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Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | TV Movie 6 August 1994
The history of Hammer Films and their legacy, narrated by the studio's most beloved stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

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Ted Newsom

Writer:

Ted Newsom
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Cushing ... Narrator / Himself (voice)
Christopher Lee ... Narrator / Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Ward Baker Roy Ward Baker ... Himself
James Bernard ... Himself
Martine Beswick ... Herself (as Martine Beswicke)
Veronica Carlson ... Herself
Michael Carreras Michael Carreras ... Himself
Hazel Court ... Herself
Joe Dante ... Himself
Freddie Francis Freddie Francis ... Himself
Val Guest Val Guest ... Himself
Ray Harryhausen ... Himself
Anthony Hinds Anthony Hinds ... Himself
Andrew Keir ... Himself
Francis Matthews ... Himself
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The history of Hammer Films and their legacy, narrated by the studio's most beloved stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Flesh and Blood: A Heritage of Horror See more »

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Runtime:

| (2018 DVD release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The last project completed by Peter Cushing before his death in August 1994,and his final collaboration with Christopher Lee (the recording took place on May 17,1994). After the taping, they enjoyed some private time viewing their favorite funny cartoons. Their credit on screen simply reads "Narrated by Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee." See more »

Alternate Versions

The final teaming of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The first half of the two-hour show was broadcast on the BBC three days before Cushing died of cancer. Producer Michael Carreras died shortly after that. Music was courtesy of Silva Screen Records. Because of time considerations, the program was broadcast on the BBC in a rough-cut form. It was subsequently re-edited for release on videotape in the US. Yet another version has been released on DVD in Japan, the US and Austalia. An expanded, 135 minute version is due to be released in the UK in 1997. See more »

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A documentary history of Hammer Film Productions that is entertaining and informative.
2 June 1999 | by Jason-38See all my reviews

Hammer Films was the most successful independent production company in the history of the British film industry. Starting in the 1950's, they produced a memorable series of low budget science fiction and gothic horror films. These films were marked by high production values, solid technical work, strong acting, and intelligent writing and directing.

Their breakthrough came in 1957 with the release of THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. This low budget film became one of the most profitable films in the history of British cinema, as well as the most influential genre film to be released since the end of the Second World War. Today, numerous film makers acknowledge Hammer Films as an influence on their work. They include, George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Joe Dante, John Landis, and John Carpenter, to name only a few.

Ted Newsom, the writer and director of FLESH AND BLOOD, originally made it in 1994, when it was shown on British television. The Anchor Bay Video Edition is Copyright 1997. Ted Newsom has succeeded in capturing a moment in time when a number of the people who made these films were still with us. Now, a few short years later this is no longer the case.

This was the last project that Peter Cushing completed before his death in 1994. He is heard in the off camera narration and seen only in film clips. Cushing's old friend Christopher Lee joins him in the off camera narration and in an on camera interview, as well as in film clips. The other interviews are candid and informative. Most of these people remember working for Hammer with real affection.

The one drawback in this documentary is that the film clips are taken from trailers. This avoided paying fees to distributors, but limits the choice and quality of the footage. On the other hand, FLESH AND BLOOD is well organized and researched. It presents a view of a memorable era in British film production with clarity and insight. For anyone who is already a Hammer fan, this is a must. For anyone who is just getting acquainted with their films, this will serve as an excellent introduction.


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