Purusing our gift guide the other day, you may have spied our recommendation of The Hammer Vault. Written by Marcus Hearn and published by Titan Books, the Hammer Vault is exactly what it implies in the title: A vast collection of rarely seen history all relating to the genre juggernaut that is Hammer Films. Or, to quote the official product description:
This remarkable journey through the Hammer Vault includes props, annotated script pages, unused poster artwork, production designs, rare promotional material and private correspondence. Hundreds of rare and previously unseen stills help to create a rich souvenir of Hammer’s legacy, from the X certificate classics of the 1950s to the studio’s latest productions.
Written and compiled by the official Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn, and featuring exclusive contributions from the actors and filmmakers associated with the company, this is the most lavish book ever published on the legendary House of Horror.
- Letters to and from some of the company's stars
- Pages from Peter Cushing's scrapbooks
- Pages from the scrapbook of managing director Michael Carreras
- Pre-production artwork, and poster artwork from films that were never made
- Production designs
- Rare and previously unpublished photos
Pretty great, no? The Hammer Vault hits store shelves on December 20th (there is also a limited-edition version available as well), but we have a small handful of images from it to share with you today. And I do mean small. There is an overwhelming amount of goodies on every page of this bad boy, so these are just a fraction of a sample of what's in store.
Pre-production painting for Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
Extracts from the American campaign book for Shatter
Extract from the American ‘Showman’s Manual’ campaign book for Kiss of the Vampire.
Pre-production painting for a proposed film called Zeppelin vs Pterodactyls