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Michael Carreras

Highest Rated: 94% The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Lady Vanishes (1979)

Birthday: Dec 21, 1927

Birthplace: London, England, UK

Hammer Films' blood ran deep in the veins of producer Michael Carreras-his grandfather Enrique was a co-founder of the studio along with William Hinds, and his father James was also an important creative mover-and-shaker there. The independent British studio unleashed a series of audaciously bloody and perversely sexual (for the time) takes on the monster stories tackled earlier by Universal Studios in such classic horror movies as "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "The Mummy," "The Wolf Man," and all of their sequels. The Hammer cycle started with the 1957 movie "The Curse of Frankenstein" with Peter Cushing as the doctor and Christopher Lee as the monster, and "Horror of Dracula," starring a ferocious Lee as Count Dracula and Cushing as Van Helsing. The films were huge successes, bigger than any of the studio's earlier productions, and generated plenty of controversy because of their garish graphicness. Michael Carreras was a pivotal help in making them successes. Carreras's best work was arguably as a producer, although he did eventually turn to writing and directing himself with the films "The Savage Guns" (one of the first "Spaghetti Westerns"), the thriller "Maniac," the supernatural horror "The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb," and the fantasy "The Lost Continent." Carreras directed the action film "Shatter" after the original director Monte Hellman was fired. Michael Carreras died in 1994, although the Hammer horror tradition continues.



33% 43% The Lady Vanishes Executive Producer - 1979
No Score Yet 28% Shatter Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call Him Mr. Shatter Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Straight on Till Morning Producer - 1972
No Score Yet 19% Crescendo Producer - 1972
No Score Yet 33% Blood From the Mummy's Tomb Director - 1971
No Score Yet 29% Creatures the World Forgot Producer - 1971
No Score Yet 4% Moon Zero Two Producer - 1970
40% 31% The Lost Continent Director,
- 1968
No Score Yet 0% Prehistoric Women Director,
- 1967
64% 36% One Million Years B.C. Producer - 1966
No Score Yet 27% She Producer - 1965
No Score Yet 29% The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb Director - 1964
No Score Yet 55% Maniac Director - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet What a Crazy World Director,
- 1963
86% 52% These Are the Damned Executive Producer - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Savage Guns Director - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Passport to China Director - 1961
No Score Yet 79% Hell Is a City Producer - 1960
No Score Yet 36% Ten Seconds to Hell Producer - 1959
No Score Yet 33% The Man Who Could Cheat Death Producer - 1959
94% 72% The Hound of the Baskervilles Executive Producer - 1959
89% 64% The Mummy Producer - 1959
90% 81% Horror of Dracula Executive Producer - 1958
87% 67% The Revenge of Frankenstein Executive Producer - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steel Bayonet Director - 1958
81% 77% The Curse of Frankenstein Executive Producer - 1957
No Score Yet 53% The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas Executive Producer - 1957
67% 44% X the Unknown Executive Producer - 1956
No Score Yet 33% Blackout Producer - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man in Hiding Producer - 1953
No Score Yet 27% The Four Sided Triangle Producer - 1953
No Score Yet 50% The Gambler and the Lady Casting - 1952