Dracula, Frankenstein, his Monster(s), The Mummy, and ... Stephanie Powers?
(Cue “one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just ...”)
This Saturday being Halloween TCM is (surprise!) devoting their Friday and Saturday schedule to all things horror. This Friday day (oh) the Turner Classic Movies channel is running a block of horror from the great Hammer Studios, all with either or both the amazing Christopher Lee, the great Peter Cushing, and in one case, uhm, Stephanie Powers*. So here is just a quick rundown with very pretty posters to remind you why you need to set your vcr’s, dvr’s, or whatever you use as a capture device.
(*Look, I love the former UNCLE agent as much as the next person, and any other time I would be truly psyched to watch Crescendo, but for this block? Was Oliver Reed’s Werewolf busy? How about the Monster from Hell? There had to have been a witch, Gorgon, or zombie available. But why program one of Hammer’s psychological horrors as part of this group? Rant over.)
Kicking off the block at 8:15 AM are both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in director Terence Fisher’s The Mummy from 1959.
9:45 AM brings Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) starring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, and again helmed by Terence Fisher.
At 11:30 AM Terence Fisher directs Thorley Walters, Susan Denberg, and Peter Cushing as the Baron in 1967’s Frankenstein Created Woman.
Christopher Lee returns as the unliving Count in Dracula Has Risen From The Grave at 1:15 PM. This 1969 installment, directed by Freddie Francis, also stars Veronica Carlson and Rupert Davies.
At 3 PM Peter Cushing returns as the Baron (or is it “a” Baron? I can never keep it straight) in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1969) with Simon Ward and Veronica Carlson, again directed by Terence Fisher.
At 4:45 PM Stephanie Powers stars in Crescendo (1972), one of Hammer’s psychological horrors (and a movie, my ranting aside, I do enjoy). Directed by Alan Gibson, the film also features James Olson, Margaretta Scott, and Joss Ackland.
And appropriately at 6:15 PM Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are back to finish off the Hammer Horror block in Dracula A.D. 1972 (coincidentally from 1972), directed by Alan Gibson.