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32 Days of Halloween XIV: Day #1

Peter Cushing talks theatre, film, and Sherlock Holmes,
Digital Peter Cushing thanks to pure silliness,
Trilogy of Terror!

Well, we knew this day would arrive. We’ve already done this for thirteen years, with thirty-two days/nights to fill. And we tried to do a movie every night. Which is 416 movies (although we didn’t do a movie every night…sometimes we did a couple of episodes of whatever, but that’s still a lot). So it’s…very hard these days to find a film that’s A) appropriate for the season and 2) available online to be viewed. (In fact, a lot of the ones we’ve posted in previous years have been taken down and we’ve replaced more than a few of them as we come across them.)

What I guess I’m saying is: we’ve damn near run out of films. When we have one, we’ll use it. But otherwise, we’re just going to have to look at things like this: a bit of an interview with Peter Cushing where he discusses theatre vs. film as well as being Sherlock Holmes.

That’s all taken from the documentary Peter Cushing: In His Own Words, available on Amazon Prime Video for $2.

This next bit is Cushing…but it is Star Wars, which feels more like its own thing than the crazy sci-fi stuff we have on here for this. However, since we’re already in Cushingville, I want to share this video because I love how Rogue One owes a huge debt to Top Secret!

Yeah, I find the whole feel of regular news segments to be…offputting. But this was the first one I could find that actually showed the sculpt and put it in the context of Top Secret!

And, well, sure enough I was warning you about a distinct lack of films…and we got lucky. It occurred to me that we’ve never shown you Trilogy of Terror.

Featuring four performances by Karen Black in three segments adapted from stories by Richard Matheson, it’s the “Amelia” story (the one with the doll) that gets remembered. Note that Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows) directed this and Matheson adapted his own story for “Amelia,” while the other two stories were adapted by William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run, the novel). Enjoy.