Beginning with The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957, Terence Fisher was largely responsible for the popular series of Hammer Gothic styled horror that dominated the genre in the 1950s and 1960s.
The brand new book from author Tony Dalton, Terence Fisher - Master of Gothic Cinema, is a personal analysis of the man and his films from the point of view of film history and as a friend.
Before he directed those now cult pictures, Terence Fisher he had a very long, outstanding and distinguished career in film, first as a clapper boy, then as an assistant editor and then as an editor. He gained a reputation for swift and sympathetic editing and then high regard as a director of inexpensive productions that exposed him to all types of genres. In those early films he honed his skills so that when Hammer offered him The Curse of Frankenstein he was ready to indelibly stamp his unique talents on a genre that had been popular with audiences since the 1920s and continues, largely because of Terry and Hammer, to be so today.
This talk by Tony Dalton will not only be discussing the films in Terence’s horror cycle and their background, but also some of his work as an editor and a number of the preceding directorial films that Tony personally considers were integral as a training ground for the Hammer Gothic cycle.
This talk is part of a special package that includes screenings of The Curse of Frankenstein and The Revenge of Frankenstein.