Wednesday, 1 July 2015

DAVE PROWSE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FRIENDLIEST GUY IN THE GALAXY


A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the One and Only, DAVE PROWSE aka DARTH VADER, born today July 1st 1935.


For many years, Dave has been a very familiar face on the convention circuits all over the world and friend to millions.


Many of us first became aware of Prowse when he played the 'monster' of the title of Hammer films last Frankenstein film with Peter Cushing, 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell' in 1974 with Shane Briant and Madeline Smith.


In 1977 he would be chosen by director, George Lucus to play, a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader in 'Star Wars: A New Hope' but ultimately seduced by the dark side of the Force and became a Sith Lord..... who along with Peter Cushing's, Grand Moff Tarkin would become the films' most fearsome characters.


Prowse has held a whole career of playing roles where his stature has given him the edge, not all baddies, thugs, monsters and heavies... for many thousands of children, he was the face of the UK Children's road Safety campaign on tv and in cinemas, The Green Cross Code Man'.


Have a Very Happy Birthday, Dave Prowse!!


 Full Review and Gallery on 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell' : HERE

Monday, 29 June 2015

HORROR CHANNEL CHRISTOPHER LEE TRIBUTE NIGHT


The Horror Channel is to dedicate a whole night’s programming to the cinematic legacy of Christopher Lee who died on June 7th. On July 2nd from 9pm they'll be bringing you four of Christopher Lee’s finest pieces; THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESSSCARS OF DRACULA and TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER. Stewart Bridle, Horror Channel’s manager said today: “'We feel the movies chosen for the night represent some of his most iconic characters and performances during his time with Hammer Films and in the horror genre. Watching these you realise why he was so highly respected as a fantastic character actor who could both be a stoic hero and also a terrifying villain. He will be greatly missed but he lives on through his amazing legacy of movies”. So, be sure to make a date in your diaries and set your recorders....



Friday, 26 June 2015

FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY : RARE STUNT MAN JOCK EASTMAN CHRISTOPHER LEE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN STILL


#‎frankensteinfriday‬: Here's a fabulous way to start this weeks Frankenstein Friday, with a large scan of a very rare behind the scenes photograph from Hammer films 'The Curse of Frankenstein' (1957)... Here we are on the set of The Curse of Frankenstein at Hammer films, Bray Studios, with stuntman JOCK EASTMAN who stunt doubled for Christopher Lee (uncredited on this film) standing in the 'tank of acid', and being assisted by a female crew member. If you look carefully to the right of the foreground of the photograph,you can see a figure with glasses, their back to the camera... that's director Terence Fisher looking on.... Jock had just crashed through a skylight and into a tank of acid...bringing about the sad end to Cushing's Creation!


Thursday, 25 June 2015

UPDATE: PATRICK MACNEE DIES TODAY AGED 93


As we announced earlier today, the very sad passing of Patrick Macnee, we would also take this opportunity to celebrate that the fact that both Patrick Macnee and Peter Cushing had the opportunity work together working together several times...not just 1968. In 68 Patrick was very much established in a superb tv programme made in the UK called The Avengers...Peter worked with both Patrick and Diana Rigg on this programme.


Then in 1970, Macnee and Cushing both 'landed' in a film called 'Incense For The Damned' aka 'Bloodsuckers' It received a limited release at the time, but seems to have found something of a 'cult-status' in the land of '100 Horror Poor and Weird Film' dvd compilations, these day.


Then in 1978, the Avengers tv series was rebooted and relaunched and in it's first episode, not only brought us Macgee and Cushing ....but also two new side kicks for Macgee, Gareth Hunt as 'Tough man' Gambit and Joanna Lumley as Purdey.....who not only supplied buckets of sex appeal to the tea time Sunday evening programe, but high kicks and a hair style that anyone who considered themselves a bit of a catch, were proudly modeling within days of the first programme being broadcast! Lumley had played Cushing grand-daughter Jessica Van Helsing in Hammer films 'The Satanic rites of Dracula' (1973)


Read all about th Avengers episode with a 'twist'. Right HERE

PATRICK MACNEE HAS DIED TODAY


We are all very sad to hear of the passing of Patrick Macnee today. A man who, without doubt, had incredible style on both on the screen and off it. Know mostly for playing the role of Steed in the Brit tv series 'The Avengers' ...in which Peter also appeared in an episode entitled Return of the Cybernauts, with his faithful side kick Mrs Peel... Macnee also appeared in a real horror entitled Incense for the Damned aka Bloodsuckers...terrible. A statement on the actor's website today reads: "Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories."
RIP Patrick Macnee 1922-2015

HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD SMOKING JACKET SOLD AT BONHAMS AUCTION


NEWS: Peter Cushing's smoking Jacket that he wore in Amicus's The House That Dripped Blood (1971) sold today at Bonhams for £2,250….

CONGRATULATIONS!

 
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

BONHAMS AUCTIONS CUSHING SMOKING JACKET : HOMES AND ANTIQUES


Object lesson: Peter Cushing's smoking jacket: You may remember we've been following this one for the past few weeks? The sale of the original and vintage smoking jacket as worn by Peter Cushing in the film, The House That Dripped Blood in 1971. Well, HOMES AND ANTIQUES magazine and website have jumped on the story, we supplied some background info to Bonhams about the jacket and some photographic evidence... HOMES and ANTIQUES have published a feature and been jolly nice in giving PCAS a credit too. You'll find the feature RIGHT HERE 

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALICE HANCOCK AND LUKE HONEY!


Now with over 19,000 followers world wide on our facebook fan page (See Banner Above)  and here our very active website (petercushing.org) The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society was founded on Peter Cushing's request, by Gladys Fletcher in 1956. The club then became a newsletter and audio cassette society, and was then managed by Marcus Brooks. For several years it ticked along, until the arrival of the internet and our petercushing.org website and it's supplement fan page on facebook. We welcome new followers, requests, questions and support the publishing of artwork, reviews and features from anyone who would like to submit their work to the sites. This is YOUR site, you drive it's posts, dedications, images and features. A very warm welcome to you! Marcus Brooks (admin)

Monday, 22 June 2015

TCM WIPES OUT SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTOPHER LEE TRIBUTE MARATHON


Christopher Lee on TCM: TCM has WIPED OUT its whole scheduled programming for TODAY, to host a SUPERB Christopher Lee marathon! Some of you have started lapping up the LEE CLASSICS since 6.15 PTD with Hammer films 'THE MUMMY' with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.


Here is how is WHOLE day pans out:
6:15 AM The Mummy (1959)
8:00 AM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
9:30 AM Horror of Dracula (1958)
11:00 AM Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)
12:45 PM Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
2:30 PM Horror Express (1972)
4:00 PM The Three Musketeers (1972)
6:00 PM The Four Musketeers (1975)



Hats off to TCM for taking the initiative, wiping out a whole days schedule and giving Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing fans an amazing day of terror treats! If YOU are VIEWING PLEASE feel free to keep us in touch with how the day is going! Some snaps from your mobiles of your viewing pleasure on your TV SCREENS? Either way...have a great day..and a BIG THANK YOU to TCM!


Now, BBC...that LICENCE fee we are paying up for EVERY YEAR? Where is OUR Christopher Lee Marathon? How about A DOUBLE BILL OF CLASSIC HORROR FILMS SEASON this Summer? Are you listening???

 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

LUCKY TEN WIN CUSHING CLASSIC TALES FROM THE CRYPT COMPETITION

Did YOU enter our TALES FROM THE CRYPT DVD COMPETITION THIS WEEK? If you did, you are no doubt waiting for the answers to the 'Spot The FIVE Differences' in the photograph puzzler? Check out the MISSING ITEMS in the photograph below and IF you spotted all FIVE missing items correctly...YOU could be one of our TEN lucky winners to win, one of our TEN copies of TALES FROM THE CRYPT DVD's!


Well, here are the answers we were looking for : 1: Decorative round plate missing from wall 2. Round BLACK RIMMED plate missing from wall 3. Bobble missing from top of Cushing's hat 4. White leg missing from Mr Punch figure that Cushing is holding and finally...5. Flower design, also missing from the hat of Mr Punch figure.


So Congratulations! Here are our TEN lucky eagle-eyed winners. If you see your name here, please EMAIL US theblackboxclub@gmail.com with a postal address where you would like us to dispatch your prize!

A very very popular competition, proving there are more people who own dvd players than blu ray players..who want to enter our competitions! So, we'll have another Cushing DVD Competition coming up very soon!

Thank you to everyone who entered and had a go! And a HUGE thank you to cinema cult and screenpop who sponsored our competition! 


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