Friday, 14 February 2020

A VALENTINES DAY SURPRISE THATS ALL HEART AND TRUE LOVE


A #VALENTINESURPRISE .... like no other! Revenge delivered on #ValentinesDay, with #PeterCushing as Arthur Grimsdyke in 'Tales from the Crypt' (1972) . .  below I have posted a screen capture from Peter's 'Poetic Justice' tale from 'Tales from the Crypt' that includes a framed photograph of Grimsdyke's wife, Helen. Despite what many presume, this isn't actually a photograph of Peter Cushing's wife, Helen who sadly passed away on 14 January 1971. . . the film was released on 28th September 1972... This is a stock photograph of another actress. But, Helen did appear in a framed photograph, as Peter's character's wife in Tyburn films, 'The Ghoul' in 1975









PETER AND HELEN CUSHING : ' I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you...' Both Peter and Helen Cushing were True Valentines and inseparable, even after Helen's passing. Here is Helen's short piece she wrote for a magazine back in the early 1960's, about how they met and there love for each other... '



ABOVE: RARE news reel footage of Peter and Helen at a film premier evening in 1959


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

NEWS: SCREAM FACTORY ANNOUNCES ANOTHER CLASSIC HAMMER FILM FOR USA BLU RAY RELEASE


NEWS: Scream Factory have announced they are putting out Hammer's Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell on blu-ray details below


SCREAM FACTORY PRESS RELEASE BELOW:
**NEW TITLE ANNOUNCEMENT**

YESTERDAY, we announced an upcoming Hammer Films Blu-ray In May with Frankenstein and with Peter Cushing. Well, today we have yet another one! 1973's FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL makes its Blu-ray debut in North America on May 19th 2020. YOU can PRE-ORDER HERE!


'Is Baron Frankenstein truly dead? That's precisely what he wants the world to think. He's had it up to here with a public that doesn't appreciate the trouble a mad scientist goes through to snatch good body parts. To carry on his work, he holes up in a place where the possibilities are utterly maddening: a home for the criminally insane! A hand here. A brain there … true to form, the Baron (Cushing) keeps his gruesome creation (David Prowse, known for his portrayal of Darth Vader) in stitches in this sixth and final fright fest in Hammer Films' Frankenstein cycle.'

EXTRAS are in process and will be announced on a later date.

Monday, 3 February 2020

NEWS: NEW REMASTERED DEFINITIVE COLLECTORS EDITION OF EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN COMING FROM SCREAM FACTORY!


NEWS: Scream Factory is releasing Hammer's 'The Evil Of Frankenstein' staring Peter Cushing on blu-ray

SCREAM FACTORY PRESS RELEASE BELOW:
**NEW TITLE ANNOUNCEMENT**


'Our love for Hammer Films continues into the new year with an upgraded version of 'THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN' starring Peter Cushing. Coming soon to Blu-ray from us in an all-new definitive edition! Details we have at this time are as follows:
National street date for North America (Region A) is 5/19/2020

This is being presented as a Collector’s Edition release and will come guaranteed with a slip-cover in its first three months of release.

The newly commissioned artwork you see pictured comes to us from artist Mark Maddox (Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Frankenstein Created Woman). This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap will feature the
original theatrical artwork.


 

New extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date (March timing). We can confirm today though that we are proceeding with a new transfer of the film!




THE PCASUK REVIEW of this classic can be found with GALLERY  HERE!
 
PRE ORDER DIRECTLY NOW HERE! 
The first 500 orders from our site will receive an exclusive limited-edition 18” x 24” rolled poster of the exclusive new illustration.



Sunday, 2 February 2020

TALKING TARKIN : WHEN FAN ASKS MARK HAMILL THE BURNING QUESTION!


WHEN A FAN RECENTLY asked Mark Hamill on Twitter which actor from Star Wars he wished Luke could've shared a scene with if there was a chance, Hamill posted a touching reply. Not only did Hamill start with the late and great Peter Cushing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin, but he said basically everyone else from the films, calling out the sequel trilogy actors in particular. In a funny way it's a quintessential Luke Skywalker response 😊






Thursday, 23 January 2020

FACEBOOK LINKEDIN INSTAGRAM TINDER . . .PC!


HMMM  . . prompted by #DollyParton, it seems everyone is doing these at the moment. So here's our version of maybe how Peter Cushing's would have looked 😃😊😉 - Marcus

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

TWO AMAZING CUSHING IMAGES PLUS FLESH AND THE FIENDS COMING BLU RAY VIA KINO


A POST I SHARED TODAY at the which became very popular with almost a THOUSAND LIKES, is this colour photograph of Peter Cushing, in his home at Whitstable in 1974. Until today, it was very rarely seen . .  thanks to your shares at the 'fan page' now everyone has the pleasure of seeing it!


I LOVE IT WHEN friends and followers, send in artwork of PC. This one was sent by George T, of the very talented artist Colin J Fenwick . . posted on New Years Eve I believe, Colin wanted to share it at midnight I guess, though explained the pattern on Cushing neck tie took him hours longer! Many identified the character captured in the artwork portrate, as Peter Cushing as Doctor Know, from the 1959 film ''THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS' a not so well know film or role of Cushing's, and has been quite a find, if when fans have managed to source a good dvd. THANKFULLY, KINO have NEW 2K REMASTERS OF BOTH CUTS OF THE FILM and have set a release for this early this year, which will be quite the treat, I am sure! As soon as I have any details, I will of course, let you know!  can get to see it.- Marcus

Saturday, 18 January 2020

WE GOT WINNERS! HAVE YOU GOT THE PRIZES?? INDICATOR / POWERHOUSE BOX SET PRIZE!


CONGRATULATIONS STEWART and DAN! Stewart has bagged a copy of the #Indicator / #Powerhousefilms #Hammerfilms box set, 'Hammer Volume Four : Faces of Evil' ... which in it's four remastered Hammer films blu rays includes a superb remaster of #PeterCushing's 'The Revenge of Frankenstein' with some great extras PLUS a copy of Indicator's remastered blu ray of 'Time Without Pity' starring Michael Redgrave and Peter Cushing. Our 'runner up' Dan Evans has won a copy of 'Time Without Pity' too! Well done chaps! In the last of our FIVE #PCAS Cushing Christmas #Competitions, I trust you will feel that these goodies as a post Christmas bonus? 😉


MANY THANKS to everyone who took part in this all our other competitions this Christmas and all our other many PCAS Competitions throughout 2019! Thank too to our very generous sponsor Indicator / Powerhouse. You ca now purchase your own copies of Hammer Volume Four : Faces of Evil and 'Time without Pity' DIRECTLY from Powerhouse HERE and HERE! 


OUR PCASUK review feature and gallery  on INDICATOR's blu ray remastered release of 'TINE WITHOUT PITY' HERE!Our review of Hammer Volume FOUR : Taste of Fear, is on it's way! 

MANY THANKS ALSO to all our sponsors last year for supporting and providing some superb prizes and giveaways, these include Warner Brothers, Second Light Films, Twilight Time and many many others!

HERE'S TO #2020 and a whole year of exciting opportunities and PCAS Competitions! 

Friday, 17 January 2020

GOODBYE MR FOWLDS! ACTOR DEREK FOWLDS DIES AGED 82 TODAY


VERY SAD NEWS to report today, Derek Fowlds has sadly passed away aged 82. He was best known for playing Bernard Woolley in the British television comedies 'Yes, Minister' and 'Yes, Prime Minister', and Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama 'Heartbeat', a role he played for 18 years. Fowlds was familiar to British television viewers as 'Mr. Derek' in the children's series The Basil Brush Show, replacing Rodney Bewes as presenter. He co-starred with Peter Cushing in Hammer's Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)


MANY COMMENTS and tributes to Derek today at the . Many remembering him for his Mr Fowlds with Basil Brush, but also of course his connection with Peter Cushing and role of the slimy Johan in #Hammerfilms 'FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN'. In his youth, Fowlds had very much aspired in the ambition to become a footballer. He first tried acting in school plays as a bit of a lark. "Just for kicks" he later decided to pursue the profession more seriously, going on to train at RADA where he debuted on stage in a 1961 production of "The Miracle Worker" at London's Wyndham Theatre. Thereafter, he popped up in the occasional motion picture, but was considerably more prolific on the small screen where he regularly alternated between comedy and drama. Early on, he played the lead in his own short-lived detective series, Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966). His autobiography "A Part Worth Playing" was released in 2015.


 READ ALL ABOUT Susan Denberg, Derek Fowlds and the cast of Hammer Films 'FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN' in the above feature : HERE





DEREK WAS A very approachable and friendly chap, for the past few years Derek enjoyed appearing at various signing meetings in London, where he proved to be popular and made quite a few new friends between collectors and other signers during the well attended weekends. Again, another actor who maybe Hammer films should have utilised in other films during the mid and late 1960's. His playing of Johann, always makes me want to 'throttle him!' .... well played indeed. Goodbye Mr Fowlds, we won't forget you
Derek Fowlds 1937 -2020


Thursday, 16 January 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLINE MUNRO AT HAMMER @WHITBY PLUS WINNERS READY?


PLEASE JOIN US in wishing actress CAROLINE MUNRO a VERY Happy Birthday today! A wonderful actress and an absolute sweety! Her Peter Cushing connection is of course her appearance in Hammer films Dracula AD 1972' in which Peter Cushing played Van Helsing and her co starring role in Amicus films 'At The Earth's Core' with Peter Cushing and Doug McClure. I know of no one who works harder on the convention circuit to make meeting her a special event! Many Happy Returns and Have Smashing Day, Caroline!


THE VERY POPULAR CAROLINE MUNRO PCASUK Dracula AD 1972 Gallery : 
Just HIT HERE!








THE LAST of the PCAS Cushing Christmas Competitions.. Number five, closed a few days ago. TOMORROW we will be revealing the winning entries and FIRST PRIZE WINNER NAME and RUNNER UP WINNER NAME too! First prize is copy of the #Indicator / #Powerhousefilms blu ray box set HAMMER Volume Four : Faces of Evil, which contains FOUR #Hammerfilms releases, 'The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll', 'The Damned', 'Taste of Fear' AND... 'The Revenge of #Frankenstein', starring Peter Cushing as The Baron, in the sequel to the first Hammer Frankenstein film of 1957, 'The Curse of Frankenstein'!

THE EXTRAS on the Indicator Box Set release are also really quite special and include the 'never before released' behind the scenes footage of Cushing on set during the making of 'The Revenge of Frankenstein' at #Braystudios! A full spec of the box set and it's extras, you can see below! As well, as winning this great box set, your win will also include a copy of Indicator's recent blu ray remastered release of the 1957 fab crime thriller, starring Michael Redgrave AND #PeterCushing, 'Time Without Pity'. . . there is also a copy of this blu ray for the 'Runner up!' SECOND WINNERS NAME drawn out of the deep and creepy hat! Are YOU our LUCKY WINNERS? Find out Tomorrow! 😉😃 - Marcus


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Sunday, 12 January 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL ASPEL : WAS IT GOOD FOR YOU TOO?


HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL ASPEL! 😀😃 Here's a man who has such a well known face and reputation on UK television, that when he appears on the screen, it's almost like your favourite Uncle, has come to tea! Aspel's career has been a prolific to say the least! Starting in working as a reporter for the local press, by the early sixties, he had become one of four regular newsreaders on BBC national television, along with Richard Baker, Robert Dougall and Corbet Woodall. Then becoming a regular face presenting BBC flagship programming like 'Come Dancing', 'Crackerjack', 'Ask Aspel', and the Miss World beauty contest, which he covered 14 times.



IT WAS ON A EPISODE of his weekly children's tv show Ask Aspel, where children requested clips of their favourite tv shows, that Aspel first worked with Cushing on January 7th 1974. The next time would be quite 'unexpected' and yet quite an event! After a long spell fronting his own very popular ITV talk show and the horrendous 'never ending' afternoon programme 'Give Us A Clue' that Aspel took over fronting ITV's long running favourite, 'This Is your Life' when host Eamonn Andrews died in 1987 until its run ended in 2003.





ABOVE: ACTRESS JOANNA LUMLEY and actor FREDDIE JONES, both who appeared in Hammer films 'THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA' (1973) with Cushing! Freddie starred with Cushing in Hammer films, 'FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED' (1969) Lumley also starred with Cushing in the very first episode of 'THE NEW AVENGERS' called 'the Eagle's Nest' in 1976.

DURING THAT RUN, Aspel surprised Peter Cushing, with his 'Big Red Book' on 21st February 1990. Cushing's 'This Is your Life' episode almost didn't happen, when the secret cover of surprise was blown a few weeks before the recording. Cushing never let on he knew 'he was coming!' and Aspel did a great job steering Cushing, who at this time could be quite unpredictable during live recordings, through an army of guests who had worked with Peter over the years. One surprise guest was Ursula Andress, who had flown quite a journey to be there for Cushing's evening. When she was announced and grandly made her way onto the set to hug Peter, he welcomed her with hugs when she made a reference to the film they made together.. 'She' in 1965. 'She who must be obeyed!' said Andress. Cushing suggestively replied with glee, 'Oh and you still are darling...What would you like me to DO?' which got a big laugh.


I BELIEVE IT WAS quite a task for the 'This Is Your Life' team, after much research and study to decide on guests for the show. Guests had to be special, entertaining, engaging and guaranteed not to run away from Aspel when he shock surprised them with the book and the evening's planned recording before a live audience, of their lives shared with the public. Aspel had specially requested Peter Cushing be used in the series, several times. The start of preparation and plans were almost uncovered each time and the shows were cancelled. Eventually, Aspel got his wish and Peter Cushing had an evening he would never forget! Thank you for that Mr Aspel ...and a VERY Happy Birthday to YOU!


TWO PAGES from Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee's scripts. BOTH from Hammer Dracula films. Cushing's from 'The Satanic Rites of Dracula' (1973) and Lee's 'Taste the Blood of Dracula' (1970) BOTH films had a trying and difficult 'birthing' process . . I think for both Cushing and Lee, making a Hammer Dracula film, was a different experience. . . but it is now, both interesting and quite amusing how Lee and Cushing dealt with prep for the role, short-falls of the script, the detail, the dialogue... Cushing as we know, loaded his scripts with yards of notes, references, costume suggestions and anything that would aid him in doing his best on the screen.. he was quite meticulous.

LEE IN THIS INSTANCE, makes no secret of again being not at all happy with the contents of the page... or any page I would guess. Linda Hayden's Alice lines of 'Master, Master, you are back!' and her '(Whimpering Passionately: Love me! Love Me!) are given the short shrift note with ' Ridiculous Lines!' and another 'NO!' ... for Lee, it must have been extremely frustrating.


ABOVE AND BELOW : The PCASUK guide to 'Hammer's Dracula Franchise' PART ONE HERE and PART TWO HERE


I HAVE SHARED many times that personally I feel Hammer's Dracula's are 'films of moments' 😊😉 Some scenes are very good indeed. Others cringing. I am sure you have watched them all many times..so over at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE I am asking, is there any scene, line of dialogue or sequence, that if you hand a magic wand, you would change today?? Marcus 
 



 
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