Monday, 29 February 2016

BOBBING ZOMBIES AND KUNG FU VAMPIRES: ITS MONSTERMONDAY


MONDAY here at PCAS means one thing... ‪#‎monstermonday‬, our weekly spot where we celebrate the scary, sinister and down right terrifying Monsters and all things that creep, that have been featured in Peter Cushing's film and tv work.. TODAY here on the website and at our facebook page, we take a close look...not TOO close, at those fanged kung fu frighteners from Peter Cushing's 'The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires'.



One of the great things about Cushing's 'THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES' is the 'double-monster' value. Not only do you get the Seven Deadly Kung Fu Vampires but also, The Zombies!


At first sight, the hoping bobbing skipping undead seem a very strange sight.. it's only after you see them on mass, doing their odd bob...like all things asian-horror, it starts to look more than a little slightly warped and psycho-twisted. A great idea, an interesting angle on Vampires, Dracula AND Kung Fu...and Peter Cushing as the all fighting, fearless, Van Helsing vampire hunter!


Here Hammer's Kung Fu Undead echo another famous 'zombie scene' from ten years before in 'THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES'. Again, the dead are awake and walking...this time in China and Van Helsing and Dracula are along for the ride too!


Sunday, 28 February 2016

RARE DENBERG CUSHING PHOTOGRAPH HELPING TO HERALD 60TH ANNIVERSARY


TWO new banners to help mark our 60th Anniversary at our OFFICIAL PCAS FACEBOOK FAN PAGE. We have some little pockets of joy, planned for later this year. Meanwhile, here is Peter Cushing in a  very popular photograph used in the Telegraph newspaper to accompany an interview about Helen. And a rare colour transparency, of Peter Cushing's Baron Frankenstein, showing off his latest creation in the shape of WOMAN... the fabulously sensitive actor Susan Denberg, in Frankenstein Created Woman (Hammer films 1967)

Saturday, 27 February 2016

ERIC AND ERNIE AND PETER : THE SHOWS LONGEST RUNNING JOKE


CATCH OUR GALLERY OF CLIPS OF PETER CUSHING'S APPEARANCES ON THE MORECAMBE AND WISE SHOWS OVER A TWENTY YEAR SPAN AT OUR YOUTUBE PETER CUSHING APPRECIATION SOCIETY CHANNEL: HERE


Thursday, 25 February 2016

THE YOUNG PETER CUSHING AND THE 49TH PARALLEL


A little bit of fun this morning on the our Peter Cushing Appreciation Society Facebook Fan Page concerning Peter Cushing's time in Canada during 1940 and staying at the YMCA while trying to find work.

Cushing Connections: The film the 49th Parallel staring Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier who can tell us the PETER CUSHING connection with this film??? And how he nearly got himself arrested?? 

ANSWER


Our PCAS YOUTUBE CHANNEL IS : HERE

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

DONALD FEARNEY'S AMICUS AND HAMMER DOCUMENTARY PRIZES ON THEIR WAY!


Nothing gives me more pleasure than giving away prizes in our competitions! Especially when they are DOUBLE prizes. ALL SIX winners of our VALENTINE'S DAY I LOVE HORROR FILMS COMPETITION can look forward to a PAIR of darn good double bills of Cushing/ Hammer/ Amicus documentaries arriving in the post in the next few days. Donald Fearney's MILTON SUBOTSKY'S AND MAX J ROSENBERG'S AMICUS: VAULT OF HORRORS and LEGEND OF HAMMER VAMPIRES documentaries are being shipped today... and with the Amicus doc alone being almost three hours long... I think there will be enough in this double bill to entertain, until the NEXT PCAS competition! If you would like to purchase a copy of either documentary, please contact me by facebook message, and I will happily provide you with the details. Stocks of both titles are now down to double figures. BOTH discs are REGION FREE.


Here at PCAS, I take pride in offering PRIZES that count! I scout out the best of Peter Cushing goodies out there, and then find companies and distributors to sponsor our competitions. I cover the expense of post and packaging,  all our competitions are free, no catch, no passing of emails and mailing lists. Dvd's, blu rays, box sets, books, magazines, lobby cards, t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, posters, bespoke artwork, autographs, rare movie props...even dinner with a Cushing Film Director!! But, not everything out there makes it to selection for inclusion in our competitions. Being a life long fan, I only select what I would love to have as an addition in my collection too!


Whatever the PCAS competition, whatever the prize, you can always guarantee a very good response. Everyone has fun and enters into the spirit, and after announcing the winners, it's not unusual to read a long thread of messages of congratulations, to the lucky winners. As I always say, I only wish I had more prizes to give away!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TERENCE FISHER AND THE MASTER'S THOUGHTS ON FRANKENSTEIN


There can be few directors who worked for Hammer films, who did so much to develop that Hammer-in-house style. Terence Fisher, WAS Hammer. Along with Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and the players who helped under pin the rich vision of fairy-tale come Gothic nightmare style. Even when the 'monsters' were 'shaky' the script, with more holes than a Swiss cheese... the look, pace and world beautifully styled by Fisher, just sat so well.


Old Friends... Terence Fisher and Peter Cushing at the Festival du Film Fantastique de Paris in 1974


Peter and Thorley Walters share a joke, during the making of 'Frankenstein Created Woman' at Bray studios in 1967.


Terence Fisher at home during the time of his last film for Hammer


In the last ten years of his life, Terence had not one but two accidents, 
both involving cars and I believe, in the same location!


Terence Fisher at home with his wife, Morag.


Start out finding out MORE on Terence Fisher and his non Cushing
work for Hammer films, with this feature and gallery about STOLEN FACE 
at our supplement website, THEBLACKBOXCLUB.COM

Monday, 22 February 2016

VALERIE VAN OST AND THE GALS : MONSTERMONDAY FEATURE AND GALLERY


TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES PREVENT US FROM BRINGING YOU THIS FEATURE RIGHT NOW. FEATURE AND GALLERY ON IT'S WAY


Saturday, 20 February 2016

#ONSETSATURDAY : THE BEAST MUST DIE : ANTON DIFFRING IN THE MAKE UP CHAIR!


#ONSETSATURDAY This week we visit that Amicus favourite, THE BEAST MUST DIE, with a rare shot of ANTON DIFFRING in the make up chair of Paul Rabiger. An interesting film in the Cushing portfolio, is a horror film, a thriller, a who done it??? The answer is probably, it's all three! With it's excellent 'WEREWOLF BREAK' a quite eclectic cast, headed by Peter Cushing, Charles Gray and werewolf hunter, Calvin Lockhart, who sounds like he's just popped over during a tea break from the Royal Shakespeare company's production of 'As You Like it'. It's not one of my favourites, and the music score I find so bad, I have been known to watch the entire film with the volume down. Amicus films, didn't have those memorable scores, like many of the Hammer films, and went down the route of employing Douglas Gamley (1924–1998) to score this one, and many of the portmanteau films. Just my opinion, but I am not a fan. 


Mind you, he's not quite as bad as Elisabeth Lutyens ...who scored Dr Terrors House of Horrors. Her avant-garde blackboard scrapings, set me on edge. Maybe, that was what they were meant to do??? What is YOUR favourite AMICUS film score??


MORE  on THE BEAST MUST DIE at our 
FEATURE and PHOTO GALLERY : HERE

Friday, 19 February 2016

THE BEST OF PETER CUSHING WITH ERIC AND ERNIE STARTING AT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL


A quick look at the PETER CUSHING APPRECIATION SOCIETY YOUTUBE CHANNEL will reveal a bit of an overhaul. All clips now have relevant custom thumbnails and descriptions, making clips easier to find. Interviews, trailers, vinatge clips, documentaries and promos, lots to see. We've also gathered clips into themes and play-lists. We are currently compling a selection of clips and segments of Peter Cushing many appearnces on the MORECAMBE AND WISE SHOWS. I've assembled a small  selection of GIFS taken form the clips on offer for your viewing so far. The quest of Peter Cushing's desparate struggle to get his £5 appearance fee, from his first guest appearance on the show, was one of the duo's longest running jokes from 1971 until it's very satisfying climax in Eric and Ernie's Christmas Show of 1980. When the comic pair jumped allegiance from the contract with the BBC to the independent TV station, ITV they took their material AND the running joke with them!


Over the next few weeks we'll be adding more clips and gifs. Plus there's an extensive feature on the ins and outs of Peter Cushing's time with one of the best loved comedy partnerships in British Light Entertainment coming up here soon....


ALL CLIPS TO BE FOUND AT OUR PCAS YOUTUBE CHANNEL NOW!

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