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    This has always been a real favourite of mine, and never gets much of a mention in discussions of Hammer Films. Watching it again I was alarmed at how much the exterior scenes go from day to night and back again in different shots but despite that, what a lovely little film it is and how damn good the Marsh Phantoms look. Always wondered what they actually did to achieve that weird effect with them. Any other fans of this film out there?

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    According to "Hammer Films, The Bray Studio Years" Hammer's special effects man Les Bowie used Reflective Codit paint made by the Minnesota Mining Company. This paint is used on road signs and "glares back at you". The film is also one of my favourites.
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    This has always been a real favourite of mine, and never gets much of a mention in discussions of Hammer Films. Watching it again I was alarmed at how much the exterior scenes go from day to night and back again in different shots but despite that, what a lovely little film it is and how damn good the Marsh Phantoms look. Always wondered what they actually did to achieve that weird effect with them. Any other fans of this film out there?

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    This is also a favourite film of mine. It's interesting to compare it with the contemporary more child-oriented Disney version Dr. Syn Alias the Scarecrow with Patrick McGoohan, which I vividly remember seeing in the cinema.

    P.S. Jim Brady is in both films!
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    It's a jollyfine film, I love it, in fact anything with St Peter in it can't fail in my eyes.

    The poster made good use of the Skeletons on Horseback too...



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    Quote Originally Posted by cassidy View Post
    According to "Hammer Films, The Bray Studio Years" Hammer's special effects man Les Bowie used Reflective Codit paint made by the Minnesota Mining Company. This paint is used on road signs and "glares back at you". The film is also one of my favourites.
    Interesting, thanks for that. There's also something done to the film in the first shot, it looks like its been washed out somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
    This is also a favourite film of mine. It's interesting to compare it with the contemporary more child-oriented Disney version Dr. Syn Alias the Scarecrow with Patrick McGoohan, which I vividly remember seeing in the cinema.

    P.S. Jim Brady is in both films!
    The Hammer film is closer to the novels IMHO. Both highly entertaining

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    Do you ever get that thing where you rediscover a film and then find you watch it three nights in a row? Its a great bedtime film. Spooky and yet charming. I love Patrick Allen in it, in fact all the characters are very well drawn. The first time I watched it as a child I wanted more of the phantoms but as an adult I rejoice in the wonderful skulduggery. Nice to see Michael Ripper get a bigger role than usual. Cushing is tremendously cheeky.

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    Hi,
    This is a film I have always thought of as good.

    When I saw it at the cinema, it was in colour. However, about 18 months ago, a member from my club (Hemel Hempstead Movie Makers) put on a special presentation and talk regarding Hammer Films, using a 16mm film projector one Saturday afternoon. He, at one point showed an extract from this film. But unfortunately, it was in black and white. It was never-the-less, still very effective. I was sorry that we did not see the whole film. Our member had worked in the film industry in different capacities. This included being a film projectionist at one of our local cinemas. The now demolished Princess.

    I gather that another projectionist at this cinema was Les Bowie. He eventually went into special effects, as already mentioned elsewhere on this thread. In 1978, he won an oscar for his special effect work for SUPERMAN.

    Alan French

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    IMHO the books would adapt well for TV as two hour dramas. Obviously Disney doesn't agree.

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    A great film, which i watched on DVD earlier this year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J1vwZIsJdU

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    Thanks Billy, Great to see those Marsh Phantoms again.

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