Tuesday, October 1, 2013

RIP Anthony Hinds

Looking back on his filmography, British screenwriter & producer Anthony Hinds (who also wrote as John Elder) was responsible for some of this writer's favorite horror films. He's a significant figure in the story of Hammer Films, where as a producer he navigated it toward a position of real prominence (from his emphasis on location shooting over studio work to his snagging the film rights to The Quatermass Xperiment).

But as a screenwriter, holy crap, did he write some important movies. The Curse of the Werewolf attracted attention not just as a key horror movie, but as a quality British movie, period. His other writing credits include The Brides of Dracula; Dracula Has Risen From The Grave; Frankenstein Created Woman (a favorite of Martin Scorsese); and the recent rep hit Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.

There's something additionally cruel about Hinds' dying on September 30th, the eve of the prime month for horror movie watching, but I've never needed an excuse to watch a Hammer horror film. Sad as I am to mourn his passing, I'm pleased to acknowledge the considerable contributions of Anthony Hinds, not just to my favorite genre, but to cinema in general. Thank you, Mr. Elder.

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