Hammer Horror screenwriter Jimmy Sangster dies aged 83

Sangster entered horror history as the man behind Hammer’s Frankenstein and Dracula

Sangster's memorable interview in Mark Gatiss' recent History Of Horror miniseries

Jimmy Sangster, best known as a production assistant and then screenwriter for Hammer Horror, died today, August 19, 2011, he was 83.

Born December 2, 1927 in North Wales, Sangster scripted two of the company’s most successful and defining films, 1957’s The Curse Of Frankenstein and 1958’s Dracula (called The Horror Of Dracula in the US), both of which threatened their Universal depictions for iconic status. His other writing credits for the company include The Revenge Of Frankenstein, The Blood Of Dracula, The Mummy, The Brides Of Dracula amongst many others, and  in 1970 he added direction to his repotoire with The Horror Of Frankenstein and Lust For A Vampire.

Elsewhere in the genre Jimmy Sangster wrote episodes of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man.