Sunday, July 30, 2017

...A Horror-Mood Horror Book Review... “A Portrait Of She”

Your “Diabolical Demoniacal Delineator Of All Things Horror-Mood” returns once again to this “Tomb Of Terror” called …The Horror-Mood… to post yet another “Evil Entry” into this “Black Dossier” of a blog. This time around I am pleased to present to you my latest “Horror-Mood Horror Book Review”…

Readers of horror film books about the legendary Hammer Films Studios are no doubt familiar with the name of author and acclaimed Hammer Film expert Wayne Kinsey… Kinsey, who made his debut with a 24 issue series of prozines which chronicled the history of the fabled British film outfit under the title of “The House That Hammer Built” along with an additional “Dracula Special”, went on to write two of the most sought after tomes about the UK film house, “Hammer Films - The Bray Studios Years” and its follow up volume, “Hammer Films - The Elstree Studios Years” for Tomahawk Press… After the success of these initial efforts, Kinsey would go on to script two additional volumes for Tomahawk, “Hammer Films - A Life In Pictures” and Hammer Films - The Unsung Heroes”… Having his next effort, “Hammer Films On Location” failing to be picked up by his previous publisher, Kinsey made the decision to set up his own publishing house under the banner, Peveril Publishing… Besides “On Location”, Peveril’s catalogue has grown to include “The Peter Cushing Scrapbook”, “Hammer’s Film Legacy”, “Running Scared”, the “Fantastic Films Series” and “The Hammer Film Scrapbook Series”...

Which brings us to Peveril Publishing and Kinsey’s current release, “Portrait Of She”...


For the uninitiated, the Hammer Films version of “She” was based on the book by H Rider Haggard (King Solomon's Mines)... Quite simply put, the book was a fantastic tale of a beautiful and immortal queen, Ayesha, who lives in a lost East African city...

The Hammer Films version was the seventh time Haggard's book had been made into a film which began principal photography in southern  Israel's Negev Desert on August 24 1964, with additional scenes shot at Elstree Studios in London when Hammer realised that their own Bray Studios would be inadequate and too small to complete the projected film...

The film starred Ursula Andress -- popular at the time for her role in the James Bond film Dr. No -- along with Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, John Richardson, Rosenda Monteros, Christopher Lee, André Morell, Princess Soraya and was an international success upon its release in the Spring/Summer of 1965, taking in $1,700,000 in the US/Canada alone, having been made on a budget of £323,778...

“She” was also the first Hammer Films production to be built around a female star...

This massive 276 page tome is quite simply Kinsey's love letter to the making of this classic film, split into three sections focusing on Pre-production, Elstree Studios and On Location...

The author spent endless hours retouching many of the 1400 rare behind the scenes photos (many seeing print for the first time) featured in the book, with Steve Kirkham's Tree Frog Communication providing the excellent and exemplary design, layout and production work...





I can only give this tome my highest recommendation and it is a must have for the Hammer Films completist and film purists who delight in the makings of a film...

Peveril Publishing, Wayne Kinsey and Steve Kirkham have another home run on their hands here...

Please note that this book is available only as a numbered limited edition of 600 physical copies and is available only direct from the publisher (it is not available in book stores or other online markets)… I’ve included the link in this review below as well as in the links section…

In closing, your “Repulsive Reviewer” can only say that these will go fast so… …Miss It Not…


To order “Portrait Of She”...

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