The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films - Marcus Hearn Reviews
Description:ISBN 1845761855 / Genre: History / Author: Marcus Hearn, Alan Barnes / Edition: 2 / Hardcover / 192 Pages / Book is published 2007-10-26 ... more
The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films - Marcus Hearn ... by Titan Books Ltd / Fifty years ago, Hammer Films released their very first horror movie, The Quatermass Xperiment. The now-legendary British company went on to make such classics as The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula (and their 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 the likes of George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton. Now, for the first time, Hammer have given their active backing to an authorised history of the company, and have provided unlimited access to their archives. The Hammer Story provides a film-by-film dissection, dripping with rare promotional material and previously unpublished photographs.
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by - written on 11/11/10 (Very useful, 79 readings)
The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films was written by Alan Barnes & Marcus Hearn and my revised edition was published in 2007. I am a big fan of these illustrated coffee table film books (as my creaking bookshelves will testify) and although this one doesn't quite sit at the top table of ones I have it's pretty good and a nice purchase for anyone interested in Hammer films. While the book is probably not completely comprehensive (it tends to focus more on the colour Gothic era of Hammer more than some of the b/w thrillers they were responsible for) it does do a good job in conveying the broad sweep of the Hammer story. Inbetween a couple of pages of Read the complete review
by - written on 11/09/08, updated on 04/06/09 (Very useful, 327 readings)
For anyone of a certain age who can remember the British films of the 60's and 70's one British film studio above all others will stand out... Hammer. It could be argued that in this period of turbulence for the British film industry threatened as it was by the onslaught of American imports Hammer Studios almost single handedly kept the British Film industry alive and brought a distinct type of British film to an international audience. The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes gives us a fascinating account of how the Hammer studios began in the pre-war era and how they grew to become the leading Horror film ... Read the complete review