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Hammer Fantasy & Sci-Fi (British Cult Cinema) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Bruce G Hallenbeck
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8 Aug 2011 British Cult Cinema
The name of Hammer has long been synonymous with horror, but the legendary British film company was also responsible for some of the best fantasy and science fiction films made in the UK. From the terrors of The Quatermass Xperiment through the prehistoric menace of One Million Years BC to the prophetic satire of Moon Zero Two, Hammer put every bit as much style and creativity (and more money) into its fantasy features as it did into its Gothic horrors. Directors such as Val Guest, Joseph Losey and Don Chaffey turned out spectacular fantasies for the House of Hammer, many of which are now considered to be cult classics. In Hammer Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Bruce G Hallenbeck explores the history of Hammer s many ventures into science-fantasy, setting them in the context of the genre as a whole and providing the reader with a wealth of intriguing background detail, as well as dozens of rare photos from private collections. Foreword by Martine Beswick.

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Hemlock Books Limited; First edition (8 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955777445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955777448
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce G Hallenbeck is a writer, actor, independent film maker and regular contributor to Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine. He is also the author of The Hammer Vampire (Hemlock Books) and Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History (McFarland & Co). He lives in upstate New York with his wife, four cats, ans an African frog.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just Quatermass... 6 Oct 2011
Bruce Hallenbeck's follow-up to last year's excellent THE HAMMER VAMPIRE sees the author covering Hammer's science fiction and fantasy films, an interesting and varied body of work which is frequently glossed over in books that tend to concentrate more heavily on the company's iconic gothic horror output.

Those familiar with Bruce's superbly detailed lead articles for Dick Klemensen's LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS magazine will know exactly what to expect here: an extremely readable style which manages to convey a large amount of factual information, whilst also displaying plenty of original research and well-considered opinions. He examines the films individually, but also places them in their historical context by including references to non-Hammer titles that might have been an influence or inspiration.

The book is well laid out and illustrated, and includes quite a number of stills and behind-the-scenes shots that I've never encountered previously. There is also an eye-catching eight page colour section of stills and posters in the book's centre. Overall, this is an excellent overview of some of Hammer's (undeservedly) lesser known output, and may well inspire its readers to give some of these fascinating films another look. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 19 Oct 2011
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all in the title all : I am very satisfied with my purchase, product pleases me a lot and I am satisfied of delivery deadlines
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