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A history of horrors : the rise and fall of the house of Hammer

Author: Denis Meikle; Christopher T Koetting
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, ©1996.
Series: Filmmakers series, no. 51.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story begins in the late 1940s when the little-known British film studio was struggling to survive. That all changed in 1957 with the overwhelming success of The Curse of Frankenstein and continued through the 1960s and well into the 1970s. During those years, Hammer Film Productions produced more than sixty films that transported cinema-goers from a world facing the threat of nuclear war and the demise of the
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Genre/Form: Führer
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Meikle, Denis.
History of horrors.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605709247
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Meikle; Christopher T Koetting
ISBN: 0810829592 9780810829596
OCLC Number: 34473463
Description: xv, 420 pages, [36] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The rebirth of Frankenstein, 1947-1957 --
New blood for old, 1957-1959 --
Diminishing returns, 1960-1962 --
The house of horror, 1963-1969 --
Last rites, 1970-1979 --
After the fall --
The spirit of Hammer / Michael Carreras.
Series Title: Filmmakers series, no. 51.
Responsibility: Denis Meikle ; with Christopher T. Koetting, research associate.

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The story begins in the late 1940s when the little-known British film studio was struggling to survive. That all changed in 1957 with the overwhelming success of The Curse of Frankenstein and continued through the 1960s and well into the 1970s. During those years, Hammer Film Productions produced more than sixty films that transported cinema-goers from a world facing the threat of nuclear war and the demise of the planet to a dark, Gothic fantasyland peopled with vampires and virgins, madmen and mummies. While film critics might not always have responded favorably, audiences loved them.

A History of Horrors traces the history of the House of Hammer in rich and highly readable detail, providing a unique perspective on the creative spirit that built the studio into one of the most successful British film companies of its time and on the changing world that brought about the studio's downfall. With the aid of many of Hammer's key players - including actors Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, and Christopher Lee; producers Anthony Hinds and Kenneth Hyman; and studio head Michael Carreras - Denis Meikle paints a compelling picture of a bygone era in filmmaking.

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College-level film studies collection will find this documentary a vivid survey of the changing British film industry, with chapters considering both major productions and industry trends. Film Read more...

 
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