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Author: Peter Hutchings

This book is about the British film director Terence Fisher. It begins by setting the context by detailing Fisher's directorial debut to Hammer's horror production and the importance of the Hammer horror to Fisher's career. Hammer's horror production represents one of the striking developments in post-war British cinema. The book explains some professional and industrial contexts in which Fisher operated and shows how these relate both to the films he made and the way in which these films have been judged and valued. It presents a detailed account of The Astonished Heart, Fisher's sixth film as director, highlighting the benefits and some of the problems involved in thinking about Fisher's career generally in its pre-horror phase. The successful Hammer film, The Curse of Frankenstein, both inaugurated the British horror boom and established Fisher as a film-maker whose name was known to critics as someone who specialised in the despised horror genre. After The Curse of Frankenstein, Fisher became primarily a horror director. The book presents an account of the highs and lows Fisher faced in his directorial career, highlighting his significant achievements and his box-office failures. It also shows Fisher as a director dependent on and at ease with the industrial and collaborative nature of film-making. In a fundamental sense, what value there is in Terence Fisher's work exists because of the British film industry and the opportunities it afforded Fisher, not despite the industry.

Maria K. Bachman and Paul C. Peterson

With its focus on change and transformation, Darwinian theory offers a useful theoretical tool for understanding the survival and evolution – indeed, the flourishing – of the Frankenstein Network. This chapter considers Hammer Film Productions’ The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) and its immediate filmic predecessor (The Curse of Frankenstein, 1957) as ‘successful’ replications of Mary Shelley’s source text, while also exploring the myriad ways in which Revenge propagates the post-Darwinian discourse of the 1950s. The Revenge of Frankenstein, as this chapter demonstrates, is unequivocally and obsessively about Dr Frankenstein, the man of science, the bold and brash technocrat, and the fierce advocate of transhumanism.

in Adapting Frankenstein
Hammer Film Studios’ reinvention of horror cinema
Morgan C. O’Brien

. Hammer Film Productions. British Film Institute National Archive, London. 25 July 2012. ———. Dracula Financing. 16 August 1957. Item 15 Dracula Financing. Hammer Film Productions. British Film Institute National Archive, London. 25 July 2012. ———. Letter to Eliot Hyman. 24 August 1956. Item 1 Curse of Frankenstein . Hammer Film Productions. British Film Institute National Archive, London. 25 July 2012. ———. Letter to Eliot Hyman. 7 July 1957. Item 1 Curse of Frankenstein . Hammer Film

in Adapting Frankenstein
Vampirism, Victorianism and collage in Guy Maddin's Dracula – Pages from a Virgin's Diary
Dorothea Schuller

. Craft, C. (1984), ‘“Kiss me with those Red Lips”: Gender and Inversion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula’, Representations 8 (1984): 107–33. Dracula (1958). [Film] Directed by Terence Fisher. UK: Hammer Film Productions. Dracula

in Monstrous media/spectral subjects
Adapting Mary Shelley’s monster in superhero comic books
Joe Darowski

, Katy Wild, Duncan Lamont, and Kiwi Kingston. Hammer Film Productions, 1964. Feldstein, Al (w) and Ingels, Graham (a). ‘The Monster in the Ice!’ The Vault of Horror #22 (December 1951). NY: EC Comics. ‘Frankenstein.’ DC Wikia , n.d. http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Frankenstein . Frankenstein . Dir. James Whale. Perf. Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, and John Boles. Universal Pictures, 1931. Goulart, Ron. Great American Comic Books. Lincolnwood, IL

in Adapting Frankenstein
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Introducing Guillermo del Toro
Deborah Shaw

influence (Wood, 2006: 38), with Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) in turn so famously cited in Erice’s film.15 Del Toro also talks of his early love of horror films made by Universal Studios and Hammer Film Productions, and directly cites the influence of Terence Fisher’s films made for Hammer. In addition, the director references Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973), Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter (1955) (DVD commentary), and Three Amigos.indb 35 1/4/2013 1:01:56 PM 36 Guillermo del Toro William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration (1980) (Kermode, 2006

in The three amigos
James Chapman

-off, Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), produced by Sidney Cole and Richard Greene (who during the fourth series had been credited as ‘production associate’) and directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions. In the late 1950s the Hammer name had become synonymous with Gothic horror films such as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) and The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960), all directed by Fisher, who, after years as a journeyman director of supporting features and television series, including ten

in Swashbucklers
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From Dead of Night to The Quatermass Experiment
Peter Hutchings

that for what was probably the first time in British cinema history there was a space – in terms of both market potential and what would be allowed by the censors – in which an indigenous horror genre could conceivably operate. 26 How it was that the Hammer company rather than any other came to fill and dominate that space, what it was about this relatively small production set-up that enabled it to exploit this situation so effectively, are questions that can now be considered. Hammer Film

in Hammer and beyond
The heritage of horror on British television
Helen Wheatley

Horror was also followed by the less successful Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (Hammer Film Productions Ltd, 1984) which, under the direction of its US co-producer, Twentieth Century Fox, watered down the fullblown horror of the former series. However, it is in Hammer House of Horror that we find the most complete anthology of the typical settings and narrative concerns of domestic

in Gothic television
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Brian McFarlane and Anthony Slide

Featuring more than 6,500 articles, including over 350 new entries, this fifth edition of The Encyclopedia of British Film is an invaluable reference guide to the British film industry. It is the most authoritative volume yet, stretching from the inception of the industry to the present day, with detailed listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century or so of great British cinema.

Brian McFarlane's meticulously researched guide is the definitive companion for anyone interested in the world of film. Previous editions have sold many thousands of copies, and this fifth instalment will be an essential work of reference for universities, libraries and enthusiasts of British cinema.

in The Encyclopedia of British Film