Hammer House of Horror [Season 1, Episode 1]
The Witching Time
Shown 13 Sep 80
A man who lives in a remote farmhouse discovers Patricia Quinn [looking like what she is, a refugee from the Rocky Horror Picture Show ] who claims to be a 300-year-old witch. However, when the doctor arrives the witch is nowhere to be seen. Also confusing is the witch's accent, which clearly reveals the actress' Norn Iron origins.
The man suspects his wife of having an illicit affair. She is targeted by the witch - or is it the husband's subconscious?
A lady journalist, who looks about average weight, is mysteriously taking a weightwatchers class run by James Cosmo [ Braveheart ]. Even more mysteriously, a male weight-watcher (who looks bulky with muscle rather than flab) seems to be getting fattened up. And then he has a mysterious car crash ...
The lady journalist investigates. There's a pair of creepy undertakers, and a secret society of plane crash survivors. Not like in Lost , however - this is a far more Seventies story.
Estate Agent Denholm Elliot [ Raiders of the Lost Ark ] has a disturbing dream about being accused of murdering his wife. He keeps reliving the same day over again, each time a different gruesome tale.
In the late 1970s, an English country mansion is the site of a lab which experiments on animals.
The scientists adopt a young boy, but he turns out to be a creepy wee lad. And supernaturally strange things start to happen. Is it Demonic Possession? The Undead?
The ending is nonsensical. As is the rest of the story.
A married couple and their young daughter move into a terraced house. However, creepy events start to unfold. It turns out the house was scene to a gruesome murder.
This is a haunted house story with a difference. And the twist at the end is unexpected. Pity the rest of the story wasn't so slow and clunky.
1970s England, and a white man owns an African ju-ju doll. He calls it Charlie Boy, which isn't taken as being racist since his wife is played by Afro-Caribean actress Angela Bruce .
The protagonist gets drunk and absent-mindedly invokes a ju-ju curse. His friends, in a nearby photo, then start dying in unlikely accidents. When he works out what has happened, it's a race against time to revoke the curse.
Brian Cox ( Manhunter ) is released from jail. He tries to take advantage of kindly old Peter Cushing ( Frankenstein ), who once spent time in a Concentration Camp. Unfortunately, Cushing is expecting this. And nobody can hear Cox scream ...
Cox's wife is the brains in their marriage. How an intelligent woman like her ended up married to a thuggish career-burglar is not explained.
Christopher Cazenove [ Knight's Tale ] and his wife go for a drive in the English countryside. The car crashes ...
They spend the night in a mansion run by a middle-aged Diana Dors , filled with 8 creepy children of various ages. No parents in sight. And as the night wears on, things get stranger still ...
Cazenove awakes in hospital. Was it all a dream? His wife craves fillet steak, rare and bloody.
A serial killer is wiping out men, including the young Pierce Brosnan [ Goldeneye, TND, TWINE, DAD ]. Detective Anthony Valentine [ Robin of Sherwood ] investigates, and discovers the murders match the pattern of a Countess Dracula type.
An antiques dealer buys a mirror that once belonged to John Dee. Paul Darrow [ Blake's Seven ] is a Cultist trying to steal it.
It turns out the mirror is John Dee's scrying glass. Nice background - historical accuracy but avoiding cliche!
The ending isn't exactly original. But the film it's taken from is a classic, so I suppose it's forgiveable.
An American woman (married to Simon Macorkindale - Relic Hunter S3 ) shoots a burglar. She's traumatised, thinks he's haunting her, and hires a Hindu Swami ...
A family driving to their new home in the English countryside stop to pick up a hitchhiker. The car crashes, the wife blacks out ...
When she wakes up in hospital, her husband is comatose and the stranger is dead.
Has the husband been replaced by an evil doppelganger? Or is the wife just hysterical and paranoid?
A man becomes obsessed with the number 9. It seems to be cropping up everywhere ...
Is he a dangerously deluded individual? Or is he being experimented on by a secret coven of satanists?