Update Post: December 9, 2023 8:13 am
We’ve got exciting news for horror movie fans as Hammer Horror is looking to make a big comeback with a new owner and set of new horror films. Variety reports that British theater producer John Gore has acquired Hammer Films and Studios, and he’ll take on the challenge of revitalizing the legendary brand.
I’m a big fan of Hammer Horror and the gothic horror films produced by the British company Hammer Film Productions between the 1950s and the 1970s. Hammer is renowned for its stylish revivals of classic horror tales. They created multiple versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and Werewolf stories. These re-imaginings often added new twists to familiar narratives.
Actor Christopher Lee is perhaps most famously associated with Hammer for his portrayal of Count Dracula, a role he played several times. Peter Cushing, another British film icon, frequently appeared as Van Helsing, the archnemesis to Dracula, as well as Dr. Frankenstein in Hammer’s Frankenstein series.
The report says: “Under Gore’s management, the plan is to invest significantly in Hammer Films to breathe new life into the studio, blending the nostalgic charm of Hammer with modern cinematic style and innovation, while preserving its heritage and library. A new slate of films and projects will be unveiled imminently.”
The first of these film projects is the Eddie Izzard-starring Doctor Jekyll, set for release later this year.
The new owner of Hammer said in a statement: “Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve been enchanted by the magic of Hammer Films. Its stories, its characters and its unique place in British heritage and cinema have been a source of inspiration and wonder. Today, as I stand at the helm of this iconic studio, my commitment is twofold: to celebrate and preserve the unmatched legacy of Hammer and to usher in a new era of storytelling that captivates audiences worldwide. With significant investment and a fresh creative vision, we will ensure that the spirit of Hammer not only endures but thrives in the modern age.”
I wish him the best of luck and hope that he and his creative team end up developing some great Hammer horror films!
Hammer was founded in 1934, Hammer Film Productions was a small, struggling film company until it began to focus on horror films in the 1950s. It was their brand of colorful, sensual, and at times graphic horror quickly set them apart from the black-and-white American horror films of the previous decades.