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Booth's Blog: Christopher Lee – The Last Of The True Horror Icons Dies At 93.
By Emily Booth, Friday 12th June 2015
They just don’t make them like Christopher Lee anymore. On Sunday 7th June at 8.30am the great Christopher Lee passed away in hospital after a career odyssey spanning nearly 70 epic years. A career which finally saw him knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009. I must confess I never met him and it is with a heavy heart I say that, though if I had I know I would have been shaking in my boots after all the stories Caroline Munro, fellow Hammer Horror legend told me about him! I have literally just got off the phone from the wonderful Hammer actress and she had this to say about her friend and co star Christopher Lee:

“It’s just so strange that only this weekend I was at a Hammer convention in Paris and a huge part of it was about Christopher Lee, so I’ve been talking and reminiscing about him all weekend! He was just so iconic and so believable – he made me believe that he was Dracula - in my scenes with him – completely. (Dracula 1972AD) He was able to be the personification of evil but he was so dashing and charismatic with it, he just commanded the screen, he totally owned it and he’s loved world wide for it. He was an astounding actor, he would try anything he was so versatile, but even though he was incredible as Dracula, he would want to be remembered for all the other films too – for his huge body of work; I feel very honoured to have worked with him.” Caroline Munro.

The news of his death has completely taken over the web and airwaves, he is trending on twitter (though this seems a rather trivial way to gauge someone’s status!) I think it’s probably fair to say, now that we have to add Lee to the list of horror icons lost (Ingrid Pitt, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and of course the Hollywood Horror legends Lugosi, Carloff, Chaney Jr) there is no one of that ilk left; The Masters of the Macabre, the men and women who somehow managed to merge total and utter grace with their gore.

Best known for his memorable performance as the seductive charismatic Dracula (a role many say he was ‘born to play’) this was a role he reprised 10 times; but he also breathed life into another gothic monster in The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957. One of my personal favourite memories of the man with the thousand mile stare is his role as Lord Summerisle in The Wickerman (1973) unforgettably chilling; even wearing a ridiculous women’s dress. This was the role he was, apparently most proud of.

I won’t write a long biog and memoir about the beautiful man, you can find that anywhere online but rather tell you about where you can still see him in all his enigmatic glory. Right here on Horror.

Tonight (Friday June 12th) we are screening Dracula, Prince of Darkness at 00.45 to include a memorial slate before and after the film and we are putting on a special Christopher Lee night to honour him on Thursday 2nd July. This will start with Hammer Horror’s critically acclaimed The Devil Rides Out at 9pm, followed by Dracula Prince of Darkness, Scars of Dracula and finally To the Devil A Daughter.

So we mourn the loss of a wonderful heavy weight horror actor, but we at Horror will continue to honour him and keep this true ‘one off’ very much alive.


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