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Hammer Glamour Hardcover – September 29, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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have always watched hammer movies -- did not know some of these mentioned -- great pictures of the women who appeared in the movies Love the bookPublished 14 months ago by R. Rivette
could show a bit more skin, but all together a nice addition to other Hammer books I own.Published 17 months ago by Jackomo
This is great look into the sensual world of Hammer Films. Great to see all of the starlets and recall their movies. Nice addition to the library horror fans.Published on January 15, 2014 by Rudy Gardea
TOP NOTCH ALL THE WAY!!! GREAT STUFF!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++++++++++Published on December 14, 2013 by David
If you're a Hammer Horror fan, you may like this book moreso about the ladies in the various Hammer films. A bit on the spicy side, so be aware of that. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by rayd
The presence of sexy actresses, in and out of lavish costumes, was one of the factors which made the films produced by Hammer so appealing to many fans like myself. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Aussiescribbler
I would recommend this to book to any and all Hammer fans. The beautiful women of Hammer are given their due, as is their right.Published on May 1, 2013 by Thunderhead