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Let the quiet ones in

Johnny Walker

in Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780748689736
eISBN:
9781474416009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748689736.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 6 returns to industry, and charts the re-emergence of Hammer Films, which, after thirty years, finally went back into film production in the 2000s. Drawing from primary sources such as the ... 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


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


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


English Gothic

Bryan Turnock

in Studying Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325895
eISBN:
9781800342460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325895.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter evaluates the British horror film industry. Given the country's input in the success of the Hollywood horror films of the 1930s, in terms of source material as well as technicians and ... 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


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


Hammer After the ‘X’

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/9781906733322.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses how the success of The Quatermass Xperiment (1953), despite, or because of its X rating, enabled Hammer Films to test the British Board of Film Censors' (BBFC) boundaries of ... More


Terence Fisher Through the Auteur Lens

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/9781906733322.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Terence Fisher, Hammer Films' most celebrated director. Fisher directed twenty-eight Hammer films between 1952 and 1974 and vehemently refused to be considered an auteur for ... More


Hammer Rises from the Grave

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/9781906733322.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores how a Hammer film looks like in the twenty-first century. In an article in Empire magazine, new Hammer CEO Simon Oakes states that Let Me In (2010) is the first new Hammer ... More


The Legacy of The Mummy

Doris V. Sutherland

in The Mummy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325956
eISBN:
9781800342484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325956.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter highlights the legacy of The Mummy (1932). Ever since the 1930s, the plot elements and iconography of the film have been re-used, re-interpreted, and re-worked in myriad forms. Universal ... 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


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: national cinema and unstable genres

Valentina Vitali

in Capital and popular cinema: The dollars are coming!

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780719099656
eISBN:
9781526109774
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099656.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A brief historical overview of the discourses by which in Britain, until the late 1990s, popular genres were excluded from accounts of national cinemas, and of the gradual but very slow recognition, ... 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


‘A nightmare of horror’

Jez Conolly and David Owain Bates

in Devil’s Advocates

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993238437
eISBN:
9781800341968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993238437.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter illustrates the antecedents of Dead of Night and charts its line of influence. In many respects, Dead of Night was more a cinematic pinnacle of a storytelling tradition than a forebear ... 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


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