Sad, sad news today, although it took nearly 4 days for it to reach us over here in the U.S., that Christopher Lee passed away at 93 on Sunday, June 7th. Here is a link to an article with more details.
For me personally, Lee was one of those actors who completely dominated any scene he was in. His regal bearing, his intensity of gaze, his expressive hands and fingers, and most of all that incredible voice, all worked together to make his every appearance riveting, even when he was still. And when he burst into action, it was electrifying, and often terrifying!
My first real memory of Lee was in his most famous role of Dracula, when I was about 11. The middle school I was attending used to show films in the auditorium on certain days, for an admission of 10 cents. The first one I attended was "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave," (which is still my favorite to this day), and what an impression it made on me! Of course, I had seen pictures of Lee in monster magazines like FM, but seeing him on the big screen was a new experience and I was a lifelong fan.
In memoriam of the greatest horror actor who ever lived (who hated being known as such, but really did his best work there), who showed his class, talent and greatness in many ways and roles, here is a link to all the posts on this blog about him and his films. We will miss you, Sir Lee, and will always remember you!
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Click here to watch the video below full-size on Youtube!
The blog entry below was originally posted by me on my earlier blog effort, "Sweet Skulls." Hope you enjoy it here if you missed it there, it goes great with the above video!
Lack of punctuation aside, the skull-oriented "Fear" poster, with the focus on the fright factor, is one of the more unusual promotional efforts done for the movie. While most movies of the time were merely hyped as scary, not delivering on the full extent of the promise, "Night" was one that the posters and hype were unable to communicate the true horrors fully.
There's little that can be said about "Night" that hasn't been said already, and by better writers than me. What I can do is simply relate what it means to me, which is something unique to each person. If you haven't seen it yet, (is there anyone out there that hasn't?) then this post contains spoilers, and you might want to go watch it first then come back. It's required viewing for any horror fan.
Although there is an impulse to laugh at the display and consider it overacting by Judith and histronics by Barbara, within the context of the film it plays as a pathetic and pitiable expression of terror too terrible to handle. It seems to indicate a psychological problem brought to the surface and exacerbated by the end of normalcy.
Now, that's Acting, folks! A whole movie's worth of emoting (possibly several), compressed into one short scene about a minute long. Under different circumstances she might have been given the "Shatner Award For Acting Excellence" statue. As it is, we are left hoping we never come to such an emotionally-devasting place where we fall apart in like manner. But if you do laugh at least once while watching it, I can't really blame you. Watching a nervous breakdown in progress is funny until it happens to someone you know.
Posted by Frederick at 7:24 AM