Saturday, 3 December 2016

#HAMMERFILMSSATURDAY: VAMPIRE GIRL AND SCARS OF DRACULA


#HAMMERFILMSATURDAY: CHRISTOPHER LEE in a scene that resembles the Harker - Vampire Woman - Dracula set up in Hammer films first outing in 1958, with the 'HORROR OF DRACULA' Now, it's the beautiful actress Anouska Hempel and Christopher Matthews in SCARS OF DRACULA (1970)


#HAMMERFILMSSATURDAY: Requested Photographs for Aaron D. Haynes . . Christopher Lee in his fifth Hammer #DRACULA film, Scars of Dracula (1970). Maybe the weakest story, but certainly the most profitable Hammer film for Lee personally, who enjoyed a percentage from the world wide box office takings!! 



#HAMMERFILMSSATURDAY : Above two of the young stars from #SCARSOFDRACULA. Denis Waterman and Jenny Hanley as not only the 'love interest' in the film, but also the 'vampire killer' and...BAT BAIT! Maybe not the actors finest hours, Waterman along with his fellow cast member Christopher Matthews, were though by critics to have been miscast, and Hanley was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl. . Actor John Forbes- Robertson was considered to play the title role of the Count, when Lee dug in his heels and refused to return... only then to do a complete U -turn, and play Dracula for Hammer, one more time...Photographs REQUESTED by Daniel Miller and  Cheryl Hubbard.

Friday, 2 December 2016

#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY: THE MARVELOUS MARQUEE OF FRANKENSTEIN


#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY: The CALIFORNIA movie house opens with Hammer's 'The Curse of Frankenstein' starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in June 1957 . . . supporting is Dean Jagger in X the Unknown . . I LOVE the marquees of old cinema's. That's style.



#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY: A cutting from the release of 'The Curse of Frankenstein', starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee... and a fine example of the 'weird and wonderful' approach to the publicity pushing the release of the film in the US.


PETERCUSHING makes his first screen appearance in FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN


 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

GIMMETHEGIF AND THROWBACKTHURSDAY : MISSING LINK POPSICLE AND NEW RARE STILLS!


#GIMMETHEGIF Requested for M Taylor. Peter Cushing as the Shop Proprietor looks out of the shop window, for the chance of passing trade. Actually, it looks like my kind of shop, if it wasn't for the fear of a fate worse than death, I would have loved a rummage in there! What was the BEST second hand /used item you have ever found??? Antique dealer's, Yard sale, car boot sale or second hand shop? Mine was probably Peter Cushing writing desk. My wife says hers was, me.......!



#GIMMETHEGIF REQUESTED for John Edwards..  MISSING LINK POPSICLE, ANYONE? Professor Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee) making his discovery , from Horror Express (1972)


#GIMMETHEGIFWEDNESDAY: For Desi Symmonds, David Warner rising to the challenge in the Amicus films portmanteau movie, 'FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE'

 

#GIMMETHEGIF Requested . .. How things had changed in the Horror cinema world by the time Hammer's DRACULA AD 1972 arrived. One could be mistaken in thinking the these shots had been under-cranked (sped up) to give the film more pace for the fashion of quick shots, edits and dutch tilts was in! Not so... the action shots were filmed at a slow timed pace, so everyone stayed in frame and on their spots..any mistakes would mean filming another take..and that meant more money!!! Hammer were tighter that a vampire's nailed down coffin lid!! 



#THROWBACKTHURSDAY . . . .  CAN YOU HEAR HEAVY BREATHING??


#THROWBACKTHURSDAY: It's great when new pics of Peter Cushing surface... even better when the have NEVER been seen before! Here are two very good examples of that... Many, many thanks to Stefan Lange, who has kindly shared these two wonderful and rare photographs with us!

 

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

ACTRESS VALERIE GAUNT DIES AGED 84


VALERIE GAUNT: Terribly sad to hear that actress VALERIE GAUNT (Reddington Valerie) has passed away, aged 84 after a short illness.


VALERIE'S short career on the big screen featured only in two films, and they were along side Peter Cushing. Just two roles, but they left a lasting impact, that would outlast many longer career! Her playing of Justine in 'The Curse of Frankenstein' (1957) and her performance in Hammer films,1958 'Dracula' hold a special place for lovers of fantasy cinema. Born Valerie Shelia Gaunt, on the 9th July 1932 in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England, following an interest in amateur theater, after leaving school embarked on a career as a model, before auditioning for Hammer and landing her first professional role in 1957. Gaunt married her husband Gerald Alfred Reddington on May 17th,1958.


Valerie will be buried today (November 30th ) following a service at St Helen's, Seaview, Isle of Wight, She is survived by her husband, Gerald and their four children.



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

#TOOCOOLTUESDAY: THE GREAT SMELL OF TARKIN


#TOOCOOLTUESDAY: You know the Princess Leia line.. 'Governor Tarkin, I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board!!....Well, NOT any more! Would beat socks and any ol aftershave for Christmas, I think?? This artwork comes from Mister Black Graphics and Design . . .

 

#TOOCOOLTUESDAY: Here a RARE pic... There is a Cushing Connection to everyone featured in it! Do you know what the one common connection is????


#TOOCOOLTUESDAY The last Dalek comes out of the workshop ready to it's appearance in Peter Cushing's second Dr Who film in1966, 'Dalek's Invasion Earth 2150AD'.

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ON LAST FRIDAY'S #FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY we had a 'Monster From Hell' theme and shared this gif of Baron Frankenstien (Peter Cushing) examining a new set of eyes from Hammer's Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (1974) This shot of Peter looking through a magnifying glass has been used in many of his films and was even spoofed in Top Secret (1984)


WE FOLLOWED ON with another gif featuring the Baron going to any lengths for his work in this well known and quite gruesome scene from Hammer's Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (1974) This scene was censored during the films original release, recently restored for the blu-ray.



OUR FINAL GIF from Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (1974)… featured the touching moment between Sarah (Madeline Smith) and The Monster (Dave Prowse) before he is destroyed by the inmates of the asylum. Again, this is another of the restored shots that were included in the blu ray release, that had been removed from the US theatrical release of the film back in 1974.


OUR NEW #HAMMERFILMSSATURDAY brought us some interesting posts and comments too! This often requested contact print photograph of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee (below) meeting the press during the making of THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA Hammer films.



SUNDAY'S #GETTHECUSHINGITSCUSHING we also marked the passing of John Carradine, who we sadly lost on this day in 1988. A highly prolific actor who career covered nearly all genres of film from horror to dramas to westerns. He co starred with Peter Cushing in Shockwaves (1977) and House of the Long Shadows (1983)

 
#GETTHECUSHIONITSCUSHING:This week, our Cushing Clip was a big fav among 'Cushing-Van-Helsing-Fans'.During its final years Hammer was trying different experiments with films in an attempt to find new angles on old stories, one of them was their final vampire film The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires (1974) a co-production with the Shaw Brothers, was a hybrid of the Kung-Fu and Horror.Christopher Lee did not return as Dracula and instated was played by John Forbes Robinson. However Peter Cushing once again returned as Van Helsing and really gets involved in the action of the film. While the film was not a success at the time, it reputation has grown over the years as it features plenty of memorable scenes including this one, the final battle with The Seven Golden Vampires. What are some of your favourite moments from the film?


#GETTHECUSHIONITSCUSHING: Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) to the rescue as he stakes the final golden vampire from Hammer's 'The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires' (1974)



ON MONDAY we remembered the life and career of actor ANDRE MORELL and his passing in 1978.Today we remember Andre Morell, who we sadly lost on this day in 1978. A celebrated actor whose career had more than a few teamings with Peter Cushing and the fantasy genre.In 1938, Morell joined the Old Vic theatre company, and appeared in several of their high-profile productions both at their home theatre and on tour throughout Britain and across the rest of the world, appearing with both Alec Guinness and John Gielgud.'


HE KICK STARTED his association with 'creepy cinema' with Cushing as Sherlock Holmes, and playing Arthur Conan Doyle's character Doctor John H. Watson, in Hammer Film Productions' version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). In 1960. He played Captain Edward Manningham in 'Cone of Silence' in 1960 also starring Cushing, Michael Craig and Bernard Lee. His wonderful portrayal as the 'bounder' Colonel Gore-Hepburn in Hammer's 'Cash on Demand' in 1961 makes very entertaining viewing, as he piles the pressure on Cushing's tormented bank manger, Harry Fordyce and 65 as Haumeid in Hammer's 'She'..with rather odd dubbing.

THERE WERE OTHER VERY GOOD HORRORS and thrillers too, Hammer's 'Plague of the Zombies' in 66 and the rather limp 'The Mummy's Shroud' again for Hammer in 1967, along with Michael Ripper's Longbarrow, one of the few times where supporting actors are more interesting then the central 'monster'. But, his stand out performance with Cushing, for me has to be in the BBC live televised production of George Orwell's '1984', as the chillingly good O'Brien. It's interesting that Morell played a very good Prof Quatermass in the BBC Quatermass tv series (1958-59) but when offered the role of the Prof in Hammer's 'Quatermass and the Pit' in 1967, turned it down.

MORELL ALWAYS LOOKED very at home in Hammer's early horrors, but inside personally felt a little more than embarrassed by the subject matter of some of the films, and often forbid his family to actually see them at the local cinema. By all accounts, a rather private man, but very generous on screen and made an outstanding contribution to some of Hammer and Cushing's best work.


FINALLY AS IT WAS ALSO #MONSTERMONDAY yesterday, Christopher Lee got the #MONSTERMONDAY treatment: Today our candidate for Monster Monday is Franklyn Marsh a snobbish art critic played by Christopher Lee from Amicus's Dr Terror's House Of Horrors (1965)


PAINTER ERIC LANDOR (Michael Gough) bears the brunt of one of Marsh's tirades, but gets even by humiliating the critic publicly, but when he takes it to far, Marsh gets revenge by running over Landor, casing him to lose his hand, unable to paint again he commits suicide. 

NOW THE QUESTION IS, Franklyn a true monster or just someone who got caught up in a situation that got out of control? You Decide  . . .


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SUNDAY STAR WARS NEWS: MORE HINTS AT CUSHING'S TARKIN IN ROGUE ONE


NEWS: A screen-shot taken from the most recent Star Wars #ROGUEONE trailer, and it looks like someone we might know! It's another piece and peep that hopefully confirms what we have been pushing since our first report back in AUGUST 22ND 2015. Still rumor and speculation is hinting at a return of Grand Moff Tarkin played Peter Cushing in a CGI recreation, in the soon to be released Star Wars spin off, 'ROGUE ONE'  next month.


John Knoll, the executive producer and visual effects supervisor for Rogue One, hinted at some revolutionary CGI use in a recent interview with EW. Knoll said: “I have to tread lightly there because some of the fun bits of innovation are stuff that I’ve been asked not to talk about yet. You know, we want to hold that back.”



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