The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films

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The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films

Format:  Hardcover,

192 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Sep 2007

ISBN-13: 9781845761851

ISBN-10: 1845761855

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Fifty years ago, Hammer Films released "The Curse of Frankenstein." The now-legendary British company went on to make such classics as "Dracula "(and its many sequels), making international stars out of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, changing the face of horror cinema, and inspiring a generation of Hollywood filmmakers, including George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton.
Now, for the first time, Hammer have given their active backing to an authorised history of the company, and have provided unlimited access to their archives.
"The Hammer Story "provides a film-by-film dissection, dripping with rare promotional material and previously unpublished photographs.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2007
ISBN-13: 9781845761851
ISBN-10: 1845761855
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.75 x 11.75 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781845761851

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Review by Library Journal (2007-10-15)

From the 1950s through the mid-1970's, Britain's Hammer Films churned out a plethora of low-budget yet solid-quality films in a style similar to the old Hollywood studio system. Next to Universal Studios in the 1930s and 1940's, Hammer released the longest string of horror thrillers in film history. As Universal launched stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, Hammer's horror catapulted character players like Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee to fame.

Despite the product's thrift, there's tremendous craft in these films, from the writing and acting to set design and cinematography, and they still enjoy a cult following among horror aficionados. Ultimately, they're fun and entertaining. Originally released in 1997, Hearn and Barnes's deep history of Hammer has been updated and revised with extended info and many new, rare color pix. Davies's 2001 Holmes title also has been updated to include new productions and now encompasses all Holmes-based films, from the silents up to 2005, with background detail, critiques of performances, and more.

There also are portraits of favorite actors who have played the role, e.g., Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, and the creme de la creme, Jeremy Brett. The -Holmes book is a bit of a specialty item (although there are lots of fans who'll love it), while the Hammer volume is solid for all film collections.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Fifty years ago, Hammer Films released The Curse of Frankenstein. The now-legendary British company went on to make such classics as Dracula (and its many sequels), making international stars out of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, changing the face of horror cinema, and inspiring a generation of Hollywood filmmakers, including George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton.

Now, for the first time, Hammer have given their active backing to an authorised history of the company, and have provided unlimited access to their archives.

The Hammer Story provides a film-by-film dissection, dripping with rare promotional material and previously unpublished photographs.

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