Founded in November 1934, Hammer is one of the
oldest film companies in the world. It celebrates its
80th anniversary this year.
Hammer is synonymous with horror, after defining the
genre in Britain with classics such as Dracula,
The Curse of Frankenstein and The Mummy,
which spawned numerous sequels.
However, only 1/3rd of Hammer films were horror!
The company tackled other genres, including
psychological thrillers, sci-fi, noir and historical epic.
Hammer has a back catalogue of nearly 300 titles, and a rich character canon including classic monsters, mobsters, psychopaths, and surprisingly ‐ cavegirls.
The company has had a lasting impact on popular
culture, paid homage to in all manner of releases
from Frankenweenie to Jurassic Park and The
Recent output includes the worldwide box office
smash The Woman in Black, critically acclaimed Let
Me In, and 2014 paranormal thriller The Quiet Ones.