Terence Fisher (23 February 1904 - 18 June 1980) was a film director who worked for Hammer Films. He was born in Maida Vale, a district of London, England. Life and career: Fisher was one of the most prominent horror directors of the second half of the 20th century. He was the first to bring gothic horror alive in full colour, and the sexual overtones and explicit horror in his films, while mild by modern standards, were unprecedented in his day. His first major gothic horror film was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), which launched Hammer's long association with the genre and made British actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee leading horror stars of the era. He went on to film a number of adaptations of classic horror subjects, including Dracula (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) and The Mummy (1959). Given their subject matter and lurid approach, Fisher's films, though commercially successful, were largely dismissed by critics during his career. It is only in recent years that Fisher has become recognised as an auteur in his own right. His films are characterised by a blend of fairy-tale, myth and sexuality. They may have drawn heavily on Christian themes, and there is usually a hero who defeats the powers of darkness by a combination of faith in God and reason, in contrast to other characters, who are either blindly superstitious or bound by a cold, godless rationalism (as noted by critic Paul Leggett in Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion, 2001). For a detailed discussion of Fisher's works, see The Charm of Evil: The Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon (Metuchen N.J. and London: Scarecrow Press, 1991). Filmography: The following is a list of the theatrical films in which Terence Fisher received screen credit. Television productions are not included. As Editor: Nine Days a Queen (1936) as T.R. Fisher, Where There's a Will (1936), Jack of All Trades (1936) as Terry Fisher, Windbag the Sailor (1936), Mr. Satan (1938), On the Night of the Fire (1939) aka The Fugitive (US), That's the Ticket (1940), Atlantic Ferry (1941), The Peterville Diamond (1942), Flying Fortress (1942), Tomorrow We Live (1943) aka At Dawn We Die (US), They Met in the Dark (1943), The Dark Tower (1943), Candlelight in Algeria (1944), One Exciting Night (1944), The Wicked Lady (1945), Master of Bankdam (1947), As Director: A Song for Tomorrow (1948), Colonel Bogey (1948), To The Public Danger (1948) short, Portrait from Life (1948) aka Lost Daughter (US), Marry Me! (1949), The Astonished Heart (1950) with Anthony Darnborough, So Long at the Fair (1950) with Anthony Darnborough, Home to Danger (1951), The Last Page (1952) aka Man Bait (US), Wings of Danger (1952) aka Dead on Course (US), Stolen Face (1952), Distant Trumpet (1952), Mantrap (1953) also as co-screenwriter, aka Man in Hiding (US), Four Sided Triangle (1953) also as co-screenwriter, Spaceways (1953), Blood Orange (1953) aka Three Stops to Murder (US), Face the Music (1954) aka The Black Glove (US), Murder by Proxy (1954) aka Blackout (US), A Stranger Came Home (1954) aka The Unholy Four (US), Final Appointment (1954) aka The Last Appointment (US), Mask of Dust (1954) aka Race for Life (US), Children Galore (1954), Stolen Assignment (1955), The Flaw (1955), The Gelignite Gang (1956) aka The Dynamiters (US), The Last Man to Hang? (1956), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Kill Me Tomorrow (1957), Dracula (1958) aka Horror of Dracula (US), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Mummy (1959), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), The Curse of the Werewolf (1960), The Brides of Dracula (1960), The Phantom of the Opera (1962), Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Horror of It All (1963), The Gorgon (1964), The Earth Dies Screaming (1965), Island of Terror (1966), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Night of the Big Heat (1967) aka Island of the Burning Damned (US), The Devil Rides Out (1968) aka The Devil's Bride (US), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973)

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