Sunday, September 13, 2009

Book Review: Hammer Glamour

There have been countless books dedicated to the ground-breaking films produced through Britain's Hammer Films, but few have focused directly on the stunning starlets that helped make the studio a complete success. Hammer Glamour is the definitive collection of portfolio photographs, detailed biographies, and candids of each of the women that ever graced the silver screen under the studios' heading. From the charming, sophisticated, and ravishing virgins to the overtly sexual seductresses, the book serves as a complete compendium for every female lead and background player that ever fell victim to genre favorites Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, and Christopher Lee!

Author Marcus Hearn has clearly gone to great lengths to produce the most comprehensive authority on these voluptuous vixens committed to paper. The book produces rare interviews with favorites Stephanie Beacham (DRACULA A.D. 1972), Julie Ege (THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES), Suzanna Leigh (LUST FOR A VAMPIRE), Caroline Munro (CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER) and many others. The compilation of both full color and black and white photographs have been drawn together from early press packages, glamour shots from top-end magazines, and personal shots that have been collected from across the globe.

In addition to the countless pictures, each actress' profile is accompanied by the detailed history of their Hammer filmography, complete with behind-the-scenes casting information, amusing anecdotes, and reflections on their careers on screen and off. Hearn has worked closely with the Hammer House since the early 90s, and offers detailed documentation on the development behind the films starring each of his leading ladies.

This is a must-own for any fans of the famous shooting studio, and serves as much more than just another coffee table picture book. There is a wealth of information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable and dedicated Hammer aficionados, and no collection can be complete without Hammer Glamour!

Hammer Glamour hits store shelves September 29th, 2009.



Book provided by Titan Books.

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5 comments:

  1. Happy to be of service, I ripped into it immediately upon receipt and couldnt put it down, tons of great information!

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  2. I dont know if you would know this old hammer house of horrer but its one i watched as a child,all i can remember is its a little girls birthday party(i think)and it all ends with blood all over the walls,thats all i am afraid i can remember,not much to go on i know but i wonder if you would be able to find out the title for me,much appreciated.
    Yours faithfully
    Trickymass.

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  3. Do you remember if it is in color or black and white? The first one that comes to mind is Paranoiac, but its been a while since I saw it. Venoms5 would be a good person to ask at Cool Ass Cinema, he is very well versed in Hammer lore. Here is a link of the complete list of films through Hammer, incase and of the names ring a bell:

    http://www.imdb.com/company/co0103101/

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