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Wednesday, 4 May 2016
We'll be marking #internationalstarwarsday today with #petercushing #starwars and #tarkin posts and images.
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Monday, 2 May 2016
This week's #monstermonday features WANDA VENTHAM as the 'terror' factor of the title, 'The Blood Beast Terror'. It's an interesting film, with a monster that never truly gets the screen time or during production, the money invested in its look! The film also features a performance from our man that often gets overlooked. His Detective Inspector Quennell has some very nice touches, and Cushing slips in some lovely black comedy. Robert Flemyng steps in for a absent Basil Rathbone, and Vanessa Howard makes a great naive teenage daughter, for PC, wide eyed and fluttering lashes...and talking of fluttering, without giving too much away, Wanda's Death Head moth, isn’t that bad, I have seen much worse.
So, a performance from PC that's definitely worth a watch, good supporting cast...and the monster? The jury is still out on that one. What do you think?
Earlier today, launched our competiton on facebook and here at the website. You can now try your luck at winning your very own #SCREENBOUND blu ray or dvd remastered release of the film. HERE is the competiton, if you have missed it. It closes MONDAY 8th MAY 2016 at MIDNIGHT!
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We have SIX COPIES of THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR up for grabs! 3x BLU RAYS and 3x DVDS. Pick which format you would like to win by answering the relevant question!
You can enter by simply sending your entry by emailing it to us at THEBLACKBOXCLUB@GMAIL.COM. This Competition CLOSES MONDAY MAY 8th MIDNIGHT gmt, when all correct answers will be placed in a wardrobe full of moth balls, shaken and six winning names chosen at random! We will announce winners here and our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE on TUESDAY 9th at 6pm gmt. As with ALL our competitions, this is open to EVERYONE, no matter where you are!
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Sunday, 1 May 2016
Today marks the birthday of a very special B'day girl, Joanna Lumley! She appeared as Peter Cushing's granddaughter, in quick bit of recasting for Hammer in The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and also appeared in The Eagle's Nest episode of the New Avengers TV series.
The Eagles Nest,. the first of the new series and return of 'The New Avengers in 1976. The first episode established the new team, Gareth hunt as Mike Gambit, Joanna Lumley as Purdey and Patrick Macnee as John Steed and guest starred Peter Cushing.
Above, US publicity material: Joanna Lumley as Van Helsing's granddaughter, Jessica Van Helsing in Hammer Films 'The Satanic Rites of Dracula' (1973 Alan Gibson)
Joanna also made one other appearance in a Peter Cushing film, but not with Peter. Can you name that film?? If you can’t, no matter, but do join us in wishing Joanna a very Happy Birthday today!
Saturday, 30 April 2016
QUESTION: What Do George Takei and Peter Cushing Share In Common?
ANSWER: If you CAN see this post on our Peter Cushing Appreciation Society Facebook Fan Page, count yourself as one of the lucky ones. BOTH Takei and Cushing have FACEBOOK PAGES where their posts and content are hidden and reaches squashed by Facebook.... because they will not bend to pressure from Facebook to pay for the privilege of allowing their friends and followers to see their posts....
Monday, 25 April 2016
FOLLOWING REQUESTS after our full colour glamour shot of Jill Curzon with DALEK yesterday...here are some more! Curzon co starred with Bernard Cribbins in the 1966 film Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD...sequel to the first Dr Who film also starring Peter Cushing, Dr Who and the Daleks in 1965. Curzon posed for several sessions of publicity photographs in order to promote the film, these pics appeared in the daily newspapers,film magazines and glamour magazines like SPAN. For the princely sum of two shillings, you could flick to the pages of delights that included Ms Curzon in glorious colour and several black and white publicity shots.
These magazines in time became much sort after items of memorabilia, the photographs represent the only time the Daleks have appeared on film, and at the time the first opportunity to see the one eyed terrors in colour!
This weeks #MONSTERMONDAY features not so much a body or person, but a head! The SKULL, of the Marquis de Sade to be exact! Amicus films, THE SKULL produced in 1965 starred another teaming of Peter with Christopher Lee, who were supported by the superb casting of Patrick Wymark, Nigel Green, Patrick Magee and Jill Bennett. In recent times, the cranked up suspense and lush photography has enjoyed a remastering on blu ray, unfortunately the 'clean-up' of the print reveals not only the finer framed details, but also the 'strings' that suspend the floating skull of the title! Having said that, the Skull's suspense and menace, still delivers unnerving chills some 50 years on...and makes it more than worthy of being our nominated Monster this Monday.... The Skull.thumbs UP or DOWN?
Peter Cushing and Jill Bennett in Le Crane Malefique - The skull from Amicus films directed by Freddie Francis. This FRENCH lobby card carries the proof of a replacement paper sticker, that has been placed over the original title in French. The heirs of Donatien Alphonse François de Sade pressed charges to prevent any use of his name on the advertising material. The changes on posters and lobby-cards were made at the very last minute by gluing a paper sticker with the new title "Le Crâne Maléfique" (meaning "The Evil Skull") on top of the former, "Les forfaits du Marquis de Sade" (meaning "the Infamies of Marquis de Sade"). Only on that condition the film could finally be released in the French territory.
For many years, the director of Amicus films, THE SKULL starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, insisted that the impressive 'dream sequence' that takes place in the film with Peter Cushing, was entirely improvised on the day of shooting, on the studio floor. Here we present , from our collection, two pages from director's Freddie Francis personal script of The Skull. Page 21 describes 'Scene 12A Int Library Night' and gives detail of a MONTAGE SEQUENCE 'almost Dreamlike'... to the right of the page, in Francis own handwriting is an annotation note which says, 'OLD FASHION DREAM TRICK', which throws some doubt on Francis story. Throughout interviews in later times, Francis expressed his irritation with producer Milton Subotsky, and his habit of presenting Francis with incomplete scripts. This FINAL DRAFT shows clearly that a dream sequence was indeed included in the final vision of the script and that before shooting commence, Francis had also identified the style and technique that would be needed.
The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society is based in the UK but truly is an international group of fans, friends and admirers of the work of actor Peter Cushing. Established in 1956, PCAS is celebrating its 60 year this year. From its humble beginings as a newsletter and journal managed by Ms Gladys Fletcher until 1979, when it became a journal and audio tape service. The development of the audio tape show, was a forerunner of the todays PODCASTS, which was recorded in the style of a radio show, including interviews, competitions, sketches and features. The PCAS Sound Mag, later branched out into a spin off club and it's own following called The Black Box Club. Now both PCAS and the BLACKBOXCLUB enjoy a very popular presence on the internet and across many media platforms and social network sites. The PETER CUSHING APPRECIATION SOCIETY FACEBOOK FAN PAGE AND our WEBSITE are UPDATED SEVERAL TIMES DAILY.
Sunday, 24 April 2016
REQUESTED: Here's a rare colour transparency of Jill Curzon in a publicity shot for the second Cushing Dr Who film, 'Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD'... P Carter from Leeds requested this shot, as he had heard of it's existence, but didn't quite believe it... Dr Who's assistant in a bikini posing with a Dalek??! All in the name of getting bottoms on seats... needless to say, Curzon didn't appear in this outfit in the film...
TRIVIA: Interestingly... the film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. ..was originally entitled Daleks INVADE Earth 2150 AD, according to this rare and vintage 'coverage story' document ...Hmm maybe Invasion DOES sound better?
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This morning in the UK the 2016 London Marathon took place...and our guy, ANTHONY MARDON, as promised ran the 26.2 miles through London...dressed as Princess Leia from Star Wars, carrying a light sabre! Anthony was taking part and raising funds for the Pilgrim's Hospice, where Peter Cushing was cared for in his last days. Anthony's outstanding effort was also supported by very generous donations from friends and followers of the PCAS website and facebook page...and for you, he has the following message...
"Loved running the London marathon today. Not sure I'd choose to run in fancy dress again but I took my time and enjoyed the crowds and sites whilst waving my lightsaber around! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me raise over £500 (so far) for the Pilgrims Hospice. I hope Peter Cushing would be pleased with that!" On behalf of us all, thank you for taking part today and a very well done!"
You can STILL contribute and support Anthony TODAY...by clicking on this live link to his donation page CLICK HERE PLEASE
FIND OUT MORE about ANTHONY MARDON and his RUNNING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE at our feature : HERE