The Hammer Vault Hardcover – Dec 20 2011
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"Hearn probably could've killed my parents and I'd still have to tell you how awesome this book is." - Topless Robot
"Five Out of Five." - SciFi Mafia
"This is a truly comprehensive handbook to beat all handbooks on all things Hammer. If you love horror, you’ll really love this book." - Ain't It Cool News
"Hammer's great legacy is captured in beautiful, vivid detail as never before seen..." - Comics Cavern
"A treasure trove of goodies..." - Movies.com
"An absolute must for fans of classic horror." - Twitch Film
"The Count of coffee table books and a lavishly, lovingly compiled edition that is essential for all the hounds of Hammer." - Cool Ass Cinema
"The Hammer Vault will definitely satisfy your blood lust for information on the legendary house of horror." - Cool and Collected
"Bursting at the seams with tons of newly released material... the perfect coffee table book for Hammer enthusiasts." - Shock Til You Drop
"There is a real wealth of material here, all of it valuable, all of it agleam." - Flixist
"A tantalizing overview of Hammer Films." - Blog Critics
"...a beautifully presented, truly fascinating work." - Eat Sleep Live Film
"... a book that cult film fans will be dying for." - Film School Rejects
"A fascinating and informative read." - Movie Morlocks
"...this is wonderful publication, not just for lover of all things Hammer, but for any lover of film." - Attack from Planet B
"As high as my expectations were going in, The Hammer Vault easily trumped them. As a visual document of the studio that defined horror cinema throughout the 1950s and ’60s, it’s remarkable." - High Def Digest
About the Author
Marcus Hearn is the acclaimed author of Titan's The Art of Hammer, Hammer Glamour and The Hammer Story (with Alan Barnes). His other books include authorised biographies of filmmakers George Lucas and Gerry Anderson, and Eight Days a Week, the story of The Beatles' final world tour.
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Most of the company's films (but not all) get one or two pages featuring photos of pressbooks, posters, stills, front-office memos, etc. Each film also gets about four or five paragraphs of text covering facts and trivia concerning the production.
Like all the other Titan-Hearn-Hammer books, the layout and design is very well done.
Some of the material may be familiar to hard-core Hammer fans. Some may not like the fact that the early years (pre-horror) of Hammer are not covered, and the fact that some films (such as "The Old Dark House" and "On The Buses") are overlooked. However, there is enough here to satisfy ardent Hammer lovers. Those that have grown up watching the famed company's output (such as this reveiwer) will want to add this book to their collection.
The artifacts are presented chronologically on a film-by-film basis. By the time we get around to the mid-Sixties, things get very impressive. This is not due to the author neglecting the earlier films. It's due to the fact that by that time, a substantially larger quantity of promotional materials were being generated within the movie industry. Whether or not the fire that struck Bray Studios in 1960 had any effect, I wouldn't know. But the amount of rarities on display here would cause me to doubt that.
If you are looking for tons of info on Hammer, you're better off going with the other two aforementioned writers, but that isn't the purpose of THE HAMMER VAULT. It's purpose is to wow us with an incredible amount of rare items between the covers of a really beautiful book. It succeeds perfectly at this task on all levels.
For all Hammer Horror fans, YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!
I have to be honest and admit I am not a big horror movie buff. I grew up watching some great films in the 80's and 90's, but not the Hammer movies. So when I was presented with this amazing book to review I was looking for 2 things, history and a list of what movies were Hammer Horror. This book delivered on the list front, and man did it deliver. Out of the 176 pages over 160 of them are dedicated to the films. I will get to the page design in a second, but basically this book is a timeline from start to finish, giving some information on the movies and showing off some of the great press material that was put out. So in terms of history you don't get too much, but you do get enough to be content with. It's like a tease that will lead you to want to know more and more. The design of this book is GORE-Geous. As a Graphic Designer, I can spot a great layout and the way these spreads are put together is a work of art. I found myself spending so much time just taking in all the material presented. From the posters, to the press books, to the on-set photographs this was just a great collection of items. I know that any Hammer Horror or even Horror Movie buff will need to have this as a part of their collection, and I am happy to say it is now a part of mine. This book presents a visual history of the Hammer Franchise that will now be preserved forever. Now if you will excuse me I need to go watch about 100 different movies.
Layout: 4.5 out of 5 * Story: 4.0 out of 5