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The Frightening Glamor of Hammer

Beginning in the 1950s and on into the 1960s and 70s, Hammer Film Productions became well known as a leading maker of colorful and exciting features based on the classic movie monsters first immortalized by Universal Studios in earlier decades.  Though often low budget affairs shot in The United Kingdom, Hammer's numerous Gothic horror films were packaged as slick, sensational and action-filled supernatural thrillers, with gory neck biting and blood spurting galore.

Despite such blatantly camp elements, the Hammer horrors still managed to be more than a little classy, no doubt owing greatly to a re-curring cast of now legendary screen greats such as Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Michael Gough Either cast in the role of hero or fiend, these grand British thespians were frequently accompanied by numerous heroic characters, fiendish monsters and a bevy of screaming young starlets (usually displaying cleavage or involved in scenes of varying degrees of nudity).

With titles such as Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969) and Lust for a Vampire (1971) the Hammer Horror's were wildly successful and notably inspired the likes of director Tim Burton, who borrowed heavily from the British film series in making Sleepy Hollow, starring Johnny Depp.  Click the picture above to learn more about the book Hammer Glamour, by Marcus Hearn or to purchase it from

Hammer Glamour by Marcus Hearn

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