By Denis Meikle

No corporation within the historical past of cinema did extra to legitimize the horror movie than Hammer motion pictures - the small British autonomous, which operated out of its tiny Bray Studios at the banks of the River Thames. From the Gothic splendor of The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula to the violent sexploitation of The Vampire fans and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer identify stood for something to a new release of movies enthusiasts, because the time period 'Hammer Horror' turned part of the language. This revised and up-to-date version of A background 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 past due Seventies. With the specific participation of the entire team of workers who have been key to Hammer's good fortune, 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 is often the single publication 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 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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