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Calling all “Dr. Who” fans! Calling all “Dr. Who” fans! Is Peter Cushing, who also played Grand Moff–no, not that one–Tarkin in Star Wars, your favorite Doctor? Do you think of the Doctor as a doddering old human inventor who looks good in spectacles and a mustache? Were you filled with outright disdain and disgust
- Drew Boynton
As someone who writes a lot about Doctor Who, I’m frequently asked the following question by friends and colleagues who are interested in starting to watch the show: “Which episode should I check out first?”
It’s a very good question—and a very difficult one to answer. The British time travel show—which returns to BBC America on August 23—was first broadcast in the U.K. way back in 1963, and there are now literally hundreds of adventures from which to choose.
Should I recommend a show which properly introduced one of the recent Doctors, like 2005′s Christopher Eccleston »
- Clark Collis
In 1977 a phenomenon dawned. Marvel Comics published the very first Star Wars comic-book series. Now, the House of Ideas is re-presenting those original adventures in its over-sized Omnibus format - Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years collecting Star Wars (1977) #1-44 and Annual #1.
It's the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and ends with Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils - from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one "t"). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! Revisit all your old favorites and discover some new ones!
There's no doubt, the Force is strong with this collection! »
He’s been played by everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Max Headroom. Yet the latest incarnation of the world’s greatest detective is a choice that makes you wonder why he hasn’t been selected before. Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his metallurgic activities in X-men: Days Of Future Past, has taken off his helmet and donned a Homberg to Tweet an image of himself in costume for the forthcoming Mr Holmes.
The pictorial solution is below…
@IanMcKellen: Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn.
Previously known as A Slight Trick Of The Mind, the project reteams McKellen with Gods And Monsters director Bill Condon in the tale of a decidedly mature Sherlock in reflective mood over his extraordinary career and entanglements. One of the latter would surely be cast mate Laura Linney, in this adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s »
- Steve Palace
Whether by accident or design, Martin Freeman let the world in on the secret of Sherlock’s 2015 one-off episode weeks ago. Though the C-word was absent from the BBC’s official announcement, Freeman’s rogue comments identified the episode as “a Christmas special”, which is motivation enough for us to fire up the wild speculation engines.
As Arthur Conan Doyle readers will tell you, one Sherlock Holmes story in particular is ripe for adaptation as a Christmas special. With its playful plot, lack of murder or violence, and frothy story of a hapless jewel theft, The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle essentially is a nineteenth century Christmas special. It’s a quirky 27-page mystery with a happy ending that finds the Great Detective in a jocund, sportive mood. It features a goose, a »
1976 saw the publication of John Brosnan’s excellent book The Horror People. Written during the summer of 1975, it makes interesting reading 40 years down the line. Those who feature prominently in the book – Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Jack Arnold, Michael Carreras, Sam Arkoff, Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Milton Subotsky – were still alive, as were Ralph Bates, Mario Bava, Jimmy Carreras, John Carradine, Dan Curtis, John Gilling, Robert Fuest, Michael Gough, Val Guest, Ray Milland, Robert Quarry and Michael Ripper, all of whom were given a mention. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Junior, Michael Reeves and James H Nicholson were not long dead. Hammer, Amicus and American International Pictures were still in existence. George A Romero had yet to achieve his prominence and Stephen King wasn’t even heard of!
Brosnan devoted a chapter to a new British company called Tyburn Films. Founded by the charismatic and ambitious Kevin Francis, »
(Love means: following your wife in death, after first killing off everyone you hold responsible for her demise...) In the late fifties, sixties and early seventies, horror fans young and old flocked to cinemas to see three iconic actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. All three brought class to even the crappiest of pictures, all three were better actors than they were being given credit for at the time, and all three possessed wonderful speaking voices. But on that last point, Vincent Price was the winner. As a kid, I primarily knew Price's voice from the monologue at the end of Michael Jackson's song Thriller. But I became a full-fledged fan of Vincent Price when I saw The Abominable Doctor Phibes, a...
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That’s right, Kasterborites – it’s time to defend the Peter Cushing Dalek movies of the 1960s. “But are they ever under attack?” I hear you ask. Well yes, actually. You may think it’s just the anonymous posters on the forums who like to challenge the films’ integrity, (“Are they canon?” being the oft-asked question!), but
- Alex Skerratt
Whether you loved it or hated it, the first trailer for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy released in February certainly had an impact on comic book fans around the world, set to the Blue Swede classic tune "Hooked on a Feeling." YouTube user The Usual Suspect has managed to cut together footage from the original Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi) into a new trailer that captures the same tone and plot points from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Some fans may consider Guardians of the Galaxy to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of Star Wars, since it is essentially set in a "galaxy far, far away" from the previous Marvel movies and follows a similar group of "rebels" trying to restore balance to the galaxy. »
Horror tends to come in many forms, but it can be truly at its best when something so offbeat comes along that feels truly original. The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rides Again make up Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray collection The Complete Dr. Phibes and manage to have this feel. These are two movies that stand out in the seventies as going against the trend when it comes to horror, becoming something that is truly special and felt tailor-made for its star Vincent Price.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes is our first introduction to the character as he seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife’s death. Using the nine Biblical plagues as inspiration for his murders the police are at first baffled, then the evidence begins to show that Dr. Anton Phibes, thought killed in a car accident may not be dead at all. »
- Paul Metcalf
Before the TV show of the same name came out in 1989, there was the Tales from the Crypt movie. Released in 1972, this British anthology horror film explored multiple matters of the macabre, from a Christmas Eve killer to a Chinese figurine that grants three wishes, and also featured the legendary Peter Cushing in one of its tales.
A sequel to Tales from the Crypt, titled Vault of Horror, came out in 1973 and Scream Factory has announced plans to release both of these horror anthologies as a double feature Blu-ray later this year.
Appearing on Blu-ray for the first time, the Tales from the Crypt/Vault of Horror double feature is set to be released sometime this fall. Scream Factory also announced that they will release 1985′s The Doctor and the Devils, a gothic thriller centered on grave robbers, on Blu-ray for the first time this fall, as well:
“Since tomorrow is our 2 Year Anniversary, »
- Derek Anderson
Last week, we flagged up that Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker’s name had been posted on IMDb in the cast list for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII film and invited fellow Kasterborites to come up with other Who-Star Wars links. You did good work… but now we’re going for the Mother List: 1. Peter Cushing
- James Lomond
We like to celebrate great actors at Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club. We’ve had past shows highlighting the careers of Charles Bronson, Boris Karloff, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Burt Reynolds. On Tuesday, June 3rd, we’re offering a double dose of Actor Madness with Super-8 Robert Redford/Paul Newman Movie Madness!
That’s right, these two Oscar-winners paired up famously in two films: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Sting and we’ll be showing both of those. To highlight Mr. Redford’s solo career we’ll be showing Jeremiah Johnson and The Great Waldo Pepper. And Mr. Newman’s solo career will be represented with The Towering Inferno and Slap Shot.
- Tom Stockman
Sir Christopher Lee was born 92 years ago today, on May 27, 1922 and we want to wish him a very Happy Birthday! Even at the age of 92, he shows no signs of slowing down, and continues to be involved in a number of music and movie projects.
How is Christopher Lee celebrating his birthday? Last year, he released Charlemagne: The Omens of Death and he has followed that up with a brand new heavy metal album that is available today.
The new album is titled Metal Knight and features seven new tracks. The official Charlemagne Productions website has an audio player on their site that will allow you to preview Metal Knight and the previous releases before you buy them. Unfortunately, it will not play on iOS devices due to to it being a Flash audio player, so keep that in mind if you’re visiting with an iPhone. You can also »
- Jonathan James
Very few actors had the kind of impact that Peter Cushing had on genre cinema. With a career that spanned nearly five decades, Peter Cushing had the chance to play Van Helsing, Victor Frankenstein, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and dozens of other memorable characters, including Star Wars‘ Grand Moff Tarkin. Today would have been Peter Cushing’s 101st birthday and I thought it would be a great opportunity to highlight a number of his films, especially some of his lesser-known films, for new horror fans who may just be getting into Hammer films and other cult classics.
Born on May 26th, 1913 in Surrey, England, Peter Cushing would take on his first movie role in 1939′s The Man in the Iron Mask. His big splash in horror movies, and a long-time friendship with Christopher Lee, started with 1957′s The Curse of Frankenstein and continued for nearly forty years. While his role »
- Jonathan James
Why Watch? A few years ago I had the extreme pleasure of seeing a vintage Shaw Brothers movie that I wasn’t allowed to talk about because a theater — let’s call it the Schmalamo Schmafthouse — was working out a deal to secure a lot more reels. There was so much magic in it. Not only the gorgeous fight choreography, but also the sheen of creative aggression and semi-fantastical adventure. It was a big movie that didn’t feel expensive. A contradiction that must have taken an immense amount of skill. With a half century of cinema under their black belts, the Shaw Brothers were luminaries in the popularization of kung fu movies, and now The Seventh Art (via IndieWire) has stumbled upon this excellent BBC documentary from 1975 which chronicles star David Chiang’s rise to prominence and the studio’s unusual techniques. Taste for Adventure; Fists of Fire is an incredible little gem that feeds the »
- Scott Beggs
One of our favorite horror events of the year is Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, which takes place every September and shows eight classic horror movies over two nights on a huge drive-in screen. Last year, they dedicated the entire event to movies featuring Peter Cushing and this year they have another memorable lineup that classic horror fans should dig watching outdoors, including one night dedicated to the films of Italian horror director Mario Bava.
The tribute to Italian director Mario Bava takes place Friday night with screenings of four of his films: Planet of the Vampires, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, Kill Baby Kill, and The House of Exorcism.
All films are presented in vintage style via 35mm prints, with old-school trailers, shorts, and intermission classics playing throughout the marathon that »
- Derek Anderson
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
House of the Long Shadows (1983)
Directed by Pete Walker
Cast: Desi Arnaz Jr. (Kenneth Magee), Vincent Price (Lionel Grisbane), Peter Cushing (Sebastian Grisbane), John Carradine (Lord Elijah Grisbane), Christopher Lee (Corrigan), Sheila Keith (Victoria Grisbane), Julie Peasgood (Mary Norton), Richard Todd (Sam Allyson), Louise English (Diane Caulder), Richard Hunter (Andrew Caulder)
I like to think of “House of the Long Shadows” as kind of the super group of horror films. What I mean is that typically that term is reserved for the music field for example, Damn Yankees, Asia, Velvet Revolver, Audioslave. Hopefully, you get the point. It’s professionals who have already made their own fame and fortune alone or with another group, but band together for a second helping of notoriety. I don’t know if anyone in this film »
With its ferociously-scrutinized production schedule, the new Star Wars movie has given rise to a whole Death Star full of rumours. However, Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool claims to have bona fide spies in the House of J.J. Abrams and has just revealed the existence of a title for Episode VII.
The title is The Ancient Fear.
Reportedly it is a reference to a villain played by Max Von Sydow. It’s a reasonable assumption that Von Sydow would be on the Dark Side anyway, following the tradition of casting screen legends such as Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in previous roles. He could of course be playing a mild-mannered Jedi gardener but I can’t see that at this stage.
Knowles has apparently been keeping this epic nugget to himself for the past month until he could verify the story. In true Obi Wan Kenobi fashion he »
- Steve Palace
The biggest headline of the week, without question, was the casting announcement that officially confirmed original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker were returning for Star Wars: Episode VII. To celebrate the news, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has dug deep into their vaults to share the original casting announcements for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which date all the way back to 1975 with small blurbs in the La Times, Variety and Box Office Magazine.
Things kick off with an announcement of the movie, followed by the casting of the main leads. There is even a photo of a movie ticket from an advanced screening, which you can check out here:
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