My local horror film factory...
Merton Park had one of the many small suburban film studios spread around the outer reaches of London. They flourished when there was a demand for different weekly movies with full-length supporting B-movies. The government also had a tax incentive that ensured a regular proportion of films in British cinemas had been produced in Britain.
Operating between 1929 and 1967, Merton Park Studios found a winning long-running formula with adaptions of Edgar Wallace crime dramas and police procedurals. These were cheaply made and I've no doubt they haven't aged particularly well. But when I noticed this studios' name cropping up on sixties horror movies, I was excited that world-famous cult titles had been made locally. Not necessarily 'cult' because they were any good, though!
Hopefully the 'hospital' in Invasion (1965) is still around. In the story, the building is cut off from the outside world when two (Japanese) aliens visit Earth. Invasion is a good example of the 'pub invasion' genre, where Earth-shattering events take place while witnessed from a confined space. First contact is made with a handful of humans, as opposed to the whole world like in The Day The Earth Stood Still. This scenario is of course perfect for low budgets (see also The Man From Planet X, Devil Girl From Mars, Target: Earth, Night of the Big Heat, and The Earth Dies Screaming). It starred the late Edward Judd of First Men In the Moon, Island of Terror and The Day the Earth Caught Fire.
Merton Park's best known non-horror film must be The Leather Boys (1963). A kitchen sink drama from the South of England for a change. Rita Tushingham (from A Taste of Honey) stars in this carefully hinting story as her husband decides that he'd rather hang out with another motorcycle buddy than endure family life at home. The original book was a little more explicit at hinting at a relationship between Colin Campbell and Dudley Sutton's characters. The movie is affectionately heralded for it's snapshot of many bygone London locations, including bikers' hangout the Ace Cafe, which is still there today.
Timeslip (aka The Atomic Man, 1955) stars Faith Domergue (This Island Earth) in a twisty high-tech (for 1955) thriller that makes British B-movies actually look respectable! Full review here.
The Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn (1956) deserves a special mention for the blossoming talent that was captured here. It's an early multiple role for Peter Sellers (Dr Strangelove, The Pink Panther) and an early Michael Deeley production, long before he made The Italian Job and Blade Runner. It's also the best visual record of the influential humour of The Goons radio show. This short but hugely funny film is the rare jewel in Merton Park Studio's filmography. For a full illustrated review, follow the above link.
MERTON PARK FILM STUDIO HORROR FILMS
Devil Doll (1964)
The Projected Man (1966)
The Frozen Dead (1967)