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Phil Campbell with Brian Reynolds
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An affectionate look back as a production runner for Hammer Films in the early 1970′s as experienced by Phil Campbell and Brian Reynolds.
Can you imagine it? Two Jack the lad teenagers who love Hammer Films both get jobs as office boys at Hammer House in Wardour Street in the late sixties. Then one day they are asked by production accountant Roy Skeggs, ‘How would you like to work down the Studios?’ Between them they acted as runners on The Vampire Lovers, Horror of Frankenstein, Scars of Dracula, Lust for a Vampire, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, On the Buses, Demons of the Mind, Dracula AD 1972, Fear in the Night, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter and That’s Your Funeral. Fun and games as the boys’ hormones rise to epic proportions when confronted by such luvvies as Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Jenny Hanley, Kate O’Mara, Veronica Carlson, Yutte Stensgaard, Valerie Leon, Caroline Munro and Stephanie Beecham.
Phil cheekily explains how he got to watch the Hammer Horrors beat the Double Deckers at football with the help of Dennis Waterman, chance Caroline Munro getting changed behind bubbly glass in the wardrobe department, get a lift in Jenny Hanley’s sports car, have a go on the ‘body on the hook’ rig in Scars of Dracula, be the shadow chasing Judy Geeson in Fear in the Night, get lifted clean off the ground in a headlock by Dave (Star Wars) Prowse, or dance the night away with Scandinavian beauty and schoolgirl vampire Yutte Stensgaard at the Lust for a Vampire wrap party. Meanwhile Brian recalls how he attended the Queen’s Award for Industry presentation and luncheon at Pinewood and how he gave Ingrid Pitt a piggy back ride to The Vampire Lovers set on location.
A light, witty, inside account of Hammer during the Hammer glamour period with lots of rare photographs and other images of memorabilia from the films.
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