Fireside Chats: The Resurrection of Hammer

I just finished watching THE LODGE. It was getting great reviews in independent release and was opening in more theaters every week. I’m sure it would have opened in a theater near me in a week or two at the most—but then the ‘Rona hit and my chance was shot. I had to wait for it to release on DVD. It did, and I loved it. You can review my review right here on this site this week. But that’s not what I want to talk about just now. As the film was beginning, I saw a familiar name appear before the credits: Hammer. Yes, THE LODGE is a Hammer movie. The same Hammer that put out so many classic Horror flicks like the Peter Cushing FRANKENSTEIN films, the Christopher Lee DRACULA series, and arguably the greatest werewolf movie ever made (tied with the original THE WOLFMAN) THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF? Yes, the same. Sorta.

Hammer closed up shop in the mid-80s, their heyday passed. The studio was bought out in 2000, then again in 2007. Hammer produced LET ME IN in 2010, and has since then given us THE RESIDENT, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, and LET ME IN. Oh, and now THE LODGE. The legacy of Hammer Studios lives on!

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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