on 6 October 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!