Hammer Films Double Feature (Never Take Candy From a Stranger / Scream of Fear) (Blu-Ray Review)
Rated: UR/Region A/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960)
Directed By: Cyril Frankel
Starring: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer
Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9-year-old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town’s most powerful family.
I admit I had never seen a Hammer film like this one before. Where usually every Hammer film I’ve seen in a wicked tale on the verge of being a gothic tale, this one takes more of a thriller route. Here we have the story of a young girl who says an old pervert did some not cool stuff to her, but the town doesn’t buy it because he comes from a respected family. A moral tale above all else, this one isn’t a horror per say but still takes some VERY dark turns. This is a really interesting and well-acted movie and the very final portion of it the type of stuff that will keep you on the edge of your seat. So, while not typical Hammer stuff, it is still one the best Hammer movies I’ve seen to date. Made in black and white, I feel that the transfer on this one really seems to pop on-screen. I’d put the transfer of this one up there with the best Mill Creek has put out there in HD and I’m very happy to say just that. If you are looking for just a solid movie that looks really good in high def, then Never Take Candy From a Stranger is that movie.
Quality of Transfer: 93%
Scream of Fear (1961)
Directed By: Seth Holt
Starring: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis
A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father’s estate after ten years, and although she’s told he’s away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.
Keeping with a more traditional Hammer films tone and atmosphere, Scream of Fear brings us a good little story and it also gives us the classic Christopher Lee in a role as well. We watch as a poor wheelchair-bound girl finds herself in a bit of a complex situation and we watch as we try to figure out just what she will or can do about the situation she is in. Toss in some mystery and some shady characters and we have a movie that does a good job holding your attention but might be a bit held back by how much better the first film on the disc is. The same can be said in the transfer area as well, as this one doesn’t seem to pop well, especially when in comparison to the other movie on this release. While this one has some mystery to it and has a good cast, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the other movie but it isn’t by any means an awful movie. For more Hammer purist you might find that you like this one better. But with my personal taste, I didn’t.
Quality of Transfer: 87%
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