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The great Christopher Lee may no longer be with us, but he will live on forever through his many memorable performances. One of his most iconic turns in front of the camera came from playing the titular bloodsucker in 1970's Scars of Dracula, a nightmare-inducing role depicted with incredible detail by Star Ace Toys' new sixth scale figure from Sideshow.
From Sideshow Collectibles: "Not just an actor but also soldier, spy, linguist, Knight of the British Empire and heavy metal enthusiast, Christopher Lee made over 250 films in his long career, including appearing in the most beloved film franchises of all time, James Bond, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The role that thrust Lee into the global spotlight was a time honoured character that had already become indelibly associated with another actor. But Lee’s portrayal and popularity in the role of Dracula for Hammer Films made the tall »
- Derek Anderson
Brigitte Horney is not much remembered today, despite a long, distinguished career (films for Siodmak, Wegener, Fanck, the Nazi Baron Munchausen). Tarantino's name-checking of her during the pub games of Inglourious Basterds is probably her one star moment. Maybe the porn star name doesn't help: if Emil Jannings had been christened Emil Bigballs, he might not enjoy the status he currently has.Horney did not confine her activities to Germany: Secret Lives is a version of the Mata Hari history/legend produced in Britain with a French director, the versatile, some would say hacky, Edmond T. Gréville, whose most famous British creation was the 1960 camp classic Beat Girl (John Barry score; Gillian Hills; Christopher Lee; Oliver Reed; striptease and juvenile delinquency). But his '30s and '40s work, mostly in France, was generally slick and stylish.As a flagrant roman à clef treatment of the career of a celebrated seductress, »
Next stop, cannibalism! The subway tunnels below London are home to flesh-eating horrors in Death Line, aka Raw Meat. Featuring Donald Pleasence and Christopher Lee, a new 2K restoration of the 1972 film will be released on a special Blu-ray / DVD Collector's Edition from Blue Underground early next year.
From Blue Underground: "We promised a new title announcement this week, so here it is: We're excited to bring Gary Sherman's Death Line (aka Raw Meat) to Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world! We're doing a new 2K restoration from the original uncut British negative, supervised by Sherman. The Blu-ray will be loaded with new interviews, audio commentary, and more. Includes reversible sleeve with Death Line artwork (front) and classic Raw Meat theatrical art (reverse). We're shooting for an early 2017 release. Until then, mind the doors..."
Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): "For generations they've lingered beneath the streets of London. »
- Derek Anderson
British horror was still going through a transitional phase by the early ‘70s. Trying to turn people’s perception away from cobweb strewn castles and fog laden swamps, they played in the modern day with such classics as Tales from the Crypt, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Vault of Horror, Theatre of Blood, and Asylum. (Okay, those are either anthologies or Vincent Price films, but there are many other goodies as well.) So strong was the vibe that an American made the leap across the pond for his directorial debut, Raw Meat Aka Death Line (1972), a grimy, funny, and surprisingly poignant first effort from Gary Sherman (Dead and Buried).
Released in England in ’72 under the original Death Line title, it would take until September of ’73 to be unleashed on American soil by Aip under its better known moniker. Critics were decidedly mixed on Raw Meat; Roger Ebert considered it a “good debut” for Sherman, »
- Scott Drebit
It’s a sad time to be a cinephile these days. So many of the greats seem to be dropping off, from Robin Williams to Leonard Nemoy to Christopher Lee. This last week saw the passing of another cinematic giant. Gene Wilder died on August 29th at the age of 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. Ever aware of his place in the cultural pantheon, for the last three years of his life he kept the specifics of his disease private: not out of vanity, but compassion. He didn’t want to upset the thousands of children who knew him as the
In Memoriam: The 5 Best Performances of Gene Wilder »
- Brian Hadsell
While the Blu-ray / DVD cover art and special features for The Skull have not yet been revealed, we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details. In the meantime, we have a look at Kino Lorber's official announcement below, as well as the film's poster and trailer. Will you be adding The Skull to your home media collection?
From Kino Lorber: "Coming Soon on DVD and Blu-ray! Bonus Features to be Announced Soon!
The Skull (1965) Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green, Patrick Magee, Michael Gough, George Coulouris and Peter Woodthorpe - Based on story "The Skull of the Marquis de Sade" by Robert Bloch - Screenplay by Milton Subotsky - Directed »
- Derek Anderson
Coming off a successful first film, many talented directors fall victim to the dreaded “sophomore slump,” the second film in a director’s catalogue that builds so much hype, anticipation, and expectations that it’s nearly impossible to find any sort of success.
Hype and expectation couldn’t have been higher in 2013 when a relatively unknown director with only a few short films under his belt took the reins of the Evil Dead reboot. With Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert providing support, director Fede Alvarez crafted a stunning, gory, and terrifying film.
Now in theaters, Don’t Breathe is Mr. Alvarez’s second feature film, and I had the opportunity to talk with the filmmaker about his success, inspirations and influences, cinematic pairings, and guilty pleasures.
Congrats on all the success, Fede. Evil Dead is one of my favorite reboots to date and Don’t Breathe is fantastic. »
- Monte Yazzie
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has announced some of the Signature Programs for its 24th edition. Hiff announced a selection of films that will screen as part of the returning Conflict & Resolution and Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights programs. Hiff will also launch Air, Land, & Sea, a brand new section of the festival that focuses on global issues of environmental conservation, clean water, and the integrity of our planet’s natural resources, with an ocean-centric focus.
“Our Signature Programs help to elevate the content of the festival’s programming with films that continue to provide audiences with thought provoking material,” said David Nugent, Hiff Artistic Director. “Our hope with Air, Land, and Sea is for the festival to embrace the global discussion on environmental issues, and build »
- Kate Erbland
The 12 Years A Slave director will be presented with the honour at this year’s Lff awards ceremony.
Oscar-winning British film-maker Steve McQueen will be presented with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s BFI London Film Festival (October 5-16) awards ceremony.
Born in London, McQueen was a Turner Prize-winning artist before turning his hand to film-making. The award will be presented to the director in recognition of his feature films Hunger, Shame and 12 Years A Slave, all of which played at previous editions of the London Film Festival.
His 2013 biographical drama 12 Years A Slave received critical plaudits and won three Academy Awards from nine nominations, including Best Picture.
Steve McQueen commented “I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago. To think that I will now be a Fellow and honorary »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Oscar-winning director-writer-producer Steve McQueen will receive the British Film Institute’s highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s awards ceremony Oct. 15 at London’s Banqueting House.
Josh Berger, chair of the BFI, said: “He is one of the most influential and important British artists of the past 25 years and his work, both short- and long-form, has consistently explored the endurance of humanity — even when it is confronted by inhumane cruelty — with a poetry and visual style that he has made his own.”
McQueen commented: “I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago. To think that I will now be a fellow and honorary member, with such a distinguished list of people, is mind-blowing. I’m humbly honored.”
The BFI Fellowship is being awarded to McQueen “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture,” showcased in his range of artworks and three multi-award-winning features, »
- Leo Barraclough
A poster has arrived online for writer-director Neil Johnson’s upcoming sci-fi thriller The Time War. The film is narrated by the late British screen legend Christopher Lee in one of his final roles and also stars Tracey Birdsall (Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter) and Barry Corbin (WarGames); take a look below…
The Time War fixes on the thrilling, entertaining scenario that imagines Adolf Hitler travelling back in time and rewriting history.
- Amie Cranswick
Arrow Video has now given horror fans several big reasons to look forward to November, as they will keep the scary spirits alive post-Halloween with Us / UK Blu-ray releases of The Initiation and The Driller Killer, a Us Blu-ray / DVD release of C.H.U.D., and a UK Blu-ray / DVD release of Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf.
From Arrow Video’s official Facebook page: “New Us Title Announcement: C.H.U.D Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD
The ultimate underground movie experience
North American Blu-ray pre-order link should be live soon!
They’Re Not Staying Down There, Anymore!
In downtown Manhattan, a police captain’s hunt for his missing wife leads to the discovery of a series of mysterious disappearances in the area. »
- Derek Anderson
★★★☆☆ There are few who now remember the Count Yorga films, loose, modern reworkings of Dracula. Both films were modestly successful on their 1970 and 1971 releases despite their slip into relative obscurity. Beating both the 70s blaxploitation classic Blacula and Hammer's own funky Dracula, A.D. 1972 to the screen by two years, Bob Kelljan's Count Yorga, Vampire is a creaky but charming entry into the genre, headed by a charismatic lead turn by Robert Quarry. Where Lugosi's Dracula was all cool, aristocratic power, and Christopher Lee's blood-lust and rage, Quarry's Count is defined by his sneer, curling his lip at the mortals hovering around him, cowing them into submission with his self- satisfied intellect.
- CineVue UK
Probably the last creditable Dracula sequel and one of the better Hammer productions of the period, despite the fact that the vampire Count himself was a late addition to the mix. Ralph Bates as the fiendish Lord Courtley was intended to take over the reins from Christopher Lee as the continuing menace but the Us distributor insisted on Lee returning to star. »
- TFH Team
Two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “Violet”) is the latest name to be announced in the casting of Chicago’s most anticipated fall theater production. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” which begins performances at the PrivateBank Theatre Sept. 27, will be led by Henry as Aaron Burr. Read: “Joshua Henry Bares His Soul in ‘Violet’ ” The actor (who worked with Miranda in the original Broadway production of “In the Heights”) just completed the Broadway run of George C. Wolfe’s “Shuffle Along,” originating the role of Noble Sissle. He joins previously announced “Hamilton” Chicago cast members Karen Olivo as Angelica Schuyler, Miguel Cervantes as Alexander Hamilton, Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton, Chris Lee as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Jose Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, and Alexander Gemignani as King George III. »
Gloria DeHaven, star of countless classic MGM musicals of the 1940s and ’50s, died Saturday at age 91, TheWrap has learned. According to her daughter, Faith Fincher-Finkelstein, DeHaven suffered a stroke about three months ago and passed on Saturday while in hospice care in Las Vegas, surrounded by family. DeHaven was one of the few stars remaining from Hollywood’s Golden Age of film, when no problem couldn’t by solved be tap dancing through it and every broken heart could be healed with a song. Also Read: Emmys Obit Segment Neglects 'Batman' Star Yvonne Craig, Christopher Lee and »
- Rosemary Rossi
Waving goodbye to I, Ball 2 we look to the future, crossing our fingers and hoping that our next title in the Your Sinclair Top 100 will be something quite frankly brilliant. Then to see that we have real life British music, film and television greats involved in our next release it can only mean that No.#34 must be great…right!? Then in enters Deus Ex Machina from Automata UK.
Deus Ex Machina was created by Mel Croucher, Andrew Stagg in 1984; this highly-original game starts in the final bowel movements of a dead mouse, and following this we see the fertilisation, gestation, birth, life and subsequent death of a human being (here known as a defect) within the Machine. The game was “played” to a rather excellent recorded musical narration of numerous stars which included Jon Pertwee, Ian Dury and Frankie Howerd amongst others.
I highlighted “played” above as in truth Deus Ex Machina »
"You will unite, or you will fall." The first film in the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy first hit theaters December of 2001, nearly 15 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Miguel Branco edited together a brand new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and it's rather wonderful. This is one of my all-time favorite films (only topped by The Return of the King) and I still remember seeing it in theaters on a cold, snowy night in December. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo, with Sean Astin as Samwise, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf; including Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, and many others. This trailer should make you smile, and put a tear in your eye. Hard to believe it has been 15 years. Here's the fan-made 15th anniversary trailer for The Lord of the Rings »
- Alex Billington
In keeping with the last wishes of his dear friend Sir Christopher Lee, actor, producer, 70mm camera operator, film authority extraordinaire, adventurer, stunt man and now distributor Douglas Dunning is announcing that Jinnah, the film that he licensed to Turner Classic Movies (TCM), which stars his late friend Sir Christopher Lee, will have its world …
- Jonathan Stryker
There's nothing more earnest than an English national epic, and this is a valiant expedition that becomes a low-key disaster. Told straight and clean, it's a primer on how to behave in the face of doom. Scott of the Antarctic Region B Blu-ray Studiocanal (UK) 1948 / Color / 1:37 Academy / 110 min. / Street Date June 6, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK £ 14.99 Starring John Mills, Derek Bond, Harold Warrender, James Robertson Justice, Kenneth More, Reginald Beckwith. Cinematography Osmond Borradaile, Jack Cardiff, Geoffrey Unsworth Editor Peter Tanner Original Music Vaughan Williams Written by Walter Meade, Ivor Montagu, Mary Hayley Bell Produced by Michael Balcon Directed by Charles Frend
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
English film companies fell on hard times during the postwar austerity period. But the relatively small Ealing Studios maintained its creative underdog brand even after it was taken over by Rank, and is still celebrated for wartime greats like Went the Day Well?, the singular masterpiece Dead of Night, »
- Glenn Erickson
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