The Boxing Day movie is tradition in my house. It doesn’t have to be Christmassy and most of the times it isn’t. War or adventure usually being the chosen genres. It’s nearly always a classic something that all generations will enjoy. However it’s hard to pick something when you have horror obsessed teen and younger children in the same family. So it’s pretty hard to pick something everybody can watch and enjoy. Yeh I like watching The Great Escape (1963) for the umpteenth Christmas in a row but it’s hard to really enjoy it when there’s a fresh pile of horror DVD’s begging for attention. One year however I was lucky when this little gold nugget happened to fit mine and the Boxing Day movies bill.
Made in 1965 by Hammer Films it’s the most famous of all the adaptations of H. Rider Haggard’s novel. The novel is of course superior and is in my eyes the greatest book ever written. I have to thank the movie for introducing me to that book and to be fair its only 1% off. It begins just after the First World War in Palestine where three soldiers (who actually enjoyed the war) are bored. One night in a club the group’s leader Major Holly (Peter Cushing) and his unpaid Valet Job (Bernard Cribbins) get into a fight whilst the other member Leo Vincey (John Richardson) has, unbeknownst to them, been kidnapped. He is taken to a building where he meets Billali (Christopher lee) and a beautiful queen called Ayesha (Ursula Andress). There he is given a map and set a quest to find the lost city of Kuma, so the three men set off into the desert unawares of the perils that await them...
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Sunday, 26 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
This may seem strange me doing a radio serial but there are some fantastic horror and sci-fi stories out there that because of the media they were created on, remain largely forgotten. Radio is one of these Medias, being home to many great and forgotten stories that inspire both wonder and fear. Aliens in the mind (1977) is a hidden gem and one that, if made for television would be up there if the British sci-fi serial greats like the Quatermass stories and A for Andromeda. As it is AITM should be of particular interest to classic horror fans as it features two of the masters of the hammer period working together and working well. The two men I am talking about are of course Vincent price and Peter Cushing, who only made four films together but were great friends in real life and their friendship shows in fantastic performances. Before I end up writing pages and pages about the two stars however, we should begin with a story breakdown for those who are unfamiliar with this undiscovered gem...
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Last month I reviewed Hammers first gothic horror and also the first in their Frankenstein series. That movie was The Curse of Frankenstein made in 1957 (review here: http://youngbloodclassichorror.blogspot.com/2010/11/curse-of-frankenstein-1957.html) and the series is easily one of my favourite horror franchises of all time. The reason? Why it has to be the Baron of course. There has been mad scientists throughout the history of horror from its very beginning to some released this very year. Peter Cushing’s Frankenstein however has to be one of the most memorable. When there are countdowns of the top 10 or so mad scientists he almost always shows up either representing all the Frankenstein’s or on there as himself. In fact I remember reading a Doctor Who magazine some years ago with an article on that series Frankenstein rip-off The Brain of Morbius. In that article it showed connections between the Frankenstein Films and that serial. One of the Largest pictures on that page was a shot of Mr Cushing in his lab from Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969). Why is he such a memorable character? My favourite part of his character throughout the entire series though is how he becomes more and more insane throughout each one before he finally looses it. Now any horror fan with a knowledge of these films will tell you that they are not the best for continuity but even with the loose connection you can still see that as you get later on into the series the Baron begins to loose it more and more.