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Editorial Reviews

Explore the most legendary horror studio of all time with this fascinating, frightening journey hosted by terror titans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. England's most successful independent film company, the "fear factory" of Hammer Studios, has a history filled with feuds, censorship battles and streaks of luck both good and bad. Now the legacy of horror returns, featuring interviews with such Hammer legends as Raquel Welch, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster, Hazel Court, Martine Beswicke, Freddie Francis, Val Guest and Ray Harryhausen. Plus you'll be treated to behind-the-scenes home movies and nonstop shock scenes from over 40 classic films, including Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out, Curse of the Werewolf and many more! It's the definitive study of one of the greatest names in horror!

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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W4TV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Albert H. Hardee on November 2, 2007
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I did not know this documentary was available untill I had rented the dvd. After watching this well crafted movie I became even a bigger fan of the Hammer Horror series. A look at inside the studio that created all the classic horror films I watched as a kid and to see Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee on camera talking about these wonderful movies is such a treat. I really enjoyed this dvd.You will too!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven Ring on January 14, 2005
The documentary is interesting, of course, but it seems to be sort of a budget production, with archival material that ranges from acceptable to, well,... scans from cheap horror magazines. More, a lot of it appears to have been transferred from videotape. Considering that the Hammer movies themselves are so lush, it seems a pity that the definitive Hammer documentary should be so cheap-jack. And I would have liked to hear about Amicus and the other Hammer offshoots, but I can see how that would be a problem to arrange. As with many British documentaries, it seems awfully formal at times. I don't want to make it sound all that bad, though. There are interesting interviews (many that I'd never seen before), behind-the-scenes home-movies, production footage and other surprises. In all, it's well worth the price if you are a fan of Hammer, or Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, who happen to be the hosts of the documentary!.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on January 5, 2008
I just finished watching this documentary and have to say that it is a must for fans of hammer films. It was interesting to hear about the attitudes (both negative and postive) that the crew had towards these films. Also some of my favorite actors and actresses appear in very rare interviews- i.e. Ingrid Pit, Peter Cushing etc...

The only reason I give this title 3 stars is due to the sound mix. Like all documentaries it cuts from interviews to snippets of the films, during these sections the film score raises to the point that i had trouble hearing the narration or interviewer- this coupled with the fact that there are no subtitles proved to be a little distracting.

All in all, if you are a fan of hammer you still NEED to buy it.
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This excellent Documentary about the Hammer film studios plus the films they made
was filmed in 1997 by Heidelberg films written, produced & Directed by Ted newsom
and then was TV broadcast sometime in the late 90's i assume
this Doco only goes for about 99mins if that but still very informative & Detailed
the Documentary starts from the beginnings of Hammer films from the early 50's with Anthony carreras
and then to Hammer's first feature film which i think was the Quatermass experiment a sci-fi movie filmed in the mid 50's
and then came the Horror films in the late 50's with peter cushing & Christopher lee
CURSE OF FRANKENSTIEN, HORROR OF DRACULA, THE MUMMY all filmed about 1957-59
and so many films after that during the 60's that starred both peter cushing & christopher Lee
aswell as other Hammer film actors/actresses
until Hammer's last film in 1975 which was To the Devil a Daughter
when Michael carreras left Hammer to persue other carrer options
but it didn't fully end there
the executive producer that took over Hammer also produced a TV series in the late 70's early 80's
but after the series ended that was it, Hammer studios had ended
which is tragic some other producer could've taken over the company
and made more hammer films for another 8 years maybe, but who knows.
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