Hammer Horror refers to a specific series of British films of the horror genre that were produced by Hammer Film Productions. Specifically, it relates to films released between 1957 and 1976, many of which adapted famous literary works such as Dracula and Frankenstein. Movies in the Hammer Horror line were known for their Gothic period style, lush Technicolor visuals, lurid themes and excessive gore. Most of the classic Hammer Horror movies were filmed at Bray Studios in Oakley Green, Berkshire, England. Two of the most renowned faces of the Hammer Horror era were actors Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, both of whom played several characters, but were most famously known for their respective roles as Dracula, and his nemesis, Professor Van Helsing. Of lesser notoriety, the Hammer films often recycled minor cast roles, with actors such as Michael Ripper and George Woodbridge making repeat appearances throughout the series.