Thursday, 30 November 2017

NEWS: INDICATOR ANNOUNCES NEW HAMMER FILMS BLU RAY WORLD PREMIERS!


#NEWS: Indicator have just announced details for their second box set HAMMER VOLUME TWO: CRIMINAL INTENT featuring the films:

THE SNORKEL (Guy Green, 1958)
NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER (Cyril Frankel, 1960)
THE FULL TREATMENT (Val Guest, 1960)
CASH ON DEMAND (Quentin Lawrence, 1961)



Release date: 19 February 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World premieres on Blu-ray)




FOUR CLASSIC THRILLERS from the vaults of Hammer Films released on Blu-ray for the very first time, including premiere presentations of the complete, uncensored UK theatrical release versions of Val Guest’s The Full Treatment and Cyril Frankel’s Never Take Sweets from a Stranger and a host of new and exclusive extra features. This stunning Limited Blu-ray Edition Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.





INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• HD restorations of all four films
• Original Mono audio
• New title-specific documentaries exploring aspects of each film
• Two presentations of Never Take Sweets from a Stranger : the original UK theatrical cut, containing original titles and dialogue; and the alternative US version with amended Never Take Candy from a Stranger titles and censored dialogue
• Never Take Sweets from a Stranger introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness
• Archival audio interview with Never Take Sweets from a Stranger director Cyril Frankel
• Two presentations of The Full Treatment: the uncensored UK theatrical cut; and the censored US version with alternative Stop Me Before I Kill! titles
• Audio commentary with film historian Michael Brooke and author Johnny Mains on The Snorkel
• Audio commentary with film historians Jonathan Rigby and David Miller on Cash on Demand




• New and exclusive interviews with cast and crew members, including actors Janina Faye (Never Take Sweets from a Stranger) and Lois Daine (Cash on Demand), props master Peter Allchorne (The Snorkel) and second assistant director Hugh Harlow (The Snorkel)
• Appreciations of composers Elizabeth Lutyens (Never Take Sweets from a Stranger) and Francis Chagrin (The Snorkel) by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
• Hammer’s Women: Betta St John (2018): Kat Ellinger offers an appreciation of the American actress, singer and dancer
• Hammer’s Women: Gwen Watford (2018): British cinema expert Dr Laura Mayne explores the life and career of the prolific English film, stage and television actress
• Hammer’s Women: Diane Cilento (2018): Dr Melanie Williams, author of Female Stars of British Cinema, explores the life and career of the Australian theatre and film actress and author
• Hammer’s Women: Lois Daine (2018): critic and author Becky Booth on the popular English film and television actress
 

• Archival documentaries, interviews and featurettes
• Original trailers
• Image galleries: extensive promotional and on-set photography, poster art and marketing materials
• Exclusive booklets for each film, with new essays by Kat Ellinger, Julian Upton and Kim Newman, archival interview materials, contemporary reviews, and full film credits
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• World Blu-ray premieres of all four films
• Limited Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered copies

BBFC cert: 15
REGION FREE
 




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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

NEW THEMED DAY: HORRIBLE DEATH WEDNESDAY : GIFS DYING TO SHARE!


#HORRIBLEDEATHWEDNESDAY! All change.... Wednesday's have now switched from requested GIFS to a series of GIFS and POSTS of creatures, monsters, villains, and victims from the work of Peter Cushing. Here is a taster gallery for oday... So, expect the most 'Popular Poppin' Their Clogs' here now, every Wednesday 🙂 What is YOUR favorite Horrible Exit of Monster or Character from a Cushing films??? Come JOIN US at our PCAS FACEBOOK FAN PAGE and tell us!


#HORRBLEDEATHWEDNESDAYS! How could forget this very Dorian Gray-ques finish to #HAMMERFILMS 'THE VAMPIRE LOVERS' (1970)? Following Peter Cushing's chopping of Camilla Karnstein's head (Ingrid Pitt), the oil portrait, aging from the beautiful vixen, to just bones! Very effective...and considerably cheaper than staging a while aging corpse from flesh and blood to ashes! 


#HORRIBLEDEATHWEDNESDAYS!: RICHARD JOHNSON as vampire,with Donald Pleasence and Anthony Valentine as Vampire Hunters, trying to 'put him to rest'! Britt Ekland, as the wife of Johnson looks on in despair. Vampire Lore, played for laughs!  It was producer / writer Milton Subotsky's ambition to one day make a horror film, for the 'kids'. He almost did it. 'THE MONSTER CLUB' sadly, falls a little between stools. An Amicus film, in everything but name, it has some nice touches but sometimes looks very dated and lame today. UNLESS you are a lover of that very sleezey patch between the end of the 70's and the beginning of the 80's.... punk was out, and novelty was in, thus effecting popular music. The 'Monster Club' of the title, looks the worst. Filling a film set with extras wearing rubber masks, even for the cheapest of Amicus films in the 60's is a long fall. The saving grace, is Vincent Price, Donald Pleasance, John Carradine, and a good cast, with two good stories. 'Young people', teens are a fickle lot, what seemed like a good idea as it was put on paper, was pass'e even before the ink was dry! 


#HORRIBLEDEATHWEDNESDAYS!: MICHAEL RIPPER, was often on the receiving end of bad luck in many of his films for Hammer films. But here, as Mipps in Hammer's 'Captain Clegg' (US Night Creatures) of once, he gets to off a baddie! The mute victim of Peter Cushing's pirate in disguise, Milton Reid, takes the bullet and dies...conveniently in the basement workshop of the local undertakers!  


#HORRIBLEDEATHWEDNESDAY! IT MUST have been a daunting task, facing the prospect of playing a lead male vampire in a Hammer film. Who could fill Christopher Lee's shoes? For sure, back in the day, when any Hammer film announced the release of a vampire film, that featured a COUNT, I am sure prospective botties on seats, thought of ONE COUNT, who sadly wasn't turning up for this gig!  It happened with David Peel a decade earlier in 'THE BRIDES OF DRACULA', and maybe with Damien Thomas as Count Karnstein, in Hammer's 'TWINS OF EVIL' (1971) Having said that, this was Thomas's first feature film, and he did quite a good job. Hammer's money men, thought him worthy of a proper 'Dracula-like' special effect aging death! An expensive process, back in the day...and here with only ONE cut away shot! No even Christopher Lee's death in 'HORROR OF DRACULA' (1958) had such confidence!


#HORRIBLEDEATHSWEDNESDAY!: AFTER 'THE ABOMINABLE DR PHIBES', was released in 1971, it started a trend for horror films, with imaginative death scenes! Vincent Price's 'THEATRE OF BLOOD' in 1973, the sequel to the first Phibes film, 'DR PHIBES RISES AGAIN' and Amicus films, 'MADHOUSE' in 1974, all benefited from scriptwriters burning the night oil, desperately trying to think of fiendish and amusing ways of killing off co stars. This Shish kebab shot, is a clever one! Killing two unfortunates, at the same time. Doctor Death strikes again!



'LA GRANDE BRETECHE' : ORSON WELLES GREAT MYSTERIES WITH PETER CUSHING SUSANNAH YORK : COMING SOON! 

 
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

WINNERS AND DOCTOR WHO POSTER ART TOO COOL!


#TOOCOOLTUESDAYQUOTE! Christopher Lee and his VILLAINS! 
Do you agree?





#TOOCOOLTUESDAY! ABOVE some very cool examples of CUSHING DOCTOR POSTER ART from the very talented DAVE BURGESS. My apologies for my ignorance on some of the subject matter, I am not really that familiar with who the ICE MEN and the MECHONS might be, the grand scheme of all things DOCTOR WHO.... However, with impressive presentation like this, it certainly makes you wish some of these concepts, had been given the 'green-light' back in the day. These posters are actually for sale and you can find out MORE and place an ORDER by going to Dave's site: HERE!








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Monday, 27 November 2017

A NATION IS TERRIFIED : LATE NIGHT LINE UP ON BIG BROTHER 1984 AND REMEMBERING ERINE!



#MOMENTSOFTERRORMONDAY! BACK IN 1954, Peter Cushing Cushing's appeared in a little BBC television drama entitled, 1984 . . .based on the novel by George Orwell. The show went out LIVE on December 12th and 16th December 1954. Such was the response to the first broadcast, the government at the time met at discussed if the show show be repeated after the initial broadcast.... it made a star of Peter Cushing, and sent his career in path that would change the public perception of the meekest of actors...


THIS LATE NIGHT LINE UP program was broadcast by the BBC in order to meet the huge reaction to the show. Interviewed are Peter Cushing his co star's Andre Morell, Yvonne Mitchell, director Rudolph Catier and the writer and script adapter, Nigel Kneale.... Television was never the same, and Peter's Winston Smith helped lead the way...... 



REMEMBERING Lttle Ern' 🙂 Born today, Ernest Wiseman, one half of probably the most successful comedy duo to ever come out of the UK... Morecambe and Wise. A good friend of Peter Cushing's, who attended Peter's 80th birthday bash and if the scripts are to believed... kept Peter short of his appearance fee, and provided us with probably one of the funniest and longest running gags, in the whole Eric and Ernie repertoire! When Eric his partner passed in 1984, no one looked more lost than Ernie.


BUT HE CARRIED ON, working, doing interviews, panto..until his retirement. The Eric and Ernie, even though they claimed it was based on their heroes work, Abbott and Costello, they were certainly stamped well, as Britain's favourite comedians, Christmas isn't the same without at-least one of their many repeated shows on tv. Happy Birthday, Little Ern, God Bless your short 'fat-hairy legs', and that 'join' you could never see.



How many times did Peter appear on the Morecambe and Wise Show? Which is your favourite appearance routine? and Do you remember HOW Peter Cushing finally managed to GET his MONEY??? You can find ALL of Peter's routines on the Morecambe and Wise Show in a playlist at our PCAS YOUTUBE CHANNEL PLAYLIST!



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Sunday, 26 November 2017

ACTING ADVICE CUSHING LEE PRICE PERTWEE. . .AND SHERLOCK! : GET THE CUSHION SUNDAY!


#GETTHECUSHION! SOUND advice from Peter Cushing on acting . . .it certainly worked for him! What would you say is Peter Cushing's most convincing role...one where for you, he really did make you....believe?


#GETTHECUSHIONSUNDAY!: VINCENT PRICE takes five on the set of Amicus films 'MADHOUSE' and talks about acting and working on the film,  'THEATRE OF BLOOD' (1973)


CHRISTOPHER LEE it seems, never had any intention of retiring from acting . . and certainly worked until just a few days, before he passed away in 2015. . .


ABOVE ACTOR, JON PERTWEE shares his thoughts on acting and working on the Amicus films, 'THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' (1972) 


#PETERCUSHINGSUNDAY! How well do you know your Cushing Sherlock???? Do you have a favourite story, performance? There are a LOT to choose from if you consider the BBC tv series too plus two movies, The Hound of the Baskervilles for Hammer and The Masks of Death for Tyburn films.....


 
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Saturday, 25 November 2017

WATCH CHRISTOPHER LEE AS SHERLOCK HOLMES : PLUS CLIPS AND GIFS!




#CHRISTOPHERLEESATURDAY: Christopher Lee throughout his career has had many connections with the world of Sherlock Holmes, today we are going to be featuring at some of them here and at our PCAS FACEBOOK FAN PAGE.


SHERLOCK HOLMES And The Deadly Necklace (1962) is when Lee first played the famous detective with Hammer regular Thorley Walters as Dr. Watson & directed by Terence Fisher. Filming took place in July and August 1962 in Ireland, London and the CCC-Studios in Berlin, with Lee donning a false nose.  


DEADLY NECKLACE was originally filmed in English, but the English language audio track used in the film was recorded in post-production, as was common with many European productions at the time and so another American actor dubbed Lee. The film had all the ingredients to be great, with Fisher at helm, Lee donning some great make-up, but unfortunately it was a misfire for many people, the biggest problem with the film not using Lee's voice & weak story, with both Lee and Fisher being disappointed in the final outcome.


#CHRISTOPHERLEESATURDAY: OUR SECOND LOOK at Christopher Lee's Sherlock connections, is from The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970) directed by Hollywood legend Billy Wilder who Lee often referred to as the greatest director he ever worked with.


A WHOLE FEATURE AND GALLERY OF COLOUR STILLS ON 'PRIVATE LIFE'  CAN BE FOUND AT OUR BLACKBOXCLUB WEBSITE :  HERE!



HERE LEE PLAYS Mycroft Holmes the even smarter, mysterious older brother of Sherlock, Lee had the unusual distinction of being the only actor to play both brothers on screen. Lee considered this film a very important one in his career, as he believed this film to be the reason he stopped being typecast: "I've never been typecast since.”






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