Sunday, 30 June 2019

SECOND SIGHT FILMS : PCASUK COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED : ASYLUM LIMITED EDITION BLU RAYS PRIZES!


CONGRATULATIONS James Pearcy, Vivienne Dunston, David Little and Carl Beach! You are ALL Winners and have all bagged yourself a copy of the Second Sight Films Limited Edition Blu Ray release of Amicus films 'ASYLUM'..... Well Done! You will need to message us please 😉 MANY thanks to Second Sight Films for sponsoring your competitions over the last two weeks! They are VERY good releases, prints and extras! Look out for our PCAS review of BOTH Second sight Film releases 'House that Dripped Blood' and 'Asylum' this week. For everyone who entered and didn't win, thanks for taking part and your support . Make sure YOU are around on FRIDAY 😉 - Marcus



THE COMPETITION ANSWER : MR SMITH 😉


#SECONDSIGHTFILMS Limited Edition BLU RAYS of BOTH 'ASYLUM'  and 'THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' are available NOW for PRE-ORDER HERE!

FOUR PRIZES! THE ENTRIES ARE IN AND THE WINNERS WILL ANNOUNCED TODAY!


OUR FINAL and very popular #SecondSightFilms / PCASUK Competition closed last night at midnight GMT. All entries are now in and the FOUR LUCKY WINNERS names will be announced HERE and at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE TODAY! We'll be publishing a full review of both Second Sight Amicus Films Limited Edition Blu Ray releases this THURSDAY at the website, a long with screen captures and GIFS. The response to both these competitions has been extremely positive. You can pre-order both 'The House That Dripped Blood' and 'Asylum' from #SecondSightFilms now, while stocks last HERE!. This is a limited edition release and the addition extras on 'House' make these two Cushing and Lee #Amicusfilms, a very worthy addition to any collection. You'll be pleased to hear the quality of both films make these particular releases, the new benchmark if you are wanting to purchase these TWO titles 😀 Meanwhile, sit tight . . . YOU could be a #WINNER - Marcus


ABOVE: MEANWHILE, you might wanna be around on Friday, for this weeks PCASUK #FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY!

Friday, 28 June 2019

RARE PHOTOGRAPHS : BEHIND THE SCENES AND LOBBY STILLS : FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY!


#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY OUR FIRST OF FOUR WEEKS Frankenstein Hammer Cushing fun! To kick us off to start, here are four from a set of eight quite rare lobby stills, from #Hammerfilms 'The Evil of Frankenstein'. These are the many photographs you would usually see in the lobby or outside the cinema in the glass cases. These particular original photographs were also hand tinted. They chose balck and white photographs, and tinted each set with liquid dyes. This was CHEAPER than colour photographs. Many of these sets were purchased by the manager of the cinema, were used once and then thrown away, after the film had played for it's duration in the local cinema. Colour transparency, were far too expensive, to be used for exhibition purposes, when used for only seven days!  Over the years they can fade and get a little tatty if not looked after. These were in good condition, but have also been freed of dust and slight damage of pin holes. They now, I think you'll agree, look GREAT!  We also have the first of a series of rare publicity and press photographs, from 'The Evil of Frankenstein'. . . .


  














ABOVE: SEVERAL OF MAKE UP ARTIST ROY ASHTON'S DIFFERENT DESIGNS
FOR THE 'EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN' CREATION. 



Thursday, 27 June 2019

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY! PHANTOM BRINGS THE BARON OUT IN THE WEST END!


#THROWBACKTHURSDAY! Peter Cushing OUT ON THE TOWN in 1987, along with his personal secretary and friend, Joyce Broughton and Husband, Bernard. It's an opening night of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera' in August 1987. Just a few years before, this would have been quite impossible for Cushing, still in the grips, of what Joyce would later call his 'Blue Period'. The loss of his wife, Helen Cushing never truly left Cushing's mind, but during the last eight years of his life and after his retirement , he did live life to fullest! Theatre, writing, charity marathon walking, appearing on chat shows and even enjoying 'dips' in the sea, just outside his front door in Whitstable once again!


OUR #FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY RETURNS TOMORROW : FRIDAY 28TH JUNE 2019' Please JOIN US 😉


Tuesday, 25 June 2019

THE BRAVE AND GENTLE SOUL OF PETER CUSHING PICS AND COMPETITION


THE 1972 AMICUS FILM, 'Asylum' which is featured in our Second Sight Films / PCAS competition this week, was a film that contains quite a sad and poignant role for Peter Cushing, both his character and Cushing in his own life, were dealing with the grief of losing a loved one. After the release of Asylum in the UK, the connection of the role and Cushing own loss, prompted quite a few interviews and features in magazines and newspapers. A few weeks ago, we posted the quite well known photo of Peter sitting at a dresser in his home in Whitstable, with framed photographs of Helen at his side. On posting this pic, I received quite a few messages from many of you out there who were very moved to see Peter looking so remorseful. So, I looked into our files and to find this 'other' photograph from this photo session and post the two here today 😀 The loss of Helen was something from which Peter Cushing never truly recovered, but being the gentleman and brave soul he was, he always managed to push on, to another day ... I hope you like the insert photo - Marcus 😉


ABOVE: YOU CAN bag your chance to win a copy of the LIMITED EDITION BLU RAY SECOND SIGHT FILMS  release of  'ASYLUM' in our PCASUK COMPETITION  right now at our FACEBOOK PCAS FAN PAGE! The competition is open until SATURDAY 29th of June 2019, so there's still time to take the opportunity now!

Sunday, 23 June 2019

COMPETITION: WIN FOUR COPIES! LIMITED EDITION AMICUS BLU RAY 'ASYLUM'


HERE WE GO EVERYONE! Many thanks to Second Sight Films for their sponsoring of this and our last AMICUS CUSHING COMPETITION!... Asylum is one of my all time favorite Amicus / Peter Cushing films, and I think this release is going to go quite crackers and sell out very quickly on its release day 29th July2019. You CAN PREORDER NOW RIGHT HERE! THIS COMPETITION is now LIVE at the FACEBOOK PCAS FAN PAGE. IF you feel like giving yourself a go!? The last PCAS competition to win FOUR COPIES of SECOND SIGHT FILMS LIMITED EDITION OF ' 'THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' was very popular and already it looks like THIS comp will make and hit some new numbers for our entries again!


THE SECOND SIGHT FILMS release not only presents us with a very neat and much improved print of the film, which stars some of the best of not only past Amicus casts but a neat crew in 'post production' and behind the camera too. The film has a pretty tight story and each of the four tales of terror skip along, just pausing for breath under Peter Tanner's editing. Tanner has a very good understanding of the pace needed for Brit Fantasy and strange stories, having edited some of the best of the TV series 'The Avengers' in nine episodes during 65 and 66. Tanner worked a few Amicus films and was in demand until 1998, sadly passing at the grand age of 88 in 2002. 



CAMERA OPERATOR NEIL BINNEY, who made a very firm mark of quality on several of Amicus films rival, Hammer films over the years, makes everything appear in the set design of the titled 'Asylum' building, look every inch clinical, but not-quite-in-the-world-of-the-real! Roy Ashton, provides his skilled eye and hand on the make up of everything from quite nasty scars to 'what is trying to break out of that manikin?'  plus Douglas Gamley -  The City Of The Dead (61) , The Road to Hong Kong (62),  A Shot In The Dark (63) The Land Thar Time Forgot (74)- and moves the scrapes, thuds and off time clanks of Elisabeth Lutyens. Gamley thankfully was yet to discover the art of naff 'The Beats Must Die' score and sets a terrific and powerful kick off bringing in his arrangement of Mussorgsky's 'Night On Bald Mountain' and pieces of his own making, to make a film that not only looks frightening but also rips a score, that gets the toes a curling! So much to watch and hear. Along with this we have a VERY nice assortment of goodies in the EXTRA FEATURES department . .  


ABOVE: JUST LIKE AMICUS, the art and timing of the 'good build-up' in how we set the scene, ready for the lauch of this the SECOND AMICUS PCAS and SECOND SIGHT FILMS competition, was about to go live on facebook, shortly . . 


OUR PART FIVE of the FILMS OF PETER CUSHING which includes ASYLUM complete with rare stills gallery : HERE! 


THE EXTRA VALUE OF EXTRAS!
Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Camera Operator Neil Binney
 
Two’s a Company: 1972 On-set BBC report featuring interviews with Producer Milton Subotsky, Director Roy Ward Baker, Actors Charlotte Rampling, James Villiers, Megs Jenkins, Art Director Tony Curtis and Production Manager Teresa Bolland Screenwriter David J. Schow on Writer Robert Bloch Fiona Subotsky Remembers Milton Subotsky
 
Inside The Fear Factory: Featurette with Directors Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis and Producer Max J. Rosenberg
 
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys and original artwork
Limited Edition Contents

Rigid Slipcase Featuring New Artwork by Graham Humphreys
40 page booklet with new essays by Allan Bryce, Jon Towlson and Kat Ellinger
Reversible poster featuring new and original artwork
 


DID YOU MISS our FIRST AMICUS BLU RAY competition? IF SO, grab your opportunity to catch this one, at the FACEBOOK FAN PAGE of the Peter Cushing Appreciation Society : RIGHT HERE!

COMPETITION WINNERS BAG SECOND SIGHT 'HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' LIMITED EDITION BLU RAYS!


OVER AT THE FACEBOOK PCAS FAN PAGE, we have just reveled and announced our FOUR PCAS 'HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' BLU RAY COMPETITION WINNERS! Each of them have bagged a copy of the Second Sight Films LIMITED EDITION BLU RAY release of Amicus films, 'The House That Dripped Blood', starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Jon Pertwee and Ingrid Pitt 🙂 Well DONE! 🙂 Many thanks to the HUGE number of you who entered this very popular competition, and a BIG thank you to Second Sight films for sponsoring this PCAS competition. Don't despair, if you are not a WINNER, we have another PCAS /Second Sight EXCLUSIVE COMPETITION launching HERE and at the Facebook PCASUK Fan Page in just TWO HOURS time 🙂 You can win yourself, a copy from FOUR prizes of Amicus films ASYLUM, on blu ray, also from Second Sight Films, in what promises to be another great competition too.

MEANWHILE, BOTH titles are released on JULY 29th 2019 and you can PRE ORDER BOTH of these terrific Second Sight releases, by, CLICKING HERE and HERE!

Thursday, 20 June 2019

NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE DAY : ORWELL AND CUSHING IN 1954


TODAY is National Surveillance Camera day is the UK. When I first read that, I thought it was a joke! But no. So I have created a little tribute to the all seeing eyes along with and including Orwell's and Cushing's own historical statement on the practice of 'all seeing' for good or bad intentions . .. what is your thoughts on today's National Marking of the governments service, that LOOKS after us all?




Monday, 17 June 2019

TERENCE FISHER REMEMBERED TODAY


REMEMBERING TERENCE FISHER TODAY 😊 If you enjoy any of the better Hammer films of the 1950's and 60's . . this is the point, you doff your cap 😉 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. The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 was the first, it also lit the rocket that would spin Peter Cushing into a new and long lasting career within the fantasy genre and Christopher Lee, on scraping off the make up and anonymity as 'the monster', would soon don a cloak and a feral shocking performance as Dracula, that set him on path, for more Fisher, Cushing Hammer classics to come. The Mummy, The Gorgon, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, still stand, as maybe the best of Terence Fisher and Hammer. 



TERENCE FISHER was one of the most prominent horror directors of the second half of the 20th century. He was the first to bring gothic horror alive in full colour, and the sexual overtones and explicit horror in his films, while mild by modern standards, were unprecedented in his day. Fisher although aware of the terrifying elements of his Hammer films, would only smile when questioned about their shock factor, and answer...'I make wicked fairy tales...!' Fisher also along with Lee and Cushing, had a wicked sense of humor, hints of which can often been seen on the screen. Given their subject matter and lurid approach, Fisher's films, though commercially successful, were largely dismissed by critics during his career. It is only in recent years that Fisher has become recognised as an auteur in his own right . . .



'BACK IN MARCH 1980, I was just 19, living in Kent and scuffling back and forth to London, jobbing in very basic model and extra work, desperately earning my actors 'Equity Card'. With PCAS has my hobby, I was living in digs, that belonged to a family who were organizing a fantasy convention in London just a few weeks away. They were very kind people and good friends of Terence Fisher's, who had now retired, and was sadly, not in very good health. But he had agreed to attend the convention. While sitting in the kitchen one evening, I was star struck to hear, they were chatting with Fisher on the telephone. I had spent the last two days laughingly trying to get myself an agent in London, the shambolic details they shared with Fisher. Laughing into my coffee I shouted across the room, 'Ask him if he knows any charitable, kind and helpful agents!'. There was a pause and a howl of laughter. I asked, what was his answer? 'Oh, you'll never find one of them!' was his reply . . and he is still laughing down the phone!' 🤣🤣 Sadly, Fisher passed in June. I did get my Equity card, thanks to sponsors, actor Michael Ripper and Make up artist, Roy Ashton... who strangely enough, held a membership of the Equity Union, for many years! So, I sadly never got to meet Terence Fisher... but I did get to make him laugh 😀😊' Marcus Brooks




PETER CUSHING AND THE DIRECTORS: PART ONE OF FOUR: HERE!


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