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William Hinds was the Hammer of Hammer and Smith.
The second film in the Carmilla trilogy was LUST FOR A VAMPIRE.
Today Hammer films is regarded as a truly classic Studio and is recognized, alongside Universal Pictures, as a reigning force in the Horror and Sci-Fi genre.
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  Hammer Horror
Although Hammer did dip into the Sci-fi genre with "The Quatermass Series", their mainly focus was to make horror films and can directly be credited with keeping the genre alive and kicking during this time.
Hammer was able to take the best parts from the original film and mixed in the mythos of Kharis from the sequels to make a highly entertaining film.
The film was able to take advantage of the set that were abandon from Hammer’s feature “The Inquisitor” which had been cancelled earlier that year, because of fears of condemnation by the Catholic Church.
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 Hammer Films - SCIFIPEDIA
Hammer Films was initially launched in 1934 and operated for years as Exclusive Films, producing forgettable, modestly budgeted movies for decades.
More classics were revamped Hammer style, including The Hound of the Baskervilles (1958), The Mummy (1959), and The Phantom of the Opera (1962), and the studio also offered new menaces like The Gorgon (1964) and The Reptile (1966).
Hammer’s final feature, To the Devil a Daughter, was released in 1976.
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 Hammer Films
Hammer Films became the most famous studio in the world for their production of Horror films in the Sixties…but apart from the gore they presented the glamour.
It was a remake of a Victor Mature film and was the American actress’s second billed screen appearance (the previous year she had made her debut in the sci-fi thriller ‘Fantastic Voyage’) and the massive publicity featuring her in the world’s first bikini brought her international stardom.
Barbara also appeared in Hammer’s tales of a sadistic Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in ‘The Camp on Blood Island’ and ‘Secret of Blood Island.’ She returned to the horror genre in ‘Dracula, Prince of Darkness’ as Helen, the young wife who succumbs to Dracula’s kiss and has to be staked by Father Sandor.
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 HammerWeb Tribute: Nigel Kneale
Hammer director Anthony Hinds saw the first episode, and by the time of the second instalment's broadcast, had secured a deal with the BBC for Hammer to make a film version.
Hammer's decision to make The Quatermass Xperiment was probably the most important the company would ever make.
Hammer Film Productions' Chairman Larry Chrisfield said "He made a huge contribution to Hammer's history and we are greatly indebted to him".
www.hammerfilms.com /features/tributes/nigel_kneale.html   (710 words)

 GreenCine | Hammer Horror
Hammer films were distributed in the US by Universal for years and the arrangement was so lucrative it fostered enough goodwill that the classic Frankenstein make-up could be used without fear of infringement.
The Reptile, for example, was filmed on the set of Plague of the Zombies, both in 1966; it should be noted that the underrated Plague predates George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead by a good two years, well ahead of the zombie curve.
Hammer used Wheatley as source material again that same year with The Lost Continent, which was based on his novel Uncharted Seas.
www.greencine.com /static/primers/hammer1.jsp   (2629 words)

 Hammer Film Productions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hammer's first significant experiment with horror came in the form of a 1955 adaptation of Nigel Kneale's BBC Television science fiction serial The Quatermass Experiment, which was directed by Val Guest.
Hammer broke continuity with Scars of Dracula in an attempt to re-imagine the character to appeal to a younger audience.
The Curse of the Werewolf (1960), with Oliver Reed
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These pages are dedicated to those films and the people who made them.
Hammer Studios is also known for their bevy of beauties.
Hammer may have stopped making films in the late 70's but their impact on veiwers has never died.
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 screenonline: Hammer Horror
The success of this film encouraged the young producers to seek out another fantasy production, and the out of copyright Frankenstein seemed an obvious choice.
Its contemporary impact was immense; it was the first horror film in colour, and its critical reception was savage.
's legacy as the most consistent, durable and successful horror film production company of all time is testament not just to the quality of the personnel involved, but also to their tendency to adapt to whatever was the current trend, be it
www.screenonline.org.uk /film/id/445975/index.html   (632 words)

 Mike Hammer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mike Hammer is a fictional American detective created by the American author Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book I, the Jury (made into a movie in 1953 and 1982).
Robert Aldrich was the director, Ralph Meeker was cast as Hammer, Maxine Cooper portrayed Hammer's sexy secretary/companion Velda.
This is one of the few occasions in film history in which the creator of a literary character was later hired to portray that character in a film.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mike_Hammer   (450 words)

 Horror Films
This cult film redefined the concepts of beauty, love, and abnormality, but was so disturbingly ahead of its time that audiences stayed away in huge numbers, and it was even banned for 30 years in England.
Hammer Studios in England had its first horror hit with the Frankenstein creature in director Terence Fisher's gory The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), with actor Peter Cushing in the starring role as the insane Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Christopher Lee in his first appearance as the monster.
Many of the films in the horror genre from the mid-1930s to the late 1950s were B-grade movies, inferior sequels, or atrocious low-budget gimmick films.
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 Hammer Films   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Hammer Films brought a new twist to Vampire films in the 1960's.
Hammer then adapted The Hound of the Baskervilles for the big screen, which also stars both Cushing and Lee, the former playing Sherlock Holmes.
Hammer release their first serious version of the Jekyll and Hyde story, entitled The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll.
www.niteworld.net /Hammer-Films.asp   (793 words)

 Hammer 1970 A.D.
Hammer set the stage for the decade with 1970's Taste the Blood of Dracula, a fascinating departure from the traditional vampire thriller which also served as a fine introduction to the late, unsung horror star Ralph Bates.
The film starts with the final showdown between Dracula and Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) in 1872 an exciting battle on a runaway carriage which ends with the death of both men and with the arrival of one of Dracula's disciples (Christopher Neame), who takes possession of the Count's remains.
Hammer produced many fine, standout thrillers in the years 1970-76, many of which are all but completely ignored by the critics.
www.vidjunkie.com /reviews/movies/hammer.htm   (6212 words)

 DVD.net : Hammer Horror Collection - DVD Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Hammer's decision to move into the horror genre during the '50s became the most lucrative choice that the company ever made.
Almost all film artefacts have been removed from the feature, and the ones that remain are absolutely tiny and so infrequent that they are borderline impossible to spot.
What we have here is the veritable cream of the Hammer crop; three films that are not only cinematic milestones in the horror genre, but also marvellous viewing to this day.
www.dvd.net.au /review.cgi?review_id=2023   (1382 words)

 Hammer Films - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Hammer Films, British film production company, launched in 1948 by Sir John Carreras and Will Hammer, and most closely associated with the...
Cushing, Peter (1913-1994), British actor, born in Kenley, Surrey, whose long career embraced stage, television, and film, especially the...
Lee, Christopher Frank Carandini (1922- ), British film actor famous for his performances in the horror and fantasy genres, especially in pictures...
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Hammer's film style shocked the critics, setting a precedent for years to come.
Hammer was challenging the established ways of making film, and it worked.
The studio released films at an astounding rate, including 4 more vampire films in the 1960's, and an astonishing 11 vampire films in the 1970's.
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 Images - Hammer, House of Horror
Interest in Hammer hardly waned since its heyday, but few books were available that reviewed the history of Hammer.
Classic studies of Hammer Films, such as David Pirie's A Heritage of Horror, are long out of print, so the time was ripe for new books to appear.
And after Grant pulled out of the project, Hammer was left with a script tailored for Grant's romantic screen image and without any comparable replacements.
www.imagesjournal.com /issue02/reviews/hammer.htm   (686 words)

 The "Lost" Hammer Horrors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Hammer Studios had a solid property in the Frankenstein mythos, and a capable and non-temperamental star in Peter Cushing.
Lured back to Hammer with a promise to direct as well as script the picture, Jimmy Sangster concocted a plot in which Peter Cushing's Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster meet and battle Christopher Lee's Dracula and Hammer's Spanish werewolf (played again by Oliver Reed).
Even if these films were never really made, Hammer fans can at least imagine what they may have been like.
www.horror-wood.com /losthammer.htm   (961 words)

 Hammer Film Productions Limited [gb]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
"Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: The Corvini Inheritance (#1.10)" (1986)...
"Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: The Sweet Scent of Death (#1.8)" (1986)...
"Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: The Late Nancy Irving (#1.5)" (1986)...
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 Current news : The Unofficial Hammer Films Site: House of Horror / House of Hammer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Whilst neither the BBC nor Hammer themselves have confirmed any arrangement, M.G. over at the Yahoo Hammer Discussion Group has spotted what appears to be confirmation regarding the project on a profile of Hammer non-executive director Terry Ilott at the Cass Business School website.
Hammer's only contract actress, Caroline Munro (Dracula AD 1972, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter) is celebrating 40 years in the business this year.
Filmed in 1966, ‘The Plague of the Zombies’ tells the tale of a remote Cornish village, where a serious of mysterious deaths bring renowned doctor, Sir James Forbes to the aid of a former student.
www.unofficialhammerfilms.com /news   (5027 words)

Despite their desires, proper editions of many films from the Hammer film library have eluded collectors since the the early days of both formats.
Since Hammer was a small independent and foreign film production company, the rights to their films are scattered amongst multiple home video companies.
The folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment recognize the importance of the Hammer film library, and are providing DVD collectors with the type of releases that do justice to these wonderful films.
www.thecinemalaser.com /hammer-laserdisc.htm   (290 words)

field of horror films, however, was a propitious one.
filmed in fl-and-white by Universal in the Thirties and
1957 - THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (aka BIRTH OF - Hammer Films, 82 min.
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 A plea to MGM to release Hammer Horror on DVD Petition
The English film studio, Hammer Films, made a name for themselves in the late fifties with revolutionary reworkings of classic horror themes, and remained at the forefront of horror cinema for the next two decades, indelibly stamping their name forever on the gothic horror genre.
First and foremost on the list is Twins of Evil, that legendary film presenting Peter Cushing in one of his finest performances as a fanatically righteous witchfinder, the beautiful Mary and Madeleine Collinson, and Damien Thomas as the sinister Count Karnstein.
We, the undersigned, petition MGM Home Video to release the following films to dvd, fully uncut, with anamorphic transfers in their original aspect ratios in those cases where the films were shot in anything other than the Acadamy ratio of 1.37:1, before we all rot in our graves, as so many unfortunate Hammer victims.
www.petitiononline.com /Hammer/petition.html   (510 words)

 The Story of Hammer Films by Ingrid Pitt
Introduces Hammer and the people who set the company on the road to the Queen's Award for Industry.
Although Hammer was fast becoming the word for Horror, the output varied from comedy through costume fests to melodrama.
By the end of the sixties Hammer was looking for new blood lines to investigate.
www.pittofhorror.com /hammer/index.htm   (221 words)

 Amazon.com: Hammer, House of Horror: Behind the Screams: Books: Howard Maxford   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
It includes summaries and reviews of each Hammer film, a chronology of the studio and biographies of the principal actors and filmmakers who worked for Hammer.
Hammer, House Of Horror is a chronological, film-by-film history of Hammer Films from its beginnings in the 30s to the science fiction films of the 50s and the renowned horror cycle of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Hammer, House Of Horror is a splendid addition to any film studies collection.
www.amazon.com /Hammer-House-Horror-Behind-Screams/dp/0879516526   (904 words)

 Amazon.com: Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography: Books: Tom Johnson,Deborah Del Vecchio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Complete filmographic data are provided for each film, including release dates in both the United Kingdom and the United States, running time, length, distributor, complete cast and production credits, and alternate titles.
As the title says, this is a complete listing of every Hammer Film ever made, including those made under their earlier company names, in chronological order with exhaustive credit and cast listings, detailed synopsis, critique and some historical information for each film.
This is, without a doubt, the BEST book ever written on the legendary British film studio best known for their Gothic horror films of the 60's and 70's that starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
www.amazon.com /Hammer-Films-Filmography-Tom-Johnson/dp/078640034X   (1172 words)

 Hammer Film Yahoo!Group WebRing
Hammer Films are still the #1 source of quality horror movies.
Specializing on the film, stage and TV career of the British actor.
The most glamourous ladies of the 60's and 70's were in Britain's Hammer Films.
c.webring.com /hub?ring=hammerfilm   (819 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Hammer Films: The Bray Studios Years: Books: Wayne Kinsey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Contains many wonderful facts and figures behind the tremendous work by the Hammer production team in bringing to the cinema during the 1950s and early 1960s many fine films which are considered classics today.
The mind boggles when you consider the average Hammer movie cost less that £100.000 to make in those days when one thinks of the muti million dollar productions which seem to be the norm today.
If you are a movie buff and is interested in the making of Hammer films, then you must read this.
www.amazon.co.uk /Hammer-Films-Bray-Studios-Years/dp/1903111447   (579 words)

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