Michael Carreras


Producer

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB

Biography

Hammer Films' blood ran deep in the veins of producer Michael Carreras-his grandfather Enrique was a co-founder of the studio along with William Hinds, and his father James was also an important creative mover-and-shaker there. The independent British studio unleashed a series of audaciously bloody and perversely sexual (for the time) takes on the monster stories tackled earlier by Univ...

Biography

Hammer Films' blood ran deep in the veins of producer Michael Carreras-his grandfather Enrique was a co-founder of the studio along with William Hinds, and his father James was also an important creative mover-and-shaker there. The independent British studio unleashed a series of audaciously bloody and perversely sexual (for the time) takes on the monster stories tackled earlier by Universal Studios in such classic horror movies as "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "The Mummy," "The Wolf Man," and all of their sequels. The Hammer cycle started with the 1957 movie "The Curse of Frankenstein" with Peter Cushing as the doctor and Christopher Lee as the monster, and "Horror of Dracula," starring a ferocious Lee as Count Dracula and Cushing as Van Helsing. The films were huge successes, bigger than any of the studio's earlier productions, and generated plenty of controversy because of their garish graphicness. Michael Carreras was a pivotal help in making them successes. Carreras's best work was arguably as a producer, although he did eventually turn to writing and directing himself with the films "The Savage Guns" (one of the first "Spaghetti Westerns"), the thriller "Maniac," the supernatural horror "The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb," and the fantasy "The Lost Continent." Carreras directed the action film "Shatter" after the original director Monte Hellman was fired. Michael Carreras died in 1994, although the Hammer horror tradition continues.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Call Him Mr. Shatter (1975)
Director
The Lost Continent (1968)
Director
Prehistoric Women (1967)
Director
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1965)
Director
Maniac (1963)
Director
Maniac (1963)
Director
The Savage Guns (1962)
Director
Passport to China (1961)
Director
The Steel Bayonet (1958)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Creatures the World Forgot (1971)
Writer
Moon Zero Two (1970)
Screenwriter
One Million Years B. C. (1967)
Screenwriter
The Unholy Four (1954)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

The Lady Vanishes (1979)
Executive Producer
Call Him Mr. Shatter (1975)
Producer
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Executive Producer
Crescendo (1972)
Producer
Fear in the Night (1972)
Executive Producer
Creatures the World Forgot (1971)
Producer
Moon Zero Two (1970)
Producer
A Challenge for Robin Hood (1968)
Executive Producer
The Lost Continent (1968)
Producer
One Million Years B. C. (1967)
Producer
Prehistoric Women (1967)
Producer
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1965)
Producer
She (1965)
Producer
Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
Executive Producer
These Are the Damned (1965)
Executive Producer
The Pirates of Blood River (1962)
Executive Producer
Passport to China (1961)
Producer
Cash on Demand (1961)
Producer
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Executive Producer
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1961)
Executive Producer
A Weekend With Lulu (1961)
Executive Producer
Scream of Fear (1961)
Executive Producer
The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
Executive Producer
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1961)
Producer
Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1961)
Executive Producer
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Executive Producer
The Stranglers of Bombay (1960)
Executive Producer
Hell Is a City (1960)
Producer
The Mummy (1959)
Producer
Ten Seconds to Hell (1959)
Producer
Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
Producer
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Executive Producer
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
Producer
The Snorkel (1958)
Producer
The Steel Bayonet (1958)
Producer
The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
Executive Producer
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Executive Producer
Horror of Dracula (1958)
Executive Producer
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Executive Producer
Break in the Circle (1957)
Producer
X the Unknown (1957)
Executive Producer
Enemy from Space (1957)
Executive Producer
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Executive Producer
The Men of Sherwood Forest (1956)
Producer
Race for Life (1954)
Executive Producer
Blackout (1954)
Producer
The Unholy Four (1954)
Producer
The Black Glove (1954)
Producer
Four Sided Triangle (1953)
Producer
Man in Hiding (1953)
Producer
Spaceways (1953)
Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Man Bait (1952)
Casting
Wings of Danger (1952)
Casting
The Gambler and the Lady (1952)
Casting
Scotland Yard Inspector (1952)
Casting
Whispering Smith vs. Scotland Yard (1952)
Casting

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
Other

Life Events

1955

First short film as director

1957

Feature film directing debut

Videos

Movie Clip

Cash On Demand (1961) - Open, Give This Christmas Tight opening to the well-received Hammer Films’ production, based on an episode of the British TV anthology series Theatre 70, not released in the UK until December, 1963, but with a holiday setting an a twist on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Cash On Demand, 1961, starring Peter Cushing and Andrè Morell.
Cash On Demand (1961) - One Of The Few Dignified Businesses We’ve just been meeting the staff of a provincial English branch bank, two days before Christmas, when their oppressive manager (Peter Cushing as Fordyce) arrives, taking bites out of Miss Pringle, Pearson, and Sanderson (Edith Sharpe, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird), a little kinder to Peter and Sally (Barry Lowe, Lois Daine), early in Hammer Films’ Cash On Demand, 1961.
Cash On Demand (1961) - You Look Ridiculous Only uptight manager Fordyce (Peter Cushing) knows that Col. Gore-Hepburn (Andrè Morell) is really a suave robber holding his family hostage while posing as an inspector from the bank’s security firm, so beleaguered staffers Harvill, Pearson and Sanderson (Barry Lowe, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird) exhibit some team spirit, in Hammer Films’ much-praised Cash On Demand, 1961.
Cash On Demand (1961) - Someone Of Consequence Wholly new character (Andrè Morell as Col. Gore-Hepburn) pulls up outside our Haversham, England bank branch, meeting first Harvill (Barry Lowe), then chief clerk Pearson (Richard Vernon), who’s already in a job-threatening pre-Christmas conflict with fastidious manager Fordyce (Peter Cushing), early in Hammer Films’ Cash On Demand, 1961.
Maniac (1963) - Open, The Camargue Fairly screeching opening, from Jimmy Sangster’s original screenplay, we meet handyman Janiello (Arnold Diamond) in extreme close-up, observing innocent Annette (Liliane Brousse) after school, on the genuine location near the French Mediterranean coast, Michael Carreras directing, in Hammer Films’ Maniac, 1963, with Kerwin Mathews and Nadia Gray.
Maniac (1963) - If You've Finished Sulking Following the nasty murder of a handyman, in southern France, by the father of schoolgirl (Liliane Brousse) he assaulted, she appears again as we meet leading man Kerwin Mathews, as American Jeff, serving him a drink, with local cop Salon (Norman Bird), when his fuming English girlfriend (Justine Lord as Grace) arrives, in the Hammer Films contemporary thriller, Maniac, 1963.
Maniac (1963) - He's Not Coming Back Soon? American Jeff (Kerwin Mathews), who’s supposed to be painting in southern France, visited by Eve (Nadia Gray), Mme. Beynat, from whom he’s renting a room, looking to win his attention away from her fetching daughter, and providing the link, which we could only have inferred so far, to the opening murder, in the Hammer Films thriller Maniac, 1963.
Maniac (1963) - At A Formidable Speed Having fixed the juke box at the road-house where he’s lodging in remote southern France, American Jeff (Kerwin Mathews), abandoned by his wealthy girlfriend, hangs with cop Salon (Norman Bird) then dances with enchanted hostess Annette (Liliane Brousse), her mother (Nadia Gray), the proprietor, worried, in Hammer Films’ Maniac, 1963.
Curse Of The Werewolf (1961) - Don't You Like Goose? Second scene, in which a beggar (Richard Wordsworth) in a Spanish town meets the notoriously cruel Marques Siniestro (Anthony Dawson) and his bride (Josephine Llewellyn), and a chef (Charles Lamb) and things get nasty, in Hammer Films’ Curse Of The Werewolf, 1961, featuring Oliver Reed.
Curse Of The Werewolf (1961) - I Dream I'm A Wolf Professor Carido (Clifford Evans) and servant Teresa (Hira Talfrey) puzzle over the wolf attacks in their 18th century Spanish village, worried that his semi-adopted son Leon (Justin Walters) might be involved, in Hammer Films’ Curse Of The Werewolf, 1961.
Curse Of The Werewolf (1961) - Does It Make Her Happy? We’ve finally met Oliver Reed, introduced after 50 minutes, in 18th century Spain, as now-grown Leon, whom we know has wolfy tendencies, taking a job with Fernando (Ewen Solon), meeting colleague Jose (Martin Matthews) and the owner’s daughter Cristina (Catherine Feller), in Curse Of The Werewolf, 1961.
Curse Of The Werewolf (1961) - She Lived Like An Animal The mute servant girl (Yvonne Romain) awakens after being attacked by the long-imprisoned beggar, whom she finds dead, then confronts the Spanish Marques (Anthony Dawson) who also attacked her, before she’s rescued by professor Carido (Clifford Evans), narrating, and Teresa (Hira Talfrey), in Curse Of The Werewolf, 1961.

Family

James Carreras
Family

Bibliography