By Denis Meikle
No corporation within the background of cinema did extra to legitimize the horror movie than Hammer Films_the small British self reliant, which operated out of its tiny Bray Studios at the banks of the River Thames. From the Gothic attractiveness 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 flicks lovers because the time period 'Hammer Horror' grew to become part of the language. This revised and up to date variation of A heritage of Horrors lines the existence and 'spirit' of Hammer, from its fledgling days within the past due Forties via its successes of the Fifties and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation within the overdue Seventies. With the particular participation of the entire body of workers who have been key to Hammer's good fortune, Denis Meikle paints a shiny and interesting photograph of the increase and fall of a movie empire, providing new and revealing insights into 'the fact in the back of the legend.' a lot has been written approximately Hammer's motion pictures, yet this can be the one ebook 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 reveal. This definitive background additionally comprises forged and credit listings for the 'Hammer Horrors' and an entire filmography of all of Hammer's characteristic productions.
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