Dare You Enter the Hammer Vault?

This is a must for all Hammer fans and horror lovers. A beautiful love letter to the Hammer films of yesteryear.

Over the past couple of years there have been a few of these “vault” books across various subjects but this one looks like a true treasure trove of Hammer inside information.

There is truly something special about the Hammer films because they inspired a generation of filmmakers and really did create their own little sub genre.  This vault looks to give and behind scenes access that has never before been seen.

I for one will be looking forward to this release as an essential part of my movie collection.

Packed with sensational, never-before-collected material, The Hammer Vault (Titan Books, 2nd December 2011, £29.99) is a visual romp through the archives of Britain’s most famous film studio.

For both die-hard fans, and those just discovering Hammer’s rich cinematic legacy, this remarkable book provides an unmissable journey into the history of the company, as told through previously unseen treasures from the vault. Beginning with the company’s incorporation documents from 1934, moving through the many unforgettable horror classics which cemented their reputation and made worldwide stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and coming right up to date with a behind the scenes look at 2010’s Let Me In and the 2011 release The Resident, The Hammer Vault presents original correspondence, lobby cards, script pages and scores of rare and previously unpublished photographs, alongside a commentary from Hammer archive consultant Marcus Hearn, and the people who made some of the company’s greatest films.

The book also contains pages from press books and publicity manuals, letters to and from some of the company’s stars, pages from managing director Michael Carreras and Peter Cushing’s scrapbooks, pre-production artwork, trade advertisements and production designs. It is both a compelling visual history of the legendary film production company, and the greatest scrapbook of Hammer collectables ever assembled!

Marcus Hearn has worked with Hammer Film Productions since 1994, initially as the editor of its official magazine and latterly as a rights and archive consultant. He is the author of The Hammer Story (with Alan Barnes), Hammer Glamour and The Art of Hammer, winner of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Book of the Year 2010.

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Marcus Hearn

2 December 2011

Hardback • £29.99 • 176pp • ISBN: 9780857681171

SOURCE: Titan Books

GS Reporter: Montoya

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