Friday, 31 July 2015

MODEL MAKING: PETER CUSHING AND HIS TOWN AND TRAIN SET ON A TABLE TOP


Cushing And His Hobbies. In the past few weeks we've posted features on Cushing's many hobbies and the many happy hours he spent in his home studio making thousands of model soldiers to participate in table top 'Little Wars' gaming, the building of beautiful working theatres, complete with acting figures, sets and lighting, his talent for painting in water colours and oils, that went on to be exhibited, the board games he invented and made for visiting friends to play..so it shouldn't surprise you to find out he also owned, a train set.

But, not a person to do anything by halves, this train set was permanently mounted in his studio room upstairs at both the Cushing's homes in Hillsleigh Road, London and Whitstable...a model train set built around a hand built town, with people, shops, streets, a factory, a train station and goods yard....Cushing's first job on leaving school, for as short a time as he could stand it, was working at the grand sounding... Planning and Drawing Office of the Surveyor's Department at Coulsdon and Purley Urban District Council in his home town. No doubt, the 'town planning' experience came in handy!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

NEWS: KINO LORBER UPDATE ON MADHOUSE BLU RAY TO BE RE AUTHORED AND REPLACED


NEWS:  Kino LORBER ANNOUCES 
DISC REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME: MADHOUSE (BLU-RAY)


After reviewing our MADHOUSE Blu-ray discs, we found that some scenes had minor sync issues as reported. Due to problems of irregular sound synchronization, Kino Lorber will re-author and will send replacement discs of the FIXED version to those who’ve purchased the Blu-ray of MADHOUSE.

Please click on the MADHOUSE EXCHANGE PROGRAM link below and fill out the form. Replacements are currently in production; we will send you an email when we’re ready to ship replacement copies which should be no later than September 1, 2015. Be sure to hold on to your original packaging, replacement discs will not include packaging.


 
Kino Lorber apologises for any inconvenience that the manufacturing error has caused, and thanks you for your continued support.

Note: This disc replacement applies ONLY to the Kino Lorber Studio Classics release (2015), and does not apply to copies of MADHOUSE released on any other label. Disc replacement is only available in U.S.A. and Canada.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID WARNER : AMICUS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE 'IT'S A DEAL'


Please join us in wishing DAVID WARNER a Very Happy Birthday Today! Warner's Cushing connection is the role of Edward Charlton (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher") in Amicus films 'From Beyond The Grave' in 1974. A great story, a fine performance...particularly enjoyed his play with Cushing in the Temptations Ltd store... but what a sticky end!



Monday, 27 July 2015

NOT MY CUP OF TEA! PETER CUSHING AND THE DALEKS


Many Cushing fans love the Dr Who films, where Peter got the opportunity to play the time traveler in not one, but two Dr Who films. Peter portrayed the good Doctor in his own way, a softer version of William Hartnell's character, who was known for playing the role in the BBC television series. Many die hard fans of the tv show, aren't too fond of the films.....well it might surprise you hear, neither was Peter...
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Here's a very neat shortaudio interview with Peter Cushing discussing playing Doctor Who... and the Daleks!

 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

FIRST LOOK: DR TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS LIMITED EDITION STEEL BOOK BLU RAY


It's not released until September 21, 2015..but here's our first proper look at the Odeon Entertainment Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965) Steel Book Blu ray packaging. Looks very nice indeed. With it's LIMITED numbered edition release of 4,000, with specially commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys, the extras Include a brand new making of Dr Terror documentary by Nucleus Films and a recently filmed appreciation of the life and career of the late Sir Christopher Lee. It's available for PRE ORDER now….

The Blu-ray will be region free

Saturday, 25 July 2015

BRAY STUDIOS HOME OF HAMMER FILMS AWAITS GO AHEAD ON NEW APPLICATION


NEWS: Farmglade wants to restore and partially demolish Down Place House, and add a two-storey extension, to create 10 new homes, and demolish surrounding buildings to build 15 houses.

The last remaining tenants at Bray Studios – where the iconic Hammer Horror films were made – left in 2014. In its planning statement, the applicant says Down Place House’s 18th century west entrance will be reinstated, as will the original entrance lobby. A large studio building to the south of the building’s east wing will be demolished, as will the former stables to the west. The application says: “This area is considered to have limited historic or architectural value and it detracts from the appearance of the main historic building.”

It would be replaced with a new extension ‘designed to enhance the appearance of the main listed building’. The studios to the south of Down Place House would be torn down and replaced with 11 detached houses and a terrace of four homes. Farmglade is building 44 homes in nearby Water Oakley, a project which was approved by councilors in April 2014. The planning application statement adds: “The application seeks to rationalize the development of this site with adjacent Water Oakley site to the west, with which it shares a long, common boundary.

“The new housing proposed in this application has houses grouped informally around a ‘village green’ to the southern end nearest the entrance, and a more formal green at the entrance area to Down Place House.”

The Royal Borough expects to make a decision by Thursday, October 8.
Source: Maidenhead Advertiser

CUSHING, SHERLOCK AND HIS PIPE : PUFFING AND SUFFERING FOR HIS ART!


Peter Cushing in one of his many signature roles, Sherlock Holmes , in a rare publicity photograph from Hammer films 'The Hound of The Baskervilles' (1959) Pictured here with his pipe, that would bring him the 'Pipeman of the Year Award' in 1969, which turned out to be a bit of a mixed blessing...

 


TARKIN CUSHING OUTAKE AND RETURN ANNOUNCED FOR STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY ROGUE MOVIE


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Here is the fabulous outage of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin with Carrie Fisher from Star Wars A New Hope (1977)


Also with the announcement of another new Star Wars film called Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One it has been revealed that it will feature Darth Vader and everyone's favourite Grand Moff, Tarkin. It will be set before A New Hope, but after Revenge Of The Sith.


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Thursday, 23 July 2015

CHRISTOPHER LEE REMEMBERS HORROR OF DRACULA OPENING NIGHT


It all could have turned out quite differently...had Hammer films, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Terence Fisher and all...not made a CLASSIC!



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FULLY RESTORED DRACULA / HORROR OF DRACULA DEATH SCENE CUSHING AND LEE



REQUESTED: Count Dracula's Death Scene...fully restored with extra 'disintegration make up footage'..from Hammer films 1958 'DRACULA' starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee..... Lionsgate / Icon/ Hammer film combo blu ray / dvd release UK 2013.


Sunday, 19 July 2015

THE WORK OF STEVEN SAMUEL : ICONS OF FANTASY CINEMA


The Artwork of Steven Samuel. We get lots of posts containing artwork, some very good indeed. This little gallery came our way just this morning..I felt I had to share it with at the first opportunity! Exceptional work, Peter, Vincent, Christopher Lee and Veronica Carlson and Madeline Smith. Should anyone want to contact Steven, Please message us at theblackboxclub@gmail.com

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MONSTERS FROM HELL AT FACEBOOK


If you are a fan of fantasy films and Hammer in particular, there are some great pages and groups to be found on facebook, but it's always a treat to find a page that goes that extra mile, sharing and posting special collectors items and rare pics. Stephen Jones' 'Monsters From Hell' facebook page, is such a page. Always something new and of interest.



He works hard at making his daily posts worth seeking out. Because of facebooks habit of squeezing the reach of certain groups posts, Stephen's efforts aren't getting the recognition and reaching the people who should be seeing them. So, here's the the link to his page, do yourself a favour, go take a look and like his page. You'll be glad you did!



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WOMEN IN GOTHIC: THE ACTRESSES OF HAMMER'S FRANKENSTEIN SERIES: BRUCE G. HALLENBECK


A NEW and EXCLUSIVE series coming to the Peter Cushing appreciation Society starting next weekend, written by BRUCE G HALLENBECK 'WOMAN IN GOTHIC' featuring the work of the actresses who starred along side Peter Cushing in the Hammer film Frankenstein film series. Interviews,clips and rare stills will make this one not to miss!

A few years back Bruce wrote a superb seven part series for us entitled THE MISTRESSES OF DRACULA, which still stands as one of our most popular posted series at THEBLACKBOXCLUB.COM 


Over the years Bruce has been busy filling our book shelves with some very informative and entertaining books on the histories of Hammer and Amicus films British Cult Cinema: The Hammer Vampire, Hammer Fantasy and Sci-Fi, The Hammer Frankenstein and The Amicus Anthology.... all great reads, fully illustrated and available now from HEMLOCK BOOKS

PLUS look out for Bruce's 'Rock 'n' Roll Monsters', which will be out in 2016. In the meantime, we are thrilled to be presenting this series, which we think you are going to LOVE too!

Friday, 17 July 2015

WAR GAMES, SUSPENDED PLANES AND MODEL SOLDIERS : PETER CUSHING MASTER MODEL MAKER AT HOME


More Images of Peter Cushing Hobbies, Toys and Games: Peter inspects his model aircraft, suspended by fishing wire from the ceiling in his studio at Whitstable. Painting his figures for a American Civil War encampment tableau. Engrossed in a 'LITTLE WARS' with his figures, consulting his 'War Games' hand book written by H.G.Wells and finally inspecting his William Britain figures at home in number 9, Hillsleigh Road, Notting Hill..... 


Peter Cushing secretary remembers: ' Hillsleigh Road was originally stables in the 1900's and it had been rebuilt as a house. It only had two bedrooms, a small kitchen, a beautiful sitting room and dinning room and at the far end, were three or four steps into a huge studio which housed Peter's enormous collection of soldiers, all his paintings and things, a vast collection of books and a huge games table!'


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