18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2010
A lovely, large format book showing 100s of the beautiful designs used for Hammer films. It covers the full life cycle of Hammer, and not just the horror films.
Examples are used from various countries, so you can see the different ways the films were depicted across the world.
Pleasingly the posters are presented on a high quality paper too, whereas some titles of this nature don't do the artwork justice, using cheap matt paper.
A must have book for horror and film art fans in general!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2010
Genre fans are always in safe hands with Marcus Hearn, and this lavish full colour 'does-what-it-says-on-the tin' visual history of Hammer's art doesn't disappoint.
The book provides a fascinating visual documentation of the film studio while simultaneously reflecting changes in marketing promotion (and gimmickry), shifts in public tastes, and a considerable diversity in artistic styles.
From the fifties, where the posters reflect Hammer's burgeoning reputation for the innovative, lurid and shocking, through to the seventies where the imagery is increasingly 'sexed up' with buxom beauties and ever-grislier threats, all bases are covered, and many of the posters will still inspire readers to check out the films for themselves.
Often intriguing are the more obscure images for Hammer's (perhaps neglected) psychological thrillers, from the US poster for Taste of Fear/ Scream of Fear (clearly inspired by Hitchcock's ground-breaking promotion for Psycho) to Crescendo and The Anniversary. And always curious are Polish and Japanese variants - for Poland's One Milion Years B.C. a cartoon dinosaur chomps on a caveman, taking the place of the iconic image of Raquel Welch in her fur bikini. Worth noting too that 'The House of Horror's' repertoire wasn't limited to that genre - thus a gurning Blakey from the movie version of On the Buses nestles up against the sexually threatening Hands of the Ripper.
There's much artwork and imagination here to satisfy both poster collectors and fans of the studio, plus some dramatic, bold and plain silly promotions. For the 'space western' Moon Zero Two (a film apparently coupled with The Bugs Bunny Show) we are enticed by the sight of 'the fabulous Go-Jos dancing on the moon' (Kubrick singularly failed to realise such visual opportunities in the previous year's 2001); audience members are promised their own beards to sport during screenings of Rasputin - The Mad Monk; while Dracula A.D. 1972 proclaims 'The Count is back, with an eye for London's hotpants... and a taste for everything'. (The stunning Italian variation of the poster for the latter film - the book's cover - fascinatingly re-casts Lee's Dracula as an anti-heroic Bond figure.)
Highlights, in other words, are numerous and need to be seen on the printed page. Where else can you witness 'White hot terror! Cold, clammy fear!', 'The terrifying lover - who dies - yet lived!', and - most fittingly - 'The greatest blood-show on earth!'?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2011
oh,for those golden days when you was out and about and turned a corner and saw those billboards advertising double feature programmes showing such gems as,kiss of the vampire/paranoiac,the gorgon/the curse of the mummys tomb,dracula prince of darkness/plague of the zombies,curse of the werewolf/shadow of the cat.i was too young to see these fantastic oferrings then,i often spent time studying every little detail of these amazing posters with those thoughts of,if only i was old enough.i could not believe my eyes when one day in 1962 i came across another fantastic double bill poster for:the phantom of the opera/captain clegg,to my amazement it was an [a]certificate for both films,[most movies of this type were [x cert],i was in 7th heaven,you could see [a cert]movies if with an adult in those days,i was one very happy kid then,i still am,now i am in my late fifties,and this book is a treasure trove of happy memories,i hope we see more of its kind.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2010
I consider myself a big Hammer horror buff but this book still managed to surprise and delight. What an incredible array of poster and promotional art! Lots I'd never seen before! Beautifully designed, it's a book to savour again and again. Author Marcus Hearn really should be applauded for gathering (and often restoring) such a comprehensive collection of Hammer art. A lurid treat!
on 10 June 2014
I had been meaning to buy this book for ages and as it was being sold at a good price decided to order a copy and I am glad I did. Beautifully and lovingly put together, containing 192 colour pages of Hammer's film posters from the 1950's up to 1979, from not only the UK but from around the world, many that I had never seen before. I also purchased 'The Hammer Vault' at the same time ( I already have 'The Hammer Story'), written by the same author Marcus Hearn which is another great book and is a part of a four book collection, the other being 'Hammer Glamour' which I will be buying soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2012
this book is an amazing collectable for hammer and horror fans alike. Filled with stunning pictures of movie posters of all hammer films, it's a real must-have! Recommended.
on 27 March 2014
An absolute must buy purchase for all Hammer Horror fans.I loved it.I have all the Marcus Hearn books published on the Hammer subject matter and this one was the last to complete my collection.It doesn't dissapoint.Compulsory for any Hammer Horror fans out there.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2010
Nice coffee table browser. My only gripe: Marcus, why omit the original British poster for Lust for a Vampire in favour of the less than spectacular Belgian offering?
on 19 January 2014
Purchased this for my brothers birthday. Being an avid film fan, specifically this genre, he absolutely loved it. It's taken pride of place amongst his many " coffee table" books.
on 4 January 2011
A complete and rich guide to the most popular poster art of a greatest english horror and fantastic film production. Very cool!