By Denis Meikle
No corporation within the heritage of cinema did extra to legitimize the horror movie than Hammer Films_the small British self reliant, 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 fans and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer identify stood for something to a new release of movies lovers because the time period 'Hammer Horror' grew to become part of the language. This revised and up to date version of A historical past of Horrors strains the existence and 'spirit' of Hammer, from its fledgling days within the past due Nineteen Forties via its successes of the Fifties and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation within the overdue Nineteen Seventies. With the specific participation of the entire group of workers who have been key to Hammer's luck, Denis Meikle paints a brilliant and engaging photo of the increase and fall of a movie empire, delivering new and revealing insights into 'the fact at the back of the legend.' a lot has been written approximately Hammer's motion pictures, yet this is often the one e-book 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 function productions.
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