January 2, 2017


Terence Fisher (1904-1980) b. London, England.

Terence Fisher

Terence Fisher is most associated with the look of Hammer horror films, Fisher began his film career as a clapper bay in 1928 after experience in the navy and as a department store window dresser. Worked his way up to become an apprentice editor, his first solo credit being Brown on Resolution (1935). After editing several movies, became a trainee director with Rank, his first fully-fledged credit being for Colonel Bogey (1947), which was followed by such films as Portrait from Life (1948), Marry Me (1949), The Astonished Heart (1949) and So Long at the Fair (1950). His first film for Hammer/Exclusive was The Last Page (1951), which he followed with a number of undistinguished second feature thrillers and melodramas, none of which seemed to indicate the style he would invest in the gothic horrors he later became known for. The first of which was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). Television work includes many episodes of Douglas Fairbanks Presents, whilst other genre films include Dracula (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Earth Dies Screaming (1964), Island of Terror (1966) and The Devil Rides Out (1968).

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