Fear in the Night (1972)

Hammer is best-known for its Kensington Gore and its literary monsters, usually shot against a 60s-coloured 19th Century which is a distinctive aesthetic all of its own; the studio deviated from this formula quite considerably at times, though, in a range of films which seem to have divided critics ever since. Fear in the Night […]

Daleks, Weremoths and Weird Tailors: Peter Cushing at Amicus, Tigon & Tyburn (Part 1)

By Tristan Bishop Think of Peter Cushing and you think of Hammer – and vice-versa, as the studio and the actor are intrinsically linked. He appeared, alongside fellow Hammer stalwart Christopher Lee, in the breakthrough hits from the studio, The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula (1958), and their early successes paved the way for […]

“The Gentlest and Most Generous of Men”: The Friendship of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

By Keri O’Shea What is it that defines the term ‘gentleman’? Without a doubt, it is a term which remains nebulous, and one which has changed throughout its history; you could also make the case that the term itself has lost much of its meaning in the modern day, but perhaps we can still say […]

Peter Cushing Centenary – King of the Vampire Killers

By Ben Bussey If I were to ask who the most iconic screen Dracula was, I imagine the answers would be wide-ranging. Presumably most would be torn between Lugosi and Lee, with maybe a few shout-outs for Oldman, and one or two bending the matter slightly by arguing for Schreck. However, if I were to […]

Peter Cushing Centenary – The Trials of Frankenstein

By Oliver Longden 26th May 2013 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Peter Cushing. Perhaps best known to modern audiences as the skeletally thin Grand Moff Tarkin from the first Star Wars film, Cushing was a versatile and immensely dedicated actor. He achieved worldwide recognition for his many roles in Hammer horror […]