Hammer films are back in production. I had quite a surprise last night when I turned over to the Ten O’ Clock news. Expecting to see footage of Gordon Brown attempting to perfect his smile, I was instead greeted by a clip from The Curse of Frankenstein. I immediately presumed that Christopher Lee had died, but he hadn’t and it was a report about the return of Hammer films.
I’ll believe it when I see it; when I’m in the cinema watching new Hammer Horrors. New films were promised in the early 2000s then nothing, there was talk in the 1990s then nothing. The last productions I’m aware of bearing the Hammer name were the TV series Hammer House of Horror and Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense in the 1980s. The last feature films must have been more than thirty years ago…
More of this please!
The Fortean Times isn’t a publication that I’d normally subscribe to, but the June issue has an excellent article about Hammer films by Kim Newman. Worth reading.