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Review by C.J. Bunce

For a generation of film fans, the words “Hammer Horror” are synonymous with the first color horror movies and studio stars Peter Cushing and David Prowse, who would go on to find real fame in Star Wars, and Christopher Lee, who would be the go-to guy in the 21st century for dark, imposing characters in Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien movies, James Bond, the Star Wars prequels, and much more.  Before these blockbusters, these British thespians made movies for a London film company called Hammer Film Productions, and they were instantly recognized as Baron Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s monster, and Count Dracula.  These aren’t the famous monsters of Universal Studios fame, but thanks to Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures’ distribution, their take on these classic horror characters gained their own international fan following.  In time for Halloween, Telos Publishing has released a new information-filled guide for fans of Hammer’s horror legacy, writer Alistair Hughes’s Infogothic: An Unauthorised Graphic Guide to Hammer Horror.

As for the “graphic” in the title, it’s a bit of a play on words–think infographics, charts, diagrams, illustrations, and maps connecting the often intertwined fantasy world inside the Hammer films.  The titles to the studio’s Dracula and Frankenstein sequels provide an idea of the absurdity film goers were in for, with a list that makes the Planet of the Apes pile of sequels seem pretty short: The Brides of Dracula, Scars of Dracula, Kali–Devil Bride of Dracula, Dracula AD 1972, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Dracula Prince of Darkness, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Horror of Frankenstein, The Evil of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Frankenstein Created Woman, and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.  Hammer also made monster movies set much earlier than the 19th century.  The most famous starred Raquel Welch in Ray Harryhausen’s One Million Years BC and Ursula Andress in She.  Steven Spielberg would later provide a nod to Hammer films at the end of Jurassic Park.  The words on the banner falling in the final sequence with the T-Rex was an homage to the Hammer film When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. 

One diagram in Infogothic recounts the 30 most famous actors to portray Dracula.  In others Hughes pieces together family trees based on information from the films for the Van Helsings and the Frankensteins.  A chart shows the number of adaptations of Frankenstein movies by decade (the 1970s wins with nine, and there has been 51 in all so far as we bask in the character’s 200th year).  Need to locate the story locations for each of the Hammer monster movies?  Hughes provides maps for that, too.  And Frankenstein’s monster and the Count aren’t the only monsters Hammer featured–the book includes interconnections of the several mummy movies and other creature features Hammer produced (The Gorgon, The Reptile, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Phantom of the Opera, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, The Plague of the Zombies, The Abominable Snowman).  Hughes also includes details of lesser known and unproduced films throughout his book.

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Super7 is returning to San Diego Comic-Con in two weeks with more great new products for 2018.  And you can find new releases not only in the main dealer area at SDCC (Booth #4945), but at two events at the Super7 downtown store at 701 8th Avenue (a 10-minute walk from the San Diego Convention Center)–with some items only available at the store.  For the first offsite sale, Hordak’s Lair from Masters of the Universe is the theme of the first event Wednesday, July 18, from 9 p.m. to Midnight and Thursday, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  It will feature the latest Super7 MOTU releases as well as exclusives and debuts created specifically for the event, like an exclusive 5.5-inch Laughing Prince Adam figure.  Limited quantities will be available only at the Super7 store, with another opportunity to order for October delivery being announced at the Super7 website soon.  Hordak’s Lair will also offer an exclusive site-only sale of a new She-Ra & Hordak 3.75-inch ReAction figure 2-pack with new, original card art by Jason Edmiston.  Super7 will also premiere its new blind box assortment of She-Ra Keshi 1.75-inch Figures.

Then the Super7 switches gears for a Universal Monsters “Boodega Corner Monstore” Friday, July 20, from 9 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  That will be the only place to score four Universal Monsters on these new cardbacks:

Other exclusives at the Boodega only include four Universal Monsters 7″ x 21″ felt pennants and enamel pins.  So what’s available at the actual convention?

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