If you're hot for Hammer then news about Synapse Films acquiring the rights to four titles from the British film studio's classic library will make you squeal. The company plans on issuing the DVDs later this year and we may be seeing Blu-ray transfers soon.
Fangoria had the scoop that the company has picked up John Hough's Twins of Evil, Robert Young's Vampire Circus, Peter Sasdy's Hands of the Ripper and all 13 episodes of the classic TV series Hammer House of Horror. All four transfers are in high-def, which is super important in order to inspect the gauzy feminine wiles of Hammer vixens closely. Synapse's Don May Jr. revealed the extras on the discs will include theatrical trailers, TV spots and interviews with some of the writers/directors as well as The Howling director, Joe Dante, who is a huge Hammer fan. May also stated to Fango that the features may be issued on Blu-ray as well, which is great news since many of the titles lack a high quality transfer.
I'm looking forward to experiencing Hammer House of Horror for the first time. The 1980 anthology series stars several of Hammer's icons including Peter Cushing and even features cameos from actors like Pierce Brosnan. Hammer's high production value seems like it would be a compelling match for a short story form. Vampire Circus revolves around a traveling carnival of vamps who snack on the local children in 19th-century Austria. Jack the Ripper's daughter is a troubled young woman who is possessed by her father's spirit and carries on his murderous acts in Hands of the Ripper. You can read my review for the witchfinder/vampire tale, Twins of Evil, which features the good/bad sister act courtesy of twin Playmates, Mary and Madeleine Collinson.
Between this news and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's recent release of The Icons of Suspense Collection, the Hammer Studio of yesteryear that many know and love may finally be getting its just desserts. Let's hope these remastered releases keep on coming!