By Denis Meikle
No corporation within the heritage 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 fanatics and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer identify stood for something to a iteration of movies lovers because the time period 'Hammer Horror' turned part of the language. This revised and up-to-date variation of A historical past of Horrors strains the lifestyles and 'spirit' of Hammer, from its fledgling days within the past due Forties via its successes of the Nineteen Fifties and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation within the overdue Seventies. With the particular participation of all the team of workers who have been key to Hammer's good fortune, Denis Meikle paints a vibrant and interesting photograph of the increase and fall of a movie empire, supplying new and revealing insights into 'the fact at the back of the legend.' a lot has been written approximately Hammer's motion pictures, yet this can be the one e-book to inform the tale of the corporate itself from the viewpoint of these who ran it in its heyday and who helped to show it right into a common byword for terror at the monitor. This definitive background additionally contains solid and credit listings for the 'Hammer Horrors' and a whole 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