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The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography [Kindle Edition]

Robert Michael "Bobb" Cotter
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The Hammer studio is best known for its horror film output from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. This book lists the hundreds of actresses who appeared in those films, including ones released in the twenty-first century by a resurgent Hammer. Each woman's entry includes her Hammer filmography, a brief biography if available, and other film credits in the horror genre. The book is also well illustrated, including more than 60 film stills or posters.

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About the Author

Robert Michael "Bobb" Cotter , a graphic designer, lives in Pittsburgh, USA. In addition to having written several books about comics and film, he writes a monthly column for Creepy Classics .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 22076 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786472081
  • Publisher: McFarland (15 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D3QCY48
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 12 Oct. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was very excited when I ordered this book, But when it arrived I was very disappointed with it. it is not what I expected at all. very few pictures and the information in it is limited. would not recommend it all....
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Bought this is as a birthday present, spent more than I would normally pay for a book, expected it to be a really lavish item. I was very disappointed, it was poor quality paper and I expected glossy colour plates instead the photos where small, grain ey black and white reproductions. Very disappointed, not worth the £30.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grainy black and white photos (still nifty) and thumbnail bios of Hammer babes 19 Nov. 2013
By Kilgore Gagarin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Don't confuse this with the coffee table books, Hammer Glamour or The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films; this work by Robert Michael Bob Cotter, though illustrated, is primarily a filmography with a focus on female actresses in films from the famed horror movie mavens, Hammer Studios. Listing actresses in alphabetical order, ACOSTA, CAROLINA to WYETH, KATYA, the author lists the Hammer films in which they appeared, and in most cases also supplies biographical notes. Some of the biographies fill a page, others are a paragraph or two, and many have brief birth (and death) dates.

The book also comes with a very nice, but short bibliography; interestingly, the bibliography does not list 2010's THE ART OF HAMMER. The index is somewhat superfluous in listing actresses by name since the alphabetical arrangement of the book serves the same purpose. Indexing film titles is, however, most useful. A separate section listing all distributed Hammer films to date is also included.

All illustrations (save the cover photo) are grainy black and white reproductions. They are definitely interesting, campy, and fun, but they're not designed as eye candy. Definitely recommended for aficionados of all things Hammer, and probably a good purchase for education institutions with either film departments or women's studies programs.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Women of Hammer Horror 22 Dec. 2013
By Ed Gosney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Being a fan of Christopher Lee, and having seen a smidgeon of his Hammer Dracula movies, I figured I would enjoy The Women of Hammer Horror by Robert Michael "Bobb" Cotter (McFarland Publishing), but what I didn't realize was just how many Hammer films I haven't seen.

The book is arranged as biographical entries in alphabetical order, and Cotter went as deep as he could, including nearly every female who ever appeared on screen for Hammer, whether as the star or just some bit part that no one except her mother would remember. Obviously for the smaller roles there wasn't much to say, but for the more familiar and famous actresses, Cotter does a nice job with their entries, often revealing what they are doing now and what affect they had on the studio and its films.

Scattered throughout are plenty of pictures, and it is packaged in a nice hardback with a shiny cover of a publicity still of Valerie Leon from the movie Blood from the Mummy's Tomb. If you have an interest in Hammer films and feel a bit nostalgic for those late night horror films from your childhood, this is the trip down memory lane you've probably been looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography- An Invaluable Reference Book!!! 5 Stars!! 1 Aug. 2014
By Trollbeard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you're a long-time aficionado of Hammer Films, just think of this book as your high-school yearbook with stats of every girl you ever had a crush on. As in, when she was born, if she's still living (very important), what she's been up to, maybe a little b&w picture (or not), and a list of the movies she appeared in. For me, worth every penny, if for no other reason than just to find out that Andree Melly is alive and married and well and living in Ibiza (???) with her husband. I'll be coming back to this very nice hardback book again and again! Thanks, McFarland!
Addendum- It's the morning after and I'm past the initial euphoria of this Hammer "high-school yearbook", and must say that I love it even more! I see now that this is much more than a dry little textbook of mini-bios and filmographies. Who needs that?? Even computer-idiot me realizes that anyone can look on the internet and find out such things and that, yes, Andree Melly is indeed married and living in Ibiza. I googled that after writing the first part of this review yesterday and it's right there on Wikipedia. But the difference between the internet and this book is the artistry of Robert Michael "Bobb" Cotter. He is an outstanding writer with a very wry sense of humor which is extremely appropriate for the subject matter. And not only has he has obviously seen the movies he's talking about, but he's a fan and collector himself. One small example of the delightful humor that pervades this book is his comment on "The Mummy's Shroud" in the Elizabeth Sellars section: "She's the top-billed female lead in the last Hammer-Bray, 'The Mummy's Shroud', and she not only survives in it, but is arguably much better off after the Mummy disposes of her overbearing bastard of a husband." The book is filled with funny little insights into character like this. I'd say this is an essential book for the fan of the cinema-macabre.
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