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 sufficient, 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 Lovers and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer identify stood for something to a iteration of movies enthusiasts because the time period "Hammer Horror" grew to become part of the language.

This revised and up-to-date version of A heritage of Horrors strains the existence 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 specific participation of the entire 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 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 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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