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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New Ed edition (27 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852868767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852868765
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,556,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Where The Hammer Story truly succeeds (aside from the spectacular collection of photos and artwork) is in tone. This is no dry critical examination. The authors skillfully walk a fine line, treating the subject matter with reverence and respect without devolving into hero worship. The result is an information-packed book that is a true joy to read.' --Dark Scribe Magazine

'Much has been written about the "Studio That Dripped Blood," but even fans who have read it all before will want to pick up The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes. It is a beautiful, glossy coffee table book, loaded with lovely stills, including many behind-the-scenes shots.' --Cinefantastique --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Alan Barnes has written features for Hammer Horror, as well as scripts for 2000AD. Marcus Hearn was the editor of Hammer Horror magazine, and with co-author Alan Barnes, he has written Tarantino A-Zed, and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Voice on 26 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This well written book tells the history of one of Britains most prolific film studios,from their humble beginnings as a small distribution company to the studio that won the queens award for industry.
From The Quatermass Xperiment in 1955 and then Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula through to their later "campier" films such as Vampire Lovers and Captain Kronos this is an informative read.
Lavishly illustrated with colour stills and film posters from each production with information on Peter Cushing,Christopher Lee,Hammer Glamour,Bray studios and some of the non gothic films they produced.
Even if you are like me and have read a great deal on Hammer this is still worth a read.Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By zx50 on 25 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
They really have done very well with this book. Nice balance between the amount of text and images as well. Sections are as follows ...

Reanimation 1955 -- 1964
From The Quatermass Xperiment to The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

Fresh Blood 1965 -- 1969
From She to Taste The Blood of Dracula

Setting Son 1970 -- 1975
From The Vampire Lovers to To The Devil a Daughter

Life After Death 1975 Onwards

That's about it, really.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
Alan Barnes and Marcus Hearn have presented a first rate look at the well remembered Hammer Films. A film by film study with absolutely splendid lesser known photographs. Brilliant for the beginner who just wants an overview of Hammer Film Studios output, but with much to interest the know alls as well. Worth adding to any Hammer collection. This is the same team of authors who produced the absolutely brilliant Bond study - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, also highly recommended. Get both of these books.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steven Dyer on 7 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a lover of Hammer horror films since i was a little boy - when my mom would let me stay up late on a Saturday night and be scared to death by Christopher Lee baring his fangs as Dracula this book brought back a lot of happy memories. All the films are mentioned and there are some unique photos of the films in question. A must for all British horror lovers especially as Hammer is about to rise again. Superb!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gls on 29 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book immensly. A very detailed story of Hammers films from about 1955 right through to the television series in the eighties. The detail about each film is fantastic. The book includes familiar films such as DRACULA and THE MUMMY, as well as including unkowns like THE UGLY DUCKLING and THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE.An excellent read, I extremely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Toner on 9 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Wow, I just cannot utter enough superlatives to describe how much I love the two Hammer books from Marcus Hearn: THE HAMMER VAULT and THE HAMMER STORY. Have now bought the two as a Birthday treat to myself and am absolutely blown away by the sheer beauty of these two colourful, encyclopedic tomes. Everything that a Hammer horror fan could possibly desire is in these books, and I especially love the rare photos of things like actual letters written by people connected with the Hammer studios. I will treasure these books forever. Absolutely brilliant.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent book brought together by Hammer experts Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes. You will know Hearn if you have a decent Hammer DVD collection, he's the guy interviewing Christopher Lee on a few different movies. Though the book, is of course mostly horror themed, check out the cover, this book covers ALL Hammer projects. So we go back to the 1930s, the comedy years, the suspense years etc. The authors even talk about the Hammer Horror TV shows, Journey to the Unknown (Still unavailable), Hammer House of Horror and Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense. Most films are given 2 full pages in this coffee table wide size book. The book is stacked with colour photos and original poster prints of the movies and bits and bobs of interest. It really is a great book. The only snag I have is that the authors at the end of talking about a movie add their thoughts about the movie itself. And on the majority of the occasion actually dismiss the films quality. The non horror Hammer seems to get better fairing from the authors. Just a little jarring especially when you come up against a movie that is universally recognised as a Hammer classic only to have so called experts tell you otherwise. Maybe they should have kept their opinions to their selves. That aside a great book with tons of information and well presented.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
Buy this book. The authors have done a phenominal job with this fascinating film studio and it's legacy. The layout and artwork are remarkable. Highly recommended to any horror film fanatic and British film fan. In the words of my fellow Chicagoians, Siskel & Ebert, "two thumbs up, way up".
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