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Jimmy Sangster

Highest Rated: 90% Horror of Dracula (1958)

Lowest Rated: 20% Lust for a Vampire (1971)

Birthday: Dec 02, 1927

Birthplace: North Wales, Wales, UK

Linchpin of the powerhouse British movie studio Hammer Film Productions, screenwriter and director Jimmy Sangster is the pioneer of a distinctive brand of Gothic-inspired macabre commonly referred to as "Hammer Horror." Specializing in cheaply made yet lavishly detailed films using a repertory of highly trained British actors, the Hammer formula dominated the horror genre from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Sangster, originally a production manager, moved up Hammer's ranks during this peak creative period, writing screenplays for two of the studio's pivotal projects: 1957's "The Curse of Frankenstein" and 1958's "Horror of Dracula." Both scripts departed from the original novels and earlier film versions, with Sangster adding new characters and plot twists to keep audiences interested. While he dabbled in milder fare in following years, including the BBC TV series "The Trollenberg Terror" and the Bette Davis-starred thriller "The Nanny," he made his triumphant return to gore--this time in the director's chair--with the 1970 film "The Horror of Frankenstein." By the late 70s, Sangster, tiring of directing after just three films, returned to screenwriting, working primarily on American TV dramas.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fanex Files: Hammer Films Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flashback Screenwriter - 2000
No Score Yet 36% The Concrete Cowboys Writer - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Music City Producer - 1979
60% 23% The Legacy Writer - 1979
No Score Yet 16% Good Against Evil Screenwriter - 1977
56% 44% Who Slew Auntie Roo? Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear in the Night Director,
Producer
- 1972
20% 40% Lust for a Vampire Director - 1971
55% 42% The Horror of Frankenstein Director - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Foreign Exchange Producer - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spy Killer Producer - 1969
80% 72% The Anniversary Writer,
Director
- 1968
85% 79% The Nanny Producer - 1965
No Score Yet 44% Hysteria Producer,
Writer
- 1965
No Score Yet 49% Nightmare Producer - 1963
No Score Yet 40% The Hellfire Club Screenwriter - 1963
No Score Yet 55% Maniac Producer - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Savage Guns Producer - 1962
No Score Yet 80% Scream of Fear Writer (Screenplay),
Producer
- 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Siege of Sidney Street Writer - 1960
No Score Yet 33% The Man Who Could Cheat Death Writer (Screenplay) - 1959
89% 64% The Mummy Writer (Screenplay) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Intent to Kill Screenwriter - 1958
90% 80% Horror of Dracula Writer (Screenplay) - 1958
87% 67% The Revenge of Frankenstein Writer (Screenplay) - 1958
63% 30% The Crawling Eye Writer - 1958
78% 77% The Curse of Frankenstein Writer (Screenplay) - 1957
60% 44% X the Unknown Writer - 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Writer 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Writer 1976-1977
100% No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker Writer 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Banacek Writer 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Writer 1974

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