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The untold story of Hammer at Warner Bros, and the relationship that produced some of the British company's finest films!
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WE HAVE SMASHED THROUGH OUR FIRST STRETCH-GOAL, AND HAVE NOW SET OUR SECOND STRETCH-GOAL OF $30,000!

Thanks to all the folks who have pledged and helped promote this campaign, we have reached and exceeded our first STRETCH GOAL of $26,000. We have now set a new stretch goal of $30,000, which will help us make this film even bigger in scope. That will include shooting on Hammer's original filming locations, more interviews, etc! Help us fight til the very end, so we can bring you the best film possible!

GOAL REACHED! ANNOUNCING OUR STRETCH GOAL!

The response to this project has been tremendous, and we want to thank all of you!

As a stretch-goal, if we can raise a total of $26,000, then the same team that's creating the main film will also create another bonus 20-minute (approximate) featurette on Hammer's most notable unmade films from their Warner Bros period: The Reluctant Virgin, Zeppelin vs Pterodactyls, the sci-fi draft of Creatures the World Forgot, When the Earth Cracked Open, Dracula - High Priest of Vampires, etc.

This is such a rich subject that it would justify a stand-alone featurette, and the panel of experts assembled will do it full justice.

The Project

DID YOU KNOW THAT . . . The classic Hammer films from Warner Bros are now finally starting to appear on Blu-ray. However, they have never received an in-depth exploration in any special feature or documentary. Now, the fascinating story can finally be told in this unprecedented 90-minute documentary feature, HAMMER HORROR: THE WARNER BROS YEARS, written and directed by Marcus Hearn, Hammer Films’ official historian. The documentary will feature exclusive interviews with many of the key players from that period, as well as authors and film historians like Jonathan Rigby and Constantine Nasr. Also included will be rare production stills, film footage, Hammer’s original shooting locations, and access to previously unseen archive documents. The documentary will be available via streaming and in a limited run region-free blu-ray release, exclusive to this fundraiser. PLEASE NOTE: the blu-ray will be professionally replicated, NOT burned.

Extra Features

In addition to the main feature, the blu-ray will also contain extended interviews with some of the key participants. Other extras will be announced as they become confirmed.

Hammer fans, we need your support to make this happen. Contribute today!

Cameraman Neil Binney films Peter Cushing as he wields his gruesome sickle in the doorway of Dr. Heidecke's surgery, during the film's opening scene. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, 1969.
Cameraman Neil Binney films Peter Cushing as he wields his gruesome sickle in the doorway of Dr. Heidecke's surgery, during the film's opening scene. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, 1969.

History

In the 1950s Hammer, England’s world-renowned production company, initiated a new style of horror filmmaking that transformed the genre. At the end of the 1960s, the world that Hammer had helped to create was changing fast – the once-reliable business model was unraveling and audiences wanted something new from their films. 

Amid this uncertainty, Hammer’s short-term survival was secured by an alliance with American distributor Warner Bros. The films the two companies made together are among the most renowned in Hammer’s history. Classics such as Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1970) and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) were produced alongside the Oscar-nominated epic When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970), the disturbing thriller Crescendo (1970) and the bizarre sci-fi western Moon Zero Two (1969). 

The films became increasingly experimental in the 1970s, challenging the perception of traditional Gothic horror with Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974). 

Director, Freddie Francis goes over a scene with Veronica Carlson and Christopher Lee, on location in Black Park. Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, 1968.
Director, Freddie Francis goes over a scene with Veronica Carlson and Christopher Lee, on location in Black Park. Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, 1968.

The Need for Funding 

Our goal is ambitious: to create a 90-minute documentary with many interviews and other footage, shot across wide array of locations from around the world. The majority of the money raised will go directly to fund the film production. Other expenses include blu-ray authoring, printing artwork, and shipping costs. If we end up raising more money than anticipated, we will expand the scope of the project, in terms of the film production and/or extra features, to give fans an even richer viewing experience.

Christopher Lee, Christopher Neame, Marsha Hunt and director Alan Gibson filming on the St. Bartolph's Church set. Dracula A.D. 1972
Christopher Lee, Christopher Neame, Marsha Hunt and director Alan Gibson filming on the St. Bartolph's Church set. Dracula A.D. 1972

Hammer Films: The Warner Bros Years will be produced, written and directed by Marcus Hearn, in association with Jonathan Rigby and other film historians and authors.

About Marcus Hearn 

As well as being Hammer Films’ official historian and the author of numerous books including Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years (2013), The Avengers: A Celebration: 50 Years of a Television Classic (2010), The Hammer Story (with Alan Barnes - 2007), The Hammer Vault (2011), Hammer Glamour (2009), The Cinema of George Lucas (2005), and the Rondo Award-winning The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films (2010). Hearn has directed almost 20 special features for numerous Hammer Blu-rays and DVDs. This will be his first feature-length documentary, and an ambitious examination of a fascinating era in British film history. 

About Jonathan Rigby 

Actor and film historian Jonathan Rigby is the author of film books, English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema (2000), Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History (2001), American Gothic: Sixty Years of Horror Cinema (2007), and Studies in Terror: Landmarks of Horror Cinema (2011). He has been described in Video Watchdog magazine as occupying 'a proud place in the advance guard of film researchers, writers and critics.' 

Rigby is also an Associate Research Fellow of the Cinema and Television History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester, and has contributed audio and/or video commentaries to the DVD/Blu-ray releases of a number of horror films. In 2010 he was series consultant on the three-part BBC Four documentary A History of Horror, also making a brief appearance as Dracula in the opening episode; two years later he was programme consultant on the feature-length follow-up, Horror Europa

Michael Coles (as Insp. Murray) and William Franklyn (as Torrence), filming the destruction of Jane (Valerie Van Ost), on the set of Satanic Rites of Dracula, 1974.
Michael Coles (as Insp. Murray) and William Franklyn (as Torrence), filming the destruction of Jane (Valerie Van Ost), on the set of Satanic Rites of Dracula, 1974.

Rewards 

We offer you several tiers of exceptional rewards, all of which are exclusive to this campaign. Check them out below, but see the sidebar for more information. 

YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $10

DIGITAL STREAMING OF THE FILM, PLUS YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $20 

EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY SET (which includes the feature film and all the extra features, with original cover art by Mark Spears), PLUS DIGITAL STREAMING AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $35

AN OFFICIAL 18X24” POSTER FROM THE FILM by artist Mark Spears (on glossy paper), PLUS THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $50

AN EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED, 18X24” MUSEUM-QUALITY ART PRINT FROM FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED by artist Mark Spears, PLUS THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $75

AN EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED, 18X24” MUSEUM-QUALITY ART PRINT FROM DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE by artist Mark Spears, PLUS THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $75

AN EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED, 18X24” MUSEUM-QUALITY ART PRINT FROM TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA by artist Mark Spears, PLUS THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $75

AN EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED, 18X24” MUSEUM-QUALITY ART PRINT FROM THE MUMMY by artist Mark Spears, PLUS THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $75

AN EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED, 18X24” MUSEUM-QUALITY ART PRINT FROM DRACULA A.D. 1972 by artist Steve McGinnis, PLUS THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $75

THE GRAND PACKAGE: THE OFFICIAL 18X24” POSTER FROM THE FILM, PLUS ALL 4 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED, 18X24” MUSEUM-QUALITY ART PRINTS by artist Mark Spears, PLUS THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $300

THE ULTRA GRAND PACKAGE: THE OFFICIAL 18X24” POSTER FROM THE FILM, PLUS ALL 5 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED, 18X24” MUSEUM-QUALITY ART PRINTS by artists Mark Spears and Steve McGinnis, PLUS THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, AND YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - $375

SOLD! THE ULTRA GRAND PACKAGE PLUS THE BOOK:

AS ABOVE, YOU GET THE OFFICIAL 18X24” POSTER FROM THE FILM, PLUS ALL 5 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED, 18X24” MUSEUM-QUALITY ART PRINTS by artists Mark Spears and Steve McGinnis, THE BLU-RAY SET, DIGITAL STREAMING, YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS, PLUS THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND, SOFT COVER 9.5 x 11.5", 192-PAGE HAMMER HORROR BOOK FROM MARCUS HEARN, PERSONALLY HAND-SIGNED BY CHRISTOPHER LEE IN THE 1990'S AND NUMBERED 31/50.

Only 50 of these were signed and numbered by him at a special signing event. This one is #31. The book came from a private collection and is in excellent condition. Page 163 has a few lines highlighted and underlined by the original owner. Otherwise, there are no extra markings. This is a one-of-a-kind item for collectors of books and original autographs. - $600

Risks and challenges

SThe risks and challenges associated with this project are the same as with any film production. Unexpected circumstances may cause delays, participants may change, and the end result may or may not be exactly as predicted, or be delivered in the expected time frame. Rest assured, however, that the team behind this production is the very best in this field in the world, and will do everything possible to exceed everyone's expectations!

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