Tuesday, September 22, 2020

It's that time of year for the Fab Four

 No, not this Fab Four:

This Fab Four: 

Among others not shown.  Yes, that favoritest time of year for us, no matter what the 2020 version holds.  More on that later.  But for now, it may have almost nothing to do with the source material - my sons point out the film is more homage than based upon - I nonetheless never tire of this, one of the best monster vanquishing scenes in movie history:


  1. Awhile back the bad movie club watched an old Sinbad movie where Vincent Price played the sidekick. And MAN, if we were not just captivated by that man and begging the film to be all about him already.

    There are many aspects to acting, and many examples of pinnacles of those aspects. Vincent embodied that sheer screen magnetism aspect that made you want to spend time with him - even if it's in one of the worst movies ever. (Alan Rickman I think another example.)

    Peter Cushing I think is great at the vanishing aspect where you would forget you were watching him and completely believe in the character. (James Earl Jones another example I've seen.)

    Still thinking on the others. I'll admit I need to see more stuff with them - but then that's always true. (Like I want to say Christopher Lee is the best of type aspect - they play one style/type of role but do it extremely well - but then I admit I think my viewing of his filmography is lacking.)

    Of course I always recommend GoodBadFlicks if you're wanting help to pick out some horror films. From the silly to serious, frightening to family-friendly he's reviewed a lot of them.

    1. I will look into that link. We have quite a collection, owing to my own like for the genre.

      I agree about Price. I grew up seeing him in a host of things - some awful, some silly, some wonderful, but he always shined. He used to do readings or recitations at different times. I remember one PBS show had him reciting Poe, the Tell Tale Heart, IIRC. Other times he did the Raven, Usher, as well as material from other works.

      Cushing, too, was one I grew up with. Growing up, most stations didn't have the A-List movies (Universal originals, etc). They had lots of Hammer films, so Cushing and Lee were two I saw again and again.

      Lee gets kudos on the most interesting life category. He was in WWII, worked in Intelligence for the British, could speak multiple languages, was a Tolkien fan and scholar (he's the one who, ages ago, inspired me to always begin reading through Tolkien each year in September).

      Caradine is one I know least about. I know he was in some later horror films as the genre was passing. Mostly I know him from The Ten Commandments. You could have had Karloff or Peter Lorre in the picture as well. They were all names we knew like the latest big league ball player.


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