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Ultimate Guide: Mark of the Vampire (1935)

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Ultimate Guide: Mark of the Vampire (1935)

 

Determined to prove they could turn out horror movies every bit as good as Universal’s, MGM produced a stylishly macabre tale of the undead, with Bela Lugosi all but reprising his Dracula role, albeit with a twist. As menacing Count Mora opposite Carroll Borland’s ethereal Luna, the Hungarian star manages to steal the show and make the movie his own.

36 pages, full colour throughout.


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Ultimate Guide: Dracula's Daughter (1936)


Ultimate Guide: Dracula

 

Universal told an all-new vampire tale in 1936 when they created the tragic story of the Countess Marya Zaleska. The eerie, sensual stylings of Dracula’s Daughter brought us a new kind of horror that has enthralled fans for decades, and this Ultimate Guide is the perfect tribute to the hauntingly lyrical melodrama.

36 pages, full colour throughout.


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Ultimate Guide: This Island Earth (1955)


Ultimate Guide: This Island Earth (1955)

 

The science fiction boom of the 1950s gave us plenty of new monsters, but few are as instantly recognisable as the Metaluna Mutant, whose bug eyes and pincers made 1955 adventure This Island Earth unforgettable. This Ultimate Guide magazine celebrates the wonder and excitement that make it such a popular choice. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a devout fan, or have only just discovered the movie. As the meteors rain down, indulge your love of a truly dynamic entry into the world of sci-fi horror and add the guide to This Island Earth to your collection.

36 pages, full colour throughout.


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Ultimate Guide: Scars of Dracula (1970)


Ultimate Guide: Scars of Dracula (1970)

 

With 1970’s Scars of Dracula, Hammer took their vampire count into a new and sadistic world of torture and violence. This lavishly designed Ultimate Guide magazine immerses you in the blood-soaked nightmare all over again, giving you the chance to relive the fear, tension and rich atmosphere of a gothic masterpiece. From Christopher Lee’s terrifying performance as the vampire himself, to his co-stars Dennis Waterman and Jenny Hanley and director Roy Ward Baker, the team who realised this eerie motion picture are celebrated with informative biographies, while every page bursts with imagery, artwork and trivia. This is a publication no Hammer fan should be without.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

 


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Ultimate Guide: The Reptile (1966)


Ultimate Guide: The Reptile (1966)

 

Hammer created a new type of monster with their moody 1966 thriller The Reptile, turning Cornish village life into the stuff of nightmares. Elements of eastern mysticism, body horror and a superb villain in the shape of the nefarious Dr Franklyn turned what could have been a niche movie into a beloved classic. This full-colour Ultimate Guide magazine is packed with stills, information and insight into the making of this treasured entry into the annals of Hammer Horror.

36 pages, full colour throughout.


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Ultimate Guide: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)


Ultimate Guide: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

 

With the vibrant design and loving attention to detail you expect from Classic Monsters publications, this is the ideal way to rediscover one of your movie favourites. What’s going on at McDougal’s House of Horrors? What does Sandra see in Wilbur? And what’s Larry going to wear for the masked ball? The answers are in here, in a sumptuous magazine guide to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein that no fan can possibly miss.

36 pages, full colour throughout.


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Ultimate Guide: The Mummy's Hand (1940)


Ultimate Guide: The Mummy

 

After the 1932 original, Universal took their Mummy franchise in a whole new direction with The Mummy’s Hand, creating an action-packed thriller with a truly creepy bandaged villain in the shape of Tom Tyler. This full-colour magazine guide is bursting at the bandages with detailed stills, lobby cards and artwork to accompany the story of how the tale of Egyptian evil turned into a beloved franchise.

36 pages, full colour throughout!


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Ultimate Guide: The Phantom of the Opera (1962)


Ultimate Guide: The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

 

In 1962, The Phantom of the Opera allowed Hammer to put their own spin on Gaston Leroux’s classic story of love and madness. Richly designed, and packed with images from the movie, this magazine guide to The Phantom of the Opera takes you right back to the catacombs below the London Opera House. It’s the stylish celebration that this film deserves, putting you in touch with the drama and tenderness that make Professor Petrie’s tragic tale so affecting. Captivating performances from stars Herbert Lom and Heather Sears are backed up by the likes of Michael Gough and Edward de Souza under the careful guidance of director Terence Fisher. The vibrant pages are bursting with trivia, information and insight to enrich your enjoyment of this beloved motion picture.

36 pages, full colour throughout.


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Ultimate Guide: The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)


Ultimate Guide: The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

 

This beautiful full colour magazine guide takes you back to Hammer’s third exploration of the Frankenstein tale. Packed with stills and information, it captures the movie’s unique styling and atmosphere, celebrating the continuing story of the Baron’s ill-fated adventures. From Peter Cushing’s portrayal of the driven scientist to Peter Woodthorpe’s performance as self-serving hypnotist Zoltan and Freddie Francis’ inspired direction, biographies of the cast and crew provide an insight into the lives and careers of the people who took the Frankenstein legend in a new direction.

36 pages, full colour throughout.


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Ultimate Guide: House of Dracula (1945)


Ultimate Guide: House of Dracula (1945)

 

A range of lavishly illustrated articles tell the story of the movie’s production, taking you behind the scenes with a wealth of facts, trivia and details. Meanwhile, a range of biographies introduce you to stars Lon Chaney, Onslow Stevens, Jane Adams and Glenn Strange as well as director Erle C Kenton, producer Paul Malvern and the rest of the crew who brought our favourite horrors together so successfully.

36 pages, full colour throughout.


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Ultimate Guide: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931)

Ultimate Guide: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931)

 

Packed with pin-sharp stills, posters and artwork, this Ultimate Guide takes you through the making of the movie with insightful articles on the production, themes and artistry that make it so important. Includes biographies of the cast and crew from Fredric March and female leads Miriam Hopkins and Rose Hobart, to director Rouben Mamoulian and the many other skilled crew members. Each page of this stunning Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde magazine guide reveals more about the movie, making it a must-have for all fans.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Raven (1935)

Ultimate Guide: The Raven (1935)

 

Featuring the movie’s production and sinister literary origins and biographies on the cast and crew who put a new twist on Poe’s immortal poem. From director Louis Friendlander and cinematographer Charles J Stumar to actors Irene Ware, Lester Matthews and Samuel S Hinds, you’ll meet the many minds who created this compelling piece of classic horror cinema. Packed with facts and trivia from behind the scenes, this Ultimate Guide to The Raven captures the movie’s aura of menace and cruelty, bringing this beloved film back to life in the unique Classic Monsters style. So get your best suit on – the guests will be arriving soon and Dr Vollin has an unforgettable party planned.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Ultimate Guide: Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

 

Includes how the movie came into being, from its troubled beginnings to the harsh treatment meted out by the censor. Biographies introduce you to the many talented cast and crew. For any fan of Taste the Blood of Dracula, this magazine guide is the perfect companion to the movie. Every article features behind the scenes facts and trivia, as well as artwork to capture the flavour of decadence, squalor and sheer terror that makes this such as powerful motion picture. This is one Hammer Horror movie guide you can’t do without, produced to the high standards that are a hallmark of Classic Monsters.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: London After Midnight (1927)

Ultimate Guide: London After Midnight (1927)

 

One of horror cinema’s most coveted lost films, 1927’s London After Midnight is shrouded in mystery. Lon Chaney’s portrayal of Inspector Burke and his saw-toothed alter ego showed the Man of a Thousand Faces at his eerie best, and the production’s rich atmosphere has become the stuff of legend. This guide to London After Midnight takes a wide-eyed, hypnotic look at the people involved in the movie, as well as its production, its story - and its disappearance. What happened to Roger Balfour? Who is the man in the beaver hat? It’s time to brush aside the cobwebs and explore a unique piece of movie history.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)

Ultimate Guide: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)

 

Exploring the making of this compelling motion picture as well as its legacy in the franchise as a whole. Veronica Carlson’s first-hand accounts of working on the movie bring the tale to life, making this publication an absolute essential. Includes biographies on the movie’s major players from Christopher Lee to director Freddie Francis and cinematographer Arthur Grant, as well as a wealth of behind the scenes facts, stills and artwork, all compiled and designed with style and reverence.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: House of Frankenstein (1944)

Ultimate Guide: House of Frankenstein (1944)

 

Capturing the twists and turns of this beloved motion picture through glorious full colour design and crisp movie stills, this magazine guide is the ideal way to explore Visaria all over again. An exploration of the movie’s production is just the beginning, as you’ll find cast and crew biographies, behind the scenes trivia and much more, all sumptuously illustrated with stills, posters and artwork.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Black Cat (1934)

Ultimate Guide: The Black Cat (1934)

The Black Cat is an undisputed classic of the golden age of Universal horror, pitting Karloff and Lugosi against each other to devastating effect. This guide to The Black Cat is designed and produced to the very highest standard in vibrant full colour, making it the perfect way to immerse yourself once again in this chilling Poe-inspired tale. From the story behind the movie’s production and insightful biographies about its cast and crew, to trivia and images from behind the scenes, there’s never been a guide to The Black Cat like it.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Ultimate Guide: The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

 

Exploring the making of the movie and telling the stories of the cast and crew including André Morell, Diane Clare, John Carson, director John Gilling and composer James Bernard. There’s also a wealth of facts and trivia, behind the scenes information and much more. Any fan of Hammer Horror will adore this unique full colour guide.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

Ultimate Guide: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

 

Exploring the thrilling and affecting second instalment in Hammer’s Frankenstein series in stylish full colour. From Peter Cushing’s brilliantly icy central performance to the excellent support from Francis Matthews and the mirrored roles of Oscar Quitak and Michael Gwynn as the two incarnations of Karl, this is a movie packed with horror, drama and moments of unexpected emotion. Featuring stunning stills, posters and artwork the guide is packed with details on how this magnificent motion picture took shape.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

Ultimate Guide: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

 

Crammed with biographies and information on the making of the movie, including behind-the-scenes details on the way the movie took shape, the people who made it happen and its lasting impact on the Frankenstein and Wolf Man franchises. Beautiful design, a wealth of insightful research and the compelling writing you’ve come to expect from Classic Monsters, don’t miss this companion to one of classic horror cinema’s best-loved adventures.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Freddy

Ultimate Guide: Freddy

 

When A Nightmare on Elm Street hit cinema screens in 1984, it proved that in the world of modern horror, you’re not even safe in your dreams... From the terrifying original and the successive groups of doomed Elm Street kids to the reality-blurring terror of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, slasher crossover Freddy vs Jason and the 2010 reboot, this Ultimate Guide is a must-have for any fan. Includes a chapter written by Heather Langenkamp.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Nosferatu (1922)

Ultimate Guide: Nosferatu (1922)

 

The Ultimate Guide to this silent horror classic explores the creation and legacy of one of cinema’s all-time favourite vampire films. Packed with images, artwork, information and trivia which will place you right at the sinister heart of this beloved motion picture. Biographies of the cast and crew - FW Murnau, Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim and Fritz Arno Wagner - and a range of articles examine the impact that Nosferatu has had on the Cinema of Terror.

36 pages, B&W and colour...

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Ultimate Guide: The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

Ultimate Guide: The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

No fan of the Universal Frankenstein series should miss this sumptuous guide to the first of the franchise without Boris Karloff, and the one that saw Lon Chaney Jr fill the Monster’s boots. Continuing the thread of Bela Lugosi’s superb characterisation of murderous blacksmith Ygor, and with fine performances from Evelyn Ankers, Cedric Hardwicke, Lionel Atwill and Ralph Bellamy, The Ghost of Frankenstein always proves a firm favourite among fans of classic horror.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Ultimate Guide: The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Beautifully designed, and packed with stunning imagery, this is the perfect companion to one of werewolf cinema’s most stylish classics. While Oliver Reed’s powerful central performance is at the heart of the movie, authors Nige Burton and Jamie Jones reveal the work of director Terence Fisher, the striking score by Benjamin Frankel, and the many strong supporting cast members who brought 18th Century Spain to life at Bray Studios.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Mummy (1959)

Ultimate Guide: The Mummy (1959)

The perfect companion to this acclaimed production, telling the story of this powerful motion picture. A range of articles tell the story of the movie’s production and give fresh insight into the ways Hammer took a familiar tale and made it their own. This stylish magazine guide also includes a wealth of biographies that introduce you to the cast and crew, all of whom have their own intriguing stories to tell. Packed with stills and posters, it is a must for fans and collectors.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Michael

Ultimate Guide: Michael

This colourful guide to the Halloween series is the perfect reason to stay at home with one of slasher cinema’s true icons, Michael Myers, and his trail of destruction, with a focus on each movie in turn. Within these pages you'll be reintroduced to the many ways in which Haddonfield’s favourite son laid waste to the local  teens, and the people who brought his story to life. Michael covers not only the whole original Halloween franchise, but also the series’ trip into the 21st Century with its terrifying reboots.

36 pages, full colour throughout

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Ultimate Guide: Werewolf of London (1935)

Ultimate Guide: Werewolf of London (1935)

Universal’s first werewolf movie is a true classic, with a strong performance from Henry Hull and excellent monster make-up providing a fresh angle on the story of monstrous split personalities. This Werewolf of London magazine guide heads back to Tibet and examines the origins of the lycanthropic monster bandwagon which continues rolling to this day. Packed with articles, biographies and analysis, the Classic Monsters Werewolf of London Ultimate Guide revisits the story of Dr Glendon’s hairy misadventures in style.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Ultimate Guide: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Lon Chaney’s astonishing make-up for his performance as the Phantom is the defining image of The Phantom of the Opera, but it’s by no means the only aspect of the movie that merits a closer look. The supporting performances from Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry and the ‘cast of 5000 others’ make this a true cinematic spectacle. Authors Nige Burton and Jamie Jones will remind you why The Phantom of the Opera is such an important movie for the horror genre. A must for fans and collectors alike.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Godzilla (1954)

Ultimate Guide: Godzilla (1954)

Toho’s 1954 classic Godzilla introduced the world to a whole new monster and gave Japan a new cultural icon. The Classic Monsters Ultimate Guide looks at the creation of this classic motion picture, from its original Japanese release to the 1956 Americanisation that brought everyone’s favourite atomic lizard to the western world. In-depth articles, biographies and features chart the course of the movie’s development, the lives of the talented cast and crew and there's also plenty of information on Godzilla’s cultural significance.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Invisible Man (1933)

Ultimate Guide: The Invisible Man (1933)

The Invisible Man Ultimate guide is packed with stills, posters and information, with biographies telling the stories of the talented cast and crew. There’s also plenty of trivia about what went on behind the scenes, making it the perfect complement to a viewing of the film itself. It explores the production of this beloved movie, from Claude Rains’ powerful central performance and James Whale’s distinctive direction, to the astonishing special effects that still look amazing in the age of CGI. 

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)

Ultimate Guide: Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)

Christopher Lee’s second appearance as the legendary vampire is an impressive one and Dracula Prince of Darkness is packed with great performances. In-depth biographies reveal the stories of the cast and crew who turned this atmospheric, brooding story into one of the Hammer Horror classics. This Ultimate Guide is packed with stills and posters and bursting with information and imagery as it looks at the making of the movie, its place in Hammer Horror history, and the many intriguing facts surrounding its production...

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Ultimate Guide: Son of Frankenstein (1939)

The Son of Frankenstein Ultimate Guide is packed with glorious stills and posters, not to mention the many biographies which tell the story of the movie’s cast and crew. From Basil Rathbone’s take on Frankenstein, to the mesmerising performances of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill. Celebrate this striking movie and explore its development and production – and, of course, the captivating results. Step inside, Ygor is waiting to show you the secrets of Castle Frankenstein and there’s plenty to discover!

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Ultimate Guide: The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Return to the Meinster household with this beautiful luxury magazine guide to one of Hammer Horror’s most beloved movies where you’ll find a wealth of information on the development of this acclaimed Hammer classic. From Terence Fisher’s distinctive directing style, to the intensity of Peter Cushing’s performance. Rare stills and posters bring the blood-drenched adventure to life, with in-depth articles and biographies offering new insight into the ways The Brides of Dracula has become such an important film.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Ultimate Guide: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Universal’s 1954 classic Creature from the Black Lagoon has a special place in the hearts of countless fans of classic monsters. Each of the many articles is accompanied by beautifully-reproduced stills, posters and lobby cards, taking you back to the Amazon in style. Cast and crew biographies give depth and insight to the people who made Creature from the Black Lagoon such a key reference point in the history of horror movies – this is the perfect item for any fan of the Creature.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: King Kong (1933)

Ultimate Guide: King Kong (1933)

Head back to Skull Island to RKO’s legendary King Kong. It’s the cinematic adventure romp of a lifetime, showcasing Willis O’Brien’s extraordinary stop-frame animation talents which are still loved by many. You’ll find in-depth articles telling the story of the making of King Kong, its impact on cinemagoers on the time and its lasting legacy and influence on pop culture. There are also detailed biographies of the cast and crew, and a cheeky look at Kong merchandise through the ages. We also look at sequel The Son of Kong (1933).

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Jason - Friday the 13th

Ultimate Guide: Jason - Friday the 13th

The name Jason Voorhees is a byword for slasher horror. This machete-wielding marauder just won’t stay down and this dedicated Friday the 13th magazine guide explores the reasons why we can’t stay away from Crystal Lake. From the beginnings of this classic movie series, through its many twists and turns, to the 2003 crossover mash-up finale, Jason is the perfect way to rediscover a franchise you thought you knew. We look at Jason’s different incarnations over the years and check out the many teens who have fallen foul of Mr Voorhees.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Wolf Man (1941)

Ultimate Guide: The Wolf Man (1941)

Celebrating George Waggner’s seminal 1941 movie The Wolf Man, the film which created the first new Universal monster for ten years and made a star out of Lon Chaney Jr. Tracing the story of Universal’s celebrated masterpiece which is still revered today for its faultless performances, stunning camerawork and Jack Pierce’s revolutionary make-up. Discover the backstory behind one of horror cinema’s most beloved monsters, as well as the diverse stories unfolding behind the scenes and cast and crew biographies.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Ultimate Guide: Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

A detailed examination of 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing established their horror credentials in this richly atmospheric movie, and this Ultimate Guide takes a look at Hammer's first Gothic horror. Exploring the backstory to what began the rebirth of the horror genre, with a close look at the movie’s development. Cast and crew biographies, rare stills, lobby cards and posters are all included in this beautifully designed collector’s item reference to the first of the Hammer Horror greats.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Ultimate Guide: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The atmosphere, styling and performances in this movie weave a powerful spell for existing fans and first-time viewers alike. Exploring the many ways in which Bride of Frankenstein makes for compelling viewing, from James Whale’s wry humour, to the pathos of Karloff’s Monster and the anti-chemistry with Elsa Lanchester’s portrayal of his doomed mate. Crammed with high quality stills, posters and lobby cards, as well as trivia, behind-the-scenes information and biographies of the cast and crew.

36 pages, full colour throughout.

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Ultimate Guide: The Mummy (1932)

Ultimate Guide: The Mummy (1932)

Celebrating Karl Freund’s iconic 1932 production of The Mummy the film which cemented Boris Karloff’s superstardom, billing him as Karloff the Uncanny. Tracing the story of Universal’s need for a new monster, through to the movie’s present-day status as a defining factor in the way we perceive ancient Egypt. Discover the backstory behind one of horror cinema’s most enduring monsters as well as the diverse stories unfolding behind the scenes and cast and crew biographies.

36 pages, full colour throughout

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