Jimmy Sangster

Highest Rated: 100% The Mummy (1959)
Birthday: Dec 2, 1927
Birthplace: Not Available
One of England's top horror film writers and directors of the postwar period, Jimmy Sangster started out as a production manager in the '40s before turning to more creative pursuits. He was lucky enough to hook up with Sir James Carreras (1900-1990), the head of Hammer Films, which became one of the most successful of England's postwar studios, specializing in horror and science fiction material, where Sangster, either alone or in collaboration with others, excelled at the authorship of top-notch scripts. Some of these, such as The Curse of Frankenstein, The Horror of Dracula, and The Trollenberg Terror (aka The Crawling Eye) were adaptations of pre-existing stories and characters, but in every case, Sangster added tantalizing but economical twists of character and action that made them new to audiences -- Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula started up whole new horror cycles built around Hammer Films and the personalities of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee that ran into the '70s, while The Trollenberg Terror -- which started life as a five-part BBC-TV serial -- became one of the most popular low-budget British science fiction chillers of the late '50s. Sangster later moved into more mainstream chillers, such as Seth Holt's The Nanny, starring Bette Davis, which he produced as well as scripted, and occasionally ventured into action/adventure films, such as Deadlier than the Male (1966), an entertaining but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to adapt H.C. "Sapper" McNeille's post-World War I hero Bulldog Drummond into the James Bond mold. On a still more mainstream level, his co-authored story became the basis for the 1981 Disney comedy The Devil and Max Devlin, starring Elliott Gould and Bill Cosby. Sangster has also written numerous scripts for British and American television, most notably "Horror In The Heights" for the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror Actor 1994
No Score Yet No Place to Hide Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet The Concrete Cowboys Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet Murder in Music City Screenwriter Producer 1979
No Score Yet The Legacy Screenwriter 1978
No Score Yet Good Against Evil Screenwriter 1977
No Score Yet Fear in the Night (Dynasty of Fear) (Honeymoon of Fear) Producer Screenwriter Director 1972
No Score Yet Lust for a Vampire Director 1971
50% The Horror of Frankenstein Director 1971
No Score Yet Crescendo Screenwriter 1970
80% The Anniversary Producer Screenwriter 1968
79% Dracula: Prince of Darkness Screenwriter 1966
92% The Nanny Screenwriter Producer 1965
No Score Yet Hysteria Screenwriter Producer 1965
No Score Yet The Devil-Ship Pirates Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet Paranoiac Screenwriter 1963
No Score Yet Pirates of Blood River Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet The Terror of the Tongs Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet Scream of Fear Producer Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet The Siege of Sidney Street Screenwriter Winston Churchill 1960
75% The Brides of Dracula Screenwriter 1960
100% The Mummy Screenwriter 1959
63% The Crawling Eye (The Trollenberg Terror) Screenwriter 1958
89% Horror of Dracula Screenwriter 1958
86% The Revenge of Frankenstein Screenwriter 1958
81% The Curse of Frankenstein Screenwriter 1957
60% X: The Unknown Screenwriter 1956


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