ORIGINS OF HAMMER British Company. Founded in 1934. Most famous for films produced from the mid 50’s to the70’s. First film was produced for television as a live series: TheQuatermass Xperiment (1953)
THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN Starred Peter Cushing and Dr Frankenstein andChristopher Lee as his monster. Was a remake of 1933 Universal production Sonof Frankenstein. BBFC were very unsure of it as it was going toshow horror and gore in “vivid colour”. It was a smash hit both in the UK and America. Frankenstein Trailer.
DRACULA Starred Peter Cushing , Christopher Leeand Michael Gough. Dracula was an enormoussuccess, breaking box-office records in theUK, the United States and across theworld. Dracula Trailer
STARS TO EMERGE There would be 3 major stars to emerge from Hammer Horror’s films, the stars were: Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars) Michael Gough (Alfred in Batman) Christopher Lee (Saruman in Lord of The Rings)
CHANGES During the later 60’s, Hammer Horrorstruggled to compete with new Americanhorror, particularly George ARomero’s, Night of the Living Dead. American Horror had a biggerbudget, so they could be more gory andviolent.
HAMMER IN THE 80’S Two TV series “Hammer House of Horror” were broadcastboth in the UK and America (known as Fox Mystery Theatrein the US).
HAMMER IN THE 21’ST CENTURY In 2010, Hammer, in partnership with OvertureFilms and Relativity Media, remade Swedish Film“Let the Right One In” Most recently it has been announced thatHammer are working with Alliance films to do anadaptation of “The Woman in Black”, set forrelease in 2012. The film will star Daniel Radcliff.