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Studying Hammer Horror

Victoria Walden

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

When Hammer Productions was formed in the 1920s, no one foresaw the impact this small, independent studio would have on the international film market. Christopher Lee's mesmerizing, animalistic, yet ... More


The Damned

Nick Riddle

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325529
eISBN:
9781800342330
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325529.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Damned (1963) is the most intriguing of director Joseph Losey's British “journeyman” films. A sci-fi film by a director who hated sci-fi; a Hammer production that sat on the shelf for over two ... More


Dead of Night

Jez Conolly and David Owain Bates

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993238437
eISBN:
9781800341968
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993238437.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Released a matter of days after the end of the Second World War and a dozen years ahead of the first full-blooded Hammer Horror, the Ealing Studios horror anthology film Dead of Night featured ... More


Witchfinder General

Ian Cooper

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733513
eISBN:
9781800342033
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733513.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Witchfinder General (1968), known as The Conqueror Worm in America, was directed by Michael Reeves and occupies a unique place in British cinema. Equally praised and vilified, the film fictionalizes ... More


The Curse of Frankenstein

Marcus K. Harmes

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Critics abhorred it, audiences loved it, and Hammer executives were thrilled with the box office returns: The Curse of Frankenstein was big business. The 1957 film is the first to bring together in a ... More


The Queer Biopic in the AIDS Era

Laura Stamm

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780197604038
eISBN:
9780197604076
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197604038.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The Queer Biopic in the AIDS Era returns to the historical moment of the AIDS crisis and the emergence of New Queer Cinema to investigate the phenomena of queer biopic films produced during the late ... More


Classic Hammer Beyond Frankenstein

Victoria Grace Walden

in Studying Hammer Horror

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter addresses how the success of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) encouraged a succession of Hammer horror productions, the most profitable of which were produced between 1957 and 1966. ... More


Conclusion

Victoria Grace Walden

in Studying Hammer Horror

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter explains that Hammer Films is a true icon of cinema, not only in Britain, but internationally. While the great 'family' studio of the past has gone, Hammer CEO Simon Oakes ... More


Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema

Ian Cooper

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071737
eISBN:
9781800341937
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The horror film reveals as much, if not more, about the British psyche as the more respectable heritage film or the critically revered social realist drama. Yet, like a mad relative locked in the ... More


The Fall of Hammer

Victoria Grace Walden

in Studying Hammer Horror

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes how Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) set a new precedent for horror which eventually posed a serious threat to Hammer Films. It was set in modern times and featured a human ... More


Making a Name in London

Daniel Kremer

in Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813165967
eISBN:
9780813166742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813165967.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Arriving in London desperate for work (and hoodwinked by the producer who paid for his travel and relocation to London), Furie is selected as the director of the low-budget horror film Doctor Blood’s ... More


Introduction

Victoria Grace Walden

in Studying Hammer Horror

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter provides an overview of Hammer Films. When Enrique Carreras and Will Hinds (stage name: Will Hammer) formed the distribution company Exclusive Films in 1935, they had no plans to become ... More


Making Movies at Hammer

Victoria Grace Walden

in Studying Hammer Horror

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses how the production history of Hammer Films is illustrative of the complexities of the British film industry, which has often struggled to compete with Hollywood. Though Hammer ... More


Hammer and British Cinema

Victoria Grace Walden

in Studying Hammer Horror

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the relationship between Hammer Films and British cinema. The history of British cinema has been characterised by a strong dedication to realism, in its many forms. From the ... More


Italian Vampire Cinema (1956–1975)

Michael Guarneri

in Vampires in Italian Cinema, 1956-1975

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474458115
eISBN:
9781474490610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458115.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The chapter details the success of the Hammer Dracula (Terence Fisher, 1958) in late-1950s and early-1960s Italy, and explains why, where, by whom and with which commercial results a series of ... More


Voldemort’s “Unusual Evil”

Adam Davidson-Harden

in The Supervillain Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826466
eISBN:
9781496826510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This essay takes readers from the 15th to the 21st century, and shows how midwives, “these educated and trusted, yet non-conforming women were uniquely imperiled by their learnedness and vocation, ... More


The Flip Side of the 1960s

Wheeler Winston Dixon

in Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623990
eISBN:
9780748653614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623990.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Peter Collinson's The Penthouse (1967), a key British noir film of the 1960s, followed in the tradition of Joseph Losey's more restrained dramas of claustrophobic domesticity gone horribly wrong in ... More


Introduction

Nick Riddle

in The Damned

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325529
eISBN:
9781800342330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325529.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Joseph Losey's sci-fi film The Damned (1963). The film's reputation has undoubtedly risen because of its historical interest, as 1960s culture ... More


The Journeyman

Nick Riddle

in The Damned

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325529
eISBN:
9781800342330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325529.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses whether The Damned (1963) is first a Hammer film or a Joseph Losey film. It argues that, although the auteur theory is so riddled with problems and contradictions that it cannot ... More


The House of Sci-Fi: Hammer and Science Fiction

Nick Riddle

in Constellations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325529
eISBN:
9781800342330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325529.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Hammer and its history with science fiction. Hammer had become, by 1963, an easy studio to pin down: the broader production slate of the 1950s had been narrowed to mainly ... More


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