(1904 - 1980)
Fisher was the first to do them extensively and exclusively in breathtaking color, and to add a dimension of feminine sensuality and sexiness to the heavily male-dominated proceedings. His films were no exploitation fare, although they were regarded as such by some critics at the time. They were true literary adaptations first and foremost with the utmost respect for character and origin, even if the plot-lines were often completely overhauled. Often wrongly described as a great technician rather than simply a great filmmaker, Fisher's films forever changed the way in which horror was perceived as well as produced.
above: Peter Cushing in Fisher's The Curse of Frankenstein (1957); Hammer's first Gothic fantasy film
Synonymous with the name Hammer, the studio that produced most of his greatest works, the last twenty or so films he directed can rightly be described as classics, minor or otherwise. Films like: The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Mummy (1959) and The Gorgon (1964), all of them for Hammer and featuring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, are each perfect examples of how he refreshed and revolutionized an entire genre.
|Fisher directing Peter Cushing and|
Veronica Carlson in Hammer's
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
|Fisher directing Christopher Lee|
in The Devil Rides Out (1968)
It's a testament to the work of a true genius. Today he would have celebrated his 110th birthday. Like the immortal literary and mythological characters he so often returned to, his legacy still lives on. Happy birthday, Mr. Fisher.
above: Christopher Lee in Fisher's Dracula (1958) aka Horror of Dracula in the US