I'm particularly overjoyed that this month sees the release of Dracula A.D. 1972, as this was the first of Hammer's Dracula series I saw (back around August 1978). I was hooked on this film and could never see why it was given a hard time by both fans and critics. For me this film had it all, a great cast (especially Stephanie Beacham), good pacing and Mike Vickers' funky soundtrack.
I used to love watching the Appointment With Fear seasons that Thames used to run every so often during the 70's. These together with the BBC2 double bills, gave me the oppitunity to see most of Hammer's horror output for the first time.
At least now Hammer seems to be receiving a tiny bit of the respect they desrve, although this has come too late IMHO. As far as I'm aware, apart from the Queen's award in 1970, Hammer have never received any official recognition. I would have thought that BAFTA, could have made some sort of posthumos award by now.
I hope that it won't be too long before we see a DVD release of The Snorkel. I saw this film around the early 70's on Anglia and it scared the crap out of me. I keep looking in the tv scheduals to see if it's on, but no luck so far.
I also wish that Warner's would get a round to releasing Moon Zero Two, aother derided film. Again I liked this since I first saw this on BBC2, I loved the quasi- Gerry Anderson feel to the production.
I agree with Nick, Hammer formed an important part of my childhood.