A thing of unspeakable horror: the history of Hammer films

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Aurum, 2007 - Performing Arts - 199 pages
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When the relatively unknown Hammer Films released "The Curse of Frankenstein"n 1957 it unexpectedly struck gold. The reactions of a lynch mob of criticsrought the audiences flooding into the cinemas and the film ultimatelyecovered its modest production budget thirty times over and launched annternational 'brand' that would become a part of the British way of life.riginally formed in 1934 and previously known for quickie melodramas, policehrillers and monochrome sci-fi features, Hammer was quick to capitalise onhe film's success. By 1979, when the studio ceased production, Hammer'srademark combination of gore and decolletage had in dozens of Frankenstein,racula and vampire movies that would continue to be a staple of late-nightelevision for years to come. Hammer was a very British success story. Aamily business, it operated from the improbable setting of a Berkshireountry house, employed largely British casts and catered to theong-established British taste for grand guignol that teetered on the edge ofelf-parody.;But its production values were high by the standards of the time

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Being a Hammer Fan I feel this gave a brillant insite into how the Hammer company worked and how Hammer keeped its stamp on the films it made. Read full review

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The author clearly has an affection for the studio, though he can't help but laugh a bit at their efforts. It's a solid and interesting history of the studio and its decline (written before the studio ... Read full review


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