#GIMMETHEGIFWEDNESDAY: ...and so we happily wheel out our weekly roster of grim and creepy 'ANIMATED GIFS', all cheerfully requested by your good-selves from the films and work of our very own, #PETERCUSHING. First off comes a request from RUTH HELLMAN, for 'Any gif featuring Peter Cushing, but Legend of the Werewolf, would be good;)' . . You've got it, Ruth. Above Peter as Paul Catalque, Paris police surgeon, taking his lunch, among the cadavers, entrails and bits (!!). Chasing werewolves is hungry and thirsty work! The howling wolf or werewolf of this film is one of best make up's, prior 'An American Werewolf In London, which reset the bar. Jack Pierce, make up artist behind Lon Chaney Jr's wolfman was great for its time, But Roy Ashton's Lycanthrop, in the shape of Oliver Reed, was a howling success with the public during the 1960's. In 1975 David Rintoul as Etoile, wore a make up by Graham Freeborn, son of the genius make up artist Stuart Freeborn, who created Yoda and many other of the make up in the #STARWARS series. Stuart was also behind Cushing's 'MEGA-EYE' in the 1984 film, #TOPSECRET.
MARTIN BOUTON sent us a request for Peter Cushing's terrified Wilbur Gray from Milton Subotsky's THE UNCANNY from 1977. Out of all of the portmaneau films that Peter Cushing appeared in for Amicus and Subotsky, this is the one that gets the least love. I am not sure why. All the others, Vault of Horror, Tales from the Crypt, Dr Terrors House of Horrors, all have that quintessential 'made in England' look. A little like with the television series 'The New Avengers', which at first was rebooted and 'kitted for the 70's' and made in the UK. The original series starring Patrick Macnee and several capable and classy female assistants, was 'BRIT' from it's bowler hat, umbrellas and tea pots. The same path was kept for the come back series. The moment The New Avengers production was moved to Canada... all the class was lost. Maybe what we see with 'The Uncanny' is the same thing? Made away from blighty, it's just not the same.
#gimmethegifwednesday: last gif of the day... requested by LEXI CONROY : 'Can I request the shot from Dracula AD 1972, where Peter Cushing as Van Hesling comforts his grand-daughter Jesscia after a nightmare! Makes you wish everyone had a grand-father like that! Thank you. '....
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