Hammer Glamour Hardcover – 25 Sep 2009
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'A fascinating trawl through the stuck-together pages of British horror history' --- Bizarre
'A celebration in words and daring pictures of when fangs were fun.' --- Mail on Sunday
'The interviews are as revealing as the photography' ---The Independent on Sunday
About the Author
Marcus Hearn was the editor of Hammer Horror magazine, and with co-author Alan Barnes, he has written The Hammer Story, Tarantino A-Zed, and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Hearn is also the author of The Cinema of George Lucas.
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As so many reviews have (rightly) focused on the book's strengths, I'll suggest a few provisos. I suspect many might have preferred more focus on Hammer's 'Scream Queens' (Shelley, Pitt and Court perhaps) and less on some of the actresses whose career with the studio was brief at best. Many of the shots clearly have little do with Hammer (I understand the cover shot of Madeline Smith, charming as it is, was nothing to do with the studio). The text is secondary to the visuals (as it should be, perhaps), but anybody expecting an in-depth read will be disappointed. To take the opposite position, this is also pretty tame stuff - the author clearly favours the more suggestive approach of Hammer's earlier era.
All of which is nit-picking really. You may not learn much from this colourful volume, but if you want a beautifully produced tribute to the many talented and lovely ladies that graced the screens courtesy of Hammer films, this is difficult to fault.
It's a good sized volume every page has glossy well produced photo's of the girl with well laid out text on her(usually)brief career with Hammer and any information the author has sourced,interview excerpts etc on their life afterwards.It's all put together well and although i've read some of the stories on a fair number of the actresses before alot of them i haven't.Theres a few pages at the back dedicated to the actresses that didn't make the cut to the main part of the book which i wish was longer.
Amazon have this at half the publishers price at time of writing so i recommend not hanging about and pick this up now...
Drawing of the Hammer achieves, dozens of both colour and black & white photos have been found and assembled. And each actress has, whenever possible, been interviewed - and provided with an opportunity to recollect what it was like taking part in these famous British films.
This is a well-presented book, and it's obvious that a great deal of care and attention has gone into producing it. Typically it's the male protagonists - such as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee - who get all the attention. This book rightly seeks to redress that situation. Now we can once again admire the 'glamour' that was an essential part of Hammer!
I've been having breakfast with at least two ladies from the book's contents, each morning for a couple of weeks, and still got Ingrid Pitt and Madeline Smith to go. Life just doesnt get any better...
It is a fantastic book, which has awakened my interest in Hammer films, and I will be aquiring Marcus Hearn's other book on the subject this Christmas.
Now, if the author would just kindly supply me with the telephone numbers of each, 2009 will be the year of the decade.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book with lots of lovely colour photographs and interesting text ...........a must buy for any fan of Hammer Films.Published 19 months ago by Darren Read
Great book ! Fantastic interviews and insights of the beautiful leading ladies of the greatest of Horror Studio's ! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tommy T
Very nice book with beautiful pictures and full of original informations about Hammer and the actresses. The Hammer fans can't be disappointed. Read morePublished on 19 July 2014 by Morpho
The cover alone is worth the price of admission. Excellent in-depth biographical profiles on all the glamorous ladies (lesser knowns included) of Hammer, fantastic colour photos... Read morePublished on 2 July 2014 by Bruce
Great book, beautifully printed and presented. Very reasonably priced. Love those Hammer Glamour Gals. How about Hammer Heroes next, yes?Published on 29 Jun. 2014 by John Lawrence