The Hammer House of Horror Festival opened last night at Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch.
Long associated with vampires, mummies and b-grade erotica, Hammer is Britain’s most successful film company. Most of the famous Hammer Horror movies were produced from the 1950s to the 1970s. Some of the company’s best-known titles include Dracula (and sequels such as Dracula: Prince of Darkness), The Mummy, The Curse of Frankenstein, and One Million Years B.C.
Bringing together movie posters, film stills and behind-the-scenes pics of the stars, the exhibition part of the festival is a blood-spattered caper through Hammer’s gory ouvre.
Photo captions give just the right amount of info about their subjects and the films, and the exhibition contains a good mix of kitsch promotional material and interesting “asides”. However, our favourite thing was the knitted dagger, which was stabbed almost surreptitiously into the top of a staircase, with a trail of woollen blood ending in a knitted blood puddle on the ground floor.
If all this whets your appetite for the undead, why not catch a late night screening of a Hammer Horror classic in London over the Halloween weekend, or one of the festival’s other parties and events. Check out Idea Generation Gallery, the Lexi Cinema and Curzon Soho for more Hammer Horror Festival happenings.