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The Hammer Vault Hardcover – Dec 20 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (Dec 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857681176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857681171
  • Product Dimensions: 32.5 x 1.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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..." -

"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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Although I believe this work to be well illustrated, informative and good value for the price, it somehow failed to meet the high standards set by his previous works, Hammer Glamour, The Art of Hammer and The Avengers A Celebration. This work lacked a dust jacket and the end papers were quite dull compared to his previous works. Some photographs were also of such small scale that details were lost or difficult to discern. This book probably would have benefited from increased size dimensions.
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HASH(0xa0435448) out of 5 stars Marcus Hearn goes to the Hammer well again Dec 26 2011
By Dan Day - Published on
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Author Marcus Hearn and Titan Books have published a number of outstanding volumes on the famed British film company Hammer Films in recent years. Their latest effort is titled "The Hammer Vault". The "Vault" consists of material taken from the Hammer archives. Most of this is made up of various publicity material for several Hammer films beginning with "The Quatermass Xperiment" made in 1954 all the way through to 2009's "Let Me In."
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00f6624) out of 5 stars An amazing archive Jan. 3 2012
By Lazarus Grimes - Published on
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Marcus Hearn has done it yet again. Since 2007 he has released four in-depth books concerning the legacy of the UK's top horror production company of the 60's-70's. This journey began with 2007's The Hammer Story, which gives the reader an in depth history of the many films the studio produced, as well as insight to the actors, directors and producers who brought these now-classics to life. I must say that I was worried that The Hammer Vault would simply be an updated version of the aforementioned title, however I am pleased to announce that this is not so. In 2009, Hearn released Hammer Glamour, another insightful tome, this time focusing on the studio's many starlets. The next year brought The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films, which was praised by fans and critics alike. A few reviewers and critics were displeased by the exclusion of foreign versions of some of the posters, as well as the inclusion of the many non-horror titles that Hammer also released. It is important to note that The Hammer Vault covers only the sci-fi/horror films that the studio released. Each of these books are unique in their own right and are essential items for the library of any fan of horror. The binding is great on all books in this series, but is particularly nice on The Hammer Vault, which has a foil stamped cover and sturdy construction. A limited slipcase version is also available (seemingly only in the UK) which contains many extra goodies. If you would like to read more about the "dynamic duo" of Hammer (Lee/Cushing), I highly recommend Lord of Misrule: The Autobiography of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing: An Autobiography and Past Forgetting
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00f65e8) out of 5 stars dazzling visual adventure thru Hammer history Dec 29 2011
By Brad the Impaler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Along with authors Wayne Kinsey and Bruce Hallenbeck, Marcus Hearn has been busy creating what will fondly be remembered as the golden age of books on Hammer Films. THE HAMMER VAULT is a very welcome addition to the ever growing number of fine publications these gentlemen have given us in recent years. On a purely visual level, this is possibly the most dazzling presentation yet. There are wonderful surprises on every page that would impress even the most jaded collector. The tons of artifacts presented range from the fairly common (U.S.lobby cards) to the rare (publicity materials that few have ever seen) to the ultra-rare one-of-a-kind items (documents, annotated script pages, movie props, and more). All are superbly reproduced and wonderfully presented. I prefer to not give too much away, but the inclusion of the ring David Peel wore in Brides of Dracula definitely grabbed my attention.
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00f6ae0) out of 5 stars A great read! Jan. 11 2012
By Daniel R. Royer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5

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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00f6dd4) out of 5 stars A must have coffee table reader for any Hammer Fan. Dec 19 2012
By Scott Bailey - Published on
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This book gives a wonderful look at the hammer films. It is an easy read with eye grabbing visuals. If you are a hammer fan and don't have this, you are not a hammer fan.

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