Anthony Hinds, 'Hammer' producer and screenwriter, with his father, William Hinds (1887 – 1957), one of the founders of Hammer Film Productions. Circa 1952.

Anthony Hinds, ‘Hammer’ producer and screenwriter, with his father, William Hinds (1887 – 1957), one of the founders of Hammer Film Productions. Circa 1952.

Today was a sad day in the world of horror, as news broke of the passing of Anthony “Tony” Hinds, son of Hammer Films co-founder Will Hammer, at the age of 91. As Hammer fans would know, Hinds drove that company to it’s defining successes following his production of The Quartermass Xperiment. Hinds creatively guided the company with The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and more, giving rise to international genre careers of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

Some may also remember Hinds as one of the more prolific writers of the Hammer films, penning under the pseudonym “John Elder”. Though he never stepped behind the camera himself, many saw him responsible for Hammer classics such as The Curse of the Werewolf, The Kiss of the Vampire and Frankenstein Created Woman. And while Hinds was mostly out of the spotlight for almost 30 years, following business decisions amongst Hammer executives that he personally found disrespectful, his influence on the Hammer brand and its output is undeniable. He will certainly be missed.