Horror Label Hammer Films Gets New Life Through Acquisition

by Thomas Tuna

Ah, new blood.

Hammer Films–the British horror label responsible for such 1950s classics as Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein and The Mummy–may be on the way back to its former glory.

Award-winning theater producer John Gore has acquired the studio, according to Variety, and has plans to invest significantly in Hammer Films–blending its nostalgic charm with modern cinematic style and innovation.

The Eddie Izzard-led Doctor Jekyll–a decidedly different take on the iconic horror tale–will be the first film of the studio’s new incarnation. The feature–directed by Joe Stephenson–is expected to hit theaters later this year.

In discussing the acquisition, Gore said he’s been “enchanted by the magic of Hammer Films” since he was young. “Its stories, characters and unique place in British heritage and cinema have been a source of inspiration and wonder,” he added.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on the new Hammer Films.


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