Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Yesterday's Papers - The House of Hammer
I digress - recently I saw a lot of three old issues of The House of Hammer on eBay and just had to get them. Well, they were going cheap and I'd never read the magazine before. Hey it had a cover price of 35p - hey this was 1977 and 35p was a fortune to a twelve year old.
1977 - ah, the year of punk and maybe I'll write about that one day, but for now back to the monster mags.
Another issue informs us that Burnt Offerings has been selected as the best horror movie of 1976 and that ITV will start to show the first season of Wonderwoman starring newcomer, Linda Carter. We also learn that James Herbert's The Fog has been optioned for a film - wonder, what happened to that?
One bloodthirsty correspondent, James Belverton informs the magazine that he recently visited Madame Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors and think the show should be featured in the magazine. Another reader, Kevin Hazen says, "this is a great magazine better than any of the American rubbish."
There is a letter from Bill George (Editor of The Late Show) of Maryland USA. and he talks about what he thinks the reasons are that Hammer seems to have stolen the lead in horror movies from the American studios.
These are great little magazines - reading them these days, so long after they were written is particularly interesting as they represent a snap shot of the state of popular culture at the time. And of course these Hammer films have stood the test of time and still boast a large cult following.
And so I leave you to savour a rather beautiful poster from Hammer, The Gorgon and also the last page of the comic strip version of the same movie.