In the early 1930s Universal Studios produced a string of superb horror films such as Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931) and The Mummy (1932). They were hugely successful and gained Universal much prestige. They are regarded today as the best horror films and their posters command the highest prices in the film poster market and are exceptionally rare.
In the late 1950s Hammer films launched a cycle of low budget horror films reviving characters from the American movie past such as The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), lots 307-309, The Mummy (1959), lot 311, and The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961), lot 312. These films were not distributed by major chains such as A.B.C. but by smaller chains such as Hammer, and were enormously popular making Hammer Films the most successful British film company, from a financial viewpoint, in the history of British cinema.
From 1958 onwards these films were financed by Univeral Studios and according to Christopher Lee they saved the studio from bankcruptcy. The original British posters for these films are extremely rare and are the most highly sought after British posters from the 1950s.