Our New Year show is just around the corner and, given that we’ve been all over the map recently, we’ll be returning to our personal favorite . . . classic horror! It’s been a little while since we’ve visited the Hammer library, so we thought we’d pull a couple of titles from there since you can never go wrong with Hammer : )
First off, we’ll be screening a major title in the form of Dracula Has Risen From the Grave. This is the third entry in the Dracula series starring the legendary Christopher Lee, and picks up right where the previous installment left off. Having been frozen in ice at the base of his castle, the Prince of Darkness has been out of commission for a while. Not wise enough to leave things alone, a couple of holy men go to bless the castle and inadvertently awaken the Count, who not surprisingly goes on a rampage! This installment is one of the high points of the series and features all of the quality you would expect from 60’s era Hammer.
Second up is one of Team Fantasmo’s favorite Hammer films, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter! This one is sort of an odd feature, in that it was meant to launch an ongoing series of films. Unfortunately it was somewhat mishandled, and didn’t fare too well upon release. As a result, a second installment never materialized. The plot involves the heroic Captain Kronos responding to a call for help from an old friend, who believes there is evil afoot in his small village. Kronos quickly discovers that vampires are at work, and commences to laying waste to the responsible parties. Part adventure, part horror, this is one-of-a-kind in the Hammer library, and an experience not to be missed!
Here are your details, for this sure to be celebrated episode:
When: Friday, January 4
Where: Chesapeake Central Library
8:00 p.m.: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (Rated G)
10:00 p.m.: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (Rated R)
So here is your chance to start honoring your New Year’s resolutions right off the bat, by a) not missing a single Fantasmo, and b) seeing these two Hammer classics on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen! All this plus more details on the next year of Fantasmo, inspired commentary, and a veritable feast of snacks and prizes! See you there!