By Denis Meikle
No corporation within the historical past of cinema did extra to legitimize the horror movie than Hammer Films_the small British self sustaining, which operated out of its tiny Bray Studios at the banks of the River Thames. From the Gothic splendor of The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula to the violent sexploitation of The Vampire enthusiasts and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer identify stood for something to a iteration of movies lovers because the time period 'Hammer Horror' grew to become part of the language. This revised and up-to-date version of A background of Horrors strains the existence and 'spirit' of Hammer, from its fledgling days within the past due Nineteen Forties via its successes of the Nineteen Fifties and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation within the past due Seventies. With the specific participation of all the team of workers who have been key to Hammer's luck, Denis Meikle paints a vibrant and engaging photo of the increase and fall of a movie empire, providing new and revealing insights into 'the fact at the back of the legend.' a lot has been written approximately Hammer's movies, yet this can be the single booklet to inform the tale of the corporate itself from the point of view of these who ran it in its heyday and who helped to show it right into a common byword for terror at the display. This definitive historical past additionally comprises solid and credit listings for the 'Hammer Horrors' and an entire filmography of all of Hammer's characteristic productions.
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A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer by Denis Meikle