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Date Posted: 21:24:30 11/03/11 Thu
Author: Tim
Subject: Hammer Horror Posters

Here is a nice site about the Hammer horror posters, which were an important element in selling the movies to the public in those days. Like the films, they were often colorful and racy, especially in comparison to the Universal horror era.

The photo of Valerie Leon on the site's main page would make a pretty good poster on its own!


Here is perhaps the best known Hammer poster image

And here is a poster from 1961. Notice the "A Hammer Film Production for Universal-International" in the lower right corner.


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[> Re: Hammer Horror Posters -- Officer Torch, 09:33:09 11/04/11 Fri [1]

Hey Tim....nice posts/links. I gotta say that, maybe along with the James Bond posters, I'll have to give Hammer an A plus for their poster work...colorful, good marketing and buzzwords, spicy..yet often tasteful, frightful, timely..in terms of public wants, and more. To me, they were likely among the best...I've a few monster cocktail type books, with much Hammer poster shots and others. The Hammer ones really stand out.

I remember my teenage years and dating days when those Hammer movies were a big draw, and no doubt, those "Coming Soon" lobby posters influenced many. Sometimes the movie failed to live up to the expectations on the poster, but...hey, gotcha, that's how it works. Overall though I enjoyed those Hammer films, and posters. A good find Tim. Thanks. Ray

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[> [> Re: Hammer Horror Posters -- DAN, 14:05:17 11/10/11 Thu [1]

I always liked the Hammer posters. I remember seeing many of them at the theaters where one of the Hammer horror films were playing.

The only poster I had was for "The Mummy."
The one where the light beam is going through the mummy's abdomen.
Although no scene like that ever appeared in the actual film, it was still an impressive poster.

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[> [> [> Re: Hammer Horror Posters -- Tim, 01:38:25 11/11/11 Fri [1]

You are right, Dan, in those days the poster art did not always represent something that actually happened in the movie.



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