Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE (born May 27, 1922) is an English actor known for his professional longevity and his distinctive basso delivery.
Lee is best known for his portrayals of villains; he became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films. Other notable roles include Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man,Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy as well as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Lee's most important role, according to him, was his portrayal of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah. His most recent film is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where he plays Willy Wonka's candy-hating dentist father. Despite a critically acclaimed career that spans over seven decades, Lee has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
At six feet five inches (195,6cm), Lee is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records for the world's tallest leading actor, a record...
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Pope John Paul II is a TV movie by CBS based on the life of Pope John Paul II. Cary Elwes portrays Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) in his adult years prior to being elected Pope on Oct. 16, 1978. Academy Award-winner Jon Voight portrays John Paul II during his 26-year papacy, gaining an Emmy nomination for his performance.
Pope John Paul II, begins with flashbacks to the young Karol "Lolek" Wojtyla whose faith and values are initially fostered by his loving, devout parents, who, along with Karol's elder brother, die of natural causes by the time Karol is 20 years old. Despite being on his own at a young age and enduring the effects of the Nazi occupation in Poland, the philosophical Karol remains optimistic that he can and must make a difference. Along with his university friends, Karol initially embraces the world of theatre, acting in clandestine plays as a means of retaining his Polish culture in spite of the risks involved. In the midst of the chaos surrounding him as ongoing...
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 film, based on the 1964 Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket. This is the second film adaptation of the book, after 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket. Upon its release, it became a box office success and received positive critical reaction. It received an Academy Award nomination in 2006 for Best Costume Design.In a chocolate factory, a gloved hand lays Golden Tickets on five chocolate bars, which are wrapped with other bars into trucks across the world. Near the factory, Charlie Bucket lives in a small shack with his parents and all four grandparents in a town. Their only income comes from his father, who screws on caps at a toothpaste factory. Grandpa Joe then tells Charlie about the time he worked for Wonka at...,
Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse, known as Les Rivières pourpres II: Les anges de l'apocalypse in the French release, is a 2004 thriller-action movie starring Jean Reno, Benoit Magimel and Christopher Lee. It is directed by Olivier Dahan and produced by Ilan Goldman. The movie is the sequel to the 2000 film, The Crimson Rivers, also known as Les Rivières pourpres in the French release. The movie is inspired by the book The Crimson Rivers by Jean-Christophe Grange.After a body is found in the walls of a French monastery, Commissioner Niemans, played by Jean Reno, once again teams up with his old partner, Detective Reda, played by Benoit Magimel, who was already investigating his own murder. As with the first movie, the pair's investigations intertwine and soon they are looking at a giant conspiracy involving a group of monks on steroids lead by Heimmrich von Garten, played by Christopher Lee. Reno and Magimel are joined by a religious specialist called Marie, played by ...,
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is a 2002 space opera film directed and co-written by George Lucas. It is the fifth film to be released in the Star Wars saga, and the second in terms of internal chronology.
The film is set ten years after the Battle of Naboo, when the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, 19-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi is assigned to investigate the assassination attempt. Soon, Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan are drawn into the heart of the Separatist territories, and the beginning of a new threat to the galaxy, the Clone Wars.
Released on May 16, 2002, Attack of the Clones was generally perceived as not on par with the original Star Wars trilogy. It was the first...,
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the opening installment of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, based on the similarly titled first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's epic literary fantasy, The Lord of the Rings. Jackson began the project in 1995 as a two-part adaptation of Tolkien's work. Over the next six years, it expanded to three films shot across a 15-month period in New Zealand. Amongst fans, the title is often abbreviated as "FotR".The Dark Lord Sauron is seeking the One Ring, which he can use to conquer Middle-earth. The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins, who must destroy it in order to defeat Sauron and his forces. The fate of Middle-Earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions form the Fellowship of the Ring. So begins a journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor; this is the only place the Ring can be destroyed.
Released on December 19, 2001, the film was highly...,
Jinnah is a film about the life of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It was directed by Jamil Dehlavi and written by Akbar S. Ahmed and Jamil Dehlavi. The film was released in 1998 in London, United Kingdom and Pakistan.
Life of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, formerly a part of India. When Jinnah dies, he is taken to a heavenly ante-room where a decision will be made on his fate, but his file has gone missing, and the Guide must question him about his life to fill in his story. He tells of the key point in 1947, when India was about to get independence from Britain, and Jinnah advocated a separate nation for the Muslim minority. Gandhi suggests Jinnah be made prime minister of the new India, as a compromise, but this suggestion is rejected and Nehru takes the job instead. Jinnah's nemesis is Lord Mountbatten, the British viceroy who opposes the idea of Pakistan. As well as this historical turning point, Jinnah recalls his youth, and formative relationships with his...,
The Odyssey is an Emmy award winning and Golden Globe nominated miniseries on NBC from 1997, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky who won the award for "Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special". The sries is based on Homer's classic The Odyssey. It was filmed in Malta and Turkey, as well as many other places around the Mediterranean Sea where the story actually took place. For its DVD release, The Odyssey has been edited into a 3-hour film.This is the story of "The Odyssey", about Odysseus' decade-long return from the Trojan War to his homeland of Ithaca in Greece.As well as the Odyssey, the series also shows a bit of Homer's other epic poem, the Iliad, with battles and other scenes. It also includes bits from Virgil's Aeneid, such as the scene involving the Trojan Horse....,
The Stupids is a 1996 comedy/adventure film directed by John Landis. The film is based on The Stupids, characters from a series of books written by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall.The story tells the adventures of the Stupids, which start with Stanley Stupid, the patriarch, thinking that the "sender" from the stamp "return to sender" on letters is a wicked man who plans a conspiracy. Adding several mix-ups and misunderstandings, the family unintentionally, and unaware of it, save the world from military chaos, while still believing a fake story about a fictional man called Sender and his plot to confiscate everyone's mail and trash. One running gag is where Stanley Stupid and his daughter enter a planetarium and believe they are dead. The janitor talks to them and they believe he is God. They call him Lord, and he corrects them saying his name is Lloyd, so they call God Lloyd from then on. It even appears in the closing credits, when a final title says "Trust In The...
Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a 1990 American horror-comedy film, and a sequel to Gremlins (1984). It was directed by Joe Dante and written by Charles S. Haas, with creature designs by Rick Baker. It stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Haviland Morris, Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, Robert Picardo, and Christopher Lee.
The story continues the adventures of the creature Gizmo, who spawns numerous small monsters when wet. In the first film, Gizmo's offspring had rampaged through a small fictional town. In Gremlins 2, Gizmo multiplies within a skyscraper in New York City. The new creatures thus pose a serious threat to the city should they be able to leave the building, and much of the story involves the human characters' efforts to prevent this disaster.
Like the first film, Gremlins 2 is a live action comedy-horror film. However, Dante put effort into taking the sequel in new anarchic directions. In general, the film is meant to be more cartoon-like than the...,
Mio in the Land of Faraway (Swedish title: 'Mio min Mio') is a 1987 film produced in cooperation by companies from Sweden, Norway, and the Soviet Union. It was directed by Vladimir Grammatikov and is based on the novel Mio, my Mio by Astrid Lindgren.Bosse (Nicholas Pickard) is a poor and lonely boy and he is taken from his boring life to the Land of Faraway, a magical place where his real father is the king. In this kingdom Bosse discovers his real name is Mio, and he and his new friend Jum-Jum (Christian Bale) try to defeat Knight Kato (Christopher Lee) and set free the captivated children.The theme song, "Mio My Mio" was performed by Swedish band Gemini....
Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch (also known as Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf) is a 1985 horror film directed by Philippe Mora. It is a sequel to the 1981 cult classic The Howling. Although he co-wrote the screenplay, the film "Howling II" is completely unrelated to Gary Brandner's "Howling II" novel (a.k.a. "Return Of The Howling") from 1979. The film was co-written by Robert Sarno with original music score composed by Stephen W. Parsons. The film was followed by Howling III: The Marsupials (1987). It was marketed with the tagline "The rocking, shocking new wave of horror!"Ben White attends the funeral of his sister, journalist Karen White. There he meets both Jenny Templeton, one of Karen's colleagues, and Stefan Crosscoe, a mysterious interloper who claims the slain reporter was a werewolf. Providing videotaped evidence of the transformation — and turning up to destroy Karen as her undead body rises from the grave — Crosscoe convinces Ben and Jenny to accompany him to...,
The Return Of Captain Invincible (also known as Legend in Leotards) is a 1983 musical comedy and fantasy film starring Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee. It was directed by Philippe Mora. It was produced by Seven Keys Production and Willara and distributed by Seven Keys and later by Elite Entertainment Inc., Jensen Farley Pictures, Magnum Entertainment and Seven Keys Home Video. It was filmed in Australia. It is reportedly one of Terry Pratchett's favourite films.The plot involves the Captain America/Superman inspired super-hero called "Captain Invincible" (Arkin) who is active during World War II and afterwards. Once a popular hero to all Americans he is forced into retirement in the 1950s following the government's persecution of him.In the 1950s Captain Invincible faced a McCarthy-ish congressional investigation which accused him of being a communist (because of his red cape) and charged him for violating U.S. airspace by flying without a proper license. He then retires to Australia...,
House of the Long Shadows is a 1983 horror-parody film directed by Pete Walker. The screenplay by Michael Armstrong is based on the novel Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers. The original music score is composed by Richard Harvey.
TaglinesDesi Arnaz Jr. plays Kenneth Magee, the young writer who bets $20,000 that he can write a Wuthering Heights-caliber novel in 24 hours. To give him the mood for the undertaking he goes to a remote, deserted Welsh manor. Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor is not as empty as he was told. Still there, are Lord Grisbane and his daughter, who have been maintaining the mansion on their own. As the stormy night progresses, more people come to the mansion who, as it emerges, are all members of the Grisbane family, gathered on this night to release a horrible secret in the attic. Magee soon finds himself entangled in the middle of a genuine mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
1941 is Steven Spielberg's fifth film, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and premiered in December 1979. The film is a comedy about a panic in the Los Angeles area that occurs after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The plot is loosely based on the West Coast air raid an incident that has come to be known as the Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942 and the Battle of Los Angeles, as well as the shelling of the Ellwood oil refinery, near Santa Barbara, by a Japanese submarine. In the film version, the Japanese submarine crew, led by Commander Mitamuru (Toshiro Mifune in a near-parody of other, more serious roles as Japanese officers in American films) are joined by a hard-line German naval captain (Christopher Lee), and have crossed the Pacific ocean to destroy something "honorable."Although it was not as financially successful as Spielberg's previous (and later) films, it is widely recognized for its special-effects laden progressive action...,
Return from Witch Mountain released in (1978) is the sequel to Escape to Witch Mountain (1975). It was written by Malcolm Marmorstein and is based on the characters of Alexander Key. Ike Eisenmann, Kim Richards, and Denver Pyle reprise their roles as Tony, Tia, and Uncle Bene – humanoid extraterrestrials with special powers including telepathy and telekinesis. The two main villains are played by Bette Davis as Letha Wedge, a greedy woman using the last of her money to finance the scientific experiments of Dr. Victor Gannon, played by Christopher Lee.A made-for-TV sequel called Beyond Witch Mountain was made in 1982.Tagline:Sinister forces from this world against two young space travellers from another.Having spent a good deal of time enjoying the company of their newfound family and friends at Witch Mountain and intensively studying and practicing their supernormal powers, it is decided that Tony and Tia deserve a vacation in Los Angeles. Uncle Bene drops them off in their flying...
To the Devil a Daughter is a 1976 horror film made by Hammer Film Productions, directed by Peter Sykes. It stars Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Nastassja Kinski and Denholm Elliott. The original music score was composed by Paul Glass.
The film was adapted from the 1953 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. It was the second of Wheatley's "black magic" novels to be filmed by Hammer, following The Devil Rides Out, released in 1968. It was marketed with the tagline "...and suddenly the screams of a baby born in Hell!"
Occult writer John Verney is asked by his friend Henry Beddows to pick up his daughter Catherine from the airport. Catherine is a nun with The Children of the Lord, a mysterious Catholic order located in Bavaria and is allowed to come to visit once a year on her birthday. But after Catherine arrives, Beddows then insists that she stay with Verney. But the order under the sinister Father Michael Rayner make all efforts to get Catherine back and...,
The Wicker Man (heralded by film magazine Cinefantastique as "The Citizen Kane of Horror Movies"), is a cult 1973 British film combining thriller, existential horror and musical genres, directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt and Britt Ekland. Paul Giovanni composed the soundtrack.
In 2004 the magazine Total Film named The Wicker Man the sixth greatest British film of all time. It also won the 1978 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film. A scene from this film was #45 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.
Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) is sent an anonymous letter recommending that he investigate the disappearance of a young girl, Rowan Morrison, on the remote Hebridean island of Summerisle. He flies to the island and during his investigations discovers that the entire population follows a neo-pagan cult under the island's owner 'Lord Summerisle' (Christopher Lee), believing in re-incarnation...,
The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a 1974 Hammer Horror film directed by Alan Gibson, and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. It is the eighth film in Hammer's Dracula series, and the seventh film to star Christopher Lee in the title role.
The original music score was composed by John Cacavas. In the United States, the film was distributed as Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride. It is also marketed with the tagline "Evil begets evil on the sabbath of the undead!"
Work began on what was tentatively titled Dracula is Dead and Well and Living in London in November 1972. Speaking at a press conference in 1973 to announce the film, Christopher Lee said:
The film was eventually retitled as The Satanic Rites of Dracula. It is a mixture of science fiction, horror and spy thriller with a screenplay by Don Houghton, a veteran of BBC television's Doctor Who. It wrapped on January 3, 1973 — 15 years to the day since the original Hammer Dracula; Lee would only play Dracula one more time...,
The Four Musketeers is the title of a 1974 Richard Lester film, which follows upon his film of the previous year, The Three Musketeers, and covers the second half of Dumas' novel. See The Three Musketeers. Fifteen years later, the cast and crew returned to film The Return of the Musketeers, loosely based on Dumas' Twenty Years After.
During post production on The Three Musketeers, the producers realized that there was enough footage for two films and split the film in two, creating The Four Musketeers. Most of the actors were incensed that their work on the long shoot was used to make an entirely separate film. All SAG actors' contracts now have what is known as the "Salkind clause", which stipulates how many films are being made. Charlton Heston — who was handsomely paid for what was essentially a cameo role — was the only actor who did not feel cheated.
This is much the darker of the two films. There is less of the lighthearted horseplay seen in the first film. Constance is murdered...
The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. Directed by Richard Lester and written by George MacDonald Fraser (famous for his Flashman series of historical comic novels). The film was originally intended to run for three hours, but later the film was split in two (resulting in 1974's The Four Musketeers). The actors themselves were not informed that they were working on two films simultaneously, only Charlton Heston — handsomely paid for his handful of scenes — did not feel cheated by this duplicity. In 1989, the cast and crew returned to film The Return of the Musketeers, loosely based on Dumas' Twenty Years After.
The film adheres strongly to the novel, but it also injects a fair amount of humour. The films were shot by David Watkins, with an eye for period detail. The fight scenes were choreographed by master swordsman William Hobbs and turn the swashbuckling movies of the Forties and Fifties on their collective ear; these are more like brawls,...
Horror Express, also known as Pánico en el Transiberiano, is a 1973 horror film starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas.
Professor Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee) is an anthropologist returning home to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway bringing with him a 'fossil' in a crate. The 'fossil' is the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature, which Saxton is sure is the missing link in the evolutionary chain. Also on board is Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing), another Englishman and a colleague of Saxton's.
Mysterious deaths occur even before the train sets out. A known thief is found dead on the platform after having looked into the crate, bleeding from his eyes, which have turned blank and white. A slightly unbalanced monk (a Rasputin-esque figure), who acts as a spiritual advisor to the Count and Countess waiting to board the train, claims that the crate is evil.
Saxton is eager to keep his find a secret from everyone, especially Dr. Wells, but Wells pays the...,
The House That Dripped Blood is a 1970 British horror anthology film directed by Peter Duffell and distributed by Amicus Productions. The film stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Nyree Dawn Porter, Denholm Elliott, and Jon Pertwee. The film is a collection of four short stories, all originally written and subsequently scripted by American author Robert Bloch, linked by the protagonist of each story's association with the eponymous building. The film carries the tagline "TERROR waits for you in every room in The House That Dripped Blood."Shortly after renting an old country house, film star Paul Henderson mysteriously disappears and Inspector Holloway from Scotland Yard is called to investigate. Inquiring at the local police station, Holloway is told of the house's history.A hack writer (Denholm Elliot) moves into the house with his wife (Joanna Dunham) and is haunted by visions of Dominic (Tom Adams), the murderous, psychopathic central character of his latest novel.Two friends ...,
I, Monster is a 1971 British horror film directed by Stephen Weeks (his feature debut) for Amicus Productions. It is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with the main characters' names changed to Dr. Charles Marlowe and Mr. Edward Blake.It stars Christopher Lee as the Doctor and his alter ego, and Peter Cushing as Frederick Utterson, a central character in Stevenson's original story. Mike Raven and Susan Jameson also star. It was photographed by Moray Grant, with music by Carl Davis.It was intended to be shown in 3-D, but the process was aborted mid-filming.In 2001, I Monster, a band named after the movie, had a hit in the UK with the single Daydream in Blue . They continue to make music today...,
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a 1970 film directed and produced by Billy Wilder; he also shared writing credit with his longtime collaborator I.A.L. Diamond. It starred Robert Stephens as Sherlock Holmes and Colin Blakely as Dr Watson. The film offers an affectionate, slightly parodic look at the man behind the public facade, and draws a distinction between the "real" Holmes and the character portrayed by Watson in his stories for The Strand magazine.
The film was originally intended as a roadshow attraction, touring major cities only on its initial run. However, it was heavily edited on its original release, and significant sections of the film are now missing.
The film is divided into two separate, unequal stories. In the shorter of the two, Holmes is approached by a famous Russian ballerina (Tamara Toumanova), who proposes that they conceive a child together, one who will hopefully inherit her physique and his intellect. Holmes manages to extricate himself by claiming...,
Scars of Dracula is a 1970 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker for Hammer Studios. It breaks continuity with Hammer's previous Dracula vehicle Taste the Blood of Dracula.
It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, alongside Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Patrick Troughton, and Michael Gwynn. Although disparaged by some critics, the film does restore a few elements of Bram Stoker's original character: The Count is introduced as an "icily charming host"; he has command over nature; and he is seen scaling the walls of his castle.
David Pirie, one of the first critics to take Hammer films seriously, criticized the film for tarnishing the Dracula myth by having him torture a servant with a red-hot sword and stab a woman to death.A prologue shows local villagers rising up and, led by the local innkeeper along with the priest, set fire to Castle Dracula. But when they return home, they find bats have swarmed inside the church where their women were waiting. Every single woman in...,
Count Dracula (German: Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht) was a film adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. It was directed by Jesus Franco in 1970.Although Count Dracula stars Christopher Lee in the title role, it is not a Hammer production like his other Dracula films, but was produced by Harry Alan Towers. It is sometimes considered the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel.It was released also in Italy as Il conte Dracula and in Spain as El Conde Dracula.The film starts with a shot of Count Dracula's castle and the following textJonathan Harker, a lawyer traveling from London to Transylvania to secure property for Count Dracula, arrives at Bistritz to stay for the night. There, he is warned by a concerned lady against continuing his journey the following day. Harker believes that her concerns are rooted in peasant superstition. He ignores her, but starts to feel increasingly unnerved by the way everyone looks at him. Harker sets off for the rest of his...,
Taste the Blood of Dracula is a British horror film produced by Hammer Film Productions and released in 1969. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, and was directed by Peter Sasdy. The film is marketed with the tagline "They taste his blood and the horror begins!"
In a prologue, an English business man named Weller travelling in Eastern Europe comes across Dracula as he dies in Dracula Has Risen from the Grave.
Three hypocritical gentlemen - Hargood, Paxton and Secker - claim to be spending one night a month on charitable works, when in fact they are indulging themselves at a brothel. On one such night, an odd young man bursts in on their celebrations and snaps his fingers. A prostitute immediately comes to him, despite the Host's objections. He tells the three gentleman that is Lord Courtley, who was disinheirited after being caught celebrating the Black Mass. Hargood wants to meet him, hoping for an entry into more intense pleasures. Courtley is agreeable, insisting they come...,
The Oblong Box is a 1969 horror film produced in the UK starring Vincent Price, Hilary Dwyer, Alister Williamson and Christopher Lee. it was directed by Gordon Hessler.
Ostensibly part of the Edgar Allan Poe series of American International Pictures, the film has nothing to do with Poe's story of the same name, apart from the title.
Supposedly mad Sir Edward Markham (Alister Williamson) is kept captive in the attic of his house by his brother Julian (Vincent Price). When he escapes, he conspires with an unscrupulous doctor (Christopher Lee) after emerging from the "oblong box" of the title. Wearing a red hood to hide his disfigured face, Sir Edward commits murders and romances a chambermaid. He learns a terrible secret concerning his time in Africa that will have an impact on the entire Markham family.
The Devil Rides Out is a 1934 novel by Dennis Wheatley telling a disturbing story of black magic and the occult. The four main characters appear in a series of novels by Wheatley. The book was made into a 1968 Hammer Horror film directed by Terence Fisher.
First proposed in 1963, the film eventually went ahead four years later once censorship worries over Satanism had eased. Production began on 7 August, 1967 and the film starred Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Patrick Mower and Paul Eddington. The screenplay was adapted by Richard Matheson from Wheatley's novel. In the United States the film was retitled The Devil's Bride. Christopher Lee has often stated that of all his vast back catalogue of films this is his favourite and the one he would like to see remade with modern special effects and with him playing a mature Duc de Richleau. Set in 1930s London and the south of England, Duc de Richleau and Rex van Ryn rescue their friend Simon Aron and another young initiate, Tanith, from...,
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is a 1968 British horror film directed by Freddie Francis for Hammer Films. It stars Christopher Lee as the Count, with support from Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barry Andrews, Barbara Ewing, Ewan Hooper and Michael Ripper.The world of the film is far darker and more ambiguous than the Christian-influenced world created by director Terence Fisher for the previous three films in the Dracula series.The film opens in a middle-European village still in the throes of Dracula's reign of terror (see Dracula: Prince of Darkness), where an altar boy discovers the body of a woman stuffed in the church's bell. She is another victim of Dracula, and the village - which Dracula's castle overlooks - is terrified.A year after Dracula has been destroyed, a Monsignor (Davies) comes to the village on a routine visit, only to find the altar boy is now a mute. The villagers refuse to use the church because "the shadow of his castle touches it". And the Priest has...,
Dracula - Prince of Darkness is the 1966 sequel to the popular horror film, Dracula (1958 film). It was directed by Terence Fisher and starred Christopher Lee, who again starred as the evil Count Dracula....
Night of the Big Heat is a 1967 British sci-fi horror film released by Planet Film Productions, based on a 1959 novel of the same name by John Lymington. It was released in the United States in 1971 under the title Island of the Burning Doomed and was double-billed with Godzilla's Revenge. Jeff and Frankie Callum run the Swan, a popular inn and tavern on the remote Scottish island of Fara. Jeff, a novelist in his spare time, hires a secretary named Angela Roberts. Unknown to Frankie, Jeff and Angela are former lovers. The Callums moved to Fara Island so that Jeff could escape Angela's amorous advances (although as far as Frankie knows, it was simply to escape the tedium of city life on the mainland). Angela wants to resume her fling with Jeff, despite Jeff wanting nothing to do with her. Not helping matters much is the fact that despite the fact it's the middle of November, Fara Island is experiencing a stifling and inexplicable midwinter heat wave, with temperatures in the 90s and...,
Rasputin, the Mad Monk is a 1966 Hammer film directed by Don Sharp.
It stars Christopher Lee as Grigori Rasputin, the Russian peasant-mystic notable for gaining great influence with the Tsars prior to the Russian Revolution. It also stars Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Richard Pasco, Dinsdale Landen and Renée Asherson. The story is largely fictionalized, although some of the events leading up to Rasputin's assassination are very loosely based on Prince Yusupov's account of the story. For legal reasons, the character of Yusupov was replaced by Ivan (Matthews).
The emphasis is on Rasputin's terrifying powers both to work magic and to seduce women.
The story begins in the Russian countryside, where Rasputin heals the sick wife of an innkeeper (Derek Francis). When he is later hauled before an Orthodox bishop for his sexual immorality and violence, the innkeeper springs to the monk's defence. Rasputin protests that he is sexually immoral because he likes to give God ...,
Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Studios. The film was photographed in Techniscope by Michael Reed, designed by Bernard Robinson and scored by James Bernard.
The film begins where the 1958 film Horror of Dracula, also directed by Fisher, left off, reminding us of Dracula's death ten years ago. Four English travellers - the brothers Charles and Alan Kent and their wives - are stranded and find themselves guests at Dracula's castle, whose servant Klove (Philip Latham) informs them that his late Master left instructions for visitors always to be welcomed. That night, he kidnaps Alan (Charles Tingwell) and uses his blood to resurrect Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) from his ashes. He then lures Alan's wife Helen (Barbara Shelley) to the Count, who bites and vampirizes her.
Charles (Francis Matthews) and Diana (Suzan Farmer) are confronted by Helen and the Count, but manage to escape, eventually finding refuge in a local...,
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror film director Freddie Francis and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. It was the first in a series of portmanteau films from Amicus and was followed by Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1973) and Tales That Witness Madness (1974).
Filming began on Dr. Terror's House of Horror at Shepperton Studios on 25 May, 1964 with a budget of $105,000. The script began as a still-born television series in 1948 during the time when Dead of Night was a recent release. Milton Subotsky considered it "the greatest horror film ever"1, and used it as a blue-print for Dr. Terror and the rest of the later portmanteau films. It completed filming on 3 July, 1964 and was released on 5 February, 1965. It went on to become a major hit.
Five men board a train followed by Dr....,
She is a 1965 film made by Hammer Film Productions, based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard. It was directed by Robert Day and stars Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. An expedition into a previously unexplored region discovers a city ruled by Ayesha, an immortal sorceress who sees her former lover in the leader of the expedition. While she's trying to convince him to make the rite which leads to immortality her army is attacked by some barbarians whose leader's daughter has been captured by Ayesha. Her army loses the fierce battle against the badly equipped but strong barbarians.Numerous scenes demonstrate her true sensual nature....,
The Gorgon is a 1964 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer.
It stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. The film was photographed by Michael Reeves, and designed by Bernard Robinson. For the haunting score James Bernard combined a soprano with a little-known electronic instrument called the Novachord. The film marks one of the few occasions when Hammer turned to Greek mythology for inspiration; this time it is the legend of the Gorgon that is respun for the Hammer audiences. The film was not generally well-received either by critics or Hammer fans.
In the rural German village of Vandorf, seven murders have been commited in the past seven years, each victim having been petrified into a stone figure. Rather than investigate it, the local authorities dismiss the murders for fear of a local legend having come true. When a local girl becomes the latest victim and her suicidal lover made the scapegoat, the brother of the condemned man...,
The Devil-Ship Pirates is a 1964 pirate adventure film made in the UK by Hammer Films. It concerned pirates from a vessel from the defeated Spanish Armada terrorizing citizens on the English coast. All goes well until the villagers realize the Spaniards have been defeated and revolt. It had some spectacular swordplay but was a largely land-locked pirate movie.It starred Christopher Lee, Barry Warren, John Cairney, Andrew Keir, Duncan Lamont, Michael Ripper and Suzan Farmer, and was directed by Don Sharp.The outdoor sets are instantly recognizable from Hammer's The Scarlet Blade, made the previous year.The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) • The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) • The Phantom of the Opera (1962) • The Kiss of the Vampire (1962) • The Devil-Ship Pirates (1963) • The&...
Pirates of Blood River is a 1962 Hammer Film Productions pirate film starring Christopher Lee and Kerwin Matthews.While in a penal colony Huguenot Jonathan Standish (Kerwin Matthews) is captured by pirates led by Capt. LaRoche (Christopher Lee) who force him to lead them back to his home village to retrieve a treasure supposedly hidden there.This landlocked pirate movie features a Michael Ripper, Andrew Keir, Oliver Reed, Peter Arne, and inexplicably Glenn Corbett. The female lead is Marla Landi. The pirates seem vaguely French because of a few of their names (LaRoche, Brocaire) but some are called Mack and Hench. The villagers appear to be a mix of Americans and Britons....
Taste of Fear (US title: Scream of Fear) is a 1961 British thriller directed by Seth Holt for Hammer Films. It was shot in black-and-white by cinematographer Douglas Slocombe. It starred Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, with Christopher Lee, then one of Hammer's most bankable stars, in a supporting role. In the story a young paralysed woman returns to her family home after the mysterious disappearance of her father. She has a cool relationship with her step-mother, while the chauffeur helps her investigate the father's disappearance. During the investigations, she finds the father's corpse in various locations around the house, however it always quickly vanishes again before anyone else sees it. ...,
City of the Dead is a 1960 film directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and starring Christopher Lee and Valentine Dyall. It was released in the United States under the title Horror Hotel.
Production began on 12 October, 1959 at Shepperton Studios with a budget of £45,000. Milton Subotsky was an uncredited producer of the film, leading some to consider this the first unofficial Amicus Productions film. Officially, it was produced by Vulcan Productions.
On the recommendation of her professor, a young female student travels to a small Massachusetts town to do some research into witchcraft. She finds the town occupied by the reincarnation of an infamous witch burned at the stake in the 17th century.
The Mummy is a 1959 British Hammer Horror film starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
Often assumed to be a remake of the 1932 film The Mummy, which starred Boris Karloff, the film actually derives its plot and characters entirely from two later, 1940s, Universal Studios b-movies: The Mummy's Hand and The Mummy's Tomb. It is one of several Hammer remakes of Universal films.
In Egypt in 1895, a team of archaeologists, including John Banning, his father Stephen Banning and his uncle Joseph Whemple, are searching for the tomb of Princess Ananka, the priestess of Karnak. John is held up by an injured leg while his father and uncle open the tomb. Before they enter, an Egyptian man named Mehemet Bey appears and warns them not to go in, lest they face dire consequences. Stephen and Joseph ignore him, and within find the sarcophogus of Ananka. When Joseph leaves to tell John the good news, Stephen finds the mythical Scroll of Life and reads from it. He then sees something that drives him...,
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1959 mystery movie produced by Hammer Films and is directed by Terence Fisher.
The film is an adaptation from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same name and stars Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes, Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville and André Morell as Watson. It also starred Marla Landi, Ewen Solon, Francis de Wolff, John le Mesurier and Miles Malleson.
It was filmed at Bray Studios during 1958. The exterior of Baskerville Hall is recognisable as Dracula's castle in Dracula, made the previous year. Filming also took place on location at Chobham Common and Frensham Ponds, both in Surrey.
Returning to his family’s manor house on Dartmoor after his father dies under mysterious circumstances, Sir Henry Baskerville (Christopher Lee) is confronted with the mystery of the supernatural hound that supposedly takes revenge upon the Baskerville family. The famous detective Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and his assistant Dr. Watson (André Morell)...,
Dracula is a 1958 British horror film, and the first of a series of Hammer Horror films inspired by the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. In the United States, the film was retitled Horror of Dracula to avoid confusion, and to avoid international copyright infringement, with the Tod Browning-directed Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi as the Count.
Production began at Bray Studios on the 17 November, 1957 with an investment of £81,000. It is remembered for its pioneering combination of fantasy, romance and sexuality, and its unprecedented gore.
Jonathan Harker arrives at the Count's castle posing as a librarian. He is startled inside the castle by a young woman begging his aid and claiming she is a prisoner. The woman looks horrified at the sight of Dracula on the stairs and runs out. Dracula then greets Jonathan and guides him to his room where he locks him in. Jonathan starts to write in his diary and his...,
The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions. It was Hammer's first colour film, and the first of their Frankenstein series. Its worldwide success lead to several sequels, and the studio's new versions of Dracula (1958) and The Mummy (1959). The film was directed by Terence Fisher and starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Lee and Cushing would both go on to enjoy long film careers, usually as the protagonists in other films of the same genre.Universal fought hard to prevent Hammer from duplicating aspects of their 1931 film, and so it was down to make-up artist Phil Leakey to design a new-look creature bearing no resemblance to the Boris Karloff original created by Jack Pierce. Production of The Curse of Frankenstein began, with an investment of £65,000, on 19 November, 1956 at Bray Studios with a scene showing Baron Frankenstein cutting down a highwayman from a wayside gibbet.The Curse of Frankstein is important for a number of reasons. The...,
Christopher Lee was born