Monday, 20 February 2017

#MONSTERMONDAY: HORROR EXPRESS CREATURE IN THE CRATE!


#MONSTERMONDAY: ....So, you've decided to go on that much needed holiday / vacation and opt for a long journey to your destination by...train. Two days in, the food is awful, there's always queues for the rest rooms are nasty AND blocked...and then, there's an ape like maniac loose on the train, who is roaming around in the dark, killing everyone. You wouldn't mind so much, but you suspect, he hasn't even bought a TICKET! Wow. What a Monster! To be fair, the 'primitive humanoid creature' at the center of this very popular horror film, was quite happy having nap for 200,000 years, when it was rudely woken, stuffed in a crate, and lobbed into a train wagon ... not even access to the buffet car or a second class ticket! I would be stomping around, fit to murder someone too! The choice is YOURS Monster or Victim?








'HORROR EXPRESS' was made for $300,000 (about £240,570 sterling at today prices) though you would never know it. With a sparkling cast, headed up by Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Telly Savalas, the story twists and zips along like Thomas the Tank engine on sherbert meets The Walking Dead. While often cited as being loosely borrowing it's format of 'The Thing from Another World' (1951) . . . this film that has much more going for it, than just that... and there is something for everyone...monster on a train, Cushing, Lee, zombies .. and a very humm-able theme tune, provided by John Cacavas, who also wrote the theme to 'The Satanic Rites of Dracula'.



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#MONSTERMONDAY : CONGRATULATIONS to the whole team at INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC on your OSCAR NOMINATIONS! GOOD LUCK!


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Sunday, 19 February 2017

GORE AND GIBLETS : WITH THE MONSTER FROM HELL


#GETTHECUSHIONITSCUSHING Sunday . .. I hope you have finished your lunch.... would be most interested to hear your opinions on this post. This week we have some very interesting post coming up, a FEATURE on the Dressing Rooms of Peter Cushing! Some VINTAGE Peter Cushing press on his television work of the 1960's, some RARE photographs from Cushing's THE GHOUL and others, and fingers crossed, NEWS on a new Cushiung blu ray release ! It's a full week here and at the website and youtube channel, i hope you'll pop by - Marcus



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TOTALLY TARKIN? : GO COMPARE


SPOILERS: #GETTHECUSHIONITSCUSHING! 'Suddenly all heads turn as Commander Tagge's speech is cut short and the Grand Moff Tarkin, governor of the imperial outland regions, enters. He is followed by his powerful ally,The Sith Lord, Darth Vader. All of the generals stand and bow before the thin, evil-looking governor as he takes his place at the head of the table. The Dark Lord stands behind him.' 


THAT IS HOW, George Lucas outlined the entrance and desciption of Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin in the script of #STARWARS (1977) There can be few roles that Cushing played that were so ruthless and evil, on such a grand scale? Here's a chance to see BOTH cinematic TARKIN'S. Personally, I think we have yet to get to the point of the CGI being flawless..but this will do for me. BOTH are quite amazing, for different reasons. Maybe things in the industry will never be the same, I think it's an interesting tool, and how wonderful, that this first step on such a grand scale, will always be associated with Peter Cushing..... 




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Saturday, 18 February 2017

THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA MONTAGE


#HAMMERFILMSATURDAY : It's the weekend, it's Saturday...and only GOOD things should happen, weekends...like treats. Like this wonderful montage using John Cacavas (Airport 1975, Kojak, Horror Express) music and a skillful edited from CNN Ironhandz . .. It's Glitter meets the Gothic in Hammer films 1973, The Satanic Rites of Dracula starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. together as the Count and the Hunter, for one last time. The older I get, the more I really DO love this films and Dracula AD 1972. too There's a VERY DARK LATTE at the Cavern Coffee Bar, that this will be released on BLU RAY before the end of the year! (2017)


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Friday, 17 February 2017

DO YOU REMEMBER PATRICK TROUGHTON IN CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN?


MOST OF US are aware of Peter Cushing's first #FRANKENSTEIN film for Hammer films, 'The Curse Of Frankenstein', that it was made at Bray studios,  directed by Terence Fisher and rocketed Peter Cushing into 'Spooky Stardom' and opened a door to one, Christopher Lee who in a matter of months, would also be tripping the 'Spooky Light Fantastic', with his performance as Count Dracula, in Hammer films 'Dracula / Horror of Dracula' the following year in 1958. We are maybe also familiar with the supporting cast, the aforementioned Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein, Lee as the Creature, Robert Urquhart as the Baron's long time friend and assistant, Paul Krempe, Hazel Court as Victor's cousin and fiancĂ©e Elizabeth, Valerie Gaunt played the Baron's lover Justine, Melvyn Hayes played a young Victor Frankenstein and finally, Court's own daughter, Sally Walsh played the young Elizabeth. There is also a smattering of very good, UNCREDITED players.


A CLOSER LOOK AT MUCH of the early publicity material, press stills swatches and a copy of the ultra rare British press-book, reveals ANOTHER more surprising name, in the supporting cast, that seems to have bypassed many fans . . . .


ACTOR PATRICK TROUGHTON, he of most impressive acting career ( Doctor Who, The Omen and.. The Black Knight (1954), and...Olivier's 1948 Hamlet, which also starred Peter Cushing as Osric... Troughton appeared in quite a few TV dramas with Cushing too.) was also cast in The Curse Of Frankenstein. But I KNOW what you are thinking, you don't remember seeing him in the film? Don't get it? Stay with me . . . .






FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, here is our theory, to what may have happened here. Sometime during the editing or the shoot, during that freezing cold November of 1956, it was decided that either, Mr T's footage had a problem, he was double booking at the Charnel House that day, or director Terence Fisher had a hunch, an epiphany and recast a different actor for the role of Kurt, the Charnel House Keeper. Yes, this role even though the actor's face isn't ACTUALLY SEEN, also had a name. How do we know this? BECAUSE it's in the PRESS BOOK, with Patrick Troughton's name along side it! I guess, no one thought to tell the Pres department, that Troughton was no longer in the show?! As it played out, everything came good for Troughton, in a few short years he would land the prize role of television's favorite doctor,  DR WHO when William Hartnell would sadly leave the role. But, WHO IS Kurt, if not Patrick Troughton?....Still with me?


ABOVE: THAT SCENE IN GIF FORM!


STAND UP AND TAKE A BOW JOSEF BEHRMANN! We have a hunch it is Behrmann who can be seen in this scene and was cast replacing Troughton. Those HANDS! Josef Behrmann was born on June 25, 1925 in Ventspils, Latvia. Behrman started his career as a jobbing actor in the early 50's . . having lived and survived through an incredible journey of survival during and immediately after the second World War in Latvia. Between 1941 and 1945 he passed through 14 concentration and work camps, including the infamous Buchenwald, surviving them all by astonishing luck, yet remaining scarred for life by what he had seen.... Read his story here. In an acting career, which also give him many theatre opportunities, under the name of Joscik Barbarossa, he also appeared in over 100 films, The Naked Runner with Frank Sinatra and Edward Fox (subsequently to be a great friend), The Ipcress File with Michael Caine, Gene Wilder's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother, 1984 with Richard Burton and Carve Her Name with Pride with Virginia McKenna – in which he played a brutal SS officer. Later he was an advisor for The Odessa File and Schindler’s List.



I SOMEHOW FEEL, this isn't going to end here... but for whatever the reasons were behind the casting in 'Curse', Patrick Troughton's loss was Josef Behrmann's and our gain! And isn't strange how sometimes, stories like these have neat endings?? Speed forward seventeen years later, where Terence Fisher and Peter Cushing are now marking the end of the Hammer Frankenstein cycle with the production of Hammer films, 'FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL' ...and who should be playing the grave robber, helping a young SHANE BRIANT, to find specimens? Not from the Charnel House this time though, but 'Body Snatcher', from the local spooky cemetery.... it's Patrick Troughton! I wonder if Fisher remembered Troughton, when he was bringing together some of the best of British character actors for this, his last Hammer Frankenstein film with Peter Cushing!  And yes, the press-book did contain Troughton's name.........



 


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Thursday, 16 February 2017

THE SIGN OF FOUR: CUSHING AS SHERLOCK AT YOUTUBE CHANNEL


#THROWBACKTHURSDAY: PEARLS, POISON DARTS AND MURDER! Following your request for MORE...I am VERY happy to announce another Peter Cushing BBC Sherlock Holmes episode can now be found on our PCAS YouTube Channel. The Sign of Four, starring Peter Cushing, Nigel Stock, John Stratton. Ann Bell and Paul Daneman, who appeared in 'Time Without Pity' with PC in 1957 . . .











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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

ANOTHER GIF GALLERY AS REQUESTED BY YOU!


AND SO.... another #GIMMETHEGIFWEDNESDAY, and another collection of Peter Cushing GIFS as requested by you. It's a BUMPER crop, here for your convenience to add a smile or shiver to facebook account, email or blog. Thank you to all who requested such great snips, you see your name at the bottom of the gallery! See if you can name the films, these gifs were taken from?? MORE next week! - Marcus














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