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23/08/2011

Hammer Horror Screenwriter Dies

British Director, whose writing credits for the Hammer Horror label, include Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein, has died aged 83.
Welsh born Jimmy Sangster started off as a production assistant for the Hammer label before going on to script two of Hammer's most iconic films.
He moved into screenwriting with his 1955 short film, A Man on the Beach.
But it was his 1957 reworking of Frankenstein that made his name. He also wrote The Mummy, released in 1959.
His other credits include Paranoiac, The Nanny, and The Fear In the Night - his last screenplay for Hammer.
He turned his hand to directing in 1970 with The Horror Of Frankenstein and Lust For A Vampire, also writing US TV shows Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man.
Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn described Sangster as "one of the most self-effacing men I have ever met".
Sangster told one interviewer in the 1990s: "All of a sudden I'm a cult figure. But it's all due to about five movies: a couple of Frankensteins, a couple of Draculas and a Mummy."
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