Thursday, 31 December 2015

A NEW YEARS EVE SNAP SHOT OF 2015 WITH THE PETER CUSHING APPRECIATION SOCIETY


Well, 2015 has been quite an exciting year, but not without it's ups and downs. It's been a year of meeting more friends, more than any other during our time on facebook. We've had more competitions this year, I haven't counted how many blu rays and dvd's and prizes we've given away this year, but skipping through the banners, I can see many have had a parcel of goodies through their letter box this year. It's been a year of making friends and links with Warner Brothers, Eureka, Screen Bound, Twilight Time and many others, all who have been extremely generous to us with sponsorship of our competitions, and I would like again to thank them for their friendship and generosity.



PETER CUSHING'S COAT BRINGS IN THE CASH
FOR PILGRIM'S HOSPICE CHARITY: HERE 


Cushing's Tales from the Crypt 'Grimsdyke', look-a-likey popping up in 'The Walking Dead', Talk of Cushing re-appearing as Tarkin in Star Wars: Rogue One. It's surprising how often Cushing still pops up in the news. And the releases of a truck load of remastered blu rays of some of Cushing's best work, has kept our news posts very busy. November brought us the release of Donald Fearney's 'Milton Subotsky's and Max J. Rosenberg's AMICUS VAULT OF HORRORS' mammoth documentary. A labour of love and what has to be the definitive history of Amicus films. Cushing's over coat and cardigan, auctioned on ebay to provide some much needed funds for the Canterbury Pilgrim's Hospice, has brought the year to a satisfying end.


OUR COMPETITION WITH COPIES TO WIN OF DONALD FEARNEY'S 
DOCUMENTARY: READ OUR REVIEW WITH GALLERY AND WHERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY : HERE
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THE TRAILER FOR DONALD FEARNEY'S 'AMICUS : VAULT OF HORRORS'
DOCUMENTARY.  PRESS HD FOR HI RES VERSION


READ ALL ABOUT! HERE
 
For many Peter Cushing, is more than an actor, celebrity and gentleman.. he kept many hearts a flutter, and not just through fear in his fantasy films.. he was a heart throb..and never more so than during the 1950's, when he was hardly off the tv screen... what has been one of the very interesting things about this year, has been watching our female following stats growing every week, and a regular flow of comments from followers, expressing the kind of platitudes reserved usually, for the likes of actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and his like... so for you, here's our New Year's Eve Peter Cushing tribute video... Peter would have been thrilled that even up to the end and..after, he could still make hearts skip a beat, in more ways than one!


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A VERY WELL PUT TOGETHER ROMANTIC TRIBUTE TO PETER CUSHING
EDITED BY SRHFTW AND SUNG BY GIRL IN A COMA
We have also sadly lost quite a few friends and associates of Peter's this year, many have left a sad space, never to be filled ...and none more greater than Sir Christopher Lee. We all knew one day it would happen, but it was, I am sure for all, a great shock when it happened. He, like Peter will always be missed and remembered, and we will continue to keep his memory alive too.

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THE ONLY WAY IT COULD BE DONE! CHRISTOPHER LEE TRIBUTE VIDEO POSTED AT PCAS ON THE DAY HIS PASSING WAS ANNOUNCED
.... HIS WAY! 

So, we look to the next 365 and what it will bring. We have a few surprises up our sleeve, I'll endeavour to keep the posts coming. Your support as ever is greatly appreciated. It's YOUR page and the website too. It's been a year that would not have been any fun, if you'd not all been around to help share it!



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Monday, 28 December 2015

TRAILER: THE HISTORY OF AMICUS FILMS: DONALD FEARNEY'S DEFINITIVE DOCUMENTARY DVD

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ABOVE LOW RES TRAILER
Amicus Vault Of Horrors The definitive documentary on Amicus films… Packed with UNSEEN footage and production photographs. Includes interviews that tell the behind scenes story on the production of such Amicus classics as Tales From The Crypt, Dr Terrors House Of Horrors… in fact EVERY film that Amicus ever produced! Duration: 146 minutes. Region Free. Available from pay-pal account: PEVANS113@BTINTERNET.COM
£20.00 includes P&P anywhere worldwide


OUR FULL REVIEW WITH GALLERY CAN BE FOUND  HERE


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT 'AMICUS: VAULT OF HORRORS' FROM OUR FULL REVIEW AND GALLERY OF SCREEN CAPTURES: HERE



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Saturday, 26 December 2015

FIRST EDITION CUSHING AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND CHRISTOPHER LEE LORD OF MISRULE: COMPETITION


Here's our CHRISTMAS COMPETITION! WIN Peter Cushing's TWO AUTOBIOGRAPHIES. BOTH first editions and a copy of Christopher Lee's autobiography, 'LORD OF MISRULE'.


Just answer BOTH questions and send your ANSWERS to theblackboxclub@gmail.com. This competition CLOSES JANUARY 1st 2016 MIDNIGHT. 

 

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CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUSHING'S: HOW OUR CELEBRATED COUPLE ENJOYED THE FESTIVE SEASON THROUGH THE YEARS.


CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUSHING'S 1#: During times of 'resting' Peter made some earnings by decorating head scarves. Something that was part of his many hobbies became a source of income in the mid 1940's...one such headscarf he discovered was owned by one of the Royal family! The one we feature here was featured in many magazines, it was one of the most decorated...which her eventually presented to his wife, Helen as a Christmas gift in 1946.. Below Peter and Helen with THAT headscarf..and the note that accompanier that gift, Christmas 1946....


CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUSHING'S 2#: It's Christmas 1956 and this year along with Peter's traditional skilfully hand crafted Christmas card, Helen gets another one via the Midland Bank...with no doubt a Christmas cheque! The inscription reads, in Peter's hand : 'To my darling Helen from your most loving Peter' the envelope is inscribed 'For Darling Helen'...


CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUSHING'S 3#: Peter's hand crafted cards for Helen were quite a work of art. Her Birthday's, their anniversary, her return home from a trip away or as in this case, Christmas ... Helen would be presented with another of her husband's exceptional beautiful cards.


CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUSHING'S 4#: Again Peter Cushing applied his skills to making beautiful jewellery, in this case a pair of earrings which he again gifted to his wife, Helen.


TRIVIA: Peter Cushing give up most of his many hobbies after the passing of his wife in 1971. He did however make bracelets for both actresses, Joanna Lumley and Ingrid Pitt. Lumley starred as Cushing's Grand daughter, Jessica Van Helsing in Hammer's 'The Satanic Rites of Dracula' and  Ingrid who also became a good friend of Helen Cushing, co starred with Cushing in 'The Vampire Lovers' and 'The House That Dripped Blood'.


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Thursday, 24 December 2015

AFTER THE GIFTS, TURKEY, THE PUDDING : TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO WIN!


Ho, Ho, Ooooh! This will make someone's Christmas extra
 special this year!


Competition at our Peter Cushing facebook fan page
HERE 
 

ANOTHER GREAT GIF GALLERY OF HAMMER CUSHING LEE MOMENTS NUMBER 3


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PETER CUSHING AS VAMPIRE HUNTER VAN HELSING GIVES DRACULA THAT HELPING PUSH WITH HIS SPADE, JUST MAKE SURE HE'S A DEAD'UN!
 

The last of THREE GALLERIES of RARE photographs taking a look behind the scenes on the shooting of the prologue from Hammer films, DRACULA AD 1972


MORE from Cushing's ever popular VAMPIRE HUNTER VAN HELSING 
Here in Hammer films, first DRACULA film, 'DRACULA /HORROR OF DRACULA from 1958.


Here's our FEATURE with with FULL SUPPORTING GALLERY of rare publicity photographs from Hammer's DRACULA


A dramatic spin from Peter Cushing's Baron Frankenstein in Hammer


Our FEATURE on 'FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED' with gallery of RARE production photographs can be found by clicking the link above.


MORE can be found on Peter Cushing's fifth Hammer Frankenstein film and his co star, VERONICA CARLSON  in Part Five of our series written by Bruce Hallenbeck, ''WOMEN IN GOTHIC: THAT FEMININE TOUCH' 


The sun goes down, and The Count Awakes. Christopher Lee as Count
Dracula in Hammer films, DRACULA / HORROR OF DRACULA


Find out more about the 'Cushing and Lee Chemistry'
 in 'A PARTNERSHIP IN DEADLY DEEDS' Part Two of 'A TALENT TO TERRIFY: The Twenty Two Films of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. As always, lots of photographs and rare production stills!


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NEWS UPDATE: CUSHING'S COAT BRINGS IN THE MONEY FOR HOSPICE CHARITY


You may remember back last month how we reported on the story of Peter Cushing's coat being auctioned on ebay for a charity close to his heart, The Pilgrim's Hospice in Canterbury, Kent. Well, the good news is, after a battle of bids, the Burberry coat owned and worn by Peter (see pic) brought a thumping £690.00! That's 1026.13 US Dollars....! There was also a cardigan that also belonged to Peter Cushing that was for auction too..and finally went for around £250.00. All this is great news for the Pilgrim's Hospice, who do such sterling work for individuals and families throughout Kent. I think Peter would have been amazed by this. So, congratulations to the winning bidder and THANK YOU ..a big thank you, to Bernard Broughton too, who donated the coat and cardigan, and very quietly helps the Hospice with various items for auction. Thank YOU Bernard!


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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

BORN ON THIS DAY: WE REMEMBER FREDDIE FRANCIS


Today we remember the wonderfully talented director and cinematographer Freddie Francis, who worked for both Hammer and Amicus, directing such films as THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN and DR TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS and many more …


Hammer Films and Universal studios REBOOT the Frankenstein story with Freddie Francis directing THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN HERE


MORE Freddie Francis and Peter Cushing THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN HERE 


The work of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee under Francis direction in some of the films they made for AMICUS films is explored in PART THREE and FOUR and FIVE of  A TALENT TO TERRIFY HERE


Part FOUR of our series THE AMICUS FILMS OF PETER CUSHING also includes FREDDIE FRANCIS work with Cushing on Amicus films, 'TALES FROM THE CRYPT.


Finally, in our suggested Francis features, we take a close look at the 'magic of Francis' direction, in what he always suggested was an improvised scene in Amicus films, THE SKULL. Just click HERE


A VERY Merry Christmas to all our FREINDS and FOLLOWERS here at our website and at our very busy, FACEBOOK FAN PAGE.  UPDATED DAILY and through out the Festive Season! Please come join us!
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