#SILENTBUTDEADLYWEDNESDAY!: TIS BUT A FLESH WOUND! Not in this case, me thinks. Peter Cushing as Dr. Christopher Lundgren, isn't that a great name, reacts to Calvin Lockheart's giveaway injury. That's no dog. And the set up has kick started the plot, that will take us on one of Amicus films, most inventive outings, 'THE BEAST MUST DIE' (1974). Most Cushing fans know of the legendary 'WEREWOLF BREAK', but you'll get no more from me. Other than, it's 'Ten Little Soldiers' meet 'Big Game Hunting', and a twisty CLUEDO, once the howling cues in, the hairy one. Thanks to Margaret Manley, for her request for, '..Anything from the film, with Peter and the Wolf'... I DO hope she means, THIS film...!
#SILENTBUTDEADLYWEDNESDAY! FOR MANY, it's the Hammer Dracula film, that runs a very close second, to Hammer first, 'HORROR OF DRACULA' / 'DRACULA' (1958) even though, it contained neither Christopher Lee nor Dracula! But, it did have, Cushing returning as Van Helsing, the beautiful and vulnerable Yvonne Monlaur, the spectacularly ghoulish Andre Melly, creepy Martitia Hunt, really frightening Freda Jackson . . . and David Peel, as not Count, but BARON Meinster. Often in a classic vampire flick, the 'ladies of the night' NO not those, but THESE of the nocturnal fanged variety, are relegated to the we'll see you again, maybe, later plot props. Not so in Hammer films, The Brides of Dracula, and certainly not in the case of young Gina. But, hey I am jumping ahead of myself. All that comes later. Here we see her shocked to the core. No, it isn't Christopher Lee, it's David Peel, as the dastardly Meinster, who by now, is making his mark on the young snacks, of the attendees of the local Transylvania, girls prep school. Meinster picked his ladies well. Melly's performance is sexy, powerful and a game changer. Semi see though clothing, check! Deathly pallor, check! Fangs, indeed! A presence that could stop a clock, much so! It would sometime, before a young, Polish-British actress named Ingoushka Petrov, would carry the female vampire, to the next level. . . . Many thanks to Matthew Bryan, for the suggested #GIF!
EVER WONDERED THE VALUE OF A HAMMER FILMS DRACULA /HORROR OF DRACULA CROWN QUAD CINEMA POSTER? YOU MAY WANT TO START SAVING THOSE PENNIES NOW. PRESS PLAY ABOVE!
#SILENTBUTDEADLYWEDNESDAY! You have to give Peter Cushing's GUSTAV credit, he is pretty efficient, and nothing phases him. Here poor ol Judy Matheson, sobs and screams, begs for mercy, but Gustav doesn't falter. 'TWINS OF EVIL' (1971) the first film, that Peter Cushing had on the slate, when returning to work, a mere three months, after his wife, Helen passed away. He needed he said, to busy. To fill time. Not to be distracted, but to be of use.
CONFUSED? TWINS WENT THROUGH THREE CHANGES OF TITLE!
Hammer's third dip into the Karnstein pot, TWINS presented Peter with exactly that. A role that took a great deal of concentration, as few roles could be further away, from the character of the mild, mannered Peter Cushing. His efforts and energies resulted him appearing in a staggering NINE films from June 1972 to December 1973. Not all gold standard films, but you can be sure, Cushing's efforts, were never less than reliably highly entertaining, and often the highlight of the movie. Not seen TWINS OF EVIL? Below is a link to a feature to temp...! Thank you to MARVIN 'StrangeOne' VALDEZ, Chicago, IL for the requested #GIF
A FEATURE REVIEW WITH SOME NICE PICCIES: RIGHT HERE! JUST CLICK!
Remembering EDWARD JUDD, who was born on this day 4th October 1932. Judd achieved his biggest successes with a series of science fiction films The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) ,First Men In The Moon (1964) and co-starring with Peter Cushing in Island Of Terror (1966) fighting the silicates…..
ABOVE: EDWARD JUDD: THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (1961)
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