Hammer Horror: A Great Institution of Gothic Terrors

Ref: C3677955

Dracula, Frankenstein and beyond. Exploring the cinematic works produced by British film company Hammer, renown for their horror films of the 50s, 60s and into the 70s. Examine the aspects of the films which made Hammer Horror a cornerstone in popular cinematic culture, considering what it is about the gothic terrors of these films which seem to make them eternally popular with audiences. However, we also take time to consider other lesser known ventures by the company, asking if their constant return to monstrous bogey men (and women), and one vampire in particular, put them out of step with changing times and ultimately contributed to the demise of the studio. With a focus on some classic Hammer Horror offerings but also some which may surprise you.

Course aim

A stand-alone online lecture allowing attendees to explore films produced by Hammer Productions, increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the renown British film Producers and film in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate an improved knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding for the films of Hammer Productions.
  • critically analyse, comment on, and discuss a film made by Hammer.
  • draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on the films of Hammer Productions.
  • confidently discuss the subject area and in particular any aspects of an Hammer film which one finds important

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A pen and note book would prove usefull.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre-reading/viewing is required - the session will take place/be hosted via the online platform Zoom. Upon enrolment participants will be sent a link to the session via email.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Further online learning opportunities with the WEA on a local and national level.

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Hammer Horror: A Great Institution of Gothic Terrors


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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