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Carreras, Michael (1927-1994)

Producer, Director, Writer

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Born in London on 21 December 1927, this son of James Carreras was director of Exclusive Films, Hammer Films and Bray Studios when still in his twenties.

He worked exclusively for Hammer Films, as producer or executive producer, with occasional directing credits, not on the studio's major productions, but on such pieces as Parade of the Bands (1955, short), the travelogue, Copenhagen (1956), The Steel Bayonet (1957), What a Crazy World (1963, also screenplay), Slave Girls (1966, also screenplay), The Lost Continent (1968), and Shatter (UK/Hong Kong, 1974).

Presumably his function was primarily to smooth the way for such directors as Terence Fisher or John Gilling, and for 30 years he was one of British cinema's busiest executives.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Joseph Losey's chiller about the after-effects of radiation

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Christopher Lee stars in the first colour telling of the classic vampire tale

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Tough thriller with Stanley Baker on a murder hunt in Manchester

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Typically full-blooded Hammer Sherlock Holmes, with Peter Cushing

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Hammer Horror goes oriental as the studio cashed in on the kung fu craze

Thumbnail image of One Million Years B.C. (1966)One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Raquel Welch dons a fur bikini in this cavemen-meet-dinosaurs classic

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Post-Quatermass Xperiment blend of SF and horror from Hammer Films

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