Day 22 has been considered Peter Cushing’s day in the past, so today is no different. Tonight we start with an interview from 1983 where Cushing is out promoting House of the Long Shadows. It might seem like the sort of interview you’ve seen a dozen times before, but do yourself a favor and watch it through to the end for a surprise.
So as we enter the second half of our seasonal extravaganza, we come to footage of an event that I really do need to do someday. It’s on The List. It’s the Procession of the Ghouls, which takes place every year at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. They show a classic film (this year it’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), followed by exactly what it says on the tin. The footage is from last year’s and it’s very dark and shaky, but it’s the best I could find. You should definitely check out our first entry on this, as it shows a mini-docu about it. Nothing about this looks non-awesome.
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As a long distance dedication to Rox, here we go back to Hammer Films for our penultimate night of movies…it’s 1956 and X the Unknown. It’s written by Hammer scribe Jimmy Sangster (who brought you, among other things, the hammer Dracula) and directed by Leslie Norman (who would go on to direct mostly television, including a slew of Saint episodes). It stars Dean Jagger (Vanishing Point), Edward Chapman (Things to Come) and a relatively young Leo McKern (“Be-at-tle”) from early in his career.
The setup is fairly simple and routine for those of us who have been around for eight years now…a creature from prehistory has decided to come up to the surface of the earth to eat radiation. And goes from place to place doing so, like a glowing buffet. But it’s old school Hammer, so what’s not to like? Enjoy.
Movie Night No. 23 of 32 Days of Halloween has long been a place for something-or-other of the Zombies…and here we have Hammer‘s Plague of the Zombies. AndrÃ© Morell is absolutely brilliant as Sir James, and while it’s at times a bit hokey (and that makeup is positively bonkers) it manages to be one of the creepier Hammer offerings of the 60s. Look for Hammer mainstay Michael Ripper as Sergeant Swift. Enjoy…
So here’s something interesting. The unsold pilot for Tales of Frankenstein. Apparently, Hammer wanted to make a Frankenstein series and the producers from across the pond wanted a more anthology approach: notice the anthology-like intro, which is really reaching. Basically, any really weird story is a “Tale of Frankenstein”? Really? You couldn’t just go with a sane concept and more generic title, like Suspense! or Escape! or something? Regardless…here it is…
Let me address this poster art snippet first. The tagline on many of the posters was “We dare you to see it! We double-dare you to forget it!” I’m sort of surprised they didn’t then say “We triple-dog-dare you to visit the concession stand!” Anyway.
It’s Frankenstein Night here at 32 Days of Halloween, and we look to our friends at Hammer and their series of films starring Peter Cushing. In case you want to watch them in order, first up was The Curse of Frankenstein, then this film, then The Evil of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Created Woman (which we haven’t posted yet), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, then lastly Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (which also isn’t up yet).
So Movie Night #2 traditionally has something to do with blood. It’s the season of the year, right? In this case we’re going with the 1971 Hammer film, Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb. Never screw around with cursed, evil Egyptian princesses whose bodies should have rotted away…but haven’t. No amount of Avon can account for that sort of preservation.
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A primer for these posts: they’re to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the world of pop culture. Just the highlights and such, because the market on paraphrasing press releases is more than taken. Enjoy.