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

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

by Denis Meikle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810863537

ISBN-13: 9780810863538

Pub. Date: 12/10/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810863538
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/10/2008
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Cushing Cushing, Peter

Ch. 1 From Exclusive to Xperiment, 1947-1955 1

Ch. 2 The Rebirth of Frankenstein, 1956-1957 25

Ch. 3 New Blood for Old, 1957-1958 49

Ch. 4 The Bounds of Acceptability, 1959-1960 83

Ch. 5 Diminishing Returns, 1961-1962 117

Ch. 6 The House of Horror, 1963-1969 137

Ch. 7 Boom and Bust, 1970-1972 177

Ch. 8 Last Rites, 1973-1979 207

Epilogue: After the Fall 225

Afterword The Spirit of Hammer Michael Carreras Carreras, Michael 227

Appendix A The Hammer Horrors-Cast and Credits 229

Appendix B Hammer Filmography, 1946-1979 265

Notes 277

Bibliography 285

Index 287

About the Author 295

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