Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

DVD Gurus: Hammer Studios' Classic Horror

Dracula bites and the Mummy rises as we comb through both frightening and corny moments from Hammer Studios’ horror archives.

On Friday's Up to Date, DVD Gurus Jason Heck and Mitch Brian embrace the fear and point out the cheese in classics such as Plague of the Zombies, Quatermass and the Pit and One Million Years B.C.

Get ready to hide behind the couch and throw popcorn at the zombies as our experts’ recommend the line-up for your personal Halloween film festival.

We'll post a complete list of their films here soon.

Mitch Brian has written screenplays and teleplays for major Hollywood studios, television networks and independent producers. He co-created and wrote episodes for Batman: The Animated Series and co-wrote the NBC miniseries The '70s. He has written screenplays for directors Chris Columbus, Oliver Stone and Robert Schwentke, as well as producers Geena Davis, Mike Medavoy and Dino De Laurentiis. Brian directed the award-winning short film James Ellroy's Stay Clean as well asHang Ups and Rhubarb Pie. He contributed essays to Harper Collins' The Book of Lists: Horror, and teaches screen writing and film studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He writes for 435 South magazine.

When not commenting on cinema with Steve Kraske and Mitch Brian, Jason Heck is a film critic for the Kansas City Star as well as a part-time clerk at Hollywood at Home, Kansas City's oldest movie store. He enjoys windsurfing, backgammon, women who aren't afraid to cry, and finds traveling a breeze, as he's a licensed airplane pilot. His fantasy crushes include Famke Janssen, TV's Wonder Woman and Cate Blanchett. His favorite films include Lawrence of Arabia, Black Belt Jones, The Big Combo and Pee-wee's Big Adventure.

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