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Don Sharp obituary

22 December 2011 2:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director of eerily atmospheric Hammer horror films including The Kiss of the Vampire

In 1962, Don Sharp was a minor ex-actor, hack writer and jobbing director of British B-films, when he was offered the chance to make a gothic horror movie for Hammer, "the studio that dripped blood". In the event, The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) rescued both Sharp, who has died aged 90, and Hammer from the doldrums.

The studio, which had suffered several expensive flops, turned to Sharp due to his experience in low-budget film-making. Sharp, who claimed to have never watched a horror movie, let alone directed one, quickly steeped himself in the Hammer style by spending a week or so watching past successes, principally those directed by Terence Fisher and Freddie Francis. The Kiss of the Vampire, made with a smaller budget and an unstarry cast, recruited mostly from television, scored at the box office, and Sharp became associated with horror movies thereafter. »

- Ronald Bergan

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Don Sharp obituary

20 December 2011 7:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director of eerily atmospheric Hammer horror films including The Kiss of the Vampire

In 1962, Don Sharp was a minor ex-actor, hack writer and jobbing director of British B-films, when he was offered the chance to make a gothic horror movie for Hammer, "the studio that dripped blood". In the event, The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) rescued both Sharp, who has died aged 89, and Hammer from the doldrums.

The studio, which had suffered several expensive flops, turned to Sharp due to his experience in low-budget film-making. Sharp, who claimed to have never watched a horror movie, let alone directed one, quickly steeped himself in the Hammer style by spending a week or so watching past successes, principally those directed by Terence Fisher and Freddie Francis. The Kiss of the Vampire, made with a smaller budget and an unstarry cast, recruited mostly from television, scored at the box office, and Sharp became associated with horror movies thereafter. »

- Ronald Bergan

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Tonight's TV highlights: Crufts 2011 | Hellcats | 30 Rock | The British At Work | Monroe | Love Thy Neighbour

9 March 2011 4:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Crufts 2011 | Hellcats | 30 Rock | The British At Work | Monroe | Love Thy Neighbour

Crufts 2011

7pm, More4

You'd imagine that Best In Show is to dog-show realism what Black Swan is to ballet, but Crufts always raises suspicion that there's some truth behind the mockumentary. Clare Balding presents highlights of this year's event, and it should be as brilliantly watchable as ever, particularly if you enjoy any level of kitsch or playing the "spot the dog-owner resemblance" game. Rebecca Nicholson

Hellcats

9pm, MTV

This brand new MTV series, based on Kate Torgovnick's book Cheer! Inside The Secret World Of College Cheerleaders, introduces us to Marti, a "goth" law student who, facing the prospect of losing her scholarship, has no choice but to join the college cheerleading team. If you like Glee, you'll like Hellcats. If you like Bring It On, you'll like Hellcats. If you like gymnastics combined with hip-hop dancing, you'll like Hellcats. »

- Rebecca Nicholson, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Julia Raeside

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