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of Hammer Horror
An A to Z of Hammer,
'the studio that dripped blood'
By David L Rattigan
Welcome to the Dictionary of Hammer Horror, a comprehensive guide to Britain's most famous gothic horror studio. Here you can find out more about Hammer actors and actresses, directors, crew, locations and much more. It's a labour of love, in constant development. Keep up-to-date with all the latest additions in the column to the right. Enjoy! Dave Rattigan
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15 September 2010 - Added gallery and credits for the 1960 thriller The Full Treatment, aka Stop Me Before I Kill!
16 February 2009 - On a personal note, I am now Twittering. Follow me!
15 November 2008 - Dictionary of Hammer creator David L Rattigan will be talking live on APRS Radio tonight (Sat Nov 15) from 10pm to 12am Eastern Time (3 to 5am UK). Two hours of Hammer horror with host Dr William Lester.
8 November 2008 - There have been several minor updates over the course of the last year. The biggest recent update has been an entry for the 1964 classic fantasy The Gorgon.
5 December 2007 - Added entry (including extensive photo gallery) for Dracula AD 1972 (1972)
9 November 2007 - Added entry (with picture gallery) for The Old Dark House (1962)
27 October 2007 - Remember Richard Beaumont as Tiny Tim in the wonderful 1970 musical Scrooge? I was sure I spotted him in Demons of the Mind (1972), but he was uncredited, and I couldn't find a single resource online that credited him. Richard, who is now a stage actor, very happily answered my query. He remembered doing a two-day shoot for a horror film in that year - he described it quite perfectly, although he couldn't remember the title of the film! It certainly was Demons of the Mind, and now I have now honoured Richard with an entry in the Dictionary of Hammer Horror.
13 October 2007 - Added Roy Ashton (makeup artist)
Hammer fans in the UK will be delighted to hear that the restored version of Dracula (1958) is to be released on 2 November, with Halloween previews taking place nationwide. Dates, venues and times can all be found on the BFI website, here.
7 August 2007 - Added Arthur Grant (cinematographer)
29 July 2007 - Added extensive photo gallery for The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
24 July 2007 - Added reviews of some of the best Hammer horror books on the market
15 July 2007 - Added The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
12 July 2007 - More server problems, but I'm back again! I have updated the main index with important names. Full entries will gradually be added.
23 February 2007 - Unfortunately, I have had massive problems connecting to the server for the last couple months, hence the lack of updates. However, everything seems to be functioning again as normal, so look out for some new picture galleries and dictionary entries, beginning with the fabulous The Nanny (1965).
28 November - Added synopsis and comments for Four Sided Triangle.
22 November - Credits and gallery added for Four Sided Triangle.
1 November 2006 - Added gallery for Dracula Has Risen from the Grave. Also, some sad news - Nigel Kneale, renowned science-fiction and horror writer, died on 29 October, aged 84. His Hammer credits included the Quatermass films (a character he created) and The Abominable Snowman.
18 October 2006 - Added gallery and credits for Fanatic aka Die! Die! My Darling!
23 September 2006 - Added extensive picture gallery for Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. Sadly, Frank Middlemass, who appeared as a houseguest in an early scene in this film (pictured), passed away on 6 September. Read the Guardian obituary here.
15 September 2006 - Added gallery for Frankenstein Created Woman.
12 June 2006 - Added comments on Hands of the Ripper.
17 March 2006 - Added essay entitled The Horror of It All: The Dynamics of Class and Power in the Hammer Gothics. It was originally published in Albion Magazine Online.
13 March 2006 - Evil of Frankenstein synopsis, review and gallery added.
Kiss of the Vampire synopsis, review and gallery added.
5 March 2006 - Highgate Cemetery. Added article about this Hammer filming location, used to great effect in Taste the Blood of Dracula. Includes screenshots.
5 March 2006 - Goofs. Updated the section with rarely seen screenshots of some of Hammer's most amusing blunders.