27 May 2013

Happy 91st birthday to Legendary actor Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee is the last reigning lord of horror.  He has acted in many films, including The Crimson Pirate with Burt Lancaster, but gained fame with Hammer Films put him opposite another horror legend, Peter Cushing. They made numerous films together, The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Gorgon, The Skull, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, and nearly a dozen more together.  However, it was in their teaming Cushing as Van Helsing and Lee as Dracula that their worldwide glory began.  Later, generations learned to love Lee through his Star Wars appearances and again in the Lord of the Rings movies.

His favourite of all his films - The Wicker Man (NOTHING to do with the Nicolas Cage fiasco!!)
If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend the film.  The movie was lost for many years after having a dubious release, and the whole projected was almost tanked by the film editor who didn't approve of the film's pagan theme, and was dumping footage left and right.  There are three version out there - an 87 min heavily edited US version that cut out some of the vital scenes; a 103 min  (the best version) that was found in the directors's possession and released again for VHS in the 1990s.  Another 99 minute version surface.  In the 103 and the 99 versions you often see the same scene from different angles.  With Britt Eckland and Edward Woodward and beautiful Scotland for the backdrop.

Anyway...happy birthday to Mr. Lee.

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