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

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Scarecrow Press, 10.12.2008 - 312 Seiten
No company in the history of cinema did more to legitimize the horror film than Hammer Films—the small British independent, which operated out of its tiny Bray Studios on the banks of the River Thames. From the Gothic elegance of The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula to the violent sexploitation of The Vampire Lovers and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer name stood for one thing to a generation of films fans as the term "Hammer Horror" became a part of the language.

This revised and updated edition of A History of Horrors traces the life and "spirit" of Hammer, from its fledgling days in the late 1940s through its successes of the 1950s and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation in the late 1970s. With the exclusive participation of all of the personnel who were key to Hammer's success, Denis Meikle paints a vivid and fascinating picture of the rise and fall of a film empire, offering new and revealing insights into "the truth behind the legend." Much has been written about Hammer's films, but this is the only book to tell the story of the company itself from the perspective of those who ran it in its heyday and who helped to turn it into a universal byword for terror on the screen. This definitive history also includes cast and credits listings for the "Hammer Horrors" and a complete filmography of all of Hammer's feature productions.
 

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This book has probably as many admirers as it has critics. In a lot of ways this is by far the best researched book on Hammer on the market. It also covers aspects that not many other books track and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Chapter One From Exclusive to Xperiment 19471955
1
Chapter Two The Rebirth of Frankenstein 19561957
25
Chapter Three New Blood for Old 19571958
49
Chapter Four The Bounds of Acceptability 19591960
83
Chapter Five Diminishing Returns 19611962
117
Chapter Six The House of Horror 19631969
137
Chapter Seven Boom and Bust 19701972
177
Chapter Eight Last Rites 19731979
207
The Spirit of Hammer
227
The Hammer HorrorsCast and Credits
229
Hammer Filmography 19461979
265
Notes
277
Bibliography
285
Index
287
About the Author
295
Urheberrecht

After the Fall
225

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Über den Autor (2008)

Denis Meikle is the author of several books on film, including Vincent Price: The Art of Fear (2003), Johnny Depp: A Kind of Illusion (2004), The Ring Companion (2005), and Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (2006).

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