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`Go ahead and order the book from Titan right away. Trust me, you won't regret it'. --All Things Horror

`This book will sit proudly on your coffee table' --Sci-Fi Now

About the Author

Marcus Hearn was the editor of Hammer Horror magazine, and with co-author Alan Barnes, he has written The Hammer Story, Tarantino A-Zed, and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Hearn is also the author of The Cinema of George Lucas.
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848562292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848562295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.8 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hammer Films has a cult reputation throughout the world for their classic series of gothic horror and adventure films produced during the company's heyday from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. When one thinks of the performers who starred in Hammer's productions, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee immediately come to mind. However, one of Hammer's biggest attractions were the number of beautiful women who shared the screen with the likes of Cushing & Lee. Hammer Glamour is a celebration of fifty of the most popular of the British studio's actresses. All of the Hammer fan's favorites are here--Ingrid Pitt, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, Raquel Welch--and a number of women not so well known, but still memorable. Each actress who is featured in the book recieves a full-page photo and a short biography. The photos are fantastic. As someone who has read just about every book and magazine about Hammer, I can say that most of the photos were ones that I had never seen. The book's quality and design are top notch. Most of the photos are in color. The book's text is written by Hammer expert Marcus Hearn. Titan Books is the publisher--the same company that came out recently with The Hammer Story, another great volume. If you are a Hammer Films fan, and you have always had a crush on the many spectacular women who graced their films, this book is a must-have. (NOTE: There are a couple of photos that do show a nipple or two, but they are very few.)
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As a major Hammer Studios fan I regret having to be the skunk at this little garden party. I believe, however, two points need to be made about this publication for those who are discriminating book collectors.

First, the cover on this (as well as on "The Hammer Story," which is also by Titan) is not cloth-covered hardbound. It is, instead, shiny paper-covered hardbound. Do you remember the type of covers on Dr. Seuss books? Think also of the books that they have in the discount bins at book retailers, the ones which look really cheaply produced. That's what you have here. I was appalled when I saw that they cut this corner. These covers do not hold up over the years. They get all dinged and scuffed up and look like junk in no time. I would have gladly spent another ten bucks, or more, for a quality production. Hammer fans are obviously going to be aesthetically oriented people, and this is low-brow book production.

Second, the photos of the female Hammer stars were disappointing. What you get here is one or two small shots of the star from the movie itself (if any), and then you get a full-page "publicity shot" of the actress which is not even remotely in the gothic context of the film. (She may be wearing a costume from the production, but the vast majority of the shots are entirely stripped of any connection to the film. She might as well be selling dishwashing detergent.) By way of contrast, on the back cover of the dustjacket you have a beautiful and seemingly hypnotized damsel walking amongst headstones in a cemetary while her nightgown is blown slightly open by the winds of menace. The lighting immediately brings to mind scary, and sexy scenarios. It is a haunting, weird, sensual photo which captures the trademark Hammer ambience.
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An incredibly beautiful book filled with gorgeous never before seen photos. Unfortunately some of the text is a tad condescending. It seems as if nobody can discuss Hammer without dissing their movies. I'm so tired of reading about how terrible Lust for a Vampire is. And why is there no mention at all of Dana Gillespie? But these a minor complaints. There is much to enjoy in this book.
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Another great book on the history of Hammer Films, this time focused on the women that appeared in their films. Wonderfully produced, it features most of the Hammer beauties, many in full page photos. My only problem with the book is that it is a bit limited. Most of the women get only a page or two, with a few of the bigger names getting 3-4 pages. I love photo books like this, and only wish there were more photos. It is a super collection, and like the recently published book - Hammer Films - A Life in Pictures: The Visual Story of Hammer Films, this book is a must buy. I only hope to see more books like this in the future. Like most books published by Titan, this is a quality production.
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What do you think of when you think of Hammer Horror films? Here is at any rate what comes to my semi-educated mind:

Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, scary laboratories, spooky castles, crosses, relics, "German" peasants who speak Cockney, great period clothing, terrible period sets, horrible murders, gallons of Technicolor blood...and hot women in nightdress showing lots of cleavage. It is to this last category that HAMMER GLAMOUR is addressed. Because let's face it, friends and neighbors, at least half the reason to watch a Hammer horror film, then as now, is to scope out the astonishly deep talent-pool of European hotties whose necks were coveted by The Count and whose bodies were coveted by The Audience. To that end, Marcus Hearn has compiled a large coffee-table book packed to the rafters with glamour photographs of Hammer's equivalent of "Bond girls", each featuring a small and rather frank biography of the lady in question, including, of course, what Hammer films they appeared in. He has also thrown in various moviemaking trivia, often amusing and occasionally touching, which may be of interest to those who are afficianados of this "golden age of classic horror."

But this book is mainly about the flesh, and there is a lot of it, including the occasional nude. No less than fifty women are included in the main pictoral, with a few others tucked into an "also starring" appendix at the end. Aside from the obvious blazing hotness of some, it is of sociological/anthropological/some-type-of-ogical interest to see how the definition of "beautiful" changed during the period when Hammer was in operation (late 1950s - mid-1970s): some of the girls are built like Twiggy, and others like Marilyn Monroe.
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