Thursday, November 12, 2009

Assorted Bits & Pieces: It's Hammer Time!

I initially read this on Halloween, but thought it would be great to share for anyone who may not have seen it. It's an interview with famed actor, Christopher Lee for CNN by Grace Wong. In it, Lee discusses his views on horror films of today as well as his long career and association with Hammer Films. Some of his Dracula roles are discussed briefly in addition to other stories of interest. The link is below for the interview....

Speaking of Hammer, there's a great book (already reviewed over at Carl's 'I Like Horror Movies' blog) out on the women of Hammer Films. Entitled HAMMER GLAMOUR, it's 160 pages of the lovely ladies of the famed British studio that dripped blood. Written by Hammer historian, Marcus Hearn, the author also wrote the flashy, over sized coffee table Hammer tome, THE HAMMER STORY which also comes recommended.

Keeping the perpetually popular Hammer vibe going, there's also another book (limited to 2,500 copies) out by the dedicated Hammer author, Wayne Kinsey, whose two prior Hammer books, HAMMER: THE BRAY YEARS and HAMMER: THE ELSTREE YEARS are both exhaustive and must have books for those seeking background information in addition to numerous behind the scenes photos. Kinsey's newest is titled HAMMER FILMS-A LIFE IN PICTURES: THE VISUAL STORY OF HAMMER FILMS. At 240 pages, this book is predominantly a vast collection of rare and never before seen photos and publicity stills from Hammer pictures of all genres. A bit pricey, but well worth the purchase.
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