It's one of the most successful independent British film houses and it made stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
Now, Hammer Films is celebrating all things spooky and scary with a special festival in East London featuring screenings and artwork from some of its classic horrors.
The Hammer Festival runs at the
Idea Generation Gallery
, 11 Chance Street, Shoreditch until November 15.
BBC London's Jane Witherspoon reports.