Something to Read: Hammer Vault, Industrial Light & Magic


Two books that should be on your radar

Marcus Hearn has carved a nice little niche for himself authoring a series of books that analyze the history of Hammer Films. “The Hammer Story,” “Hammer Glamour” and “The Art of Hammer” currently sit on my shelf and I’m happy to see another book, “The Hammer Vault” is on the way.

Titan Books is, once again, publishing, and it’s due to hit shelves December 13. Details below along with word of another book worth checking out…

Packed with sensational, never-before-collected material, The Hammer Vault is a visual romp through the archives of Britain’s most famous film studio.

For both die-hard fans, and those just discovering Hammer’s rich cinematic legacy, this remarkable book provides an unmissable journey into the history of the company, as told through previously unseen treasures from the vault. Beginning with the company’s incorporation documents from 1934, moving through the many unforgettable horror classics which cemented their reputation and made worldwide stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and coming right up to date with a behind the scenes look at 2010’s Let Me In and the 2011 release The Resident, The Hammer Vault presents original correspondence, lobby cards, script pages and scores of rare and previously unpublished photographs, alongside a commentary from Hammer archive consultant Marcus Hearn, and the people who made some of the company’s greatest films.

The book also contains pages from press books and publicity manuals, letters to and from some of the company’s stars, pages from managing director Michael Carreras and Peter Cushing’s scrapbooks, pre-production artwork, trade advertisements and production designs. It is both a compelling visual history of the legendary film production company, and the greatest scrapbook of Hammer collectables ever assembled!

Another book out that is worth mentioning… “Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation” by Pamela Glintenkamp. A video preview was prepared to promote the book, we have that below. While there have been other tomes focusing on the FX house, this one is the first to shed light on the company within the last 16 years.

Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor