Monday, 31 July 2017

#MONSTERMONDAY: PAUL TOOMBES: MAD ABOUT MADHOUSE!


#MONSTERMONDAY: It's a film that is not universally  liked, in a way some of the other Cushing films are or is held in affection like some of the portmanteau films of Amicus, but Amicus films MADHOUSE does have some pretty cool action and scare scenes, presented in the classic scare fashion. It's true there is nothing new in the film, BUT it's the performances of Cushing and Price, and a few red herrings that seal the deal on the climax of the movie, and the ultimate pay-off of who is the Doctor??? PAUL TOOMBES played by Price is we are lead to believe is a sore, washed up loser film star one minute and killer the next... He DOES have some issues, and well he actually did bump off one or two of the ladies..OR DID HE??? #MONSTERMONDAY!




VINCENT PRICE AND PETER CUSHING served up some great set pieces, all with more than a wink to both Prices and and Cushing's past horror films, the chemistry worked a charm with Vinnie and Cushing . .



AS A LITTLE EXTRA, here's is something as a complete contrast, to today's #MONSTER the beautiful Yvonne Monlaur with Peter Cushing on the red carpet, at the premier of The Brides of Dracula on July 4th 1960 . . . 



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Sunday, 30 July 2017

#GETTHECUSHING: THE AMICUS VAULT OF HORROR PART THREE



#GETTHECUSHIONSUNDAY! Everyone really seems to have enjoyed Donald Fearney's 'The Amicus Vault of Horrors' mammoth definitive documentary that we have been uploading and sharing with you here and at our PCAS Youtube channel . .. so you'll be very pleased to hear here for your entertainment is the penultimate episode, PART THREE.... there are some great Cushing / Amicus classic in there...and we are not though yet... just one more episode to go, next week! Please send us your feedback and comment on the thread below, it's great to have such a huge resource about Peter's work with the legendary Amicus Films, and to read your opinions about those classic films! ENJOY!









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#GETTHECUSHIONSUNDAY: THE HAMMER FILM THAT ALMOST DIDNT MAKE IT!


#GETTHECUSHINGSUNDAY! If you are a fan of the work of Peter Cushing, the title of one #HammerFilm in particular, will strike a chord of sadness, Blood from The Mummy's Tomb (1971) was probably the only film in Peter Cushing's career where he requested to be released from his contract, and the company consented. Cushing was just two days into the production of Blood From The Mummy's Tomb at Elstee studios, when his wife, Helen passed. 




Just months before, fearing the worse as Helen health was deteriorating he had requested, for his contract with the production 'The House That Dripped Blood' without success. As you will see from the documentary the film was blighted from the beginning and before the shooting was wrapped, the film would also sadly loose it's director, Seth Holt . . . On Cushing leaving his role of Professor Julian Fuchs was, at the last minute, recast and Andrew Keir did good as the Professor . . .



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Saturday, 29 July 2017

#CHRISTOPHERLEESATURDAY! THE GORGON GOES BLU DOWN UNDER!


#CHRISTOPHERLEESATURDAY! #NEWS: #HAMMERFILMS 1964 Classic THE GORGON had a BLU RAY release in the US back last year and now AUSTRALIA gets its dip too! It's the same master that was used for the US Mill Creek Entertainment release last year. What Australian label Via Vision Entertainment is giving us, is pretty much the same, it's cheap and cheerful packaging, there are no supplemental features on the disc. Audio is English, without optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. BUT it is Region-Free. 


It appears that Sony Pictures has only one master of The Gorgon that is available for licensing, right now. The master is a not restored or remastered and judging by our YOU REVIEW from Frank Turturici we posted here about the Mill Creek release, there's some we posted here about the Mill Creek release, there's some room for improvement, but the film looks good in high-definition. So, if you want to fill that gap on your shelf, holding your Cushing / Lee / Hammer Horror collection now. . . . This REGION FREE Australian release could be the very thing for you!





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#CHRISTOPHERLEESATURDAY! DUBBING THE UNICORN


#CHRISTOPHERLEESATURDAY! *The English sections of the show begin at 1:15* In 1983 Christopher Lee appeared in a German television programme, where he talked about his career and life, but also his recent work, in the dubbing studio, recording in German his character, King Haggard in the animated film, 'The Last Unicorn' 1983. Here, we see, Christopher Lee dubbing his character King Haggard, in German! Not unlike his approach to preparation for the role of Saruman in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Christopher Lee showed up for the recording sessions armed with his own copy of the book, with several places marked to indicate things that must not, in his opinion, be omitted. Enjoy!





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Friday, 28 July 2017

#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY: THE ACID BATH AND THE HEAD


#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY: #GIF  Paul Krempe (Robert Urquhart) looks on as Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) drops the crow pecked disguarded head from the body he is resurrecting into the vat of acid. In the thread below, I have posted a rare colour photograph, taken by John Jay the films still photographer, for publicity.


It's not known IF director Terence Fisher actually shot the footage that we see represented in the photograph, ...additional footage where the camera sees the face of the head AND the acid melting the head in the acid bath...... It's too easy to say, 'Nah, never happened!'. But the #incredible footage recently added to #HAMMERFILMS classic 1958 #HORROROFDRACULA started as a rumor too...AND a colour photograph ...! 😉 What do you think?


#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY! The skillful performance of #ChristopherLee as Frankenstein 'Monster -Creation' hasn't weakened over the years. It must have been a pretty daunting idea to try and follow in the footsteps of all the other amazing actors who had played the 'monster' at #Universal, #Karloff, #Chaney, #Lugosi, Strange . . . the make up may have not looked as impressive, but any short fall was well and truly made up with a performance that nailed a new thinking about the Baron's 'monster' . . .Lee would do the same again in less than a year, with his portrayal of Dracula. 


The Curse of Frankenstein was a tremendous financial success and reportedly grossed more than 70 times its production cost during its original theatrical run. Cushing was already a household name in the UK, but his intelligent and driven Baron, would make him an international film star.



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Thursday, 27 July 2017

NEWS: STUDIOCANAL AND PARK CIRCUS TO RELEASE EIGHT NEW HAMMER FILM BLU RAYS!


#NEWS: #STUDIOCANAL AND #PARKCIRCUS to release EIGHT NEW #HAMMERFILM titles to #BLURAY! #Studiocanal and #ParkCircus are to present brand New Restorations of 8 classic Hammer Horror titles. This year, 2017 is the 60th Anniversary of the birth of Hammer Horror and Studiocanal have chosen 19th September as Hammer Day given that it would have been the birthday of producer/screenwriter Anthony Hinds who was very instrumental in all their horror films…The Titles : Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Scars of Dracula, Horror of Frankenstein, To The Devil A Daughter, Fear In The Night, Straight On Till Morning.  DETAILS UPDATING . . . .MORE NEWS TO COME

**** #BLOODFROMTHEMUMMYSTOMB and #DEMONSOFTHEMIND are the other TWO titles making the eight. Not included in montage, as artwork for the blu rays isn't available yet . .














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