Hammer, House of Horror: The making of a British film company, 1934 to 1979


By Jerry Springhall, published 10th August 2010

The now legendary film company Hammer made such classics as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula (1958), plus their  numerous sequels and subsequent remakes of old Universal Gothic chillers (The Curse of the Werewolf, The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera), as well as making international stars out of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. ‘Forty years on from The Curse of Frankenstein, Hammer films are still being shown in cinemas, on television and on video all over the world', according to Lee writing in 1997. ‘People of all generations are familiar with the name. What other film company has had a comparable impact?' Over the period from the mid-1950s...

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