Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror – documentary, UK/USA, 1994

Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror is a 1994 British/American feature-length documentary film written and directed by Ted Newsom (The Naked Monster100 Years of Horror series; Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora; Monsters and Maniacs; et al). It was originally shown on British television in two parts.

“Explore the most legendary horror studio of all time with this fascinating, frightening journey hosted by terror titans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. England’s most successful independent film company, the “fear factory” of Hammer Studios, has a history filled with feuds, censorship battles and streaks of luck both good and bad.

Now the legacy of horror returns, featuring interviews with such Hammer legends as Raquel Welch, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster, Hazel Court, Martine Beswicke, Freddie Francis, Val Guest and Ray Harryhausen.

This DVD also includes behind-the-scenes home movies and nonstop shock scenes from over forty classic films, including Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out, Curse of the Werewolf and many more. The definitive study of one of the greatest names in horror!” – Press release

Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror is released on DVD in the UK on May 28, 2018 by Wienerworld. Order DVD via Amazon.co.uk

In the USA, S’More Entertainment is releasing the documentary on DVD on July 10, 201. Order via Amazon.com

 

Reviews:

“It’s formulaic but pleasantly fast-paced. It doesn’t let one person needlessly say more than the other and the documentary features a wide variety of interviewees, which makes this a pleasant and always nice paced and told insightful documentary. An essential movie for the Hammer lovers.” Frank Veenstra, Boba_Fett1138

Flesh and Blood is pretty much all-inclusive, though it tends to only skim over some important topics (the “Karnstein” trilogy for example), and unnecessarily chastise Hammer’s later films when they discuss the company’s “fall.” But with its minor flaws, Flesh and Blood is an irresistible scrutiny of a name in horror that will never die in the public’s eye…” George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In

“At 103 minutes, Flesh and Blood is both leisurely and detailed, and pretty much covers all the bases. Written, directed, and co-produced by Ted Newsom, the project clearly is a labor of love. It’s both affectionate and informative, entertaining in of itself, anecdotal yet also a useful reference.” Stuart Galbraith IV, DVD Talk

 

 

Release:

Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror was previously released on DVD in the United States by Image Entertainment on October 5, 2004.

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