Hammer Films To Resurrect Library Of Horror Classics

What’s old is new again…and it’s still very scary.

British horror label Hammer Films this week teamed up with the UK’s Network Distributing–forming Hammer Studios, Ltd.–in an effort to restore its vast store of horror classics, according to a report in Variety.

The new company–led by Hammer chief executive Simon Oakes and Network managing director Tim Beddows–will invest “both in restoration and new production development” from Hammer’s “owned and newly created IP,” according to a statement.

Network Distributing, as explained, has been “mining the vaults of TV companies and film studios since 1997, unearthing cult programs and films, and making them available on home video and digital formats,” according to the company. Now, the belief is, Network will do the same with the legendary Hammer films.

Oakes said this partnership will “professionalize the restoration and creation of elements that are essential for distribution of the Hammer library across all media.” He added that Network will also “build on the legacy of Britain’s most iconic film brand–one that started on 1934 and is alive in 2021.”

As longtime horror fans know, Hammer Films has been a major force in the genre down through the years, having released more than 150 films since 1934–with one-third of those being horror-related. Many iconic actors have starred in Hammer productions, including Peter Cushing (as Baron Victor Frankenstein and Abraham Van Helsing), Christopher Lee (as Dracula) and Oliver Reed (in The Curse of the Werewolf).

The label’s classics include the DraculaFrankenstein and Mummy series, as well as The GorgonThe Phantom of the Opera (1962) and The Two Faces of DrJekyll. More recently, Hammer Films has produced such movies as The Quiet Ones (2014) and The Lodge (2019).

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest from Hammer Studios, Ltd.

 

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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