I have a confession: before snagging a copy of the book Oeuvre I thought “who in the world is Drew Struzan?” Once I opened the book, I immediately knew who he was. Chances are you know who he is too, even if you have never heard his name. Struzan is the mastermind behind some of the most popular and iconic movie posters ever created. He is a frequent collaborator with George Lucas, who penned a lovely foreword to Oeuvre. In addition to his working relationship with Lucas, Struzan is a favorite of directors Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, and Frank Darabont.
It all began in 1954. The film was The Quatermass Xperiment, an adaptation of a BBC television production that aired in 1953. This was the first television-to-film production by Hammer Studios, and they rated it ‘X’–which proved to be successful in the marketing of this and future films. Sex, violence, and sheer terror were the common elements of the typical Hammer Horror film.The Hammer Vault: Treasure from the Archive of Hammer Films is written by the official Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn. The book provides detailed production information on the studio’s films, from 1954 to 2010. It also briefly mentions the new Hammer release The Woman in Black (2012), starring Daniel Radcliffe.