more evil please: the shocking state of Hammer Horror on Netflix [Fri, 06 Jan 2012 02:36:30 +0000]
A few weeks ago I finally put HammerFlicks [http://blog.humaneguitarist.org/projects/HammerFlicks/] online. The project is a programmatic approach to learning which Hammer Horror titles are available for streaming on Netflix. And while there's always room for improvement, the thing actually works and I'm using it.
Unfortunately, the true horror is that there just aren't that many titles that are available to "Watch Instantly". In fact, in the time I launched the project I've only become aware of one new title that I was able to watch online that I hadn't already seen ...
"Evil of Frankenstein [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058073/]" features Peter Cushing once again as the good Doctor Frankenstein. Unlike as in "Frankenstein Must be Destroyed [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065738/]", Cushing casts a sympathetic figure in this one, with the local authorities and a hypnotist named Zoltan as the true monsters. Frankenstein is kind to his loyal assistant (not his servant) Hans and even displays dashes of modesty about his scientific breakthroughs. It's not as grand a film as some of the other Cushing/Frankenstein Hammer films, but it's still fun.
IMAGE: "Evil of Frankenstein"[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/47/Evilofrankenstein.jpg/220px-Evilofrankenstein.jpg]
When I checked HammerFlicks today, both "Evil of Frankenstein" and "Frankenstein Must be Destroyed" are no longer available to stream on Netflix. In fact, 'Evil' is not available in any format from Netflix as of this writing. That's just, well, shocking!
By the way, I just stumbled on this [http://www.1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsa-d/eviloffrankenstein.htm] cool write-up on 'Evil'. Makes me want to watch it again. Oh wait, I can't.