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Hammer House Of Horror – It Was All About These Buxom Babes In Peril

By on 31 March 2014 | comments 0

HAMMER Horror films were British-made between the 1950s and the early ’70s.

They featured, blood, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Gothic settings, vampires, monsters and lots and lots of cleavage.

As Tom Fallows writes:

The release of The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 was met with repulsion from serious critics appalled by its explicitness. The Tribune called it, “a peepshow of freaks,” The Times recommended it for, “sadists only.” Frankenstein may seem tame by today’s standards but in that instant, the modern horror movie was born.

Cue the babes in peril (and various stages of undress):

 

Hazel Court   THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1959)

Hazel Court
THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1959)

Eunice Gayson -  Revenge of Frankenstein

Eunice Gayson -
Revenge of Frankenstein

Janette Scott PARANOIAC (1963)

Janette Scott
PARANOIAC (1963)

Caron Gardner THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN (1964)

Caron Gardner
THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN (1964)

Caron Gardner as the Burgomaster's Wife. The Evil of Frankenstein. Hammer Films, 1964.

Caron Gardner as the Burgomaster’s Wife. The Evil of Frankenstein. Hammer Films, 1964.

Jacqueline Pierce THE REPTILE (1966)

Jacqueline Pierce
THE REPTILE (1966)

CARITA THE VIKING QUEEN (1967)

CARITA
THE VIKING QUEEN (1967)

Madeleine Smith THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)

Madeleine Smith
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)

 

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(top) Kate O'Mara, Kristen Lindholm (bottom) Madeline Smith, Ingid Pitt, Pippa Steel THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)

(top) Kate O’Mara, Kristen Lindholm
(bottom) Madeline Smith, Ingid Pitt, Pippa Steel
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)

Kristen Lindholm Publicity photo for: THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)

Kristen Lindholm
Publicity photo for: THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)

PETER CUSHING IN 'THE VAMPIRE LOVERS' HAMMER FILMS 1970 STARRING INGRID PITT PETER CUSHING GEORGE COLE KATE O'MARA FERDY MAYNE DOUGLAS WILMER MADELINE SMITH JON FINCH DAWN ADAMMS PIPA STELL Dir ROY WARD BAKER

PETER CUSHING IN ‘THE VAMPIRE LOVERS’ HAMMER FILMS 1970 STARRING INGRID PITT PETER CUSHING GEORGE COLE KATE O’MARA FERDY MAYNE DOUGLAS WILMER MADELINE SMITH JON FINCH DAWN ADAMMS PIPA STELL Dir ROY WARD BAKER

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TWINS OF EVIL (1971) Madeleine and Mary Collinson

TWINS OF EVIL (1971)
Madeleine and Mary Collinson

TWINS OF EVIL (1971) Madeleine and Mary Collinson

TWINS OF EVIL (1971)
Madeleine and Mary Collinson

Yvonne Furneaux   THE MUMMY (1959)

Yvonne Furneaux
THE MUMMY (1959)

Marie Devereux THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY (1959)

Marie Devereux
THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY (1959)

Barbara Shelly & Christopher Lee DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965)

Barbara Shelly & Christopher Lee
DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965)

Barbara Shelley (left)  and Susan Farmer (Diana Kent) hDRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966)

Barbara Shelley (left) and Susan Farmer (Diana Kent) hDRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966)

Peter Cushing and Veronica Carlson FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (1969)

Peter Cushing and Veronica Carlson
FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (1969)

Barbara Ewing DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)

Barbara Ewing
DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)

enny Hanley - SCARS OF DRACULA (1970)

enny Hanley – SCARS OF DRACULA (1970)

Linda Hayden - TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970)

Linda Hayden -
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970)

Christopher Lee as Count Dracula and Joanna Lumley as Jessica Van Helsing in THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA

Christopher Lee as Count Dracula and Joanna Lumley as Jessica Van Helsing in THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA

Ursula Andress in SHE (1965)

Ursula Andress in SHE (1965)

Yvonne Romain - THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961)

Yvonne Romain
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THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961)

Kate O'Mara HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (1970)

Kate O’Mara
HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (1970)

Victoria Vetri WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH (1970)

Victoria Vetri
WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH (1970)

Raquel Welch - ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966)

Raquel Welch
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ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966)

Yutte Stensgaard LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971)

Yutte Stensgaard
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971)

Valerie Leon BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1971)

Valerie Leon
BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)

Vera Day Quatermass II: Enemy from Space (1957)

Vera Day
Quatermass II: Enemy from Space (1957)

Caroline Munro - DRACULA A.D. 1972

Caroline Munro -
DRACULA A.D. 1972

Caroline Munro -  DRACULA A.D. 1972

Caroline Munro -
DRACULA A.D. 1972

Scream Queen Stephanie Beecham who starred in the Hammer film "Dracula A.D. 1972" (1972) as Jessica Van Helsing and in Amicus Productions' “And Now the Screaming Starts!” (1973) as Catherine Fengriffen

Scream Queen Stephanie Beecham who starred in the Hammer film “Dracula A.D. 1972″ (1972) as Jessica Van Helsing and in Amicus Productions’ “And Now the Screaming Starts!” (1973) as Catherine Fengriffen