By Denis Meikle
No corporation within the background of cinema did extra to legitimize the horror movie than Hammer movies - the small British self sustaining, which operated out of its tiny Bray Studios at the banks of the River Thames. From the Gothic beauty of The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula to the violent sexploitation of The Vampire enthusiasts and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer identify stood for something to a iteration of movies fanatics, because the time period 'Hammer Horror' turned 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 overdue Nineteen Forties via its successes of the Fifties and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation within the overdue Seventies. With the specific participation of all the team of workers who have been key to Hammer's luck, Denis Meikle paints a vibrant and engaging photo of the increase and fall of a movie empire, delivering 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 one ebook 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 historical past additionally comprises solid and credit listings for the 'Hammer Horrors' and an entire filmography of all of Hammer's characteristic productions.
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