Diabolique Magazine and DVD Drive-in have created a petition to convince Warner Bros. that there is a demand for classic Hammer horror titles on Blu-ray.
The name once synonymous with horror might not ring any bells for today’s generations, but at one time Hammer was the last word in horror and the macabre. From the late fifties until the studio neared bankruptcy in the latter part of the 1970s, they produced a plethora of horror, science-fiction and ‘quota-quickies,’ establishing themselves as one of the most profitable studios in the UK.
Switching gears, and 30 years later Hammer has been revived and is gradually making a comeback with a new wave of horror films for a new generation in a more cynical time. The release of The Woman In Black starring Daniel Radcliffe became the most profitable British horror film of the last 20 years, and Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish vampire tale Let The Right One In, was a critical success if not necessarily a commercial one.
This renaissance of sorts sparked a resurgence and a niche demand for Hammer’s back catalogue of titles on Blu-ray. The seven titles Warner Bros. holds the rights to are: Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Dracula A.D., and Taste the Blood of Dracula. The final three titles; Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein and The Mummy have previously been released on Blu-ray by Lionsgate, but only in the UK. All of these films feature Hammer’s signature style: lavish period detail, a bold sexual element and far more gore than audiences were accustomed to at the time.
According to Diabolique Magazine, Warner Bros. is monitoring the petition and is hopeful that the final outcome will determine whether or not there is enough of a demand to warrant a restoration of each of the titles listed above. In addition to a restoration of each of the titles, fans are hopeful for a collection of bonus features to go along with the new releases.
The petition’s goal is to reach 10,000 signatures by April 20, 2014 and can be found here.