Hammer House of Horror (1980) titles
ITC Tiffany is Ed Benguiat’s 1974 revisitation and interpretation of 19th-century faces like West Old Style or Old Style Title. It picks up Victorian details like large angled serifs and sharply terminated diagonals. Especially in the bolder weights, the leg of R resembles a blade that punctures the counter. The M in Tiffany Heavy is one guillotine of a glyph.
No wonder Tiffany was chosen for the titles of Hammer House of Horror. The logo concentrates a double M and four R’s, plus a few more letterforms with diagonals. The spikiness is further increased by the addition of a white outline around the blood-red caps.
“Hammer House of Horror is a British television series made in 1980. An anthology series created by Hammer Films in association with Cinema Arts International and ITC Entertainment [sic], it consists of thirteen hour-long episodes, originally broadcast on ITV.” – Wikipedia
The images show titles from the first episode, “Witching Time”.
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4 Comments on “Hammer House of Horror (1980) titles”
Thanks for the link, Blythwood! I hadn’t seen that article before. Yes, when I wrote “19th-century faces like West Old Style or Old Style Title”, that was only my guess, and not something Benguiat said himself. Caxton and Ronaldson are also mentioned in U&lc Vol. 8 No. 2 from 1981, when Tiffany’s italics were introduced. From page 31:
ITC Tiffany is a highly contemporary blend of two significant faces not seen for many years: Ronaldson and Caxton. Ronaldson was cut by the MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan foundry in 1884. Some twenty years later the American Type Founders Company issued Caxton. This face, excellent in its own right, was overshadowed by the surge of enthusiasm for Goudy types. Its potential was never realized. ITC Tiffany combines the best characteristics of these two distinctive styles in a refined and uniquely refreshing typeface.
Chris Wood says:Sep 8th, 2023 12:02 pm
I designed this title sequence… and you’re right. ITC Tiffany shouted out to be used: big, barbourous and spiky just where it matters. It encapsulated the whole gothic yet contemporary spirit of the series… and the shocking blood red infill leaves no doubt about what might be coming next. I’d initially intended to incorporate some subtle animated 'growing’, as if the lettering were brambles of some kind, but, unfortunately, time and budget conspired to keep things simple.