Tuesday, 22 August 2017

#TOOCOOLTUESDAY: WARP SPEED TARKIN : THE ABBA DRACULA CONNECTION AND EERIE EYEBROWS!



#TOOCOOLTUESDAY! AN AMAZING time lapse of the making of a small bust of Grand Moff Tarkin's head, as played by Peter Cushing . .. from clay. Original Video Here: HERE!


#TOOCOOLTUESDAY: A SPECIAL PAIR OF EYEBROWS, still around and looking just as awesome in a box, now owned by Make Up artist...and a PCAS member when he was a teenager, Dave Elsey. Dave won Best Makeup Oscar for 'The Wolfman; (2010) which he shared with Make up artist Rick Baker.
 

#TOOCOOLTUESDAY: AS CINEMA posters for Hammer films, 1958 'Dracula / Horror of Dracula, I think this one is pretty good... The work of illustrator and artist Hans Arnold.  Among his many credits is the cover to ABBA's Greatest Hits album and the Bland tomtar och troll books!  What do you think?



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Monday, 21 August 2017

#MONSTERMONDAY! ANOTHER VINTAGE CUSHING AUTOGRAPH COMPETITION!


#GETTHECUSHIONITSCUSHINGSUNDAY! There were SO MANY entries last week when I did THE GHOUL autographed photograph prize... we had to have another go 🙂 THIS IS OPEN TO ANYONE . . GOOD LUCK EVERYONE. The DRAW will be SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 3rd 🙂 - Marcus


Peter Cushing as Major Holly and Bernard Cribbins as his foot man, Job in #Hammerfilms 'SHE' (1965)


Christopher Lee as Billali and John Richardson Leo, fight to the death
in #Hammerfilms 'SHE' (1965)


CUSHING'S MAJOR HOLLY inspects an ancient seal on a ring. Note how Cushing uses his left hand. For most of his adult life, the thumb of his left hand was missing a third of its nail! It wasn't unsightly, but PC did have a 'thing' about his hands and fingers when working. White gloves when smoking? See how often on screen, PC actually keeps this thumb away from the 'see-all' camera. It's thought that he started using his white smoking glove, just after making Hammer films, Dracula / Horror of Dracula in 1958. Next time you watch the film, take a look at the fingers on PC's left hand... clearly stained from tar while smoking . . .!


HERE IS ANOTHER photograph, this time in colour from the same photo session as the pic in our competition. It's interesting that Peter Cushing more often than  not, grew his own facial hair when playing a role that required that he wear a mustache or beard. This wasn't out of choice, but because he had a skin sensitivity to the glue or gum that was used by make up artists, to secure the hair! 


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Sunday, 20 August 2017

JERRY LEWIS : FAN AND FRIEND TO CUSHING AND LEE DIES


Sad... right now, news agencies around the world, are announcing the passing of a director, an actor, comedian, singer....where do I stop.. Jerry Lewis. I am sharing this news with you, because there is a connection with Lewis, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Both Peter and Christopher did guest star spots in the film, 'One More Time', starring Sammy Davis jr. 


ABOVE: Over the years, some of you may have seen this odd looking sign popping up on EBAY with a 'interesting' price tag attached to it? It is...the banner that #Jerrylewis had made up, to welcome both #PeterCushing and #ChristopherLee onto the set of the film, ONE MORE TIME, which #JerryLewis directed... in 1970.


JERRY LEWIS along with Sammy were big Hammer films fans and asked them to appear as Baron Frankenstein and Count Dracula..they did. Jerry Lewis treated Cushing and Lee as royalty during the short time they had with the film... but that's another story. A giant in the world of film, entertainment and charity. They will be talking about Lewis's story and his huge impact in all those fields, for a long time to come... RIP Jerry Lewis.


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Saturday, 19 August 2017

ON THE SET OF TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA AND HOW HE MET SHE : CHRISTOPHER AND GITTE



#CHRISTOPHERLEESATURDAY! A VERY neat short of RAW footage of Christopher Lee on the set of Hammer's Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1970) at Elstree Studios, UK.



ABOVE PROBABLY one of the worst cases of Cut and Paste in this Euro cinema poster for Taste the Blood of Dracula . . . hmm PASTE the Blood of Dracula, maybe?



#CHRISTOPHERLEESATURDAY! Just like Peter and Helen Cushing, they were inseparable . . . but do you know how they met?



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Friday, 18 August 2017

COMPETITION : ANOTHER VINTAGE PETER CUSHINBG AUTOGRAPHED PIC : UP FOR GRABS!


#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY! Who is up for having a go at winning Another PETER CUSHING AUTOGRAPH . . THIS WEEKEND?




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Thursday, 17 August 2017

SHE BEHIND THE SCENES FILM : COMPETITION NEWS : HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANE!

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY! It's the beginning of 1965 and early publicity photographs are being sent out to editors of newspapers and magazines to drum up interest for the arrival of #UrsulaAndress in #Hammefilms most expensive feature film to date '#SHE' ...BUT they are keeping the actual appearance of the actress who was once called 'the most beautiful woman in the world', under wraps . . . SO instead here is co star John Richardson and Rosenda Monteros, a top of that always 1960's iconic photo-popper..an open top sports car. #PeterCushng has been busy doing dubbing for the completion of Amicus films, 'Dr Terrors House of Horrors' having started shooting for SHE and Hammer in the sweltering Israel's Negev Desert from 24 August 1964. This shot was snapped at Elstree studios . . . .


#THROWBACKTHURSDAY : The audio is BAD in this cinema short about the making of, what was a the time, #Hammerfilms most expensive feature, #SHE'. Any vintage behind the scenes footage of #PeterCushing is a plus, even when it sounds as awful as this. I am posting this today as pointer to our NEXT PCAS Competition, which will be launch THIS SUNDAY 20th AUGUST 2017. It's a chance to win a SIGNED / AUTOGRAPHED photo of Peter Cushing in the role of Major Holly, the role he played in Hammer's 'SHE' back in 1965. Watch our YOUTUBE Channel, this website, twitter and our Facebook Fan Page for details...in the meantime, turn down the volume and enjoy!


PLEASE JOIN US in wishing SHANE BRIANT a very Happy Birthday Today! Shane's Cushing connection is of course his role as the young Dr. Simon Helder in Hammer film's, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), with Peter Cushing, Madleine Smith and Dave Prowse. Cushing's last Frankenstein and director Terence Fishers last film, he also appeared in several other Hammer films Straight On Til Morning, Demons Of The Mind, and Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter.
 
 

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I NEVER FORGET A FACE OR A HEAD! #THROWBACKTHURSDAY!


#THROWBACKTHURSDAY! I NEVER FORGET A . . . HEAD! You may recall I asked all #HAMMERFILM fans out there, if they recognised the HEAD posing as the remains of the Marquis de Sade in Cushing film, The Skull, and posted a pic of the HEAD. No one spotted it, so here is the answer . . . that should make em sit up at the next pub quiz!


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS FILM at our SUPPLEMENT WEBSITE The Black Box Club. There is a full review and RARE IMAGE GALLLERY : HERE!




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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

THE CAPTAIN, THE MARQUIS, THE COUNT AND THE LAST DANCE GIFS AND STILLS


#SILENTBUTDEADLYWEDNESDAY! The  weekly requested selection: 'SILENT GIFS BUT VISUALLY SCREAMING!' 

Here's #VINCENTPRICE as Vampire Eramus, boogieing-on-down in 'hit-miss-that-hit-miss' 1980 fun flick, 'THE MONSTER CLUB' produced by Milton Subosky, one half of the, by then defunked Amicus films. Amicus the one time, only serious contender to the Hammer films crown. It's a little sad to see how far Milton had strayed from the track with this one, although no one..myself included , would have ever told him that. Sitting in on the set, I remember seeing the 'costumed' dancers and clientele of 'The Club' in their fancy dress costumes and joke shop rubber masks, and thinking..'Maybe it will look ok, when the film is edited?' It didn't. 


THE ONE THING the film did achieve was give the crew, many of whom had worked with Amicus, some of the cast, Vincent Price and co, a last chance to have some fun. In this shot, the sound was added later in post production. The music was playing for the dancers, the band, Price, Carradine and Frau Viking-Helmet to have that last dance before for the camera, as the credits role ...but what you didn't get to hear, was the crew and extras laughing and supporting Vincent Price and his strut! It was fun, it was the last train out, that would have even made Dr Terror smile . ..  (requested Gif for J Mahon-Potter )  


#SILENTBUTDEADLYWEDNESDAY: AS BUDGETING FOR MONSTERS GO, it's pretty neat deal and very cheap too! There was a problem that beset most of the Hammer films, though not so much at the Amicus HQ, because they didn't really do 'Monsters of the Gothic kind'. The flicks that were the money earners at Hammer, had a 'Thing', a 'Grotesque', a Frankenstein Creation, an 'Ancient and dusty Mummy'. . . .or a 'Very Hairy Oliver Reed as Leon the Werewolf'... that something took time to make, usually make up artists built it onto the actor, HOURS before sun-up, when the majority of the studio crew still hadn't turned up for work. 



ROBERT BLOCH'S CONCEPT for Amicus films, 'THE SKULL' was just what Rosenberg and Subotsky's balance sheet ordered, a Monster, a focal point of terror, that wouldn't cost a fortune to assemble or have a make up man maintain every five minutes on the studio floor, where time was money. Once the Marquis de Sade was dead, and only his Head / Skull remained to stalk and terrorise Peter Cushing's Christopher Maitland, it was a 'no brainer'. In the morning, just a little powder to the cheek-bones. No tantrums, no agents, no trouble and pop him into the box, at the end of the day. It floated on command, and every performance was good to the bone, no strings attached!! Oh no. Wait a minute  . . . . .  


#SILENTBUTDEADLYWEDNESDAY!: Peter Cushing and Milton Reid as pirate Clegg and the traitor he left for dead, tongue-less and stranded on a desert island . . . 'We Meet Again' has never been more unwelcome. Captain Clegg / Night Creatures is a joy to watch, chiefly because we are in the make believe land of pirates, excise men, yo-ho-ho-taverns and lots of swash with the buckle, the kind that Peter Cushing loved. It's plain to see he is having a ball here. It's all high drama living and dying by the sword. Milton Reid is great too as the mute heavy with a grudge. Reid despite his frame, and heavy reputation on screen, actually had a soft high pitch to his own voice! He played many small roles in Brit films, when the industry had many for the picking. There is a fascinating features all about Milton Reid elsewhere on this website, and here is a quick link to find it: HERE! 


 

#SILENTBUTDEADLYWEDNESDAY!: DESPITE ALL THE fouls deeds and murders that Peter Cushing's GUSTAV WEIL carried out in the name of a greater cause, no matter how much I hated him, his comeuppance, more than slightly cheats me of a private moment of pay back. It's a nasty death, where COUNT KARNSTEIN gets to silence nagging Gustav for good and Damien Thomas, makes it all work like clock-work.  But it doesn't sit right with me. I'll explain. Had Weil just been toppled over that balcony, fallen through the air and then had we cut away to the shocked face of long suffering wife, Kathleen Byron, that would have been fine. BUT no. 


DIRECTOR JOHNNY HOUGH, knew exactly what he was doing, when Cushing himself volunteered for that, impact fall on the top step, and the limp, lifeless slide down the remaining eight........! There is something terribly unsettling and moving about Cushing's shattered and frail frame rattling down those steps, the axe clattering before him, as his head gently lolls in that, familiar loose neck, very effective Cushing style. It wasn't a technique as such, because he came at it differently every time... it's just THIS time it looks all the more final and tragic. Cushing did a very good job as Gustav, right up to the final few feet of the last reel  . . . and that fall, of a different kind of Vampire Hunter.  



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