Hammer Complete: The Films, The Personnel, The Company, by Howard Maxford is every Hammer horror fan’s dream book. If you thought you knew everything there is to know about every aspect of the fabled “Studio that Dripped Blood”, well, here is a chance to test that knowledge to the full, as believe me, this book is an absolute mine of information on all things Hammer.
It’s all here: from informative chapters on the many glorious Gothic Technicolor classics that became so synonymous with the name “Hammer” (e.g. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy), to the company’s non-horror stuff: the musicals, comedies, and historical epics (e.g. the pirate adventures). And as if all those goodies aren’t enough, even the 1980 Hammer House of Horror TV series is given grateful acknowledgement here.
This beautifully illustrated two-volume encyclopedia covers every Hammer film and television production in extensive detail. There are entries on all of the actors (especially Hammer’s two legendary horror icons, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing), supporting players, writers, directors, producers, composers and technicians, as well as budgets, shooting schedules, publicity and much more. In short, everything that made Hammer so great, and such a leading name in the history of British horror.
To supplement the text, there are also numerous black-and-white photographs, which generate an appreciable sense of the period and all of the people involved. This makes the book a real entertaining nostalgia trip for anybody interested in the complete history of Hammer.
Absolutely packed with quotes, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, credit lists and production specifics, this weighty A to Z tome is the ultimate reference book on this much-loved, much admired British studio. It’s a real labour of love by author Howard Maxford. If you are an ardent Hammer horror fan, then you must add this book to your Hammer collection now.
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