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The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films

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Over fifty years ago, with the release of The Curse of Frankenstein and Christopher Lee’s iconic performance in Dracula, Hammer ushered in a whole new era of blood and barely-restrained cleavage in glorious color, mixing sex and horror with a style and panache that made the small British company world famous.

The Art of Hammer collects the very best and most iconic movie
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Titan Books (first published October 26th 2010)
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Campbell
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully put together book of Hammer movie posters from throughout the 50's to the end of the 70's.
Wondra Vanian
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, horror, illustrated
A cracking collection of movie posters. I love that the different versions appear together so you can compare them. They’re well organised by decade and even include posters from Hammer’s modern relaunch. A must-have for horror fans.
Aaron Badgley
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Movie posters, and Hammer Films, a perfect combination and a perfect book. Well put together and ex excellent notation. Brilliant.
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May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Joe Barlow, Michael Laney
Shelves: movie-books
Movie posters are an art form of their own. And like so many other kinds of art, it often seems that the glory days are in the past - the days when a movie poster was based on a stylised painting which captured the essence of what we would see up there on the silver screen, or, very often, when it came to the sort of blood and thunder exploitation movies in which companies like Hammer specialised, a good deal more than we would ever actually see on the screen. When it came to selling horror and ...more
Jason Henderson
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just got The Art of Hammer, a brand new poster book this Christmas that is ideal for any classic horror fan. You've heard me expound on the unique look and feel of Hammer Films before-- I first wrote on this over thirteen years ago-- but here's the short version:
From the 1950s through the end of the 1970s, horror films entered what is now called the Gothic period, defined by a heavy reliance on supernatural rather than science-fiction-influenced themes, and period rather than contemporary
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Doug Brunell
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, film
This is a must read if you love film posters, Hammer or horror movies.

These posters were created back when the world of the movie poster was an art. Ideas weren't played in front of demographic groups (which is why so many movie posters look the same today). Each is an amazing piece of work in its own right, and here you get to see them in full-color glory.

My only complaint is that it wasn't nearly long enough.
Erin
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
This book contains the best collection I have ever seen of Hammer films fantastic movie posters. It is a wonderful look at the evolution of their movie poster and their movies. I must see for fans of Hammer studios.
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