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The Hammer Story

4.48  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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 Burto ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Titan Books (first published October 1st 2005)
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GoldGato
Nov 02, 2011 GoldGato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autumn, celebrity, cinema
You don't need to be a Hammer Films fan to enjoy this tasty volume. Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Oliver Reed are here in their full gory glory. The authors do an exceptional job on making the book as colorful as the Hammer flicks were, with lots of color photographs and lobby cards. Each film has a full section with the plot synopsis and behind-the-scenes gossip. For the cinema fan, this should be a must-have book for the library.


Book Season = Autumn (when the air is chill)
Michael Kelly
Feb 07, 2014 Michael Kelly rated it it was amazing
A great overview of Hammer films, with behind the scenes details of all the classic horrors, plus a commentary of the changing face of the British film industry which finally led to the decline of the studio as funding and distribution could no longer be found.

Hammer films remain my favourite horrors, tapping into the mythic instead of just the horrifying. I think this is why they have stood the test of time so well. Today we have films which are much gorier and more realistic, but nowhere near
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Mark
Dec 13, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific book about the history of Hammer Films ranging from the early days in the 30s to the time the book was published in 2007 when the studio was just starting to be able to consider producing new films. It covers the details of the production studio's many films and the careers of actors who worked with them. Of particular interest is the the financial ups and downs of the studio as it struggled to make product that would be commercial and find the financing to produce it in an ev ...more
Susan Rose
Absolutely wonderful coffee table book for anyone interested in the world of Hammer Horror and British Horror film history.

There are great pages detailing each film and how it was made, plus biography's of actors who worked with the company regularly like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

I appreciate this book is for quite a niche audience, but this is a wonderful authorized guide particularly for that niche.

(One thing for any readers that expect this book to detail the recent resurgence of H
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Belinda
Sep 27, 2013 Belinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction-film
Gorgeous coffee table book filled with photos from on-set as well as great promo shots from the greatest horror film studio ever, Hammer Films. Has a fantastic listing of the Hammer films from the horror, to the comedies to the suspense and tons of great interviews with some of Hammer's best known stars. I love the chronological listing of the various titles--aside from being gorgeous, it's quite helpful for those of us who are collectors in terms of keeping a checklist. My only complaint would ...more
Patrick
Dec 22, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing
If you love the gothic horror films from Hammer, then you must own this handsome volume.

Nobody did cheesy, bosomy horror like Hammer.

Nobody ever said "ee-ville" better than Peter Cushing.

And nobody ever did a "drunken yokels in public house" scene better.

I was surprised to learn the company dates back to the 1930s, and I also didn't realize Hammer was responsible for "One Million Years B.C.," the film that pioneered the fur-lined bikini.
Jaime Contreras
Jul 24, 2011 Jaime Contreras rated it really liked it
The fangs are bared in this revealing look at the Hammer Studios. There is some tongue-in-cheek moments but this is for the fanatic.
Nate
Apr 11, 2010 Nate rated it it was amazing
really comprehensive guide to england's largest and most influential horror studio. covers every film
Brian Sammons
May 27, 2012 Brian Sammons rated it it was amazing
Love the Hammer films and this big, beautiful book is full of great pics and info on all the Hammer classics. Consider it a must have.
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