It’s been a long time coming, but the Hammer Films official web site (www.hammerfilms.com) has just been updated to fully reflect its new productions, while still celebrating its groundbreaking history as Britain’s favourite horror film company.
The site has had a comprehensive makeover in the same week that the first new production from Hammer in over 25 years, Beyond the Rave, is released online.
The new site, replacing the one designed by downthetubes John Freeman and designer Pete Chamberlain some years ago now, has been designed and coded by Altogether Digital, and will be keeping Hammer fans up to date with the latest news about Hammer and its new productions, including Beyond the Rave.
The popular Hammer Films filmography section has been overhauled, and will continue to be expanded as the rest of the site develops.
Across almost sixty years, Hammer has saved the world from alien invasion, revelled in Sapphic bloodlust, pitted Hollywood legends against English schoolboys, summoned the Devil, played with evil twins, been driven mad by the abominable snowman and fought-off Chinese vampires. It has created monsters, resurrected aristocrats, exhumed the undead and run away with a blood-sucking circus. With Beyond the Rave, which is being releaased episodically on MySpace, Hammer hopes to combine its genre heritage with contemporary themes and kick-ass tunes, delivering the heady mix as immersive entertainment for long-time fans and Hammer virgins alike. Episode One is live on MySpaceTV now (Over 18s only)
Produced in association with MySpace, the film is a vampire story set in England’s underground party scene, and a combination of traditional horror themes and contemporary setting and characters. The movie, which will also be released on DVD later this year, follows the last hours of freedom of local soldier Ed, who is flying out to Iraq the following morning. With the help of his best friend Necro, he spends his last night in the UK tracking down his missing girlfriend Jen, last seen partying with a bizarre group of hardcore night-time ravers led by the mysterious Melech.
But as he catches up with Jen at a party in a remote forest, Ed discovers that Melech’s crowd, who are hosting the event, are looking for more than a night of fun, and that not everyone will make it through to dawn…
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