Hammer House of Horror

ITV (ended 1980)


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • The Mark of Satan
      Episode 13
      Edwyn Rord is a hospital orderly, and one day he pricks himself with a needle while working on a body. Somehow, this leads the Devil to choose young Edwyn as his next disciple - or is it all in Edwyn's mind?Then Edwyn kills his mother.
    • 11/29/80
      The Lewis family, Martin and Janet and their son David, are driving off on holiday. As they go through a severe rain-storm, they almost fail to see a man in the road, missing him by inches. Martin stops and offers the sober-looking stranger a lift. Back on the road, the stranger suddenly attacks Martin, causing a terrible crash. Janet and David wake up in hospital and find that Martin has also survived, but terribly scarred and changed. As time goes by, Janet starts to wonder whether the man who is now her husband is Martin at all. Could it be the stranger?moreless
    • 11/22/80
      Charlie Willoughby tries to rape Penny, an unstable young American living in England, and in defending herself she shoots and kills him. Penny's boy friend, Harry, then helps her to cover things up and buries Charlie's body in the woods. Later, though, Penny thinks she hears and sees Charlie, still alive - but a trickster is up to no good, and he wants something from Penny.moreless
    • 11/15/80
      Australian antique dealer Laura Stephens buys an old mirror at an auction. Then her friend Mike Roberts picks up Alison on the road, who says she has escaped from satanic rituals - Alison recognizes Laura's mirror and steals it. For more, see Recap.
    • Carpathian Eagle
      Episode 9
      A driver picks up a woman hitch-hiker and takes her to a quiet little place he keeps for the occasional sex attack - but the man gets a surprise of his own when his heart is cut out with a sharp hook. This murder looks very like another recent killing. Then the detective on the case, Inspector Clifford, hears on the radio about a book by local writer Natalie, which tells the story of a seventeenth-century countess with a string of lovers who all ended up dead. The countess kept an eagle which tore out her husband's heart, after he locked her up. Clifford calls on Natalie, and his suspicion soon falls on Mrs Henska, an elderly european who is descended from the count. The police start watching Mrs Henska's nephew, Tadek, who works as a female impersonator. Then another man dies, a jogger who ran the wrong way. Clifford is falling for Natalie, but he is also beginning to suspect her of being a mad serial killer...


    • 11/1/80

      A friend lends Tom Martin a country cottage for a holiday with his wife, Sarah. On the way there, Tom's car runs out of control and he can't stop it. The car ends up at a house in the woods, where Tom and Sarah meet eight beautiful Hungarian children and their Nanny, Mrs Ardoy. That night, they have an experience which will change their lives. Tom wakes up in hospital believing it was all a nightmare... but then his problems with werewolves begin.


    • 10/25/80
      Chuck Spillers gets out of gaol and takes a job working in a pet shop. But there is more to Martin Brueck, the elderly German owner than meets the eye - soon Chuck and his wife Annie are both prisoners. For more, see Recap.
    • Charlie Boy
      Episode 6
      A young man, Graham, inherits his rich uncle's collection of native art, including an African black magic doll which he and his girl friend, Sarah, call 'Charlie Boy'. In ignorance of its power, Graham uses 'Charlie Boy' to kill a dangerous driver and to place a curse on a cousin who has cheated him - but he inadvertently directs the curse at all the people in a photograph, including Sarah and himself. Graham's brother, Mark, his uncle's housekeeper, Gwen, and his friend Phil all die, and Graham tries frantically to undo his curse. On the advice of Heinz, an antique dealer, he plans to destroy 'Charlie Boy' - but the doll has its eye on him.moreless
    • 10/11/80

      Emma and William Peters and their young daughter, Sophie, move into an old house which has been empty for years. Unknown to the Peterses, Number 42, Colman Road, has not been lived in since an old man called Albert Clemens murdered his wife there. As severed hands and glinting kukris come at them out of thin air, while the house rains blood and the family cat is killed in a freak accident, the Peters family is terrorized. There is a shocking climax to the story when Sophie uses one of her birthday presents to... well, we had better not give the ending away!


    • Growing Pains
      Episode 4
      Dr Terence Morton (a research botanist) and his wife Laurie live in a big country house with their ten-year-old son, William, but he is killed by eating food intended for his father's research rabbits. The Mortons then adopt another young boy, called James. But their new son is a weird, aloof child from the beginning, and shocking things happen around him. Dr Morton is always busy with his research work, while Laurie works tirelessly for charities, which means they completely neglect their new son - which is just as it was with William, the boy who died. Then James finds William's diary and reads a poem he wrote about his lonely life, and this calls up the shade of the dead boy. William's ghost invades the household, looking for revenge on his selfish father and causing grim events to unfold.moreless
    • Rude Awakening
      Episode 3
      Norman Shenley, an estate agent, has a dream about murdering his plain, bad-tempered wife. Her death leaves him free to chase his pretty secretary, Lolly. Later the same day, at a scary old house called Lower Moat Manor, Norman hears a voice say "You shouldn't have done it, Mr Shenley... You shouldn't have killed your wife". Then, that evening, Norman kills his wife for real - but later he wakes up and finds it was all a dream again. Somehow, real life and fantasy are getting intertwined with each other...moreless
    • 9/20/80
      Ruth Cairns, a journalist, is given the job of writing about a weight loss programme at the Chesterton Clinic, a place with a name for strange goings-on. Ruth checks into the Clinic and starts investigating rumours of limbless torsos and body snatching. While there, she makes friends with Ben, another slimmer... but Ben soon dies, and his body vanishes. Ruth gatecrashes a reunion party for the survivors of a passenger airliner which crashed in the Atlas Mountains on its way to Marrakesh, and the episode reaches its grim climax as it dawns on Ruth that what it all adds up to is cannibalism.


    • Witching Time
      Episode 1
      During a thunderstorm, David Winter finds a young woman called Lucinda in his barn, and she claims to be a witch from the seventeenth century. David sends for his doctor and soon falls for Lucinda - to the dismay of his wife, Mary. For more, see Recap.