It’s so fun to think about all the fun we’ll never get.
From untold Dracula prequels and swashbuckling pirate biopics to a scrap between a zeppelin and some pterodactyls, we take a look at 10 Hammer classics which could have been!
To be made in collaboration with Japanese production company Toho, Nessie was conceived in 1976 and slated for release in 1978. With The Stepford Wives’ helmer Bryan Forbes attached to direct and Godzilla creature-creator Teruyoshi Nakano leading the special effects team, the project looked set to be a monster hit, and work was eagerly commenced on the creature design while a rumoured 250-page script did the rounds internally.
Another project which failed to get off the ground in the 70s, Kali Devil Bride of Dracula (also known as Dracula and the Blood Lust of Kali) has been a lost project long lamented by fans because of its unfulfilled potential: a stunning, and perfect ‘Hammer’ location in India; a terrifying new monster in the goddess Kali; and a chance to see Hammer’s most legendary of duos in a brand new horrific adventure.