One of the most successful and prolific British production companies, Hammer Films has become synonymous with horror – most notably the unforgettable series of Dracula and Frankenstein films which were instrumental in launching the careers of my dear old friends Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Elevating the horror film in much the same fashion as the illustrious Ealing Studios did for comedy, the Hammer Horror was overall quintessentially British, frequently stylish, often sophisticated and characterised by a quaintly antiquated aesthetic. Despite being continually staked or reduced to ash, Chris Lee’s tenacious Count would return from the grave time and again, the perfect mascot for a studio whose prodigious output has guaranteed its own immortality.
Here is nearly 60 minutes of trailers from all their classic films of the 50’s and 60’s.
colour, 60 minutes