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It’s Hammer Time When Warner Bros. Releases Horror Classics Collection Vol.1 This October

24 June 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Warner Bros. is gearing up to give fans of Hammer Horror a Halloween treat, when they unleash Horror Classics, Vol. 1 on October 6th. A four film Bluray boxset featuring Hammer classics Taste the Blood of Dracula; Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and The Mummy, the boxset is just what horror lovers need to fill their Hammer, Cushing and Lee fixes.

Being a huge fan of Hammer Films and not only their classic films, but even the recent revival of the studio (Let Me In, The Woman In Black, The Quiet Ones), this announcement brings quite the smile to my face and I’m sure you horror lovers feel the same.

The Mummy (1959)

In this vivid Technicolor® reincarnation of The Mummy, screen horror icon Christopher Lee wraps on the moldy gauze bandages and emerges as the tormented Kharis, an avenger stalking the hills and bogs of »

- Jerry Smith

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In Remembrance of the Last Classic Horror Legend Christopher Lee

15 June 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Christopher Lee was born Christopher Frank Cardini in Belgravia England on May 27 1922. He served the Special Forces in World War 2 but has never discussed his role as he said he was bound an oath of secrecy. Though he began acting in the midforties in films like Hamlet and Moulin Rouge it wasnt until 1957 and 1958s The Curse of Frankenstein and The Horror of Dracula from Englands classic and prolific Hammer Studios that he began to achieve true notoriety. Both of these movies were huge successes and put the studio on the map as well as its two lead stars Peter Cushing (who play his adversary many times onscreen but was his close friend in real life) and Christopher Lee. »

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The Last Great Horror Icon Is Gone: Where Are the Future Scare Masters?

13 June 2015 9:51 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 With the death of horror film legend Christopher Lee, the last of the legendary honor guard of horror has passed on. He was part of an elite group that created the horror genre. Lee’s passing is a reminder that it’s been a long time since we had a new horror film superstar. Is the day of the horror film specialist gone forever? Where are the big-screen boogie-men for the 21st century?

                             

Once upon a time there were a group of actors, known as the ‘screen boogiemen’ who created the horror film/monster movie genre (starting in Universal Studios and later in Hammer Studios.) They were specialists who understood the psychology and performance style of horror cinema and became legends in the industry. The first was silent film star Lon Chaney Sr. (Phantom of the Opera, London After Midnight, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Unholy Three, the Monster, »

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Joe Dante and John Landis Remember Christopher Lee

12 June 2015 6:55 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

 Joe Dante on Christopher Lee  Lm:  What was your first impression of Christopher Lee, and what struck you about him? Dante: Well, the first Christopher Lee movie I ever saw, before which I was unaware of his existence, was The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957, which was sold by Warner Bros. as a big expensive (which it wasn’t—you know), first-time-in-color Frankenstein movie. And also, it was period. This was before the Shock Theater package was released to television, so I had never seen the original Frankenstein. This was my first encounter with Frankenstein. Lm:  How old were you? Jd:   I was eleven…and I wouldn’t be gilding the ...

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Hammer Horror Classics Volume One Blu-ray Collection Announced

12 June 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Though Sir Christopher Lee sadly passed away, his work will live on forever. In a new Blu-ray set, Warner Archive is preserving three Lee-starring Hammer horror movies: Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, The Mummy, and Taste the Blood of Dracula.

Blu-ray.com reports that Warner Archive's Horror Classics Volume One Blu-ray collection will hit shelves this fall (October 6th, according to Home Theater Forum). The collection includes four Hammer films: Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1968), The Mummy (1959), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969).

In addition to the Horror Classics Volume One, Warner Archive will also release the Special Effects Collection Volume One, a sci-fi / adventure Blu-ray set comprising Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, and Them!

It's estimated that both collections will be priced at $54.96 apiece and released in early October, and it's even believed that the titles will be sold separately, »

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TCM to Honor Movie Icon Christopher Lee on June 22

12 June 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of the late actor Christopher Lee, Lee, who passed Sunday June 11 at the age of 93. (Our obit is here.) The British actor owned Dracula through nine movies and also played the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu. TCM will play eight of Lee's films on Monday, June 22. He boasted 275 film credits including Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and four films with director Tim Burton. Read More: Rip Christopher Lee, Who Played Dracula 9 Times The following is the complete schedule for "TCM Remembers Christopher Lee" – Monday, June 22: 6:15 a.m. The Mummy (1959) 8:00 a.m. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 9:30 a.m. Horror of Dracula  (1959) 11:00 a.m. Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) 12:45 p.m. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1969) 2:30 p.m. Horror Express (1972) 4:00 p.m. The Three Musketeers (1972) 6:00 p.m. The Four Musketeers »

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TCM to Honor Movie Icon Christopher Lee on June 22

12 June 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of the late actor Christopher Lee, Lee, who passed Sunday June 11 at the age of 93. (Our obit is here.) The British actor owned Dracula through nine movies and also played the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu. TCM will play eight of Lee's films on Monday, June 22. He boasted 275 film credits including Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and four films with director Tim Burton. Read More: Rip Christopher Lee, Who Played Dracula 9 Times The following is the complete schedule for "TCM Remembers Christopher Lee" – Monday, June 22: 6:15 a.m. The Mummy (1959) 8:00 a.m. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 9:30 a.m. Horror of Dracula  (1959) 11:00 a.m. Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) 12:45 p.m. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1969) 2:30 p.m. Horror Express (1972) 4:00 p.m. The Three Musketeers (1972) 6:00 p.m. The Four Musketeers »

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TCM To Honor Christopher Lee on June 22 With 8 Film Tribute

12 June 2015 7:47 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of acclaimed British actor Christopher Lee, whose haunting, intimidating performances as Count Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu made him an icon of horror films with an eight film tribute on Monday, June 22.

Lee, who passed Sunday June 7th at the age of 93, had long career which emcompased more than 275 credits including Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and four films with director Tim Burton.

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to Christopher Lee:

TCM Remembers Christopher LeeMonday, June 22

6:15 a.m. The Mummy (1959)

8:00 a.m. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

9:30 a.m. Horror of Dracula  (1959)

11:00 a.m. Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)

12:45 p.m. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1969)

2:30 p.m. Horror Express (1972)

4:00 p.m. The Three Musketeers (1972)

6:00 p.m. The Four Musketeers (1975)

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- Michelle McCue

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Christopher Lee Dead at 93

12 June 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Christopher Lee, who is best known for "The Lord of the Rings," "Dracula" and "The Curse of Frankenstein," has died at the age of 93. He passed away after being admitted to a London hospital for respiratory problems and heart failure. Lee was born May 27th, 1922. As a young man, he served in the Royal Air Force as an intelligence officer during World War II. After the war, he turned to acting on the advice of his cousin (the Italian ambassador to Britain). For years, Lee had bit roles in dozens of films by legendary directors like Douglas Fairbanks Jr and John Huston. He got his big break in 1957 when he played the monster in "The Curse of Frankenstein." That led to the titular role in 1958's "Dracula." Lee continued to star as the vampire in several more movies, and became a horror movie icon. Later in his career, he starred »

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Josh Soriano Pays Homage To Christopher Lee (Rip)

11 June 2015 6:13 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

When I was asked by Jerry to say some things regarding the death of Christopher Lee(he knows how much of a Lee fan I am), I had no idea how difficult it would be. How do you articulate losing one of the cornerstones of the horror genre? To say that he was an icon is an understatement. To so many of us, Lee was the last living member of the memorable screen actors that have imprinted themselves in our lives. We wear him on t-shirts, hang his posters on our walls, pass on his films to younger generations. His presence is so engrained in our lives that losing him feels like losing the grandfather you adored who always told the most interesting stories when family got together. He was someone to every genre; Dracula, Saruman, Count Dooku, Francisco Scaramanga, Wilbur Wonka, Lord Summerisle, Fu Manchu and on.

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'Dracula' and 'Lord of the Rings' Star Christopher Lee Is Dead at 93

11 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Legendary actor Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93. The beloved actor, who spent his earlier years frightening audiences in vintage Hammer horror movies like Dracula before going on to star as the central villain in major franchises like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, died after being hospitalized due to respiratory problems. Your relationship with Lee's work probably depends on what era you grew up in. His career began in the mid-40s, with ongoing roles in classic gothic horror films like The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), Crypt of the Vampire (1964) and more. These roles -- along with his iconic Dracula, a part he played well into the 1970s -- are what truly marked him as one of cinema's greatest...

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Legendary English Actor Christopher Lee Has Passed Away at Age 93

11 June 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I have always tried to be unconventional." The great Christopher Lee has passed away. The legendary English actor was 93 years old, and had been appearing in movies & television for over 70 years, taking on iconic roles like Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein, and eventually Scaramanga, Count Dooku, and Saruman. He was probably best known for his height, standing at 6' 5" tall, towering over most other actors on set. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force during World War II and took up trying to work in acting after the war. His big breakout was playing the monster in the Hammer film The Curse of Frankenstein from 1957. A sad day for cinema, Christopher Lee has died. True original, true icon, true gentleman. He'll be forever missed. pic.twitter.com/lnpgxgWJdg— One. Perfect. Shot. (@OnePerfectShot) June 11, 2015 While he earned the most notoriety for his work on the Hammer Films in the 50s and 60s, »

- Alex Billington

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R.I.P. Christopher Lee – Here Are His Ten Best Roles

11 June 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The day monster kids have dreaded for some time has arrived. Mournful, nostalgic, and melancholy – it’s the end of an era for more than one generation of horror fans.  It seemed like Christopher Lee would live through all eternity, but unlike some of the characters he played, there’s no bringing him back to life this time. He made it to 93 and went out on a high note, appearing in the final Hobbit film just this past winter. He had an amazing career of fantastic performances and remains the greatest villain actor in film history. Rip to the last classic horror star and thank you for all the monster memories.

Christopher Lee was married to his wife Birgit (Gitte) for 54 years.

Here, according to Movie Geeks Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and myself, are Christopher Lee’s ten best roles.

10. Frankenstein

It’s only fitting that The Curse Of Frankenstein, »

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Prolific British actor Sir Christopher Lee dies at age 93

11 June 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to James Bond enemy Scaramanga, has died at age 93.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, including memorable roles as the wicked wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the evil Count Dooku in two of George LucasStar Wars prequels. But for many he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of "Hammer Horror" movies - the gory, gothic thrillers churned out by the British studio in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular.

He railed against the typecasting, however, and ultimately the sheer number and range of his roles - from Sherlock Holmes to the founder of Pakistan - secured his place in film history.

"I didn't have dreams of being a romantic leading man," Lee told The Associated Press in 2002. "But I »

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Christopher Lee Has Passed Away, But Will Never Be Forgotten

11 June 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It is with much sadness that I share the news of Christopher Lee's passing. According to reports, the legendary actor was recently hospitalized in London for respiratory problems and passed away due to heart failure on Sunday morning. News of his passing only came down today because his wife wanted to wait until family and friends had been notified.

There has never been and will never be another actor like Sir Christopher Lee. Born on May 27, 1922, he started acting in the 40s, but it wasn't until The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 where his career (and lifelong friendship with Peter Cushing) would really take off.

Christopher Lee has nearly 300 film & TV credits. While it's no surprise that he's best known for his villainous roles, the amazing part of his extensive career is how different generations and types of fans view him. Maybe you were first introduced to Christopher Lee and »

- Jonathan James

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Christopher Lee, 'Lord of the Rings' and Horror Star, Dead at 93

11 June 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Christopher Lee, the prolific British actor whose specialty for villainy earned him roles as far and wide as Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, Bond foe Scaramanga, Sith Lord Count Dooku and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings franchise, died Sunday, in London, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 93.

Lee had been admitted to Westminster Hospital for respiratory problems and heart failure. His wife, former Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke, withheld the news in order to inform family first.

Born in 1922, Lee served in the Royal Air Force and »

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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Iconic star's life and career in pictures

11 June 2015 6:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sir Christopher Lee, one of the world's most celebrated actors, has died at the age of 93.

In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Christopher had over 280 screen credits in film and TV, and brought some of cinema's most iconic characters to life - Dracula, Saruman, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Frankenstein's monster, The Wicker Man's Lord Summerisle and James Bond villain Scaramanga, to name just a few.

Take a look back at some of his most memorable career moments below:

1940s: Career beginnings with Rank

Sir Christopher Lee started his film career in the late 1940s following service in the Raf during World War II.

After the war ended, he turned down his old job at pharmaceutical company Beechams to train at the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth - nicknamed the 'Rank Charm School'.

1957: The Curse of Frankenstein

He made his debut with gothic horror producers Hammer Films in The Curse of Frankenstein. »

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Sir Christopher Lee 1922-2015

11 June 2015 6:27 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Screen icon and veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee died on Sunday, bringing to an end one of cinema’s most remarkable acting careers.  The actor passed at 8:30am, having previously been admitted to hospital with respiratory and pulmonary problems. He was 93 years old. A former special forces soldier, heavy metal vocalist, author and Empire Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Lee had an acting career that spanned everything from Hammer Horror to James Bond, Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars.Born in 1922, Christopher Frank Carandini Lee landed his big break in 1957 when he played the monster in Terence Fisher’s The Curse Of Frankenstein. While it wasn’t a star-making turn in itself, he made a big enough impact to become a staple in future Hammer productions, not least the following year’s Dracula, in which he played the role he would become most famous for. Aside from playing the »

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Sir Christopher Lee Dead at 93

11 June 2015 6:20 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure, Sir Christopher Lee has died at age 93. Lee passed away Sunday morning; however, The Guardian reports, Lee's wife waited to inform the public until she let his family know.After a stint in World War II, Lee made his film debut in the Gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors in 1947. His big break would come ten years later, when he played Frankenstein's monster in The Curse of Frankenstein for Hammer Pictures. This role was the start of a long and very fruitful relationship between Lee and Hammer, which included, most notably, his famed turns as Dracula, whom he played over ten times, in films like Horror of Dracula, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and Dracula Has Risen From the Grave. Outside of horror, Lee had major roles in 1973's The Wicker Man and as James Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in 1974's The Man »

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R.I.P. Christopher Lee Dies at 93

11 June 2015 6:14 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Veteran actor Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93. Born in London in the year 1922, Lee volunteered to fight in World World II starting in 1939, eventually going on to join the Royal Air Force. Once home, he began having small roles in the feature film world before finding his niche in a slew of Hammer films, starting with 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein and on up through the 60s and 70s. The actor accrued over 280 acting credits over the course of his prolific career, including The Wicker Man, 1941, The Man with the Golden Gun, and a personal favorite, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. An avid reader, Lee was a massive fan of author J.R.R. Tolkien and turned in an iconic performance as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, reprising the role for the recent Hobbit films. Lee also developed a rapport with filmmaker Tim Burton »

- Adam Chitwood

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