“The Mummy” and other iconic Hammer horror screenplays will be auctioned

While Universal is best known for its interpretation of classic movie monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein, it was Hammer who took the genre crown from the famous studio in the 1950s with the introduction of color film. Now, thanks to Bonhams, various items from Hammer’s best horror years are up for auction.

Reported by Fangoria, included in the auction curated by Bonhams specialist and horror expert Joe Moe, are scripts for filming classics such as The Mummy, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (including lobby cards from Horror of Frankenstein), The reptiles, Plague of Zombies, The GorgonAnd The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Also included in the collection is the producer Anthony Nelson Keys‘s personal hand-annotated script for Dracula: Prince of Darkness. This was the third Dracula film in the Hammer series and the second starring it Christopher Lee as the title monster. The auction includes more than 40 pages of composers James Bernard‘S Prince of Darkness also music score. Like their Universal predecessors, Hammer films were known for their big, bombastic, atmospheric film scores Dracula Installment payments are among the studio’s new works in this department. Adding all of these hilarious items together, this collection is sure to have any fan of the classic genre grinning from ear to ear and baring their fangs with delight.

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The legacy of the Hammer Horror

What made Hammer so special compared to Universal is that this studio benefited from the new color era. Gone were the black and white days of the ’30s and ’40s. By the time Horror of Dracula When Hammer came out in 1958, he painted every shot he could take in blood red, with an added touch of eroticism as a bonus. Not every film has been a winner or a hit, but Hammer has produced some of the very best adaptations of creatures like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. Hammer’s first two Dracula especially movies, Horror of Dracula And The bride of Dracula are among the best vampire movies ever made. Universal will always be more iconic as they catered more to mainstream audiences, but nothing beats Lee’s fight Peter CushingVan Helsing in the hammer Dracula Series. Thankfully, many films in the Hammer catalog have also been kept up with various Blu-ray releases from Warner Brothers and Scream Factory. Next time watch a blood soaked horror movie Evil Dead Rise or horror 2It’s thanks to the Hammer series that they paved the way for these modern classics.

The Mummy 1959
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Where can Hammer Horror be streamed?

While Hammer Horror is complicated because the rights to the series change from film to film, WB is guilty of more than a few of them Horror of Dracula And The Curse of Frankenstein. These two classics are now streaming on HBO Max. Their trailers can be seen below. You can also find more details about the Hammer Horror auction on the Bonhams website. Preserving film history is extremely important, especially for a genre as influential as horror. Because of that, it’s great to see those killer scripts popping up again after all these years.

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