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Stan Against Evil
Genre Comedy horror
Created by Dana Gould
Starring John C. McGinley
Janet Varney
Nate Mooney
Deborah Baker Jr.
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s) Dana Gould
Tom Lassally
Frank Scherma
Justin Wilkes
Producer(s) Ed Tapia
John C. McGinley
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) 3 Arts Entertainment
Radical Media
Release
Original network IFC
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31) – present

Stan Against Evil is an American comedy horror television series created by Dana Gould. On February 22, 2016, the series was picked up for an eight episode first season.[1] The series stars John C. McGinley, Janet Varney, Nate Mooney, Deborah Baker Jr., and Mick Ignis. The series began filming in June 2016 in Atlanta.[2] The series premiered on October 31, 2016, on IFC.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

A New England town built on the site of massive witch burning is haunted by demons. Stanley Miller, the former sheriff, teams up with Evie, the new sheriff to defend the town.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • John C. McGinley as Stanley Miller, the former sheriff who is forced to resign after a violent outburst at his wife’s funeral
  • Janet Varney as Evie Barret, the new sheriff of the town and a single mom
  • Nate Mooney as Deputy Leon Drinkwater
  • Deborah Baker Jr. as Denise Miller, Stanley’s daughter

Recurring[edit]

  • Mick Ignis as Stella Stanas
  • Danielle Phelan as Karen

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 “Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down”[5] Justin Nijm and Jack Bishop Dana Gould October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31) TBA TBD
2 “Know, Know, Know Your Goat”[6] TBA TBA November 2, 2016 (2016-11-02) TBA TBD
3 “Let Your Love Groan”[7] TBA TBA November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09) TBA TBD
4 “Life Orr Death”[8] TBA TBA November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09) TBA TBD
5 “I’m Gleaning My Coven”[9] TBA TBA November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) TBA TBD
6 “Ouija Board”[10] TBA TBA November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) TBA TBD
7 “Spider Walk With Me”[11] TBA TBA November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23) TBA TBD
8 “Level Boss”[12] TBA TBA November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23) TBA TBD

PETER CUSHING FILMOLOGY

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Films

Title Year Role Note
The Man in the Iron Mask 1939 Second Officer Playing opposite Louis Hayward to facilitate the double exposure scenes, with a small role of his own
Laddie 1940 Robert Pryor
Vigil in the Night
A Chump at Oxford Student
Women in War Captain Evans (Uncredited role)
The Howards of Virginia Leslie Stephens (Uncredited role)
They Dare Not Love 1941 Sub-Lieutenant Blackler (Uncredited role)
Hamlet 1948 Osric
Moulin Rouge 1952 Marcel de la Voisier
The Black Knight 1954 Sir Palamides
The End of the Affair 1955 Henry Miles
Magic Fire Otto Wesendonk
Alexander the Great 1956 General Memnon
Time Without Pity 1957 Jeremy Clayton
The Curse of Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein
The Abominable Snowman Dr. Rollason
Violent Playground 1958 Priest
Dracula Doctor Van Helsing
The Revenge of Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 Sherlock Holmes
John Paul Jones Captain Richard Pearson
The Mummy John Banning
The Flesh and the Fiends 1960 Dr. Robert Knox
Cone of Silence Captain Clive Judd
The Brides of Dracula Doctor Van Helsing
Suspect Professor Sewell
Sword of Sherwood Forest Sheriff of Nottingham
The Hellfire Club 1961 Merryweather
Fury at Smugglers’ Bay Squire Trevenyan
The Naked Edge Mr. Evan Wrack
Cash on Demand Harry Fordyce
Captain Clegg 1962 Parson Blyss Alternate title: Night Creatures
The Devil’s Agent (Scenes deleted)
The Man Who Finally Died 1963 Dr. Peter von Brecht
The Evil of Frankenstein 1964 Victor Frankenstein
The Gorgon Dr. Namaroff
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors 1965 ‘Dr. Terror’ / Dr. W. R. Schreck
She Maj, Holly
The Skull Dr. Christopher Maitland
Dr. Who and the Daleks Dr. Who
Island of Terror 1966 Dr. Brian Stanley
Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. Dr. Who
Frankenstein Created Woman 1967 Victor Frankenstein
Night of the Big Heat Dr. Vernon Stone
Torture Garden Lancelot Canning Segment 4: “The Man Who Collected Poe”
Some May Live John Meredith
The Blood Beast Terror 1968 Detective Inspector Quennell
Corruption Sir John Rowan
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed 1969 Victor Frankenstein
Scream and Scream Again 1970 Major Heinrich Benedek
Incense for the Damned Dr. Walter Goodrich Alternate title: Bloodsuckers
One More Time Dr. Frankenstein (Uncredited role)
The Vampire Lovers General von Spielsdorf
The House That Dripped Blood 1971 Philip Grayson Segment 2: “Waxworks”
Twins of Evil Gustav Weil
I, Monster Frederick Utterson
Tales from the Crypt 1972 Arthur Edward Grimsdyke Segment 3: “Poetic Justice”
Dracula A.D. 1972 Van Helsing
Dr. Phibes Rises Again Captain
Asylum Mr. Smith Segment 2: “The Weird Tailor”
Fear in the Night Michael Carmichael
Horror Express Dr. Wells
Nothing But the Night 1973 Sir Mark Ashley
The Creeping Flesh Emmanuel Hildren
And Now the Screaming Starts! Dr. Pope
The Satanic Rites of Dracula Van Helsing
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 1974 Victor Frankenstein
From Beyond the Grave Antique Shop Proprietor
Madhouse Herbert Flay
The Beast Must Die Dr. Christopher Lundgren
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Van Helsing
Tender Dracula MacGregor
Legend of the Werewolf 1975 Professor Paul
The Ghoul Dr. Lawrence Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley Award for Best Actor
Trial by Combat 1976 Sir Edward Gifford Alternate title: Dirty Knights Work
Land of the Minotaur Baron Corofax Alternate title: The Devil’s Men
At the Earth’s Core Dr. Abner Perry
Star Wars 1977 Grand Moff Tarkin Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Shock Waves SS Commander Alternate title: Almost Human
The Uncanny Wilbur
Die Standarte (de) Baron von Hackenberg Alternate title: The Standard
Son of Hitler 1978 Heinrich Haussner
Arabian Adventure 1979 Wazir Al Wuzara
A Touch of the Sun Commissioner Potts Alternate title: No Secrets!
Misterio en la isla de los monstruos 1981 William T. Kolderup Alternate title: Mystery on Monster Island
Black Jack Sir Thomas Bedford Alternate title: Asalto al casino
House of the Long Shadows 1983 Sebastian Grisbane Caixa de Catalunya Award for Best Actor
(shared with Vincent Price, Christopher Lee & John Carradine)
Top Secret! 1984 Bookstore Proprietor
Sword of the Valiant Seneschal – Gaspar
Biggles: Adventures in Time 1986 Air Commodore William Raymond

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Note
Pride and Prejudice 1952 Mr. Darcy TV mini-series (all 6 episodes)
Epitaph for a Spy 1953 Josef Vadassey TV mini-series (all 6 episodes)
You are There Rudolf Hess Season 1, episode 20: “The Escape of Rudolf Hess”
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1951–1957 Charles Appleby
Cyril Beverly
Simpson
Antoine Vanier
Piotr Petrovsky
Seppi Fredericks
Prince Mikhail Alexandrovitch Ouratieff
Beau Brummell
Winston Smith
Dr. John Rollason
Prime Minister
Mr. Manningham
Season 2, episode 48: “Eden End (I)”
Season 3, episode 15: “Bird in Hand”
Season 4, episode 5: “Number Three”
Season 4, episode 25: “The Road”
Season 4, episode 28: “Anastasia”
Season 4, episode 34: “Portrait by Peko”
Season 5, episode 4: “Tovarich”
Season 5, episode 11: “Beau Brummell”
Season 5, episode 50: “Nineteen Eighty-Four
Season 6, episode 5: “The Creature”
Season 6, episode 10: “The Moment of Truth”
Season 8, episode 2: “Gaslight”
Drama 61-67 1962 Frederick James Parsons Season 2, episode 7: “Drama ’62: Peace with Terror”
ITV Television Playhouse Fred Parsons Season 8, episode 3: “Peace with Terror”
The Spread of the Eagle 1963 Cassius TV mini-series
Comedy Playhouse Albert Fawkes Season 3, episode 6 “The Plan
Story Parade 1964 Elijah Baley Episode: “The Caves of Steel” (unknown season)
Thirty-Minute Theatre 1965 Leonard Season 1, episode 5: “Monica”
The Avengers 1967 Paul Beresford Episode: “Return of the Cybernauts” (season 5, episode 17 or season 6, episode 1)
Sherlock Holmes 1968 Sherlock Holmes All 16 episodes from season 2:
The Second Strain
The Dancing Men
A Study in Scarlet
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Part 1)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Part 2)
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Greek Interpreter
The Naval Treaty
Thor Bridge
The Musgrave Ritual
Black Peter
Wisteria Lodge
Shoscombe Old Place
The Solitary Cyclist
The Sign of Four
The Blue Carbuncle
Orson Welles’ Great Mysteries 1973 Count Gerard De Merret Season 1, episode 4: “La Grande Breteche”
The Zoo Gang 1974 Judge Gautier Season 1, episode 5: “The Counterfeit Trap”
Space: 1999 1976 Raan Season 1, episode 7: “Missing Link
Looks Familiar 1 episode – dated 2 February 1976
The New Avengers Von Claus Season 1, episode 1: “The Eagle’s Nest”
Hammer House of Horror 1980 Martin Blueck Season 1, episode 7: “The Silent Scream”
Tales of the Unexpected 1983 Von Baden Season 6, episode 8: “The Vorpal Blade

Television films[edit]

Title Year Role Note
When We Are Married 1951 Gerald Forbes
If This Be Error 1952 Nick Grant
Asmodée Blaise Lebel
The Silver Swan Lord Henriques
Rookery Nook 1953 Clive Popkiss
The Noble Spaniard Duke of Hermanos
A Social Success Henry Robbins
The Face of Love 1954 Mardian Thersites
Richard of Bordeaux 1955 Richard II
The Browning Version Andrew Crocker-Harris
Home at Seven 1957 David Preston
The Winslow Boy 1958 Sir Robert Morton
Uncle Harry Uncle Harry
Beyond the Water’s Edge 1972
The Great Houdini 1976 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Tale of Two Cities 1980 Dr. Alexander Manette
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues 1984 Professor Charles Copeland
The Masks of Death Sherlock Holmes

Short films[edit]

Title Year Role Note
The Hidden Master 1940 Robert Clive of India Uncredited role
Dreams 1940 First Dreamer
It Might Be You 1946 The Doctor

Christopher Lee filmography

Christopher Lee filmography

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Films

# Year Film Role Notes
1 1948 Corridor of Mirrors Charles
2 1948 One Night with You Pirelli’s Assistant
3 1948 Hamlet Spear Carrier Uncredited
4 1948 Penny and the Pownall Case Jonathan Blair
5 1948 A Song for Tomorrow Auguste
6 1948 My Brother’s Keeper Second Constable Deleted scenes
7 1948 Saraband for Dead Lovers Bit Part Uncredited
8 1948 Scott of the Antarctic Bernard Day
9 1949 Trottie True Bongo
10 1950 They Were Not Divided Chris Lewis
11 1950 Prelude to Fame Newsman
12 1951 Valley of Eagles Det. Holt
13 1951 Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. Spanish Captain
14 1951 Quo Vadis Chariot Driver Uncredited[1]
15 1952 The Crimson Pirate Joseph (attache)
16 1952 Top Secret Russian Agent Uncredited
17 1952 Paul Temple Returns Sir Felix Raybourne
18 1952 Babes in Bagdad Slave Dealer
19 1952 Moulin Rouge Georges Seurat
20 1953 Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot Voice Uncredited
21 1953 Innocents in Paris Lieutenant Whitlock Uncredited
22 1954 Destination Milan Svenson
23 1955 Man in Demand
24 1955 Cross-Roads Harry Cooper
25 1955 Final Column
26 1955 That Lady Captain
27 1955 Police Dog Johnny, a constable
28 1955 The Dark Avenger French Patrol Captain at Tavern Uncredited
29 1955 The Cockleshell Heroes Lt Cmdr Dick Raikes RN (Submarine Commander)
30 1955 Storm Over the Nile Karaga Pasha
31 1956 Alias John Preston John Preston
32 1956 Private’s Progress Gen. von Linbeck’s aide Uncredited
33 1956 Port Afrique Franz Vermes
34 1956 Beyond Mombasa Gil Rossi
35 1956 The Battle of the River Plate Manolo
36 1957 Ill Met by Moonlight German Officer at Dentists
37 1957 Fortune Is a Woman Charles Highbury
38 1957 The Traitor Dr. Neumann
39 1957 The Curse of Frankenstein The Creature
40 1957 Manuela Voice Uncredited
41 1957 Bitter Victory Sgt. Barney
42 1957 The Truth About Women François
43 1958 A Tale of Two Cities Marquis St. Evremonde
44 1958 Dracula Count Dracula Alternative title: Horror of Dracula
45 1958 Battle of the V-1 Labor Camp Captain, Men’s Section
46 1958 Corridors of Blood Resurrection Joe
47 1959 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Henry Baskerville
48 1959 The Man Who Could Cheat Death Dr. Pierre Gerard
49 1959 The Treasure of San Teresa Jaeger
50 1959 The Mummy Kharis, the Mummy
51 1959 Uncle Was a Vampire Baron Roderico da Frankurten
52 1960 Too Hot to Handle Novak
53 1960 Beat Girl Kenny
54 1960 The City of the Dead Prof. Alan Driscoll Alternative title: Horror Hotel
55 1960 The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll Paul Allen
56 1960 The Hands of Orlac Nero the magician
57 1961 The Terror of the Tongs Chung King
58 1961 Taste of Fear Doctor Pierre Gerrard
59 1961 The Devil’s Daffodil Ling Chu
60 1961 Ercole al centro della terra King Lico (Licos) Alternative title: Hercules in the Haunted World
61 1962 Stranglehold
62 1962 The Puzzle of the Red Orchid Captain Allerman
63 1962 The Pirates of Blood River Captain LaRoche
64 1962 The Devil’s Agent Baron von Staub
65 1962 Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace Sherlock Holmes
66 1963 Katarsis Mephistoles
67 1963 The Virgin of Nuremberg Erich Aka Castle of Terror and La vergine di Norimberga
68 1963 La frusta e il corpo Kurt Menliff Aka The Whip and the Body and Night Is the Phantom
69 1964 Il castello dei morti vivi Count Drago Alternative title: Castle of the Living Dead
70 1964 Terror in the Crypt Count Ludwig Karnstein Aka Crypt of the Vampire and Crypt of Horror
71 1964 The Devil-Ship Pirates Captain Robeles
72 1964 The Gorgon Prof. Karl Meister
73 1965 Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors Franklyn Marsh
74 1965 She Billali
75 1965 The Skull Sir Matthew Phillips
76 1965 Ten Little Indians Voice of “Mr. Owen” Uncredited
77 1965 The Face of Fu Manchu Dr. Fu Manchu / Lee Tao
78 1966 Theatre of Death Philippe Darvas
79 1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness Count Dracula
80 1966 Rasputin, the Mad Monk Grigori Rasputin
81 1966 Circus of Fear Gregor Alternative title: Psycho Circus
82 1966 The Brides of Fu Manchu Fu Manchu
83 1967 The Vengeance of Fu Manchu Dr. Fu Manchu
84 1967 Night of the Big Heat Godfrey Hanson
85 1967 Five Golden Dragons Dragon #4
86 1967 The Blood Demon Count Frederic Regula, Graf von Andomai Aka The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism and Castle of the Walking Dead
87 1968 Curse of the Crimson Altar Morley
88 1968 The Devil Rides Out Duc de Richleau
89 1968 Eve Colonel Stuart Alternative title: The Face of Eve
90 1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu Fu Manchu
91 1968 Dracula Has Risen from the Grave Count Dracula
92 1969 The Castle of Fu Manchu Fu Manchu
93 1969 The Oblong Box Dr. J. Neuhart
94 1969 The Magic Christian Ship’s vampire
95 1970 Scream and Scream Again Fremont
96 1970 Umbracle The Man
97 1970 The Bloody Judge (es) Lord George Jeffreys Alternative title: Night of the Blood Monster
98 1970 Count Dracula Count Dracula
99 1970 Taste the Blood of Dracula Count Dracula
100 1970 One More Time Count Dracula
101 1970 Julius Caesar Artemidorus
102 1970 Eugenie Dolmance Aka Eugenie – The Story of Her Journey into Perversion
103 1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Mycroft Holmes
104 1970 Scars of Dracula Count Dracula
105 1971 The House That Dripped Blood John Reid Segment: “Sweets to the Sweet”
105 1971 Cuadecuc, vampir Count Dracula/Himself
106 1971 I, Monster Dr. Charles Marlowe/Edward Blake
107 1971 Hannie Caulder Bailey
108 1972 Death Line Stratton-Villiers, MI5 Alternative title: Raw Meat
109 1972 Nothing But the Night Col. Charles Bingham
110 1972 Dracula A.D. 1972 Count Dracula
111 1973 Dark Places Dr. Mandeville
112 1973 The Creeping Flesh James Hildern
113 1973 The Satanic Rites of Dracula Count Dracula
114 1973 Horror Express Sir Alexander Saxton
115 1973 The Three Musketeers Rochefort
116 1973 The Wicker Man Lord Summerisle Lee considered The Wicker Man his best film.[1]
117 1974 The Four Musketeers Rochefort
118 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun Francisco Scaramanga
119 1975 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Stephen Hayward
120 1975 Le boucher, la star et l’orpheline Van Krig/Himself
121 1976 The Keeper The Keeper
122 1976 Killer Force Major Chilton Alternative title: The Diamond Mercenaries
123 1976 To the Devil, A Daughter Father Michael Rayner
124 1976 Dracula père et fils Prince of Darkness Alternative title: Dracula and Son
125 1976 Albino Bill Aka Whispering Death and Death in the Sun
126 1977 Airport ’77 Martin Wallace
127 1977 Meatcleaver Massacre On-screen narrator Aka Evil Force and Revenge of the Dead
128 1977 End of the World Father Pergado / Zindar
129 1977 Starship Invasions Captain Rameses
130 1978 Return from Witch Mountain Dr. Victor Gannon
131 1978 Caravans Sardar Khan
132 1978 Circle of Iron Zetan Alternative title: The Silent Flute
133 1979 The Passage Gypsy
134 1979 Arabian Adventure Alquazar
135 1979 Nutcracker Fantasy Uncle Drosselmeyer / Street Singer / Watchmaker Voice
136 1979 Jaguar Lives! Adam Caine
137 1979 Bear Island Lechinski
138 1979 1941 Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
139 1979 Captain America II: Death Too Soon Miguel
140 1980 Serial Luckman Skull
141 1981 The Salamander Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence
142 1981 Desperate Moves Dr. Carl Boxer
143 1981 An Eye for an Eye Morgan Canfield
144 1982 Safari 3000 Count Borgia
145 1982 The Last Unicorn King Haggard Voice; also in German language version
146 1983 New Magic Mr. Kellar
147 1983 The Return of Captain Invincible Mr. Midnight
148 1983 House of the Long Shadows Corrigan
149 1984 The Rosebud Beach Hotel Mr. Clifford King
150 1985 Mask of Murder Chief Supt. Jonathan Rich
151 1985 Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf Stefan Crosscoe
152 1986 The Girl Peter Storm
153 1987 Jocks President White
154 1987 Mio min Mio Kato
155 1988 Dark Mission Luis Morel
156 1989 Murder Story Willard Hope
157 1989 La chute des aigles Walter Strauss
158 1989 The Return of the Musketeers Rochefort
159 1990 The Rainbow Thief Uncle Rudolf
160 1990 L’avaro Cardinale Spinosi
161 1990 Honeymoon Academy Lazos
162 1990 Panga
163 1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Doctor Catheter
164 1991 Curse III: Blood Sacrifice Doctor Pearson
165 1992 Jackpot Cedric
166 1992 Kabuto King Philip
167 1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas Narrator
168 1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Cmndt. Alexandrei Nikolaivich Rakov
169 1994 Funny Man Callum Chance
170 1994 Flesh and Blood Narrator/Self Last collaboration with Peter Cushing
171 1995 A Feast at Midnight V. E. Longfellow, a.k.a. Raptor
172 1996 Welcome to the Discworld Death
173 1996 The Stupids Evil Sender
174 1998 Tale of the Mummy Sir Richard Turkel
175 1998 Jinnah Mohammed Ali Jinnah Lee considered this to be his favourite role/most significant[2]
176 1999 Sleepy Hollow Burgomaster
177 2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Saruman
178 2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
179 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Saruman
180 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Saruman Extended Edition only
181 2004 Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse Heinrich von Garten
182 2005 The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby The Lord Provost
183 2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
184 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dr. Wilbur Wonka
185 2005 Corpse Bride Pastor Galswells Voice
186 2007 The Golden Compass First High Councillor
187 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus Voice
188 2009 Boogie Woogie Alfred Rhinegold
189 2009 Triage Joaquín Morales
190 2009 Glorious 39 Walter
191 2010 Alice in Wonderland Jabberwocky Voice
192 2010 Burke & Hare Joseph
193 2010 The Heavy Mr. Mason
194 2011 Season of the Witch Cardinal D’Ambroise
195 2011 The Resident August
196 2011 The Wicker Tree Old Gentleman
197 2011 Grave Tales Himself Original version only
198 2011 Hugo Monsieur Labisse
199 2012 The Hunting of the Snark Narrator Voice
200 2012 Dark Shadows Silas Clarney
201 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Saruman
202 2013 Night Train to Lisbon Father Bartolomeu
203 2013 Necessary Evil Narrator Voice
204 2013 The Girl from Nagasaki Old Officer Pinkerton
205 2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Saruman
206 2015 Extraordinary Tales Narrator Voice
207 2015 Angels in Notting Hill God/Mr. President Voice; completed

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1955 Moby Dick—Rehearsed A Stage Manager/Flask TV film
1955 The Vise Different Roles Episodes: “Stronghold”, “Price of Vanity”, “The Final Column”
1955 Tales of Hans Anderson Different Roles Episodes: “Wee Willie Winkie”, “The Cripple Boy”
1956 Chevron of Fallen Stars Governor Episode: “Captain Kidd”
1956 The Scarlet Pimpernel Louis (Uncredited) Episode: “The Elusive Chauvelin”
1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard Jean-Pierre Episode: “At Night All Cats Are Grey”
1953–56 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents Different Roles 13 Episodes
1956 Sailor of Fortune Different Roles Episodes: “The Desert Hostages”, “Stranger in Danger”
1956 The Adventures of Aggie Inspector Hollis Episode: “Cut Glass”
1957 Errol Flynn Theater Different Roles 4 Episodes
1956–57 Assignment Foreign Legion Different Roles Episodes: “As We Forgive”, “The Anaya”
1957 The Gay Cavalier Colonel Jeffries Episode: “The Lady’s Dilemma”
1958 O.S.S. Dessinger Episode: “Operation Firefly”
1958 Ivanhoe Sir Otto Episode: “The German Knight”
1958 White Hunter Mark Caldwell Episode: “This Hungry Hell”
1959 The Adventures of William Tell Prince Erik Episode: “Manhunt”
1960 Tales of the Vikings Norman Knight Episode: “The Bull”
1961 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Wilhelm Reitlinger Episode: “The Sorcerer”
1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Karl Jorla Episode: “The Sign of Satan”
1967 The Avengers Professor Stone Episode: “Never, Never Say Die”
1969 The Avengers Colonel Mannering Episode: “The Interrogators”
1969 Light Entertainment Killers TV film
1973 Poor Devil Lucifer TV film
1973 Great Mysteries Arnaud Episode: “The Leather Funnel”
1976 Space: 1999 Captain Zandor Episode: “Earthbound”
1978 How the West Was Won The Grand Duke TV miniseries
1978 The Pirate Samir Al Fay TV film
1978 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: “Christopher Lee/Meat Loaf”
1979 Captain America II: Death Too Soon Miguel TV film
1980 Once Upon a Spy Marcus Valorium TV film
1980 Charlie’s Angels Dale Woodman Episode: “Angel in Hiding”
1981 Evil Stalks This House Host TV film
1981 Goliath Awaits John McKenzie TV film
1982 Massarati and the Brain Victor Leopold TV film
1982 Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story Prince Philip TV film
1984 The Far Pavilions Kaka-ji Rao TV miniseries
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre King Vladimir V Episode: “The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers”
1986 Un métier du seigneur Fog TV film
1986 The Disputation King James of Aragon TV film
1986 Shaka Zulu Lord Bathurst TV miniseries
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Stuart TV miniseries
1989 La Révolution française Sanson Segment: “Les Années Terribles”
1990 The Care of Time Karlis Zander TV film
1990 Treasure Island Blind Pew TV film
1991 Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady Sherlock Holmes TV film
1992 Incident at Victoria Falls Sherlock Holmes TV film
1992 Beauty and the Beast Monsieur Renard (voice) TV film
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Count Ottokar Graf Czerin Episode: “Austria, March 1917”
1992 Double Vision Mr. Bernard TV film
1993 Death Train General Konstantin Benin TV film
1995 The Tomorrow People Rameses 5 episodes
1995 Moses Ramses TV film
1995 Tales of Mystery and Imagination Host TV series
1996 Sorellina e il principe del sogno Azaret TV film
1997 Ivanhoe Lucas de Beaumanoir TV miniseries
1997 Soul Music Death TV series
1997 Wyrd Sisters Death TV miniseries
1997 The Odyssey Tiresias TV miniseries
1997–98 The New Adventures of Robin Hood Olwyn 6 episodes
2000 Gormenghast Flay TV miniseries
2000 In the Beginning Rameses I TV film
2000 Ghost Stories for Christmas M. R. James TV miniseries
2001 Les Redoutables Death Segment: “Confession” (Unknown episodes)
2005 Pope John Paul II Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński TV miniseries
2008 The Colour of Magic Death Voice

REC 2

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REC 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jaume Balagueró
Paco Plaza
Produced by Julio Fernández
Carlos Fernández
Written by Jaume Balagueró
Paco Plaza
Manu Díez
Starring
Cinematography Pablo Rosso
Edited by Xavi Gimenez[1]
Production
company
Filmax International
Castelao Productions
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release dates
  • 2 October 2009 (2009-10-02)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Box office $18.4 million

REC 2 (stylized as [REC] 2) is a 2009 Spanish horror film sequel to 2007’s REC and the second installment of the REC series. The film was written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, both of whom returned from the previous film. The story takes place immediately after the events of the first film.[2] The film was followed by REC 3: Genesis.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Owen (Jonathan Mellor), an official from the Ministry of Health, and a GEO team equipped with video cameras are sent into a quarantined apartment building to control the situation. After Martos, a GEO officer, is killed and infected encountering some of the infected, Owen uses religious mantra and rosary to hold him off in a room. It turns out that Owen is actually a priest sent by the Vatican to get a blood sample from a possessed girl named Tristana Medeiros.

At the penthouse, Tristana is nowhere to be found. Larra, one of the GEO officers, finds a sample of her blood – the only one that the original priest took from her. Owen performs a religious rite, and the blood combusts, confirming that it is the blood he’s looking for; however, Fernandez, commanding officer of the GEO team drops it, rendering it useless. Owen tells them that they must get a blood sample from Tristana herself.

Jennifer’s father, who was outside getting medicine for his daughter (the infected Jennifer from the first installment), manages to convince a firefighter to take him into the building. Three teenagers, Tito, Mire and Ori gain access to the building through the sewage system; however, police seal their exit. After the deaths of Larra, Jennifer’s father, and the firefighter from attacks by the possessed, the two groups find each other. However, Tito has been bitten, and they restrain him and lock Mire and Ori in a room where their fates are left unknown. The group then finds Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco), the reporter from REC, who still has her camera with her. Owen forces Tito to tell him where Tristana Medeiros is. The demon possessing Tito tells him that she is “in the highest.” Owen figures out that this means that she is in the penthouse. The demon then gives a hint that the “light” blinds them from seeing the path. When Ángela is asked how she saw Tristana, she says she saw her through the camera’s night vision. Owen deduces that some things can only be seen in the dark.

They go back to the penthouse. When they turn on the camera’s night vision, a door appears that leads them to a room. They find a tub filled with water that cannot be seen when the lights are on. While the GEO chief, Fernandez investigates it, Tristana leaps out and drags him in and then disappears as the light is turned on. When Tristana attacks them again, Ángela blows her head off with a shotgun. Owen is enraged because he needed the blood sample, but all Ángela wants to do is leave the building. At this point, the only survivors are Ángela, Owen, and Rosso, the GEO officer cameraman. When Owen refuses to authorize their exit, Ángela starts to beat him. Rosso tells her to stop, but she shoots and kills him. It is revealed that the demon possessing Tristana has now possessed Ángela so she can leave the building. After telling Owen that she does not need him to get out, as she can impersonate his voice, she kills him. She takes his radio and says that the mission is over and they can let them out. She also tells them that he is staying behind because he is infected and the only survivor is a woman, Ángela. When asked how the woman survived, the demonic Ángela looks at the camera and smiles.

The ending of the first film is shown, but extended to reveal how the demon possessed Ángela (by forcing her mouth open and transferring some type of large parasite into her mouth), and then as Ángela, went into hiding as Owen and the GEO team broke into the penthouse earlier in the film.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Following the success of REC, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza signed on for a sequel.[3] Principal photography began on 10 November 2008 and wrapped in December 2008.[4] The film reunites the directors with many of the original cast and crew members of the previous film.[5] It was shot in Barcelona over six weeks.[6]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, out of competition.[7] It was also shown at the Midnight Madness portion of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the 2009 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas,[8] and the 2009 Sitges Film Festival. It went on general release in Spain the first weekend of October, going to No. 1 in the Spanish box office and achieving the best opening weekend of the year for a Spanish film.[9]

REC 2 was released in New Zealand theaters by Vendetta Films on 13 November 2009.[10] The marketing budget for the film, NZ$7500, was used to create a website,[11] where the remaining $5000 marketing budget would be given away to the member of the public who was judged responsible for the most good publicity generated for the release of the film.[12] Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the film on DVD in October 2010.[13] In March 2010 Magnolia Pictures acquired the rights for the US market[14] and will screen the film in a theatrical release in July 2010.[15] The distributor Magnolia pictures will screen the film on Video on Demand platforms on 4 June 2010[16] and released the film only on DVD.[17] Magnolia has the film set with a release on 9 July 2010[18] and released on 30 March 2010 the UK trailer.[19]

The film was released on 28 May 2010 in the UK. It is part of the Terror in the Aisles 4 at the Portage Theater in Chicago, Illinois.[20]

Reception[edit]

REC 2 received generally positive reviews with a “fresh” 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 68 reviews. Some critics have given the film praise: Little White Lies gave the film 4/5 and called it “The greatest zombie sequel since Dawn of the Dead“.[21] Empire also awarded the film 4 stars, saying: “Here’s a horror juddering with such in-your-face malevolent energy, it’s like being caught in a first-person shooter possessed by the devil”.[22] However, the Daily Mirror awarded the film 2 stars, and reviewer David Edwards stated it was “a bit of a W[rec]k.”[23]

Sequels[edit]

On 3 May 2010, Bloody Disgusting announced that “…Filmax will produce two new [REC] films in the next couple of years called [REC] 3: Genesis and [REC] 4 with the same directors as the first two films.”[24] Genesis was released on 30 March 2012, and centers on an outbreak in a distant location from the original apartment building, also having prequel elements.[25][26] [REC] 4 ended the saga with the infection spreading on a ship. The movie was released 31 October 2014 .[27]

Planet of the Vampires

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Planet of the Vampires
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Italian theatrical release film poster
Directed by Mario Bava
Produced by Fulvio Lucisano
Written by Mario Bava
Alberto Bevilacqua
Callisto Cosulich
Antonio Roman
Rafael J. Salvia
Ib Melchior (U.S. version)
Louis M. Heyward (U.S. version)
Story by Renato Pestriniero (story “One Night of 21 Hours”)
Starring Barry Sullivan
Norma Bengell
Music by Gino Marinuzzi, Jr.
Cinematography Antonio Pérez Olea
Antonio Rinaldi
Mario Bava (uncredited)
Edited by Romana Fortini
Antonio Gimeno
Production
company
America-International Pictures
Castilla Cooperativa Cinematográfica
Italian International Film
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release dates
15 September 1965
Running time
88 minutes
Country Italy
Spain
Language Italian
Box office ITL 90,000,000 (Italy)
ESP 38,197,071 (Spain)

Planet of the Vampires (Italian: Terrore nello spazio, literally “Terror in space”) is a 1965 Italian/Spanish science fiction horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film stars Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell. The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman and Rafael J. Salvia, was based on an Italian-language science fiction short story, Renato Pestriniero’s “One Night of 21 Hours”.[1] The story follows the horrific experiences of the crew members of two giant spaceships that have crash landed on a forbidding, unexplored planet. The disembodied inhabitants of the world possess the bodies of the crew who died during the crash, and use the animated corpses to stalk and kill the remaining survivors.

The film was co-produced by American International Pictures and Italian International Film, with some financing provided by Spain’s Castilla Cooperativa Cinematográfica. Ib Melchior and Louis M. Heyward are credited with the script for the AIP English-language release version. Years after its release, some critics suggested that the film’s narrative details and visual design appeared to have been a major influence on Ridley Scott‘s Alien (1979).

Plot summary[edit]

Two huge interplanetary ships on an expedition into deep uncharted space receive a distress signal emanating from Aura, an unexplored planet. Both ships, the Galliott and the Argos, attempt to land on the surface of the fog-encased world. While entering the planet’s atmosphere, the crew of the Argos becomes possessed by an unknown force and try to violently kill each other. Only Captain Markary (Sullivan) has the will to resist, and is able to force all of the others aboard his ship out of their hypnotic, murderous state.

After the Argos lands on the surface, the crew disembarks and explores the eerie landscape in search of the Galliott. Thick, pulsating mists, lit by ever-shifting eerie colors, saturate the terrain. When they finally arrive at the other ship, they find that the crew members have killed each other. Markary’s younger brother, Toby, is among the dead. They proceed to bury as many of the corpses as they can, but several bodies are locked inside the ship’s bridge. Markary departs to get tools for opening the sealed room, but the corpses disappear by the time he returns.

Some of the Argos’ crew are found dead. Tiona (Evi Marandi) sees their corpses walking in the ship, and becomes paralyzed with fear. Markary advises the survivors that they must escape from Aura. Unfortunately, the Argos incurred serious damage during the landing, and repairs will take time. During the waiting period that ensues, several more killings occur. In a private tape recording, Markary admits that he suspects none of them will survive.

While exploring Aura, Wes (Ángel Aranda) discovers the ruins of a spaceship a few miles from the Argos. Markary, Sanya (Norma Bengell) and Carter (Ivan Rassimov) investigate. Inside the ship, they discover large skeletal remains of the long dead crew and thus realize that they are not the first ones to have been drawn to the planet by the distress beacon. Markary and Sanya are temporarily trapped inside the ship, but manage to escape and return to the Argos. Carter inexplicably vanishes.

Barry Sullivan as Markary and Norma Bengell as Sanya

Two crew members of the Galliott, Kier (Federico Boido) and Sallis (Massimo Righi), arrive at the Argos to steal the ship’s Meteor Rejector device. Kier escapes with the machine, but Markary fights Sallis. Markary tears open Sallis’ uniform, exposing his putrescent body. He learns that Sallis’ corpse is being manipulated by an Auran, who reveals that the two ships were lured to the planet in order for the Aurans to escape from their dying world. With the crew of the Galliott under their complete control, they plan to use the ship to escape to the humans’ home planet. Markary vows to stop them.

Markary and his crew rush to the Galliott to retrieve the Meteor Rejector. They are successful, and manage to place explosives in the ship. During a struggle with the Aurans, Dr. Karan (Fernando Villeña) and Tiona are killed. Markary and Sanya return to the Argos and manage to escape as the Galliott is destroyed. After takeoff, however, they reveal themselves to be possessed by Aurans. They ask Wes, the last survivor, to join them. Wes refuses and tries to sabotage the Meteor Rejector, but fatally electrocutes himself while doing so. Because the device has been broken beyond repair, Markary and Sanya decide to change course for a nearby planet…Earth.

Production[edit]

American International Pictures had achieved a great deal of commercial success in the early 1960s with Bava’s Black Sunday (1960) and Black Sabbath (1963), as well as dozens of lesser Italian films, including several sword and sandal pictures. Eventually, AIP heads Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson decided to coproduce some of these films, rather than just pay for the rights to distribute them, in order to have more control over their content. Planet of the Vampires was one such coproduction, financed by AIP and Italy’s Fulvio Lucisano for Italian International Film, along with some Spanish production money provided by Castilla Cooperativa Cinematográfica. AIP provided the services of writer Ib Melchior, whose previous movies had included such modest hits as The Angry Red Planet and Reptilicus, as well as the relatively big budget Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Melchior wrote the screenplay for the English-language version of the film, with some assistance from AIP producer Louis M. Heyward.[2]

American Barry Sullivan and Brazilian Norma Bengell led the cast of international actors. Writer Robert J. Skotak reported that each castmember “used their own native language on the set, in many cases not understanding what the other actors were saying.”[3] Sullivan’s lines were spoken in English, Bengell’s in Portuguese, Evi Marandi’s in Italian and Ángel Aranda’s in Spanish.

Restricted by a low budget, Bava was unable to utilize opticals, so all of the film’s extensive visual effects work were done “in camera”. Miniatures and forced perspective visuals are used throughout, with lots of colored fog adding atmosphere but also obscuring the sheer cheapness of the sets.[4] Bava explained: “Do you know what that unknown planet was made of? A couple of plastic rocks — yes, two: one and one! — left over from a mythological movie made at Cinecittà! To assist the illusion, I filled the set with smoke.”[5] According to Tim Lucas, the two plastic rocks were multiplied in several shots by mirrors and multiple exposures. The planet’s exterior sequences were filmed on an empty stage obscured by mists, table top miniatures and Schüfftan process shots.[5]

Cast[edit]

  • Stelio Candelli as Brad
  • Alberto Cevenini as Toby Markary
  • Mario Morales as Eldon
  • Ivan Rassimov as Carter
  • Massimo Righi as Captain Sallis
  • Fernando Villeña as Dr. Karan

Response[edit]

Film poster advertising a double billing with Die, Monster, Die!

AIP released the film as the supporting feature on a double bill with Daniel Haller‘s Die, Monster, Die! (1965).[6][7] Planet of the Vampires has accumulated a mixed to positive critical response over the years. Castle of Frankenstein described the film as “Beautifully photographed Italian sfantasy with excellent sfx and superb color.”[8] Variety‘s Dool opined, “Plot is punctuated with gore, shock, eerie music and wild optic and special effects…Color camera work and production values are smooth and first class…Flash Gordon type story…should keep the young on the edge of their seats and the older set from falling asleep.”[9] Richard Davis, in Films & Filming, wrote that “Bava is tied to a grossly synthetic studio set which doesn’t for a moment convince of its extraterrestrial reality…the piece on the whole is poor stuff.”[10] Monthly Film Bulletin noted the film was, “a triumph of mind over matter, or of Bava over a shoestring budget and appalling dubbed dialogue…[Bava] does atmospheric wonders with pastel-shaded fog and cunning camerawork.”[11] Joe Dante wrote that the “fabulous comic strip sci-fi shows director Mario Bava at his most visually inventive…”[12] Phil Hardy‘s The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction noted the film was “A gorgeous atmospheric confection from Bava…Bava’s ever-moving camera creates a chilling sense of menace. The result is a triumph of the pulp imagination.”[13] Glenn Erickson (aka “DVD Savant”) wrote that “Bava’s stunning gothic variation weaves a weird tale of flying saucers, ray guns and zombies that looks like no other space movie ever filmed.”[4] In Fangoria magazine, Tim Lucas said “Planet of the Vampires is commonly regarded as the best SF film ever made in Italy, and among the most convincing depictions of an alien environment ever put on film.”.[5]

A survey of internet reviewers on the Rotten Tomatoes website resulted in 70% of the respondents reacting positively to the film. Of the three who disliked it, Ken Hanke felt the film “looks great but [is] dramatically lacking”, and a “Ozu’s World Movie Reviews” writer noted that he “lost interest in wanting to know more about the supernatural manifestations.”[14]

Influence[edit]

Several critics have suggested that Bava’s film was a major influence on Ridley Scott‘s Alien (1979) and Prometheus (2012), in both narrative details and visual design.[15] Derek Hill, in a review of the MGM Midnite Movies DVD release of Vampires written for Images Journal, noted, “Bava’s film (along with It! The Terror from Beyond Space, 1958) was a direct influence on Ridley Scott’s 1979 big budget B-movie Alien. But where Scott’s film tried to mask its humble drive-in origins, Planet of the Vampires revels in its origins. The film literally feels like a pulp magazine cover come to garish life…”[16] Robert Monell, on the DVD Maniacs website, observed, “[M]uch of the conceptual design and some specific imagery in the 1979 Ridley Scott screamer undoubtedly owes a great debt to Mario Bava’s no budget accomplishments.”[17] Govindini Murty of The Atlantic, in a review of Prometheus, said, “The striking images Ridley Scott devises for Prometheus reference everything from Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001 to Leonardo da Vinci‘s Vitruvian Man and Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires.”[18]

One of Vampires‘ most celebrated sequences involves the astronauts performing an exploration of an alien, derelict ship discovered in a huge ruin on the surface of the planet. The crewmembers climb up into the depths of the eerie ship and discover the gigantic remains of long dead monstrous creatures. In 1979, Cinefantastique noted the remarkable similarities between this atmospheric sequence and a lengthy scene in the then-new Alien. The magazine also pointed out other minor parallels between the two films.[19] However, both Alien‘s director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Dan O’Bannon claimed at the time that they had never seen Planet of the Vampires.[20]

Tim Lucas has noted that the basic plot and ideas of the film not only inspired Alien but “continue to influence filmmakers and inspire the genre today, as witnessed by David Twohy‘s Pitch Black (2000) and Brian De Palma‘s Mission to Mars (2001).”[6]

In the late 1970s Atlas/Seaboard Comics published a short-lived comic book entitled Planet of Vampires, which combined plot elements from Bava’s film with elements of Planet of the Apes and I Am Legend.[21]

Horror Express

Horror Express

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Horror Express
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Directed by Eugenio Martín
Produced by
Written by
Based on Who Goes There? (1938)
by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Starring
Music by John Cacavas
Cinematography Alejando Ulloa
Edited by Robert C. Dearberg
Release dates
October 1972 (Spain)
Running time
90 min.
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
Language English
Budget $300,000

Horror Express, also known as Pánico en el Transiberiano (Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express),[1] is a 1972 Spanish/British horror film directed by Eugenio Martín and starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza and Telly Savalas. It was produced by Bernard Gordon and written by Arnaud d’Usseau and Julian Zimet (credited as Julian Halevy). The film is based on the 1938 novellaWho Goes There?” by John W. Campbell.[2]

Storyline[edit]

Prologue[edit]

Professor Saxton (Christopher Lee) and Doctor Wells (Peter Cushing)

The story opens with Professor Alexander Saxton narrating;

“The following report to the Royal Geological Society by the undersigned Alexander Saxton is a true and faithful account of the events that befell the society’s expedition in Manchuria. As the leader of the expedition, I must accept the responsibility for its ending in disaster. But I will leave, to the judgment of the honorable members, the decision as to where the blame for the catastrophe lies.”

Plot[edit]

In 1906, Saxton (Christopher Lee), a renowned British anthropologist, is returning to Europe by the Trans-Siberian Express from China to Moscow. With him is a crate containing the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature that he discovered in a cave in Manchuria. He hopes it is a missing link in human evolution. Doctor Wells (Peter Cushing), Saxton’s friendly rival and Royal Society colleague, is also on board but travelling separately. Before the train departs Shanghai, a thief is found dead on the platform. His eyes are completely white without irises or pupils, and a bystander initially mistakes him for a blind man. A monk named Father Pujardov (Alberto de Mendoza), the spiritual advisor to a Polish Count and Countess who are also waiting to board the train, proclaims the contents of the crate to be evil. Saxton furiously dismisses this as superstition. Saxton’s eagerness to keep his scientific find secret arouses the suspicion of Wells, who bribes a porter to investigate the crate. The porter is killed by the ape-like creature within, which then escapes the crate by picking the lock.

The creature finds more victims as it roams the moving train, each victim being found with the same opaque, white eyes. An autopsy suggests that the brains of the victims are being drained of memories and knowledge. When the creature is gunned down by police Inspector Mirov, the threat seems to have been vanquished. Saxton and Wells discover that images are retained in a liquid found inside the eyeball of the corpse, which reveal a prehistoric Earth and a view of the planet seen from space. They deduce that the real threat is somehow a formless extraterrestrial that inhabited the body of the creature and now resides within the Inspector. Father Pujardov, sensing the greater presence inside the Inspector and believing it to be that of Satan, renounces his faith to pledge allegiance to the mysterious entity.

News of the murders is wired to the Russian authorities. An intimidating Cossack officer, Captain Kazan (Telly Savalas), boards the train with a handful of his men. Kazan believes the train is transporting rebels; he is only convinced of the alien’s existence when Saxton switches off the lights and Mirov’s eyes glow, revealing him to be the creature’s host. The creature has absorbed the memories of Wells’ assistant, an engineer, and others. It seeks the Polish Count’s metallurgical knowledge too, in order to build a vessel to escape Earth. Kazan fatally shoots Mirov, and the alien transfers itself to the deranged Pujardov.

The passengers flee to the freight car while Pujardov murders Kazan, his men, and the Count, draining all of their minds. Saxton rescues the Countess and holds Pujardov at gunpoint. Saxton, having discovered that bright light prevents the entity from draining minds or transferring to another body, forces Pujardov into a brightly lit area. The creature/Pujardov explains that it is a collective form of energy from another galaxy. Trapped on Earth in the distant past after being left behind in an accident, it survived for millions of years in the bodies of protozoa, fish and other animals, but cannot live outside a living being longer than a few moments. The creature begs to be spared, tempting Saxton with its advanced knowledge of technology and cures for diseases. While Saxton is distracted by the offer, the creature resurrects the Count’s corpse which attacks Saxton.

Saxton and the Countess flee the creature, but it now resurrects all of its victims as zombies. Battling their way through the train, Saxton and the Countess eventually reach the caboose where the other survivors have taken refuge. Once there, Saxton and Wells work desperately to uncouple themselves from the rest of the train. The Russian government sends a telegram to a dispatch station ahead, instructing them to destroy the train by sending it down a dead-end spur. Speculating that it must be war, the station staff switch the points.

The creature takes control of the train as it enters the spur. Saxton and Wells manage to separate the last car from the rest of the train. The creature tries to find the brakes to try and stop the train, but fails to even get it to slow down as it rams through the barrier and plunges down the cliff, destroying it as soon as it hits the bottom. The caboose rolls precariously to the end of the track before stopping, inches away from the edge of the cliff. The survivors quickly depart from the caboose while Saxton, Wells and the Countess gaze over the ravine to witness the inferno consuming the train and its unearthly inhabitants. The final scene shows the image of the earth.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Horror Express was filmed in Madrid between 1971 and 1972, produced on a low budget of $300,000 with the luxury of having three familiar genre actors in the lead roles. The film was co-produced by American screenwriter/producer Bernard Gordon, who had collaborated with Martin on the 1972 film Pancho Villa (which featured Savalas in the title role). Rumors that the train sets were acquired from the production of Doctor Zhivago[1] (or Nicholas and Alexandra[3]) were refuted by Gordon who said in a 2000 interview that the model had been constructed for Pancho Villa.[4] Filmmakers used the mock-up from Pancho Villa as the interior for all train cars during production since no further room was available on stage. All scenes within each train car were shot consecutively, the set then modified and shot for the next car.[4]

Securing Lee and Cushing was a coup for Gordon, since it lent an atmosphere reminiscent of Hammer Films, many of which starred both of the actors. When Cushing arrived in Madrid to begin work on the picture, however, he was still distraught over the recent death of his wife, and announced to Gordon that he could not do the film. With Gordon desperate over the idea of losing one of his important stars, Lee stepped in and put Cushing at ease simply by talking to his old friend about some of their previous work together. Cushing changed his mind and stayed on.[4]

Like all the Italian and Spanish films of the period, Horror Express was filmed mostly without sound, with effects and voices dubbed into the film later. Lee, Cushing and Savalas all provided their own voices for the English market.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

The film generally received mixed reviews. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 57% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10, based on 7 reviews.[6]

This film was first titled Pánico en el Transiberiano and first released as an officially selected film of the 1972 Sitges Film Festival.[7] Eugenio Martín won Critic’s Award Best Script for this film.[8]

According to director Eugenio Martín, his native country of Spain was where the film fared worst, both critically and in terms of box office revenue.[5] The film was received more positively in other markets where the audience was more familiar with low-budget horror films, such as Great Britain, the United States and Australia.

A special edition Blu-ray/DVD release of the film was issued in 2011 by Severin Films.[9]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

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For the 2001 parody television series of a similar name, see Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible.
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
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Directed by Freddie Francis
Produced by Max Rosenberg
Milton Subotsky
Written by Milton Subotsky
Starring Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Max Adrian
Ann Bell
Peter Madden
Donald Sutherland
Music by Elisabeth Lutyens
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Thelma Connell
Production
company
Distributed by Regal Film Distributors (UK)
Paramount Pictures (USA)
Release dates
23 February 1965 (UK)
June 1965 (USA)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £105,000[1]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky, and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

It was the first in a series of anthology 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) and From Beyond the Grave (1974).

Plot[edit]

Five men enter a train carriage in London bound for Bradley, and are joined by a sixth, the mysterious Doctor Schreck (Peter Cushing) whose name, he mentions, is German for “terror”. During the journey, the doctor opens his pack of Tarot cards (which he calls his “House of Horrors”) and proceeds to reveal the destinies of each of the travellers. This provides the framework to tell five horror stories.

Werewolf[edit]

The first story concerns an architect, Jim Dawson (Neil McCallum), who travels to a Scottish island to his former house to make alterations requested by the new owner, Mrs. Biddulph (Ursula Howells). Mrs. Bidduplh is described as a widow who bought the house to seek solitude to recover from the death of her husband. Behind a fake wall in the cellar, he finds the coffin of Count Cosmo Valdemar, who had owned the house centuries ago. Valdemar was killed in a conflict with the Dawson family, and had vowed to exact revenge on the owner of the house and reclaim his former home. Dawson soon discovers that Valdemar is emerging to take the form of a werewolf in the night, and believes the house maid (Katy Wild) was killed by him. Believing the owner, Mrs. Biddulph’s life to be in danger, he melts a cross made out of silver by his ancestors to protect the house from Valdemar’s spirit, to make silver bullets, which according to legend are the only means of killing a werewolf. On the night he encounters the wolf as it is about to attack Mrs. Biddulph and shoots, he is baffled that the bullets don’t kill it. Mrs. Biddulph then reveals that she had switched the silver bullets with ordinary ones. She reveals to Dawson that the true legend was that Valdemar would exact revenge on the last descendants of the Dawson clan, and that the placing of Dawson’s body in place of Valdemar’s in the coffin, would bring Valdemar back to life in human form. She reveals she was Valdemar’s wife who had deliberately lured Dawson to kill him, even after 200 years.

Creeping Vine[edit]

The second story has Bill Rogers (Alan Freeman), together with his wife and daughter (Ann Bell and Sarah Nicholls), returning from vacation to discover a fast-growing vine has installed itself in the garden. When the plant seems to respond violently to attempts to cut it down, Rogers goes to the Ministry of Defence, where he gets advice from a couple of scientists (played by Bernard Lee and Jeremy Kemp). It soon turns out that the plant has become intelligent, and harbours homicidal tendencies towards any threats to its existence.

Voodoo[edit]

Story three is the intentionally comedic one. Biff Bailey (Roy Castle) is a jazz musician who accepts a gig in the West Indies, and foolishly steals a tune from a local voodoo ceremony. When he tries to use the tune as a melody in a jazz composition back in London, there are dire consequences. Running from an unknown force, Castle’s character stumbles against a wall where there is a garish poster for “Dr Terror’s House of Horrors”. This is story is probably based on the short story “Papa Benjamin” by Cornell Woolrich, which was also adapted by the television series Thriller and the radio series Suspense.

Disembodied Hand[edit]

Next is the tale of Franklyn Marsh (Christopher Lee), an art critic who seems more concerned with his own devastating wit than art itself. Painter Eric Landor (Michael Gough) bears the brunt of one of Marsh’s tirades, but gets even by humiliating the critic publicly. When Landor takes it too far, Marsh responds by driving over him with his car, causing Landor to lose one of his hands. Unable to paint any more, Landor commits suicide. Marsh is then tormented by the disembodied hand, which seems immune to fire as well as escaping attempts at containing it, leading to Marsh’s eventual blindness in a car accident of his own.

Vampire[edit]

Lastly, Dr. Bob Carroll (Donald Sutherland) returns to his home in the United States with his new French bride Nicolle (Jennifer Jayne). Soon there is evidence that a vampire is on the loose, and Carroll seeks the aid of his colleague Dr. Blake (Max Adrian), only to find out that his bride is the vampire. Following Blake’s advice, Carroll kills Nicolle. But when the police come to arrest Carroll under the charge of his wife’s murder, Blake denies giving any such advice. When the police takes away Carroll, Blake says that there is not enough place in the city for two doctors or two vampires, and he himself turns into a bat.

Epilogue[edit]

The frame story ends with a twist: From the Tarot cards, the doctor informs the men that the only way they can avoid these horrible destinies is by dying first. When the train stops, the men find out that they are dead, having already perished in a train wreck; and Doctor Schreck is revealed to be Death himself.

Production[edit]

The film was a conscious attempt by Milton Subotsky to repeat the success of Dead of Night (1945). Subotsky wrote the original stories in 1948 when he was employed as a scriptwriter for NBC’s Lights Out series.[1]

Filming began on Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors 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 that movie to be “the greatest horror film ever,”[2] and used it as a blueprint for Dr. Terror and the rest of Amicus’ portmanteau films. Filming was completed on 3 July 1964 and was released on 5 February 1965.

Donald Sutherland was paid ₤1,000 for his performance.[1]

Cinematic process[edit]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors was filmed using the cinematic process known as Techniscope