Saturday, 18 January 2020

WE GOT WINNERS! HAVE YOU GOT THE PRIZES?? INDICATOR / POWERHOUSE BOX SET PRIZE!


CONGRATULATIONS STEWART and DAN! Stewart has bagged a copy of the #Indicator / #Powerhousefilms #Hammerfilms box set, 'Hammer Volume Four : Faces of Evil' ... which in it's four remastered Hammer films blu rays includes a superb remaster of #PeterCushing's 'The Revenge of Frankenstein' with some great extras PLUS a copy of Indicator's remastered blu ray of 'Time Without Pity' starring Michael Redgrave and Peter Cushing. Our 'runner up' Dan Evans has won a copy of 'Time Without Pity' too! Well done chaps! In the last of our FIVE #PCAS Cushing Christmas #Competitions, I trust you will feel that these goodies as a post Christmas bonus? 😉


MANY THANKS to everyone who took part in this all our other competitions this Christmas and all our other many PCAS Competitions throughout 2019! Thank too to our very generous sponsor Indicator / Powerhouse. You ca now purchase your own copies of Hammer Volume Four : Faces of Evil and 'Time without Pity' DIRECTLY from Powerhouse HERE and HERE! 


OUR PCASUK review feature and gallery  on INDICATOR's blu ray remastered release of 'TINE WITHOUT PITY' HERE!Our review of Hammer Volume FOUR : Taste of Fear, is on it's way! 

MANY THANKS ALSO to all our sponsors last year for supporting and providing some superb prizes and giveaways, these include Warner Brothers, Second Light Films, Twilight Time and many many others!

HERE'S TO #2020 and a whole year of exciting opportunities and PCAS Competitions! 

Friday, 17 January 2020

GOODBYE MR FOWLDS! ACTOR DEREK FOWLDS DIES AGED 82 TODAY


VERY SAD NEWS to report today, Derek Fowlds has sadly passed away aged 82. He was best known for playing Bernard Woolley in the British television comedies 'Yes, Minister' and 'Yes, Prime Minister', and Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama 'Heartbeat', a role he played for 18 years. Fowlds was familiar to British television viewers as 'Mr. Derek' in the children's series The Basil Brush Show, replacing Rodney Bewes as presenter. He co-starred with Peter Cushing in Hammer's Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)


MANY COMMENTS and tributes to Derek today at the . Many remembering him for his Mr Fowlds with Basil Brush, but also of course his connection with Peter Cushing and role of the slimy Johan in #Hammerfilms 'FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN'. In his youth, Fowlds had very much aspired in the ambition to become a footballer. He first tried acting in school plays as a bit of a lark. "Just for kicks" he later decided to pursue the profession more seriously, going on to train at RADA where he debuted on stage in a 1961 production of "The Miracle Worker" at London's Wyndham Theatre. Thereafter, he popped up in the occasional motion picture, but was considerably more prolific on the small screen where he regularly alternated between comedy and drama. Early on, he played the lead in his own short-lived detective series, Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966). His autobiography "A Part Worth Playing" was released in 2015.


 READ ALL ABOUT Susan Denberg, Derek Fowlds and the cast of Hammer Films 'FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN' in the above feature : HERE





DEREK WAS A very approachable and friendly chap, for the past few years Derek enjoyed appearing at various signing meetings in London, where he proved to be popular and made quite a few new friends between collectors and other signers during the well attended weekends. Again, another actor who maybe Hammer films should have utilised in other films during the mid and late 1960's. His playing of Johann, always makes me want to 'throttle him!' .... well played indeed. Goodbye Mr Fowlds, we won't forget you
Derek Fowlds 1937 -2020


Thursday, 16 January 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLINE MUNRO AT HAMMER @WHITBY PLUS WINNERS READY?


PLEASE JOIN US in wishing actress CAROLINE MUNRO a VERY Happy Birthday today! A wonderful actress and an absolute sweety! Her Peter Cushing connection is of course her appearance in Hammer films Dracula AD 1972' in which Peter Cushing played Van Helsing and her co starring role in Amicus films 'At The Earth's Core' with Peter Cushing and Doug McClure. I know of no one who works harder on the convention circuit to make meeting her a special event! Many Happy Returns and Have Smashing Day, Caroline!


THE VERY POPULAR CAROLINE MUNRO PCASUK Dracula AD 1972 Gallery : 
Just HIT HERE!








THE LAST of the PCAS Cushing Christmas Competitions.. Number five, closed a few days ago. TOMORROW we will be revealing the winning entries and FIRST PRIZE WINNER NAME and RUNNER UP WINNER NAME too! First prize is copy of the #Indicator / #Powerhousefilms blu ray box set HAMMER Volume Four : Faces of Evil, which contains FOUR #Hammerfilms releases, 'The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll', 'The Damned', 'Taste of Fear' AND... 'The Revenge of #Frankenstein', starring Peter Cushing as The Baron, in the sequel to the first Hammer Frankenstein film of 1957, 'The Curse of Frankenstein'!

THE EXTRAS on the Indicator Box Set release are also really quite special and include the 'never before released' behind the scenes footage of Cushing on set during the making of 'The Revenge of Frankenstein' at #Braystudios! A full spec of the box set and it's extras, you can see below! As well, as winning this great box set, your win will also include a copy of Indicator's recent blu ray remastered release of the 1957 fab crime thriller, starring Michael Redgrave AND #PeterCushing, 'Time Without Pity'. . . there is also a copy of this blu ray for the 'Runner up!' SECOND WINNERS NAME drawn out of the deep and creepy hat! Are YOU our LUCKY WINNERS? Find out Tomorrow! 😉😃 - Marcus


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Sunday, 12 January 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL ASPEL : WAS IT GOOD FOR YOU TOO?


HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL ASPEL! 😀😃 Here's a man who has such a well known face and reputation on UK television, that when he appears on the screen, it's almost like your favourite Uncle, has come to tea! Aspel's career has been a prolific to say the least! Starting in working as a reporter for the local press, by the early sixties, he had become one of four regular newsreaders on BBC national television, along with Richard Baker, Robert Dougall and Corbet Woodall. Then becoming a regular face presenting BBC flagship programming like 'Come Dancing', 'Crackerjack', 'Ask Aspel', and the Miss World beauty contest, which he covered 14 times.



IT WAS ON A EPISODE of his weekly children's tv show Ask Aspel, where children requested clips of their favourite tv shows, that Aspel first worked with Cushing on January 7th 1974. The next time would be quite 'unexpected' and yet quite an event! After a long spell fronting his own very popular ITV talk show and the horrendous 'never ending' afternoon programme 'Give Us A Clue' that Aspel took over fronting ITV's long running favourite, 'This Is your Life' when host Eamonn Andrews died in 1987 until its run ended in 2003.





ABOVE: ACTRESS JOANNA LUMLEY and actor FREDDIE JONES, both who appeared in Hammer films 'THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA' (1973) with Cushing! Freddie starred with Cushing in Hammer films, 'FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED' (1969) Lumley also starred with Cushing in the very first episode of 'THE NEW AVENGERS' called 'the Eagle's Nest' in 1976.

DURING THAT RUN, Aspel surprised Peter Cushing, with his 'Big Red Book' on 21st February 1990. Cushing's 'This Is your Life' episode almost didn't happen, when the secret cover of surprise was blown a few weeks before the recording. Cushing never let on he knew 'he was coming!' and Aspel did a great job steering Cushing, who at this time could be quite unpredictable during live recordings, through an army of guests who had worked with Peter over the years. One surprise guest was Ursula Andress, who had flown quite a journey to be there for Cushing's evening. When she was announced and grandly made her way onto the set to hug Peter, he welcomed her with hugs when she made a reference to the film they made together.. 'She' in 1965. 'She who must be obeyed!' said Andress. Cushing suggestively replied with glee, 'Oh and you still are darling...What would you like me to DO?' which got a big laugh.


I BELIEVE IT WAS quite a task for the 'This Is Your Life' team, after much research and study to decide on guests for the show. Guests had to be special, entertaining, engaging and guaranteed not to run away from Aspel when he shock surprised them with the book and the evening's planned recording before a live audience, of their lives shared with the public. Aspel had specially requested Peter Cushing be used in the series, several times. The start of preparation and plans were almost uncovered each time and the shows were cancelled. Eventually, Aspel got his wish and Peter Cushing had an evening he would never forget! Thank you for that Mr Aspel ...and a VERY Happy Birthday to YOU!


TWO PAGES from Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee's scripts. BOTH from Hammer Dracula films. Cushing's from 'The Satanic Rites of Dracula' (1973) and Lee's 'Taste the Blood of Dracula' (1970) BOTH films had a trying and difficult 'birthing' process . . I think for both Cushing and Lee, making a Hammer Dracula film, was a different experience. . . but it is now, both interesting and quite amusing how Lee and Cushing dealt with prep for the role, short-falls of the script, the detail, the dialogue... Cushing as we know, loaded his scripts with yards of notes, references, costume suggestions and anything that would aid him in doing his best on the screen.. he was quite meticulous.

LEE IN THIS INSTANCE, makes no secret of again being not at all happy with the contents of the page... or any page I would guess. Linda Hayden's Alice lines of 'Master, Master, you are back!' and her '(Whimpering Passionately: Love me! Love Me!) are given the short shrift note with ' Ridiculous Lines!' and another 'NO!' ... for Lee, it must have been extremely frustrating.


ABOVE AND BELOW : The PCASUK guide to 'Hammer's Dracula Franchise' PART ONE HERE and PART TWO HERE


I HAVE SHARED many times that personally I feel Hammer's Dracula's are 'films of moments' 😊😉 Some scenes are very good indeed. Others cringing. I am sure you have watched them all many times..so over at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE I am asking, is there any scene, line of dialogue or sequence, that if you hand a magic wand, you would change today?? Marcus 
 



 

LUCKY PCAS WINNERS ANNOUNCED AND COMPETITION FIVE STILL LIVE!


FOUR OF THE FIVE PCAS CUSHING CHRISTMAS COMPETITIONS LUCKY WINNERS have now been drawn and you will find the WINNING ENTRIES and the COMPETITION ANSWERS here on the LINKS below and at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE, which was posted on JANUARY 2020! Congratulations everyone who was lucky to bag yourselves some superb PRIZES this Christmas 😀 There is ONE Cushing Christmas Competition that is STILL LIVE, Competition FIVE,  but it closes at MIDNIGHT GMT. So if you have not entered, there is still time to get YOUR ENTRY IN NOW! GOOD LUCK! 😮😀

THE LINKS TO THE FOUR COMPETITION RESULTS AND WINNERS NAMES ARE HERE: COMPETITION ONE!   COMPETITION TWO!  COMPETITION THREE!   COMPETITION FOUR! 



CUSHING CHRISTMAS COMPETITION FIVE can be found HERE at the Facebook PCASUK Fan Page and is OPEN and LIVE until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT GMT! Good Luck! 😊😉 - Marcus 

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

NEWS: SCREAM FACTORY SETS APRIL 28TH 2020 RELEASE FOR HAMMER / SHAW BROS CUSHING BLU RAY


NEWS: SCREAM FACTORY have announced they are to release HAMMER FILMS 'SHATTER' (1974) starring STUART WHITMAN and PETER CUSHING on BLU RAY! It has a planned RELEASE DATE of APRIL 28TH 2020 is a REGION A release , but no news or details of SPEC or EXTRAS. We'll keep you posted here ;)



FOR THOSE OF YOU who have never come across this one, in the Cushing Filmography, it's an interesting role. It's a GUEST STAR appearance, but a performance that even though brief, gives screen time, to a Cushing relaxed 'turn' that surprisingly boarders at times, to the edge that Cushing gave to his performance of Baron Frankenstein in Hammer's 1969 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed'! 'Shatter' also known as Call Him Mr Shatter and They Call Him Mr Shatter is a 1974 British-Hong Kong action film starring Stuart Whitman, Lung Ti, Lily Li, Anton Diffring and Peter Cushing in his last film for Hammer Studios. It was the second and final international co-production between Hammer Studios of England and Shaw Brothers Studio of Hong Kong as part of the 'Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires' package. The film was shot entirely on location in Hong Kong and was first released in 1974 in UK.

 





Thursday, 2 January 2020

PCASUK CUSHING CHRISTMAS COMPETITION WINNER NUMBER FOUR!!


THE DRAWING OF OUR FOUR LUCKY PCAS Christmas Cushing Competition Winners, is happening throughout today, at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE TODAY! SO HERE COMES NUMBER FOUR!

CONGRATULATIONS FRANTIC FRANKY.. and a Happy New Year!  😃😊😀

THE ANSWER we were looking for was . .  D) Berkley Square! Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition

FOUR PCASUK CHRISTMAS COMPETITIONS are now closed, and proved to be our VERY popular indeed! We shall be sure to do it all again in Christmas 2020! ONE competition, for our New Year remains open until Jan 12th 2020! CERTAINLY worth a try 😉  JUST CLICK HERE!

LUCKY WINNER OF SECOND SIGHT FILMS HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' COMPETITION REVEALED!


CONGRATULATIONS ROXANNE The ANSWER to this competition was C) WAXWORKS! Hmm we had some very interesting answers though, so for some not that easy Many thank s to all of you who entered and of course to our very supportive sponsor, SECOND SIGHT FILMS. YOU read our PCAS feature and review of this release RIGHT HERE! 



YOU CAN ORDER YOUR COPY of Second Sight Films REMASTERED BLU RAY of Amicus films, 'THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' DIRECTLY  HERE!

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