Legendary British horror film studio Hammer will collaborate with such distributors as StudioCanal, Germany’s Anolis Entertainment, Pinewood and illuminate Hollywood fka HTV to perform a major restoration of the studio’s iconic movie studio. The partnership will reformat 30 films into HD for Blu-ray and new media exploitation.

‘Dracula Prince of Darkness’ is the first movie that is scheduled to be released as part of the global restoration project. It will be released in the UK in March 2012, in conjunction with StudioCanal. Other films scheduled to be restored by Hammer include ‘The Reptile,’ ‘The Plague of The Zombies,’ ‘The Devil Rides Out,’ ‘Rasputin the Mad Monk’ and ‘The Mummy’s Shroud.’ Hammer’s three influential original Gothic classics, ‘The Curse of Frankenstein,’ ‘Dracula’ and ‘The Mummy,’ are also set to be restored.

The movies will not only feature fully-restored HD picture and sound, they will also feature newly-filmed extras, including interviews with cast members. The extras are being produced by Marcus Hearn, an expert and historian for Hammer, and the author of ‘The Hammer Vault.’

Simon Oakes, the President and CEO of Hammer, said “Our decision to restore some of Hammer’s most famous titles not only allows existing fans to experience the films again in high definition, but also encourages a new global audience to discover Hammer for the first time-especially as we get read to release our next exciting new Hammer project, ‘The Woman in Black.'”

Written by: Karen Benardello

Dracula Prince of Darkness

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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