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      Michael Carreras

      Michael Carreras

      Highest Rated: 95% 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 No Score Yet Call Him Mr. Shatter Director - 1976
      No Score Yet 26% Shatter Director,
      - 1974
      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 23% Creatures the World Forgot Producer - 1971
      No Score Yet 4% Moon Zero Two Producer - 1970
      40% 30% The Lost Continent Director,
      - 1968
      No Score Yet 0% Prehistoric Women Director,
      - 1967
      67% 36% One Million Years B.C. Producer,
      - 1966
      No Score Yet 26% She Producer - 1965
      No Score Yet 27% The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb Director,
      - 1964
      No Score Yet 53% Maniac Director - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What a Crazy World Director,
      - 1963
      88% 53% These Are the Damned Executive Producer - 1962
      No Score Yet 75% Cash on Demand Executive Producer - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Savage Guns Director - 1962
      83% 49% House of Fright Producer - 1961
      60% 58% The Curse of the Werewolf Executive Producer - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Passport to China Director - 1961
      No Score Yet 73% Never Take Candy From a Stranger Executive Producer - 1960
      78% 62% The Brides of Dracula Executive Producer - 1960
      60% 79% Hell Is a City Producer - 1960
      No Score Yet 36% Ten Seconds to Hell Producer - 1959
      No Score Yet 80% Yesterday's Enemy Producer - 1959
      No Score Yet 34% The Man Who Could Cheat Death Producer - 1959
      95% 73% The Hound of the Baskervilles Executive Producer - 1959
      91% 64% The Mummy Producer - 1959
      91% 81% Horror of Dracula Executive Producer - 1958
      87% 68% The Revenge of Frankenstein Executive Producer - 1958
      82% 77% The Curse of Frankenstein Executive Producer - 1957
      80% 61% Quatermass II Executive Producer - 1957
      No Score Yet 53% The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas Executive Producer - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Steel Bayonet Director,
      - 1957
      67% 44% X the Unknown Executive Producer - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Race for Life Executive Producer - 1955
      No Score Yet 33% Blackout Producer - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Glove Producer - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mantrap Producer - 1953
      No Score Yet 25% The Four Sided Triangle Producer - 1953
      No Score Yet 50% The Gambler and the Lady Casting - 1952