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Suzan Farmer obituary

Hammer horror film actor who went on to take a variety of roles in popular television series, including Coronation Street, The Saint and Blake’s 7

Suzan Farmer, who has died aged 75 of cancer, was a vocally precise actor with beguiling eyes who starred in a number of films for Hammer, the British company that specialised in memorable gothic horror.

In particular she was the heroine of Terence Fisher’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), the second of Hammer’s productions with Christopher Lee as the evil count. The target of the vampire’s lust, she bravely resisted him with the help of her screen husband Francis Matthews, before shooting the ice off a frozen moat and plunging Dracula into the freezing water below at the film’s climax. Farmer also provided, in post-production, the screams supposedly uttered by her co-star Barbara Shelley.

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Peter Cushing-Starring Island Of Terror (1966) Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory

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Scream Factory has a special treat in store for Peter Cushing fans, as they will release Island of Terror (1966) on Blu-ray sometime this summer.

From Scream Factory: "Heads up for fans of the late great horror legend Peter Cushing. We will be releasing one his more obscure and underrated films, Island Of Terror from 1966 on Blu-ray in early Summer! Film is directed by Terence Fisher (The Gorgon, Dracula: Prince of Darkness).

Pre-order links will go up sometime next month."

Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): "When the inhabitants of Petrie's island succumb to a mysterious disease, doctors Brian Stanley (Peter Cushing) and David West (Edward Judd) are asked to investigate. Puncture marks on the corpses reveal the horrifying truth: the islanders and their animals are being killed not by a disease, but by a strange type of silicate organism that sucks the bone from their bodies. As the death toll
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A Halloween Electric Dreamhouse

Yesterday, amid a crush of sweaty people desperate for last-minute props, I visited a local Halloween superstore with my daughter, looking for a Pikachu mask. Well, there wasn’t much to choose from in the Cute Kid Division. But this particular hall of Halloween hell definitely had the adult sensibility covered. Of course there were the usual skimpy or otherwise outrageous costumes for purchase —ladies, you can dress up like a sexy Kim Kardashian-esque vampire out for a night of Hollywood clubbing, and gents, how about impressing all the sexy Kim Kardashian vampires at your party by dressing up like a walking, talking matched set of cock and balls! It’s been a while since I’ve shopped for fake tools of terror, but it seems there’s been a real advance in sophistication in the market for “Leatherface-approved” (I swear) chainsaws with moving parts and authentic revving noises,
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The Nine Greatest Horror Film Stars of All Time

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Halloween is almost here. This is the time of year for putting your favorite horror films in the DVD player. When you think of horror movies over the decades, there are certain actors whose names are indelibly linked to the horror genre. In honor of Halloween 2016, Cinelinx looks at the nine greatest horror films stars of all time.

9) Robert Englund: He made a name for himself as the burnt-faced dream demon Freddy Kruger. His body of horror work includes...A Nightmare On Elm Street, Anoes 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Anoes 3: Dream Warriors, Anoes 4: The Dream Master, Anoes 5: The Dream Child, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Freddy Vs. Jason, The Phantom of the Opera, Nightmare Café, Night Terrors, Mortal Fear, The Mangler, Urban Legend, Sanitarium, The Funhouse Massacre, etc.

8) Jamie Lee Curtis: The woman who created the trend of females
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

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By the mid ‘60s, the glory days of Boris Karloff were far behind him. The gentle giant forever known as the screen’s original (and best) Frankenstein monster was relegated to appearing in disappointing quickies that squandered his immense talents. However, there were some twilight standouts: Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963), a couple of animated delights, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and Mad Monster Party? (1967), and his dignified portrayal of an aging horror star in Peter Bogdanovich’s debut, Targets (1968). Nestled in between (and often shown the door) was Daniel Haller’s Die, Monster, Die! (1965), an early, colorful, and fun foray into the world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Released by Aip in the Us in October on a double bill with Planet of the Vampires (Bava again), Die rolled out to theatres and drive-ins across the land, but had to wait until February to be released in England under the ghastly
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Horror Highlights: Clive Barker Shirt, Dracula: Prince Of Darkness Poster, The Adventures Of Drunky

Featuring original artwork by the legendary Clive Barker, a new shirt from Dark Sails is available in men’s and women’s sizes right now. Also in today’s Highlights: a look at Dracula: Prince of Darkness regular / variant posters by Vice Press and Indiegogo launch details for The Adventures of Drunky.

Dark Sails’ Dark Moon Clive Barker Shirt: “From the mind of Clive Barker comes this exclusive shirt only available through Dark Sails. “Dark Moon” is an original work of art by the master of horror himself. Light weight, 100% ring spun combed cotton.

Color: Only available in black.

Back: “You just have to trust your own madness” – Clive Barker.

Men’s V-Neck and Women’s Scoop Neck available.

Dark Moon from Clive Barker T-Shirt.

$28.00.”

To learn more about this Clive Barker shirt, visit:

http://darksails.net/darksails-darkmo.html

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Dracula: Prince of Darkness Poster by Vice Press: Press Release: “Vice
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‘Frightmare aka The Horror Star’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Ferdy Mayne, Leon Askin, Jeffrey Combs, Luca Bercovici, Nita Talbot, Leon Askin, Jennifer Starrett, Barbara Pilavin, Alan Stock | Written and Directed by Norman Thaddeus Vane

“There was Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, and Conrad Ragzoff! They were all stars who lived and died. But only one returned…”

Fandom takes on a whole new meaning when a group of film loving college students decide to pay the ultimate respects to their favourite horror icon, the recently deceased Conrad Radzoff (Ferdy Mayne). How do they do this? Hold a memorial? Have a Radzoff horror marathon? Nope, they decide to steal his freshly buried body and give hime the ultimate farewell house party back in their mansion! Like most cases however, this is one of those instances were one of your heroes is actually an arsehole (Cough-Tom Savini-Cough!). You see, Radzoff had an often fatal temper. Not even a
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Christopher Lee Tribute – Mahoning Drive-in Theater – October 3, 2015

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By Hank Reineke

Perhaps it is only fitting that area meteorologists would forewarn ominously that the Mahoning Drive-in Theater’s “Christopher Lee Tribute” might take place on a cold and dark and stormy night. After all, it was the villainous film legacy of the actor – who passed away at age 93 on June 7th of this year – to have frightened generations of moviegoers in such a bleakly nightmarish rain-soaked setting. As it happened, while the shivery autumnal chill on Saturday night was undeniable, there was – happily - nary a sprinkle of precipitation to obscure one’s windshield view of the drive-in’s massive CinemaScope screen.

The Mahoning Drive-in, located amidst the Pocono Mountains surrounding Lehighton, Pennsylvania, is – quite frankly – an anomaly amongst the anomalies of surviving drive-in theaters. Whilst most remaining drive-ins have been forced to move cautiously and expensively to digital projection systems or else suffer their screens going dark,
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The Last Great Horror Icon Is Gone: Where Are the Future Scare Masters?

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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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Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Christopher Lee with a movie marathon

The Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Sir Christopher Lee with a marathon of four classic movies.

Stewart Bridle of the Horror Channel announced today (June 12) that Thursday, July 2 will be 'Christopher Lee Night'.

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: 6 of the acting icon's greatest movie roles

"We feel the movies chosen for the night represent some of his most iconic characters and performances during his time with Hammer Films and in the horror genre," Bridle announced.

"Watching these you realise why he was so highly respected as a fantastic character actor who could both be a stoic hero and also a terrifying villain. He will be greatly missed but he lives on through his amazing legacy of movies."

The salute kicks off with the Hammer gem The Devil Rides Out at 9pm, followed by Dracula: Prince of Darkness at 10.55pm.

1970's Scars of Dracula is scheduled for 12.45am,
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Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Christopher Lee with a movie marathon

Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Christopher Lee with a movie marathon
The Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Sir Christopher Lee with a marathon of four classic movies.

Stewart Bridle of the Horror Channel announced today (June 12) that Thursday, July 2 will be 'Christopher Lee Night'.

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: 6 of the acting icon's greatest movie roles

"We feel the movies chosen for the night represent some of his most iconic characters and performances during his time with Hammer Films and in the horror genre," Bridle announced.

"Watching these you realise why he was so highly respected as a fantastic character actor who could both be a stoic hero and also a terrifying villain. He will be greatly missed but he lives on through his amazing legacy of movies."

The salute kicks off with the Hammer gem The Devil Rides Out at 9pm, followed by Dracula: Prince of Darkness at 10.55pm.

1970's Scars of Dracula is scheduled for 12.45am,
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Prolific British actor Sir Christopher Lee dies at age 93

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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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Sir Christopher Lee Dead at 93

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Sir Christopher Lee Dead at 93
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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Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93

Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93
Christopher Lee, the second most famous Dracula of the 20th century — an impressive feat — and a memorably irrepressible villain in James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun,” in the Star Wars films and in “The Lord of the Rings” pics, has died. He was 93.

Lee appeared in 10 films as Count Dracula (nine if his uncredited role in the comedy “One More Time” is excluded).

His first role for famed British horror factory Hammer Films was not the Transylvanian vampire, however, but Frankenstein’s Monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” His close friend Peter Cushing, with whom he would co-star in horror films frequently, starred as the Baron.

Lee made his first appearance as the sharp-toothed Count in 1958’s “Horror of Dracula.”

For reasons not quite certain, he skipped the 1960 sequel “Brides of Dracula,” but he returned to the role for 1965’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” — a movie
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A Nite to Dismember NYC Halloween Movie Marathon Includes Evil Dead 2 & The Bride of Frankenstein

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After handing out candy, scaring trick or treaters, or camping out on your couch with a big bowl of candy corn, New York City area horror hounds can continue their Halloween celebrations by heading to Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema for the second annual A Nite to Dismember scary movie marathon that begins at the witching hour and will feature sequels of the direct and indirect variety.

The event runs from midnight to noon on November 1st and will include costume contents, drink specials, trivia, a free breakfast, and more, all in addition to the screenings of the following five horror films:

Evil Dead II The Bride of Frankenstein Friday the 13th Part 2 Dracula: Prince of Darkness The Return of the Living Dead

Tickets can be purchased for $50.00 apiece at:

http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/movie/a-nite-to-dismember-2014/

“Rating: R

Run Time: 432 minutes

Director: Sam Raimi, James Whale, Steve Miner, Terrence Fisher,
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Nighthawk Cinema Presents The Return of... A Nite to Dismember on October 31

Nighthawk Cinema in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn has a seriously stellar plan in mind for this Halloween. Presenting The Return of… A Nite to Dismember 2014, the Nighthawk Cinema is offering a midnight slate of five classic horror movie sequels for your viewing pleasure.

The lineup for The Return of… A Nite to Dismember includes some amazing sequels. Those lucky enough to be in the Nighthawk Cinema in Brooklyn on October 31 will be seeing (in order of screening):

Evil Dead II (1987),

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

How's that for a kick-ass lineup? Fuck yeah!

The event starts at 12:00 midnight on Halloween, and in addition to the five headlining films, there will be shorts and swag and all kinds of cool stuff. Hell, they're even going to make you breakfast in the morning. Now that's a class act.
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Kill Breed - A Look at the Many Species of Vampires

Vampire. Envision the creature. Do you picture the classic cloaked version? Or the frilly shirt-wearing kind? Or the feral? Or god forbid the sparkly ones? Vampires come in all shapes and sizes, and with Rigor Mortis coming to Blu-ray and DVD on July 8th, we decided to take a look at some of our favorites.

Ever since Bram Stoker brought us Dracula, filmmakers and storytellers have been modifying vamps and making them into all sorts of unique beasties. Some are pretty and some are really, really ugly… but they all drink blood and use humans like we use cattle.

Rigor Mortis features a very unique type of vampire, and it's always fun to see a creature that expands the legend.

So let's take a look at some of the coolest types of vampires that have come into our lives.

For starters, we'll begin with the classic vampire. And what do we mean by "classic" vampire?
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Actors Who’ve Played the Same Character the Most Times

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With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.

Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--x-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.

You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it,
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Lobby Cards for Frankenstein Created Woman

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After recently bringing Dracula: Prince of Darkness to Blu-ray, Millennium Entertainment will follow it up with the release of a Frankenstein Created Woman Blu-ray on January 28th. Here’s a look at some of the original lobby cards released for the movie:

“To kick-off the upcoming New Year, Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal their plans for a high-definition release of the cult classic 1967 Hammer Film, Frankenstein Created Woman on January 28th. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring horror icon Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg and Thorley Walters, Millennium’s Collector’s Edition of Frankenstein Created Woman marks the first time that Us fans will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray here in the States.

Special features for the Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray of Frankenstein Created Woman include a brand new documentary entitled “Hammer Glamour,” an audio commentary featuring Derek Fowlds, Robert Morris and Jonathan Rigby, two World of
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Hammer double features revived for Horror Channel

Hammer double features revived for Horror Channel
The Horror Channel has announced the return of the Hammer double features.

The season, which runs on Saturday nights from February 1 to 22 at 9pm, promises "vampire vixens, creepy castles, mouldy mummies, satanic sadists and Lee & Cushing on top show".

Hammer recently unveiled the trailer for The Quiet Ones, the studio's follow-up to its successful critical and commercial return with The Woman in Black.

The full schedule is below, complete with synopses from the Horror Channel (Sat 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138).

February 1 9pm - Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

This sequel to the 1958 The Horror of Dracula sees the supposedly dead Count Dracula back in bloody business once his trusty servant Klove entices the English Kents - Charles (Francis Matthews), brother Alan (Charles Tingwell) and their wives Diana (Suzan Farmer) and Helen (Barbara Shelley) - inside his welcoming castle. Directed by Terence Fisher, this is seen as the "quintessential Hammer horror".

February 1 10.45pm -
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