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'Frankenstein spills it, Dracula drinks it!' Is Not Monster Porn!! A Preview Of Titan's ART OF HAMMER Poster Book!!

Merrick here...
This October, the awesome folks over at the amazing Titan Books will be issuing a Hammer centric publication amassing years and years of the studio's finest poster art for your enjoyment.
A press release from Titan describes the title thusly...

The Art of Hammer: Posters From the Archive of Hammer Films

The Art of Hammer is the first ever collection of rare and iconic Hammer film posters, with nearly 300 examples drawn from Hammer’s own archive and private collections from around the world [Titan Books, Oct 2010, $29.95]! Hammer is almost as well known for the way it promoted its films as for the films themselves. The legendary British production company supported each new release with eye-catching posters that have become classics of their kind. Licensed by Coolabi, fully authorized by Hammer Films Productions Ltd and annotated by acclaimed historian Marcus Hearn, (author of the recent bestseller Hammer Glamour) The Art of Hammer is a testament to the company’s pioneering mastery of film promotion, and a celebration of movie art at its best!

We have a few samples of artwork that will be found in book...
Great stuff. Love that DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE image - wish they made 'em like that today. Titan has posted a sampling of greatest Hammer taglines (one of which I cribbed for this article's headline), which you can find HERE. Another favorite? 'See helpless beauties attacked by crazed kelp-monsters!' (for THE LOST CONTINENT). You'd think any movie with helpless beauties and crazed kelp-monsters couldn't go wrong, although that one kinda did. You can find more about THE ART OF HAMMER at Titan's official site (HERE) - it's also up for pre-order HERE. With any luck, we may have some sort giveaway opportunity as ART OF HAMMER gets closer to its release. Not 100% certain that it'll happen, but stay tuned...
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  • July 29, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Hammer Films

    by nolan bautista

    ..are like comfort food when i was a kid

  • July 29, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    used to stay up late

    by jon pertwee

    to watch these on saturday nights in england. after a move to the by area found them again on creature features hosted by john stanley. good times.

  • July 29, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Ahh, proper movie posters. I remember those.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 29, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by IAmLegolas


  • July 29, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Isn't the Empire Strikes Back Anniversary Book

    by skimn

    coming out in October also? Damn. Better save some money for my local Barnes & Noble.

  • July 29, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Frankenstein smelt it, Dracula dealt it.

    by Dingbatty

  • July 29, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    jon pertwee (or Dr,Who)

    by nolan bautista

    good times indeed..i remember wathing these films on our old black and white T.V. w/ my grandparents..

  • July 29, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Frankenstein rolled it, Dracula smoked it

    by ricarleite2

    With Cheech and Chong as both characters.

  • July 29, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Hammer rules.

    by mojoman69

    Fun movies with lots of boobies

  • July 29, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee

    by nolan bautista

    an unbeatable tandem! i see them as kindly old uncles who have guided us from old school (Hammer Films) to new school (Star Wars,Lord of the Rings)..RIP Peter Cushing..

  • July 29, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    movie vampires

    by cyberskunk

    I think as a child, I used to rationalize vampire reactions to crosses as strong feelings of guilt the vampires didn't want to deal with.

  • July 29, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Frankenstein got it, Dracula flaunted it

    by Seph_J

    <P> The Pimp of Transylvania

  • July 29, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Frankenstein licked it, Dracula sticked it ( I know, stuck it)

    by niccageshairpiece

  • July 29, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Frankenstein gives it, Dracula receives it

    by Seph_J

  • July 29, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Hammer Time!

    by The_Skook

    Yeah, proper movie posters and PROPER vampires. Not ones who frigging sparkle!

  • July 29, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Frankenstein killed it, Dracula fucked it

    by Seph_J

  • July 29, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Band aids

    by hallmitchell

    Good poster. Is it just me or they don't make posters like they used to?

  • July 29, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    "The Lost Continent"

    by nolan bautista

    disturbed me as a child..all those freaky plants..i also liked the structure of the film..(reminds me of Inception)

  • July 29, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Béla Lugosi, ima really happy for you, and ima let you finish

    by Amazing Maurice

    But Christopher Lee was the best Dracula EVER!

  • July 29, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by TheComedian77

    How about a shout out for the fact that Hammer are behind 'Let Me In', and actually have a few films on the way? "The Resident" for instance, with Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I woulda thought AICN would be all over that by now!

  • July 29, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I remember The Lost Continent.

    by cyberskunk

    I think an older sibling put his hands over my eyes so I couldn't see someone being dropped into a garbage disposal unit made of carnivorous plants that were like a mini ... surlak? Whatever the big thing in the desert was in ROTJ. An unedited film version is available on DVD, I think.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    your older sibling was concerned for your sanity..i remember that stayed in my mind like a stain..the way the those plants moved as they ate him and the way he screamed!..haha..good times..

  • July 29, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    This Will Be Better Than Any Film Released This Year

    by Acquanetta

    Sorry, but it's true.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    'Frankenstein spills it, Dracula drinks it!'

    by Porrohman


  • July 29, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Didn't know Christopher Lee played Dracula

    by ewokstew

    To me he'll always be Darth Sidious. This should be a cool book, though.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Didn't know Christopher Lee played Dracula?

    by The_Skook

    You didn't..? Really!? I mean... really!?

  • July 29, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Didnt know Christopher Lee played Dracula?

    by nolan bautista

    George Lucas said that the name Count Dooku is an homage to his Dracula roles..

  • July 29, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    So, if I pre-order through the link to Amazon

    by SoylentMean

    does AICN get a cut? 'cause I'm gonna do that if that's ok. OK?<P> This book looks awesome!

  • July 29, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Though it came across as being a

    by Dingbatty

    pun on "dookie."

  • July 29, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Oh Wow, I'm Definitely PIcking This Up

    by LaserPants

    The whole Hammer aesthetic is awesome.

  • July 29, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sammy Terry

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Thank you Sammy (central Indiana horror host) for introducing me to Hammer films.

  • July 29, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Three Words...

    by WellDisciplinedVC

    "Island of Terror"

  • July 29, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Not only that nolan bautista:

    by Sith Witch

    "Dooku" also means "poison" in Japanese!

  • July 30, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Sith Witch..

    by nolan bautista

    ..interesting..speaking of names a Sith Witch was one of the concepts for the Darth Maul character..i remember reading that in the "The Art of Phantom Meneace" book back when it first came out..they had all these scary looking drawings of what the new villain should look like..

  • July 30, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by RenoReno

    I LOVED that film! Man, those freakin plants caused a big impression as a kid. I was so terrorized by it. A guy got eaten by a shark too, but those man eating plants in the chute shocked me so much that reminiscing about that scene alone a few years ago I rented the movie and confirmed this as a total horror classic now in my adult years.

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  • July 30, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Island of Terror

    by Thunderball

    Great film, but not a Hammer Production despite star Cushing and director Fisher.

  • July 31, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    love it, want it for my bday

    by Waka_Flocka