Monday, 25 April 2016

GOODNESS ME! DOCTOR WHO ASSISTANT IS A CORKER!


FOLLOWING REQUESTS after our full colour glamour shot of Jill Curzon with DALEK yesterday...here are some more! Curzon co starred with Bernard Cribbins in the 1966 film Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD...sequel to the first Dr Who film also starring Peter Cushing, Dr Who and the Daleks in 1965. Curzon posed for several sessions of publicity photographs in order to promote the film, these pics appeared in the daily newspapers,film magazines and glamour magazines like SPAN. For the princely sum of two shillings, you could flick to the pages of delights that included Ms Curzon in glorious colour and several black and white publicity shots.



These magazines in time became much sort after items of memorabilia, the photographs represent the only time the Daleks have appeared on film, and at the time the first opportunity to see the one eyed terrors in colour!


 


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MONSTERMONDAY THE SKULL AND FREDDIE FRANCIS SCRIPT


This weeks #MONSTERMONDAY features not so much a body or person, but a head! The SKULL, of the Marquis de Sade to be exact! Amicus films, THE SKULL produced in 1965 starred another teaming of Peter with Christopher Lee, who were supported by the superb casting of Patrick Wymark, Nigel Green, Patrick Magee and Jill Bennett. In recent times, the cranked up suspense and lush photography has enjoyed a remastering on blu ray, unfortunately the 'clean-up' of the print reveals not only the finer framed details, but also the 'strings' that suspend the floating skull of the title! Having said that, the Skull's suspense and menace, still delivers unnerving chills some 50 years on...and makes it more than worthy of being our nominated Monster this Monday.... The Skull.thumbs UP or DOWN?




Peter Cushing and Jill Bennett in Le Crane Malefique - The skull from Amicus films directed by Freddie Francis. This FRENCH lobby card carries the proof of a replacement paper sticker, that has been placed over the original title in French. The heirs of Donatien Alphonse François de Sade pressed charges to prevent any use of his name on the advertising material. The changes on posters and lobby-cards were made at the very last minute by gluing a paper sticker with the new title "Le Crâne Maléfique" (meaning "The Evil Skull") on top of the former, "Les forfaits du Marquis de Sade" (meaning "the Infamies of Marquis de Sade"). Only on that condition the film could finally be released in the French territory.


For many years, the director of Amicus films, THE SKULL starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, insisted that the impressive 'dream sequence' that takes place in the film with Peter Cushing, was entirely improvised on the day of shooting, on the studio floor. Here we present , from our collection, two pages from director's Freddie Francis personal script of The Skull. Page 21 describes 'Scene 12A Int Library Night' and gives detail of a MONTAGE SEQUENCE 'almost Dreamlike'... to the right of the page, in Francis own handwriting is an annotation note which says, 'OLD FASHION DREAM TRICK', which throws some doubt on Francis story. Throughout interviews in later times, Francis expressed his irritation with producer Milton Subotsky, and his habit of presenting Francis with incomplete scripts. This FINAL DRAFT shows clearly that a dream sequence was indeed included in the final vision of the script and that before shooting commence, Francis had also identified the style and technique that would be needed.


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Sunday, 24 April 2016

REQUESTED: VINTAGE AND RARE DALEK AND BIKINI CLAD CURZON PHOTOGRAPH 1966


REQUESTED: Here's a rare colour transparency of Jill Curzon in a publicity shot for the second Cushing Dr Who film, 'Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD'... P Carter from Leeds requested this shot, as he had heard of it's existence, but didn't quite believe it... Dr Who's assistant in a bikini posing with a Dalek??! All in the name of getting bottoms on seats... needless to say, Curzon didn't appear in this outfit in the film...



TRIVIA: Interestingly... the film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. ..was originally entitled Daleks INVADE Earth 2150 AD, according to this rare and vintage 'coverage story' document ...Hmm maybe Invasion DOES sound better?
 


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RUNNING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE : ANTHONY MARDON RAN THE LONDON MARATHON TODAY


This morning in the UK the 2016 London Marathon took place...and our guy, ANTHONY MARDON, as promised ran the 26.2 miles through London...dressed as Princess Leia from Star Wars, carrying a light sabre! Anthony was taking part and raising funds for the Pilgrim's Hospice, where Peter Cushing was cared for in his last days. Anthony's outstanding effort was also supported by very generous donations from friends and followers of the PCAS website and facebook page...and for you, he has the following message...

"Loved running the London marathon today. Not sure I'd choose to run in fancy dress again but I took my time and enjoyed the crowds and sites whilst waving my lightsaber around! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me raise over £500 (so far) for the Pilgrims Hospice. I hope Peter Cushing would be pleased with that!" On behalf of us all, thank you for taking part today and a very well done!"


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Saturday, 23 April 2016

THE BARD AND PETER CUSHING: MARKING 400 YEAR ANNIVERSARY


It's 400 years ago today, that as Shakespeare, ' shufflel'd off this mortall coile...!' an often quoted line from his 1602 crowd puller, 'Hamlet'. And it's his drama, Hamlet that also provides our Cushing Connection! As many of you may know, Peter Cushing to great success, played Osric in the 1948 Olivier film production, see pic above!. Cushing was no stranger to Shakespeare, having tackled many a role while touring with the Olivier company and in several productions during the 1930's and 40's.


In fact, had not fate intervened, playing several of Shakespeare's characters in a production entitled 'Heritage of Horror' would probably have been his swan-song. Unfortunately, it was a real 'Shakespearian tragedy' that Tyburn and Kevin Francis, could not secure the funding. Peter even grew a beard in preparation for the role, and maintained it until his final day... just as in Shakespeare's time, today some 400 years on, financing drama is in the hands of... '...cream faced loons..' Tis a pity. Rest easy Will . . .


Peter and Helen Cushing, Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh arrive at Freemantle, Australia with the Old Vic Theatre Company....during their tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1948.... they performed Shakespeare's Richard III and Sheridan's 'School for Scandal'.... (A: Helen Cushing B: Peter Cushing C: Laurence Olivier.

 



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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

#TOOCOOLTUESDAY : CUSHING POSES FOR LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF PINEWOOD


#toocooltuesday : Peter Cushing poses for the press at Piewood studios, during the making of Tyburn Films, Legend of the Werewolf (Francis 1974)


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Monday, 18 April 2016

DON'T LOOSE YOUR HEAD! MONSTERMONDAY : PITT AND THE VAMPIRE!


In todays #MonsterMonday we feature Carmilla from Hammer's The Vampire Lovers (1970) played by the lovely Ingrid Pitt in what many considered to be her finest role… A fine cast supports her in the film, Peter Cushing, George Cole, Maddie Smith and Douglas Wilmer who we sadly lost last month. Ingrid's performance made Carmilla one of Hammer's most successful female vampires, How do you rate her performance?



Ingrid and the gals get together for a publicity shot on
 The Vampire Lovers 1970


BTS: Peter Cushing, ever the gentleman...happy to come to the aid of Ingrid Pitt, to ensure she doesn't slip or hurt herself...before he hacks her head off! Peter Cushing and Ingrid Pitt in The Vampire Lovers (1970)

 


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Friday, 15 April 2016

FUN ON THE SET OF MADHOUSE WITH PRICE AND CUSHING


BEHIND THE SCENES: Fun at Pyrford Place, West Byfleet, Surrey, England during the making MADHOUSE of  with Peter and Vincent Price.


'When day is done and shadows fall, I dream of you' Madness and temptation Part Six of The Amicus Films of Peter Cushing which includes, the AIP / Amicus film MADHOUSE. A full gallery of rare and vintage photographs, behind the scenes with Vincent Price and peter Cushing, along with supporting cast Robert Quarry, Linda Hayden  and Adrienne Corri can be found HERE


The ENTIRE history of AMICUS films can be found in AMICUS: THE VAULT OF HORROR superb documentary from director DONALD FEARNEY and  editor JIM GROOM. Rare photographs, behind the scenes.scripts, documents and much more and it's a available for order NOW. You can sample it's contents and make your purchase by watching our trailer HERE


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PERTWEE AND THE CLOAK THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD



A rare publicity portrait of JON PERTWEE as Paul Henderson in the fourth story "The Cloak", from Amicus / AIP 'THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' (1971)


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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES AND ON SET DURING AT THE EARTH'S CORE AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS


COMING SOON: BEHIND THE SCENES and ON SET on AT THE EARTH'S CORE. Rare pics in a one off special feature!

Photographs in banner: 
Top: Doug McClure and the cast of Mahars' ape-like Sagoth servants. 
Second: Peter Cushing and co star Caroline Munro at the press call for the launch of the film, At The Earth's Core.
Third: Caroline Munro and Doug McClure clown for the camera during press call
wear the wigs that will be worn by the Sagoths!
Fourth: Peter Cushing, Doug McClure on set at Pinewood studios with director. Kevin Connor.


ALSO COMING SOON 
PETER CUSHING : TALES OF A MONSTER HUNTER 
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