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Witchcraft & Black Magic in British Cult Cinema
A Hemlock Horror Companion

Witchcraft & Black Magic in British Cult Cinema

Hemlock Horror Companions are designed to supplement the viewing and appreciation of the great classics of horror and fantasy cinema with original and informative essays on unique aspects of their making. From Dark Age mysticism to outer space mystery, this eclectic collection will venture to open up new doors of wonder and understanding for fans of the most popular and pervasive genre in the entire history of the movies.

 

This ‘Horror Companion’ from Hemlock Books discusses the role of witchcraft and the occult in the cult classics of British horror cinema’s ‘Golden Age’. The rites and practices of pagan religions have always been a key component of the horror film and by examining the sources of such as The Devil Rides Out and The Wicker Man, author Ian White makes clear that fact is often more frightening than fiction.

 

112pp Bookazine. Fully illustrated. Full colour throughout!


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Bob Clark: I'm Going to Kill You!
A Hemlock Horror Companion
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Bob Clark: I

Hemlock Horror Companions are designed to supplement the viewing and appreciation of the great classics of horror and fantasy cinema with original and informative essays on unique aspects of their making. From Dark Age mysticism to outer space mystery, this eclectic collection will venture to open up new doors of wonder and understanding for fans of the most popular and pervasive genre in the entire history of the movies.

 

This exciting new ‘Horror Companion’ from Hemlock focusses on the life and work of film director Bob Clark, whose eclectic career was brought to an untimely end by a car accident in 2007. Clark was responsible for several cult horror hits but is probably best-remembered for Deathdream, Murder By Decree and especially 1974’s Black Christmas, which was instrumental in setting in train the ‘slasher’ sub-genre of the late 1970s and ’80s...

 

96pp Bookazine. Fully illustrated. Full colour throughout!


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British Cult Cinema:
THE AMICUS ANTHOLOGY (Hardback)

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British Cult Cinema:<br/>THE AMICUS ANTHOLOGY (Hardback)

240pp plus 12pp in colour.
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EMPIRE OF THE 'B's (Hardback)
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EMPIRE OF THE ‘B’s: The Mad Movie World of Charles Band is the authorised history of Empire Pictures, the fabled indie studio responsible for classics like Re-Animator, Troll, Laserblast, From Beyond, Tourist Trap, Dolls, Rawhead Rex, Ghost Town, Eliminators and dozens more! Foreword by Stuart Gordon.

Large format hardback.
'Charles Band' edition limited to 50 copies only.

380pp. Fully illustrated.


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British Cult Cinema:
THE HAMMER FRANKENSTEIN (Hardback)

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British Cult Cinema:<br/>THE HAMMER FRANKENSTEIN (Hardback)

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British Cult Cinema:
HAMMER FANTASY & SCI-FI (Hardback)

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British Cult Cinema:<br/>HAMMER FANTASY & SCI-FI (Hardback)

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British Cult Cinema:
THE HAMMER VAMPIRE (Hardback)

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British Cult Cinema:<br/>THE HAMMER VAMPIRE (Hardback)

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X-CERT (Hardback)
The British Independent
Horror Film: 1951-1970
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X-CERT (Hardback)

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X-CERT2

X-CERT2

The British Independent Horror Film: 1971-1983 In Stock NOW!

X-CERT2 is the sequel to X-CERT, which told the story of Britain’s independent horror film producers from 1951-1970.
     In X-CERT2, the low budget horrors of the period 1971-1983, when the age-limit for the X certificate was raised to 18, are examined in all their gruesome detail for the very first time through exclusive interviews, contemporary censorship reports and rare glimpses behind the scenes of some of British horror’s most infamous shockers. The definitive companion-piece to X-CERT—complete with more than 200 stills, 8 pages of them in colour!

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British Cult Cinema:<br/>THE AMICUS ANTHOLOGY

British Cult Cinema:
THE AMICUS ANTHOLOGY

Bruce G Hallenbeck

In 1965, the newly-formed Amicus Productions of filmmaking duo Max J Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky burst onto the British fantasy scene with Dr Terror’s House of Horrors, an anthology film featuring five tales of suspense and the supernatural. The success of Dr Terror encouraged the partners to produce more of the same and in the years that followed, Torture Garden, The House That Dripped Blood, Tales From the Crypt and others forever associated the name of Amicus with the anthology horror film.

The Amicus Anthology is an in-depth look at a body of films which were unique in the annals of fantasy cinema and featured not only the talents of horror icons Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee but those of dozens of the most famous names on the British screen in the 1960s and ’70s.

240pp plus 8pp in colour.

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EMPIRE OF THE 'B's: The Mad Movie World of Charles Band

EMPIRE OF THE 'B's: The Mad Movie World of Charles Band

EMPIRE OF THE ‘B’s: The Mad Movie World of Charles Band is the authorised history of Empire Pictures, the fabled indie studio responsible for classics like Re-Animator, Troll, Laserblast, From Beyond, Tourist Trap, Dolls, Rawhead Rex, Ghost Town, Eliminators and dozens more! Foreword by director Stuart Gordon.

Large format paperback.

380pp. Fully illustrated.

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British Cult Cinema:<br/>THE HAMMER FRANKENSTEIN

British Cult Cinema:
THE HAMMER FRANKENSTEIN

Bruce G Hallenbeck

In 1957, Hammer released The Curse of Frankenstein and changed the face of horror cinema forever. Hammer Horror was born, and the film made international stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. In the years that followed, the company made six more Frankenstein films and a television pilot, all but two of them starring Cushing as the callous and amoral Baron Frankenstein–a very different character to that created by Mary Shelley in her 1818 novel.

     Award-winning author Bruce Hallenbeck explores in detail the many cinematic experiments of the baron who, along the way, made ‘Creatures’ of Lee, Don Megowan, Michael Gwynn, wrestler Kiwi Kingston, Susan Denberg, Freddie Jones and David Prowse in a series unique in the annals of British horror.  

     The Hammer Frankenstein relates the story of how Hammer Films, and director Terence Fisher, made a movie ‘monster’ that endures to this day...

240pp plus 8pp in colour.

Fully illustrated throughout.

 

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URBAN TERRORS

URBAN TERRORS

New British Horror Cinema
1997-2008

The Definitive Guide to the 21st Century British Horror Revival.

By the late 1990s, the Golden Age of British Horror Cinema was long gone. But like all the best monsters, the genre has risen from the grave and in the 21st century is going from strength to strength.

Urban Terrors is the first book to fully examine the British horror film revival, documenting and analysing the more than 100 movies that were commercially released between 1997 and 2008. It reveals how the changes in technology have enabled more people to make films, how changes in distribution - from VHS to DVD to VOD - are enabling more people to watch them, and how the mainstream media has failed to spot and comment upon this largely-undocumented phenomenon. And it examines how these new kinds of horror films have dealt with issues like disenfranchised youth, class division and social exclusion...

 

 

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X-CERT

X-CERT

The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970

Forget Hammer. Forget Amicus or Tigon. The 1950s and ’60s were the era of the ‘X’-certificate, when the emergent British horror film was equally represented by the work of a number of independent producers who between them created some of the most memorable thrillers of the period. This was the time when madmen stalked the Circus of Horrors, Jack the Ripper rubbed shoulders with Peeping Tom, and cinemagoers were invited to walk the Corridors of Blood, enter the Theatre of Death and set foot on the Island of Terror...

In X-CERT, the ‘Adults Only’ horror films that inspired the nightmares of a generation are examined in detail for the very first time through exclusive interviews, contemporary censorship reports and rare glimpses behind the scenes--complete with over 200 stills!

244pp plus 8pp in colour.
Fully illustrated throughout.

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RETRO SCREAMS

RETRO SCREAMS

Terror in the New Millennium

 

In Retro Screams, Christopher Koetting casts his eye over the biggest horror remakes of the past decade, and the iconic films that inspired them. By comparing each of them in turn, he examines whether this fad for ‘re-imagining’ the screen’s greatest terror triumphs is a worthy sub-genre in its own right...or simply evidence of the modern horror film’s lack of imagination...

392pp plus 8pp in colour.

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FRIGHT FILMS

FRIGHT FILMS

The World's Scariest Ever Movies
David Tappenden

80 Movies to Watch with Your Eyes Shut! From Psycho to Paranormal Activity and everything between they're all here: Night of the Living Dead, The Exorcist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Jaws, Halloween, Alien, The Evil Dead, The Thing, Hellraiser, Scream, Ring, The Blair Witch Project, Wolf Creek, Saw, The Descent, Eden Lake and more plus some that you might not have heard of but which scared the pants off those who did encounter them! Do NOT read this book alone!!

Large format with over 300 rare stills

260pp

Fully illustrated throughout.

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British Cult Cinema:<br/>HAMMER FANTASY & SCI-FI

British Cult Cinema:
HAMMER FANTASY & SCI-FI

Bruce G Hallenbeck

The name of Hammer has long been synonymous with horror, but the legendary British film company was also responsible for some of the best fantasy and science fiction films made in the UK. From the terrors of The Quatermass Xperiment through the prehistoric menace of One Million Years BC to the prophetic satire of Moon Zero Two, Hammer put every bit as much style and creativity (and more money) into its fantasy features as it did into its Gothic horrors.

In Hammer Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Bruce G Hallenbeck explores the history of Hammer s many ventures into science-fantasy, setting them in the context of the genre as a whole and providing the reader with a wealth of intriguing background detail, as well as dozens of rare photos from private collections.Foreword by Martine Beswick. Cover by Mark Maddox.

268pp plus 8pp in colour.

Fully illustrated throughout.

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British Cult Cinema:<br/>THE HAMMER VAMPIRE

British Cult Cinema:
THE HAMMER VAMPIRE

Bruce G Hallenbeck

THE HAMMER VAMPIRE is an in-depth examination of how a tiny film studio on the banks of the Thames changed a genre forever. Hammer may not have invented the vampire film, but its technicians and actors certainly perfected it. The screen vampire as we know and love it today, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Twilight and True Blood, would not have existed in its present form but for a series of sixteen Gothic horror films produced by Hammer between 1958 and 1974.

Hammer's greatest contribution to the vampire film may have been in its evolution of the female of the species the seductive vampire woman, who ultimately proved to be far more deadly than the male...

Foreword by Jimmy Sangster.

248pp plus 8pp in colour.

Fully illustrated throughout with rare stills.

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HITCHCOCK'S BLONDE

HITCHCOCK'S BLONDE

The REAL Story Behind a Macabre and Secret Obsession.. John Hamilton

He was the most celebrated director of his generation, but his murder mysteries and thrillers hid the secrets of his own sexual repression. She was the most beautiful female star of her day, known on-screen for her glacial aloofness and off-screen for her sexual appetites. Together, they made three celebrated movies and Grace Kelly’s influence on Alfred Hitchcock was as profound as it was disturbing..

For the first time in print, their work together is examined in detail, their relationship with each other is explored in depth and Hitchcock’s darkest fantasies are revealed..

250pp plus 8pp in colour.

Fully illustrated throughout.

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MIND WARP!

MIND WARP!

The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures Christopher T Koetting

The year is 1969. After making his hugely-successful series of Poe movies with Vincent Price, producer-director Roger Corman set up shop as New World Pictures. For the next thirteen years, Corman was the driving force behind some of the best-known fantasy and exploitation films of the 1970s and early '80s - while his company kicked off the careers of directors like James Cameron, Jonathan Demme and Ron Howard.

Mind Warp chronicles the amazing history of Corman’s ‘New World’ – the films, the facts and the fantastic feats of budget ingenuity! The ultimate guide to drive-in thrills and chills at their best.

280pp plus 8pp in colour.

Fully illustrated throughout.

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