Terror, suspense, and utter corniness and a whole lot of bright unrealistic looking blood. This is how you describe the British studio known as Hammer. No pun intended but I'm about to bring the hammer down, okay pun intended, I just wanted to say that. Hammer films are known for their terror inducing films, most notably, you may know them from today's films such as Let Me In, The Quiet Ones and The Woman In Black, which now has a not so great sequel,, according to critics, the only films I have seen from the studio, that i know of, is the film Let Me In, about a little boy who befriends a little girl vampire, it is quite good in my opinion. For today, let us talk about the classic Hammer Films. From 1955 to 1967, British television was granted the viewing pleasure of the spectacle known as the Quartermass experiment.
In the 1950s television was reigning supreme of movie theaters, much like today's Netflix, and movie theaters needed the decline of audiences to rise once more for theaters, and introduced color, as today they have implemented 3-D viewing to compete with Netflix. But there was another exploit that they had perceived to work. The implementation of the science fiction and horror genre, in which the British studio, Hammer Films, had adopted this very tactic that was garnered to the teenagers, and thus you have the birth of the date where you scare the girl into your teenage pants.
That is when Quartermass had begun, and Hammer Films had grown into the film studio that put terror in the Science Fiction genre and then dabbled in terror with other monster films. They have made quite the name for themselves, even inspiring Tim Burton's creation process with the film, Sleepy Hollow, and still making terror, as I would like to call it instead of horror, with the likes of the films I had mentioned earlier in this blog. Stop. Hammer time. (I couldn't help myself.)