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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, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Meikle, Denis.
History of horrors.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2009
(DLC) 2008032794
(OCoLC)236117422
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Meikle; Christopher T Koetting
ISBN: 9780810863811 0810863812
OCLC Number: 299171763
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 295 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter One. From Exclusive to Xperiment, 1947-1955; Chapter Two. The Rebirth of Frankenstein, 1956-1957; Chapter Three. New Blood for Old, 1957-1958; Chapter Four. The Bounds of Acceptability, 1959-1960; Chapter Five. Diminishing Returns, 1961-1962; Chapter Six. The House of Horror, 1963-1969; Chapter Seven. Boom and Bust, 1970-1972; Chapter Eight. Last Rites, 1973-1979; Epilogue: After the Fall; Afterword: The Spirit of Hammer; Appendix A: The Hammer Horrors --
Cast and Credits; Appendix B: Hammer Filmography, 1946-1979; Notes; Bibliography.
Responsibility: Denis Meikle ; with Christopher T. Koetting.

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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.

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Meikle provides fascinating glimpses not only into the Carrerases, James the father and Michael the son, but also the various producers, script writers and, to a lesser extent, the directors..... -- Read more...

 
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