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Terence Fisher

By Peter Hutchings

Terence Fisher
Paperback

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5637-6
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: March 2002
  • BIC Category: The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film production: technical & background skills, Individual film directors, film-makers, Film and Media
  • Series: British Film-Makers

Description

Terence Fisher is best known as the director who made most of the classic Hammer horrors - including The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Devil Rides Out. But there is more to Terence Fisher than Hammer horror. In a busy twenty-five-year career, he directed fifty films, not just horrors but also thrillers, comedies, melodramas and science-fiction. This book offers an appreciation of all of Fisher's films and also gives a sense of his place in British film history.

Looking at Fisher's career as a whole not only underlines his importance as a film-maker but also casts a new, interesting light on the areas in which he worked - Gainsborough melodrama, the 1950s B film, 1960s science-fiction and, of course, Hammer, one of the most successful independent film companies in the history of British cinema.

Contents

1. Introduction
2. Fisher before horror
3. The horror man: 1957-62
4. Highs and lows: 1962-72
Conclusion
Filmography
Select bibliography
Index

Author

Peter Hutchings is Professor of Film Studies at Northumbria University

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