the world of espionage, Van Helsing must once again pit his wits against his deadliest foe…

Q STATION INTRO:

THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA PART 1:

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 Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Our final instalment of the Dracula franchise sees Hammer team up with the Shaw Brothers with a blend of          kung fu and horror. Van Helsing returns played once more by the amiable Peter Cushing and despite Dracula returning to the scene, Christopher Lee this time does not don the cape. Instead the role is taken up by John Forbes Robertson. Does he measure up and what are the views of the podcasters? Click below to find out more on this movie as we ourselves venture further through the Q Station.

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LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES PART 1:

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Q STATION CONCLUSION:

So that concludes the special broadcast of Hammer Horror Podcast and brings our look at the Dracula Franchise.

Stay tuned for further Hammer Horror podcast instalments to be issued later in the year.

The podcast team after an eventful night

Once again, special thanks to the management at Q Station who not only provided the stage for what we podcasters believe to be an incredible night but also for their gracious hospitality throughout the entire course of events.

For those that haven’t been, we highly recommend that you pay them a visit.

Q-Station-PromoLINKS:

Hammer Profile: Christopher Lee
Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

 

 

Dracula AD 1972 (1972)

•May 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

ad1It’s 1972 and Hammer have started to shift their celluloid output into a different direction, with more blood and more cleavage but what of its style and how would this impact on the beloved Dracula franchise?

Meredith and I discuss the 7th instalment, which reunites Dracula against his old foe, Van Helsing both played by Hammer regulars, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Fittingly we have released this podcast edition to coincide with Mr Cushing’s Centenary.  What will the podcasters make of the revamped Dracula?

Click below to find out and post your own thoughts and comments below.

LINKS:
Hammer Profile: Christopher Lee
Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing
Hammer Profile: Caroline Munro

Scars of Dracula (1970)

•April 26, 2013 • 1 Comment

SCARS DRACULA The sixth instalment of the Hammer Horror Dracula franchise, Scars of Dracula once more bears witness to Christopher Lee taking on the titular role for his fifth turn.

With a bloodier, gorier version than has laid before, Hammer start to up the ante, casting the notorious Patrick Troughton as Klove and….ahem…Dennis Waterman….and…err…bats.

Still, Myles Davies and I set about casting our views. To check out our thoughts, click on the links below and listen to the latest podcast.

Scars of Dracula Part 1
Scars of Dracula Part 2
Scars of Dracula Part 3

LINKS:
Hammer Profile: Christopher Lee

DOUBLE BILL: Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1968) / Taste The Blood of Dracula (1970)

•March 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

DRACULA RISESIn celebration of Hammer’s Dracula being released on BluRay in the UK, we at Hammer Horror Podcast, thought we’d offer the treat of a Double Bill Podcast, in true Hammer spirit.

2 Years has passed since the last Dracula instalment and for the first time, has a new director at the helm, Freddie Francis. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, ventures into new territory, visually and therefore offers a whole new slant on the Hammer franchise.

Christopher Lee once more dons the eponymous titular role and along with the cast and crew delivers arguably one of the finest movies in the canon.

Click on the links below to hear the views of podcast team.

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave Part 1

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave Part 2

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave Part 3

TASTE BLOODThe second movie in our double bill, comes in the form of Taste The Blood of Dracula, which follows swiftly after its predecessor and welcomes the entrance of Hammer regular, Ralph Bates, as the dashing and devilish, Lord Courtley.

With some coercion, Christopher Lee returns as Dracula himself and makes his presence felt throughout the movie, but with its fifth instalment into the franchise, is the blood starting to run dry?

Find out the thoughts and views of the Hammer Horror podcast team, (who has injected some new blood in the guise of Meredith Murphy) by clicking on the links below.

Taste The Blood of Dracula

Taste The Blood of Dracula Part 2

Taste The Blood of Dracula Part 3

LINKS:
Hammer Profile: Christopher Lee

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

•February 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Like Dracula himself, the Hammer Horror podcast team have resurrected ourselves for the third instalment of the Dracula franchise; Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

By now Hammer productions have truly established themselves in the film industry with notable movies along the way, providing great success for the company. In this instance we see Christopher Lee return to the titular role along with notable players, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir providing strength in the acting department combined with a script and formula that is now truly cemented, it appears that Hammer can not be faulted, but what are the opinions of myself and fellow podcaster Antony Yee? Click the links below to find out.

Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness Part 2

Prince of Darkness Part 3

LINKS:
Hammer Profile: Christopher Lee

The Brides of Dracula (1960)

•December 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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Since the release of Dracula, Hammer Productions had a mixture of success, with a return to another monster franchise with Revenge of Frankenstein and a huge hit with The Mummy, by which stage Hammer had established ‘ a gift of harnessing talents to achieve a harmony of purpose’

The movie Dracula had reportedly saved Hammer Productions from bankruptcy and business was doing well globally with success particularly high in Britain, Japan and the States. Hammer were eager to repeat the performance with a sequel. After a few redrafts of Jimmy Sangster’s original script, The Brides of Dracula soon went into production with Peter Cushing reprising his role of Van Helsing. This time however the villainous duties would fall upon David Peel as Baron Meinster, Christopher Lee allegedly turning down the chance to don Dracula’s cape at least this time around.

Fellow podcaster, Myles Davies and I discuss the second Dracula instalment that Hammer delivered. Does it stand up next to it’s predecessor or should it be staked through its celluloid heart? Listen to the audio links below to find out our thoughts.

Brides of Dracula Part 1

Brides of Dracula Part 2

Brides of Dracula Part 3

LINKS:
Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

Dracula (1958)

•October 31, 2012 • 3 Comments

On 22 May 1958, Hammer Film Productions release what would be the first in a number of Dracula movies, following on from the successful release of Curse of Frankenstein.

Dracula would be a loose re-imagination of the Bram Stoker novel, utilising the same tools and methods that had made Frankenstein such a success.

The following is a podcast in which I endeavour to look at the movie in some detail and how it stands up today, with the assistance of my co-host, Antony Yee. Now, we are in no way experts or gurus in the name of Hammer, just fans of their work and the horror genre, so hopefully this will show in our discussions.

So feel free to listen below and please add any thoughts or comments to our conversations 🙂

Dracula

Dracula Part 2

Dracula Part 3

Dracula Part 4

LINKS:
Hammer Profile: Christopher Lee
Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

The Mummy (1959)

•April 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

IT WAS INEVITABLE that Hammer Horror would continue in their success and following in Universal Horror’s footsteps.

It all started with The Curse of Frankenstein, and then Dracula, before turning their attention to The Mummy.

Once more, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee would reunite as was their winning formula.

Cushing playing the hero again as heroic archaeologist, John Banning, and Lee would don the make-up to take on the monster of the piece, The Mummy.

We would get to see Lee sans make up though as Kharis, the high priest of Karnak.

Lee would be able to shine further still for Hammer with The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Devil Rides Out.

Behind the camera, Hammer would also pull out the usual players with Terence Fisher as director, Jimmy Sangster would take on writing duties, and Michael Carreras would share the producer hat with Anthony Nelson Keys.

It would be a winning formula that resonated for many years to come, but Hammer would rely to heavily on this.

So much so that it would become stagnant.

And Hammer would find themselves lost in the times and over-shadowed by superior films like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby.

For now though, they were in their element and below is the Hammer Horror Podcast teams thoughts and views on the film.

 

Who is Prisoner 489?

•January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Prisoner-489Last year, Dark Regions Press approached HHP to promote their kickstarter campaign on the publication of their second instalment in the Black Labyrinth series. The good news is that the book entitled Prisoner 489 has been released. Penned by best-selling author Joe R Lansdale (Cold in July, Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep) and beautifully illustrated by Santiago Caruso.

I was fortunate enough to get hold of an advanced copy to delve into and cast my thoughts over the horror novella and I was certainly captivated by this gripping page-turner.

Lansdale has a great way of casting his characters in unique locations that allow the viewer to connect with their despair and isolation. I often conjure up John Carpenter’s The Thing or Assault on Precinct 13 with this in mind and Prisoner 489 is no exception. We find ourselves cast on an island, which shares its waters with another remote island. An island, that coincidentally houses the roughest and strangest criminals known to mankind. The purpose to the neighbouring island on which the story is set, is to bury the prisons inmates who received their death sentence by electric chair. A small group of caretakers live on this island to oversee the burial duties – far from civilization, with only each other for company and the occasional drink and porn to pass the time.

Told through the eyes of one of the caretakers, whose been living on the island for many years, Bernard is a quiet, restrained soul who has concluded that he will no doubt see out his years on the island.

He has hopes for the youngest of his companions, Wilson though, as he sees a lot of himself at that age.

The remainder caretaker, Toggle, doesn’t always see eye to eye with Bernard and they fail to find common ground, which make it hard for them to engage with one another.

Their only other human contact comes in the form of Kettle, who shepherds the deceased from the prison island on his boat to their final resting place. It is on one fateful night that Kettle transports Prisoner 489, a huge bulk of a man; A man who took 4 shots of electric chair before he was declared dead. But who is Prisoner 489? What kind of being can take that amount of electricity to pass through the body? And did he truly die?

Lansdale manages to really up the ante in a short timeframe to keep the reader cranked up to the maximum on adrenaline. Each page brings a new level of pure animosity and dread. Lansdale’s mind and imagination casts his reader into a world of sheer terror and that makes Prisoner 489 a must read for fans of the horror genre.

Check out more on the novella here.

For the previous article on the kick-starter campaign and our interview with Chris Morey from Dark Regions click here.

 
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