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Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood

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Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood Review

by Heather Phares

Silva's Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood collects two discs' worth of excerpts from the scores of the famed horror movie studio's films, as performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Though these versions don't have quite the same feel as the original recordings, for the most part they do manage to capture most of the dramatic, eerie feel of Hammer films' music. The studio's main composers are represented, including James Bernard and David Whitaker; Bernard's works, in particular, dominate the collection. Indeed, suites of his music for films like The Scars of Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Devil Rides Out, and Dracula Prince of Darkness make up the first disc of this set. Disc two is more eclectic, featuring music from Hammer's sci-fi and monster movies as well as its many vampire and horror films. Excerpts from Mario Nascimbene's scores for One Million Years B.C., Creatures the World Forgot, and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth are among the highlights of the second disc, along with Whitaker's "Vampire Circus: Prologue," Humphrey Searle's "Main Title" for The Abominable Snowman, and excerpts of Christopher Gunning's score for Hands of the Ripper. While it's a slightly unfocused collection, Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood still offers enough for horror movie geeks and soundtrack buffs to sink their teeth into.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Dracula, film score
1 Philharmonia Orchestra 07:28 SpotifyAmazon
Dracula Prince of Darkness, film score
2 Philharmonia Orchestra 05:07
Scars of Dracula, film score
3 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 05:18
Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, film score
4 Philharmonia Orchestra 05:24
Taste the Blood of Dracula, film score
5 Philharmonia Orchestra 02:14
6 Philharmonia Orchestra 03:24
7 Philharmonia Orchestra 05:30
8 Philharmonia Orchestra 03:42
9 Philharmonia Orchestra 02:25
Frankenstein Created Woman, film score
10 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 06:50
The Devil Rides Out, film score
11 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 02:01
12 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 07:07
13 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:25
The Kiss of the Vampire, film score
14 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 06:57

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
One Million Years B.C., film score
1 Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 08:12
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, film score
2 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:48
Creatures the World Forgot, film score
3 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:18
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, film score
4 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 05:08
She, film score
5 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 03:11
6 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 02:42
7 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 03:19
8 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 04:54
The Abominable Snowman, film score
9 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 01:31
Quatermass 2, film score
10 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 05:02
Hands of the Ripper, film score
11 Philharmonia Orchestra 03:14
Vampire Circus, film score
12 Philharmonia Orchestra 09:14
The Vampire Hunter, film score
13 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 06:28
Curse of the Werewolf, film score
14 Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir 06:36
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