Jimmy Sangster - Rotten Tomatoes

Jimmy Sangster

Highest Rated:   100% The Mummy (1959)
Birthday:  
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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet The Anniversary
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1968
78% Dracula: Prince of Darkness
  • Screenwriter
1966
91% 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
73% The Brides of Dracula
  • Screenwriter
1960
100% The Mummy
  • Screenwriter
1959
63% The Crawling Eye (The Trollenberg Terror)
  • Screenwriter
1958
91% Horror of Dracula
  • Screenwriter
1958
92% The Revenge of Frankenstein
  • Screenwriter
1958
80% The Curse of Frankenstein
  • Screenwriter
1957
No Score Yet X: The Unknown
  • Screenwriter
1956

Quotes from Jimmy Sangster's Characters

No quotes approved yet.