Damn it! When I first heard the name of this, I thought we were getting an excellent multi-part documentary about Hammer Horror and got excited. Well, don’t be too disappointed, we did it better at Last Movie Outpost already.

What this is, is a Discovery+ documentary series about Armie Hammer and his wider family.

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Armand Douglas Hammer is the son of the businessman Michael Armand Hammer and a great-grandson of the oil tycoon Armand Hammer. Hammer was a well-regarded Hollywood actor with a developing career and praise flowing in for performances from Oscar Best Picture nominee Call Me by Your Name to action-comedy The Man From UNCLE. He had several more high profile roles in the can or in the pipeline.

Then, last year, some disturbing allegations were made.

An anonymous Instagram account released screenshots it claimed were text messages Hammer had sent to various women. He denied the messages were real, and called them an online attack.

The messages contained references to sexual fantasies including violence, rape,, and cannibalism. Then a woman who claimed she was in a relationship with Hammer told The New York Post that he subjected her to emotional abuse and claimed she was hospitalized for PTSD as a result of the relationship.

 

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Another then came forward who claimed a relationship with Hammer in which he had allegedly expressed a desire to “barbeque and eat her rib” and that he had branded her with an “A”. Hammer’s attorney released a statement:

“These assertions about Mr. Hammer are patently untrue. Any interactions with this person, or any partner of his, were completely consensual in that they were fully discussed, agreed upon, and mutually participatory.”

Hammer pulled out of Shotgun Wedding, the Paramount+ drama series The Offer, and the Starz series Gaslit. His agency WME dropped him as a client, as did his publicist.

Later in 2021, the woman who initially came forward with abuse allegations on Instagram identified herself and accused Hammer of violent rape back in 2017. The Los Angeles Police Department then launched an ongoing sexual assault investigation.

Over to Hammer’s attorney again:

“There was never a case. A lot of people think that there was. There was never a lawsuit, never a criminal proceeding. The media are obsessed with that matter. It never turned into litigation or into a criminal charge against anyone.

That was a misconception. […]It was early days of the pandemic, everybody was home, reading all these tweets. You have a well-known handsome actor being accused of salacious, kinky interactions with women.

It captured the public’s attention but was completely blown out of proportion — to the extent that there was never anything in court. There wasn’t a matter for me to handle other than to help him manage his image in the press.”

The House Of Hammer docuseries will apparently use these alleged incidents and the investigation as a starting point, but will then delve deeper to uncover more, stating this is “only the tip of the iceberg”.

The blurb for the show goes on to say that:

“…over the course of five generations, the men in the Hammer family have more secrets and scandals than any vault can contain… behind the money and power lies a dysfunctional dynasty with its male characters exhibiting all the devastating consequences of privilege gone wild.”

House of Hammer debuts on the Discovery+ service on Friday, September 2nd. Here is the trailer:

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