The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films

The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films

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by Marcus Hearn
     
 

Over fifty years ago, with the release of The Curse of Frankenstein and Christopher Lee’s iconic performance in Dracula, Hammer ushered in a whole new era of blood and barely-restrained cleavage in glorious color, mixing sex and horror with a style and panache that made the small British company world famous.

The Art of Hammer collects

Overview

Over fifty years ago, with the release of The Curse of Frankenstein and Christopher Lee’s iconic performance in Dracula, Hammer ushered in a whole new era of blood and barely-restrained cleavage in glorious color, mixing sex and horror with a style and panache that made the small British company world famous.

The Art of Hammer collects the very best and most iconic movie posters produced for the Hammer studio. This lavish hardcover brings together rare artwork from around the world. Featuring Hammer’s greatest films, including The Curse of Frankenstein, the Dracula series, and many more.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Hammer Films gave us some of the world's most unforgettable, most awesome movies. But they also gave us some of the most beautiful poster art of all time. " — io9

"...serious eye candy for horror and Hammer fans alike." Moviefone 

"A must for the Hammer fan in your life." - popdose.com

"The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films is a great addition to your personal library, and one that should take up some room on your coffee table so it can entertain your guests. It's a celebration of the Hammer legacy, a time capsule that gives praise and serious study to an artform that no one suspected was an artform at the time of its creation." Coming Attractions

Library Journal
One of Britain's top film studios from 1950 until its 1979 demise, Hammer produced films in every genre but leaned more toward the tawdry and sensationalistic. The productions featured mostly British casts, although in later years Hammer snagged aging Hollywood royalty like Bette Davis and Richard Widmark. From the late 1950s through the early 1970s, Hammer became England's answer to Hollywood's Universal Studios, shooting a number of solid horror films featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, and the mummy. The magical pairing of actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in everything from a string of horror flicks (Lee is arguably the screen's best Dracula) to Sherlock Holmes and more brought the studio clout with American audiences. Hammer historian Hearn presents more than 300 pieces of poster art, including one sheets, half sheets, and inserts culled from Hammer's archive and from private collections. The posters are nicely organized by decade in the order of their original British release dates, with art for foreign releases juxtaposed against their English counterparts. VERDICT Typical of Titan Books, the art is beautifully reproduced. B-movie fans and devotees of Hammer's still highly watchable horror outings will eat this up, especially at this sweet price.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848567375
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
13.24(w) x 11.66(h) x 0.18(d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Hearn is the acclaimed author of Hammer Glamour and The Hammer Story (with Alan Barnes). His other books include authorised biographies of filmmakers George Lucas and Gerry Anderson, and Eight Days a Week, the story of The Beatles’ final world tour.

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Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
McFriendly More than 1 year ago
As a long time Hammer films aficionado and collector, this book was a wonderful source to see many of the ultra rare posters that were created for these fantastic films. Many of the posters are so expensive that us non Hedge Fund types will never own them - making this book invaluable. The color photos are vivid and the book is well laid out. Kudos to Marcus Hearn for putting it together!