A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer

A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer

Denis Meikle


No corporation within the historical past of cinema did extra to legitimize the horror movie than Hammer Films_the small British self sustaining, which operated out of its tiny Bray Studios at the banks of the River Thames. From the Gothic splendor of The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula to the violent sexploitation of The Vampire fanatics and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer identify stood for something to a iteration of movies lovers because the time period 'Hammer Horror' turned part of the language. This revised and up to date variation of A heritage of Horrors strains the lifestyles and 'spirit' of Hammer, from its fledgling days within the past due Nineteen Forties via its successes of the Nineteen Fifties and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation within the overdue Seventies. With the unique participation of the entire team of workers who have been key to Hammer's good fortune, Denis Meikle paints a brilliant and engaging photograph of the increase and fall of a movie empire, delivering new and revealing insights into 'the fact in the back of the legend.' a lot has been written approximately Hammer's movies, yet this is often the single ebook to inform the tale of the corporate itself from the viewpoint of these who ran it in its heyday and who helped to show it right into a common byword for terror at the display. This definitive background additionally contains solid and credit listings for the 'Hammer Horrors' and a whole filmography of all of Hammer's characteristic productions.

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