Book Review: The Hammer Vault – Author Marcus Hearn

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“This remarkable journey through the Hammer vault includes props, annotated script pages, unused poster artwork, production designs, rare promotional material and private correspondence. Hundreds of rare and previously unseen stills help to create a rich souvenir of Hammer’s legacy, from the X certificate classics of the 1950s to the studio’s latest productions. Written and compiled by the official Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn, and featuring exclusive contributions from the actors and filmmakers associated with the … Continue reading

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Two new HAMMER films on the horizon

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News on two new projects from the resurrected HAMMER studio arrived today. First up is a new ghost tale titled THE QUIET ONES. Its one of those “Based on a true story” flicks that’s going to fill us in on the happenings of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Sounds pretty damn cool. The second … Continue reading

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New TV spot for THE WOMAN IN BLACK

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It sure is nice having HAMMER back in the horror game. They’ve been releasing some pretty stand out fare and it looks like their next one THE WOMAN IN BLACK is going to uphold that long standing tradition. A new TV spot hit online earlier and I thought you all might want to take a peek. Just as a reminder, THE WOMAN IN BLACK opens Feb. 3rd and stars Daniel Radcliffe. The film tales the … Continue reading

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Cover art for WAKE WOOD from HAMMER

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HAMMER has been dishing out the horror pretty steady the last few months. Tonight I got the word on their next release a flick called WAKE WOOD. Here’s the creepy cover art: And here is what we can expect story wise: We are told the tale of Patrick and Louise Daley (Aiden Gillen and Eva Birthistle), whose 9-year-old daughter, Alice (Ella Connolly), is killed in a horrific dog attack. To escape their grief, the devastated … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Satanic Rites Of Dracula (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: “In London in the seventies, Scotland Yard police investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism. They call in an expert vampire researcher named Van Helsing (a descendant of the great vampire-hunter himself, no less) to help them put a stop to these hideous crimes. It becomes apparent that the culprit is Count Dracula himself, disguised as a reclusive property developer, but secretly plotting to unleash a fatal virus upon the world.” (courtesy … Continue reading

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A Brief History Of Hammer

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One of the most successful and prolific British production companies, Hammer Films has become synonymous with horror – most notably the unforgettable series of Dracula and Frankenstein films which were instrumental in launching the careers of my dear old friends Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Elevating the horror film in much the same fashion as the illustrious Ealing Studios did for comedy, the Hammer Horror was overall quintessentially British, frequently stylish, often sophisticated and characterised … Continue reading

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The Art of Hammer: This fall October 26th It’s Hammer time!

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Hammer is almost as well known for the way it promoted its films as for the films themselves. The legendary British production company supported each new release with eye-catching posters that have become classics of their kind. Licensed by Coolabi, fully authorized by Hammer Films Productions Ltd., and annotated by acclaimed historian Marcus Hearn (author of the recent bestseller Hammer Glamour) The Art of Hammer is a testament to the company’s pioneering mastery of film … Continue reading

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