Titan's new Hammer Studios retrospecitve The Hammer Vault is one of the year's coolest surprises for old-school horror fans, which is why it made FEARnet's list of the best books and comics of 2011. Hell, even when Hammer's films weren't great, they're ads sure were. And The Hammer Vault is overflowing with unused poster art, press photos, and other promotional material, as well as design illustrations, script pages, and plenty of other ephemera. Check out four exclusive images from the book, courtesy of Titan, after the jump.
The above represents the merest hint of the wonders the book holds for Hammer devotees. Here's the official description of The Hammer Vault...
"Packed with sensational, never-before-collected material, The Hammer Vault is a visual romp through the archives of Britain's most famous film studio.
"For both die-hard fans, and those just discovering Hammer's rich cinematic legacy, this remarkable book provides an unmissable journey into the history of the company, as told through previously unseen treasures from the vault. Beginning with the company's incorporation documents from 1934, moving through the many unforgettable horror classics which cemented their reputation and made worldwide stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and coming right up to date with a behind the scenes look at 2010's Let Me In and the 2011 release The Resident, The Hammer Vault presents original correspondence, lobby cards, script pages and scores of rare and previously unpublished photographs, alongside a commentary from Hammer archive consultant Marcus Hearn, and the people who made some of the company's greatest films.
"The book also contains pages from press books and publicity manuals, letters to and from some of the company's stars, pages from managing director Michael Carreras and Peter Cushing's scrapbooks, pre-production artwork, trade advertisements and production designs. It is both a compelling visual history of the legendary film production company, and the greatest scrapbook of Hammer collectables ever assembled!"