- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn Ltd.; 1st edition (1 Nov. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190311120X
- ISBN-13: 978-1903111208
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Inside Hammer Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Nov 2001
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The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy - all of Hammer's greatest horror films were all scripted by Jimmy Sangster. Sangster spent four decades at Hammer, working as a production manager, scriptwriter, producer and director. Nobody knows more about the inner workings of Britain's most famous film studio. In this completely new book, Sangster takes the reader inside the world of Hammer Studios in its heyday for the first time. Highlights include: * Foreword by Oscar-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis. * How it could have been - previously unpublished extracts from early drafts of Sangster's scripts. * How he created the films that made Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee stars. * Bury Him Darkly, a 1970 Sangster treatment for a Hammer Horror that was never made - and has never before been published. The book also includes over 150 colour and black-and-white stills, including scores of previously unseen images from Sangster's private collection and the archives of Hammer Film Productions.
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It contains a wealth of behind the scenes info and also extracts from some of Jimmy Sangters scripts that didnt get made
with a great collection of film stills and production photos and Jimmys comments on some of the leading lights of the legendary company.Definately worth a buy if you are interested in british film making(When we still produced good films!!!)or the great british horror cycle of the 1950's to 1970's.Recommended.
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Another problem with the book is that it is patently obvious that Sangster has considerably less regard for Hammer's gothic horrors (and, after all, that is what most of the fans want to hear about) compared to his enthusiasm for the psychological thrillers. His disinterest in, say, the Dracula and Frankenstein series shows.
There are a few morsels to be savoured among an otherwise mediocre offering. There are some interesting stills, and many of the incidents and details Sangster recalls are fascinating. However, they are too few and far between to save a tediously pedestrian work.
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