A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of by Denis Meikle

By Denis Meikle

No corporation within the historical past of cinema did extra to legitimize the horror movie than Hammer Films_the small British autonomous, which operated out of its tiny Bray Studios at the banks of the River Thames. From the Gothic beauty of The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula to the violent sexploitation of The Vampire enthusiasts and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the Hammer identify stood for something to a iteration of flicks enthusiasts because the time period 'Hammer Horror' turned part of the language. This revised and up-to-date variation of A heritage of Horrors lines the existence and 'spirit' of Hammer, from its fledgling days within the overdue Forties via its successes of the Fifties and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation within the past due Nineteen Seventies. With the particular participation of the entire group of workers who have been key to Hammer's good fortune, Denis Meikle paints a bright and interesting photograph of the increase and fall of a movie empire, supplying new and revealing insights into 'the fact at the back of the legend.' a lot has been written approximately Hammer's movies, yet this can be the one booklet to inform the tale of the corporate itself from the viewpoint of these who ran it in its heyday and who helped to show it right into a common byword for terror at the reveal. This definitive heritage additionally comprises forged and credit listings for the 'Hammer Horrors' and an entire filmography of all of Hammer's characteristic productions.

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In 480 BCE, Greeks sought to stop the Persians at the narrow pass of Thermopylae (“the hot gates”) against a large Persian force. Here, protected by the narrow walls of the pass, the Greek phalanx could hold against the Persians. But the Persians found a mountain pass that allowed them to outflank the Greeks. Knowing they could not win, the Greeks retreated, but a contingent of 300 Spartans, led by King Leonidas, knowing they would die in the struggle, volunteered to hold the pass, thus allowing the retreat of the forces of other city-states.

28 Chapter 2 Athens and the Emergence of Democratic Man As Sparta was shaping a society of warriors, in the fourth and fifth centuries BCE in Athens, another city-state of the Greek peninsula, a new and extraordinarily influential form of government arose—participatory democracy, government by the people rather than by autocratic kings. Rule was by the will of the people or demos through elections, debate in public meetings, and government administration by the ordinary citizen. The exemplary man was now defined as the citizen, an identity that continues into our own time.

4 This first democracy, then, generated the ideal of man as citizen. In the more than two thousand years since the establishment of Athenian democracy, this ideal form of democratic manhood—a belief in duty to the state, the developed mind, intellectual suppleness, the oratorical ability to persuade fellow citizens in counsel, and physical courage in battle—has provided a model, as the lives of our own American founding fathers testify, for the identity of man in a democratic society. Manliness as Public Service in a Participant Democracy The system of government we call democracy was invented in the city-state of Athens and flourished there in the fourth and fifth centuries BCE.

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