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18 June 2008

The shriek's in the mail!

The shriek's in the mail!

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Original Hammer cinema posters to appear on 50th anniversary set of stamps



It’s hard to believe that Hammer Films’ staggeringly successful production of Dracula was released 50 years ago. However, this turning point in British cinema did indeed first appear on cinema screens in 1958, and now the British Royal Mail has released a series of stamps to commemorate the anniversary and highlight other Hammer hits of the period.


Coolabi, the global licensing agent for the Hammer Films brand, supplied the images used for the stamps, which appear as part of a six-stamp set celebrating two iconic British film institutions – Hammer horror films and the Carry On series.


The stamps highlight three of Hammer’s early triumphs. The Curse of Frankenstein famously pushed the boundaries of horror and graphic violence, using colour film to vivid and frightening effect. It was, of course, a big hit, not only in its home market, but in the US and Europe. Dracula followed, breaking box office records at home and abroad, although it wasn’t long until The Mummy outdid even that success.


The films turned Hammer into one the most successful British film studio of the time and made major stars of the company’s regular leading men, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. And it is Lee as The Monster, Dracula and The Mummy and Cushing as Van Helsing and the Mummy’s enemy John Banning that appear on the posters now available in stamp form.

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