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: 0810863545

ISBN-13: 9780810863545

Pub. Date: 12/28/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This revised and expanded edition of A History of Horrors traces the life and spirit of Hammer Films, the small British independent studio, from its fledgling days in the late 1940s through its successes of the 1950s and 1960s to its decline and eventual liquidation in the late 1970s. With the exclusive participation of the personnel who were key to Hammer's success,…  See more details below

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This revised and expanded edition of A History of Horrors traces the life and spirit of Hammer Films, the small British independent studio, from its fledgling days in the late 1940s through its successes of the 1950s and 1960s to its decline and eventual liquidation in the late 1970s. With the exclusive participation of the personnel who were key to Hammer's success, Dennis Meikle paints a 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 A History of Horrors 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 for the Hammer horrors and a complete filmography of Hammer's feature productions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810863545
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(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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