These are a classic group of horror films made by the British studio Hammer Films between the 1950's and 1970's.
Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde plus Quatermass were all produced under the studio. These films are still show on TV and have a cult following. Low on budget, but big on scares. They relied on suspense often – and very effectively at that.
Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope) featured in many of the best pieces.
Hammer Horror is also a term used to describe the worst of the worst of British women, particularly those seen with too few clothes on in seaside resorts.
Quirky British songstress Kate Bush recorded a song called Hammer Horror which can be found on her excellent album ‘Lionheart.’
"I was sitting on the beach at Blackpool and this 14 stone Hammer Horror started giving me the come on! I'd have rather slept with one of the donkeys giving rides."