PETER CUSHING: A Tribute to Christopher Lee

The ninth issue of Cinefantastique featured a career article devoted to Christopher Lee, way back in the fall of 1973. Peter Cushing wrote this heartfelt introduction for his good friend, although they were only to make three more films together. Luckily Ted Newsome brought them together one last time for his documentary on Hammer films, Flesh and Blood, shortly before Mr. Cushing died in 1994.
Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee sharing a joke on the set of THE GORGON
In May 1972 Christopher Lee and I made a psychological thriller entitled Nothing But the Night. It was our 18th film together, a partnership spanning some fifteen years. It was fitting that this “Coming of Age Anniversary” should be celebrated by the first film under his own banner—Charlemagne Productions, Ltd.
One of the greatest compliments any actor can be paid is to hear people say, “It all looks so easy.” It is not.
To reach this stage in his career and maintain his position and enormous popularity has cost him much in hard work, dogged determination, resolution and sheer drive, sometimes in the face of ruthless competition and misunderstandings, apart from facing and learning all the technical difficulties presented in the art of film acting—yet still making it look “all too easy.” The art which conceals art.
Of commanding stature (some 6 foot, 4 inches tall), he uses his physical presence to great advantage, moving with grace and authority. Some are awed when first meeting him in person, but they would do well to know that beneath this outward aloofness and dignity lies a very human being: sensitive, warm, and oft times suffering from nerves which he goes to great lengths to conceal.
Among his accomplishment—perhaps unknown to his public—he is a Greek scholar, he possesses a magnificent bass singing voice, a wonderful knack for impersonation, has command of at least six languages, is an expert swordsman and a superb amateur golfer. Couple all this with a delicious sense of humor and wit—plus a deep personal kindness—then you will be getting somewhat closer to the real personality of this truly remarkable man.
He holds strong views about the business in general and, in particular about the misuse of the word “horror” as applied to some of his films, rightly preferring the more subtle and correct term “fantasy,” for that, indeed, is what they are.
Unstintingly, Christopher gives his public one hundred percent of himself and his talent, but full use has not yet been made of his range. Knowing him as I do, it will not remain hidden under a bushel forever.
I am privileged to count him as a dear friend as well as a valued and respected professional colleague.
PETER CUSHING
Whitstable, 1973

Cinefantastique 34:3-4

The June 2002 double issue (Volume 34, Numbers 3-4)featured a cover story on SPIDER-MAN; extensive coverage of the third season of FARSCAPE; plus articles on LILO & STITCH, STAR WARS, MEN IN BLACK 2, DINOTOPIA, MINORITY REPORT, SPIRIT, JASON X; and FRAILTY.
You can purchase a copy here.
You can find articles from this issue in the Archives for June 2002. Highlights include:

Cinefantastique 31:8

cinefantastique 31:8The October 1999 issue (Volume 31, Number 8 ) featured a cover story on the X-FILES television show, plus preview articles on DUDLEY DO-RIGHT, ANGEL, LOST SOULS, THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE, and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN. Articles from this issue can be accessed under the Archives listing for October 1999.
The contents for this issue are as follows:
3 Sense of Wonder by Frederick S. Clarke
4 Release Schedule
5 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace– analysis by Thomas Doherty Read More

Cinefantastique 28:10

cfq972810.jpgThe April 1997 issue of Cinefantastique (Volume 28, Number 10) features a cover story on the making of Stuart Gordon’s SPACE TRUCKERS. There is extensive coverage of Davdi Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY. The issue includes a look back at the best cinefantastique from 1996, along with horror and sci-fi Oscar picks. Other articles cover David Cronenberg’s CRASH; ANACONDA, MEN IN BLACK.
Contents for the issue are:

  • 3 Editorial by Steve Biodrowski
  • 4 Release Schedule: The Month’s Genre Films
  • 5 Hollywood Gothic: News & Notes on “Contact, “Kissed,” Starship Troopers,” “Mortal Kombat II”; obituaries for Jordan Cronenweth and Jack Nance Read More

Cinefantastique 28:1

August 1996The August 1996 issue (Volume 28, Number 10) features a cover story on the making gof THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS, including interviews with the actors, director, screenwriter, and special effects team, plus a look back at the J. O’Barr graphic novel that inspired the film franchise. Other feature articles include THE FRIGHTENERS (from Peter Jackson), ESCAPE FROM L.A. (from John Carpenter), and the anime film GHOST IN THE SHELL.
The contents for this issue are as follows:
3 Cinemagination by Steve Biodrowski
4 Release Schedule: The Month’s Genre Films Read More

Cinefantastique 24:2

The Auguest 1993 issue of Cinefantastique magazine (Volume 24, Number 2) featured a cover story on JURASSIC PARK, including interviews with Michael Crichton, Stan Winston, and many others. The dino-packed issue also featured articles on Roger Corman’s CARNOSAUR, plus PREHYSTERIA and the DINOSAURS ATTACK bubblegum cards. Other articles included an alternate cover story on the Making of ROBOCOP 3, previews of Stuart Gordon’s FORTRESS and THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE, and articles on WITCHBOARD 2 and FRIDAY THE 13TH PAR IX: JASON GOES TO HELL.
3 Sense of Wonder
4 FORTRESS
6 GHOST IN THE MACHINE
8 JURASSIC PARK

  • 11 Writer Michael Critchon
  • 13 Producer Lata Ryan
  • 14 Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • 15 DINOSAURS ATTACK
  • 16 Animator Phil Tippett Profile
  • 18 FX Coordinator Michael Lantieri
  • 20 Phil Tippet on JURASSIC PARK’s dino-movements
  • 22 Production designer Rick Carter
  • 23 CARNOSAUR
  • 24 Willis O’Brien’s unfilmed stop-motion project OSO SI-PAPU
  • 26 CGI FX supervisor Denniss Muren
  • 29 Live-action dinosaur supervisor Stan Winston
  • 31 PREHYSTERIA

32 ROBOCOP 3
48 WITCHBOARD 2
50 FRIDAY THE 13TH: JASON GOES TO HELL
56 BODY SNATCHERS
57 GROUNDHOG DAY reviewed by Thomas Doherty
59 Capsule Reviews: ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE ABYSS: SPECIAL EDITION, HEARSTOPPER, H.P. LOVECRAFT’S THE UNNAMABLE II: THE STATEMETN OF RANDOLPH CARTER, MIDNIGHT 2: SEX, DEATH, AND VIDEOTAPE, PROTOTYPE W29A, TAINTED BLOOD, TO SLEEP WITH A VAMPIRE.

Cinefantastique 19:1-2

Cinefantastique - January 1989The January 1989 double issue of Cinefantastique (Volume 19, Numbers 1 & 2) magazine features an extensive cover story on the career of “Vincent Price: Horror’s Crown Prince.” This survey of Price’s fifty years in Hollywood and his legacy in the genre was written by Steve Biodrowski with David Del Valle and Lawrence French, with interviews, sidebars, and other contributions from Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper, Hazel Court, Robert Quary, Gordon Hessler, Roger Corman, Douglas Hickox, and Bill Kelly. The issue also includes feature articles on ELVIRA – MISTRESS OF THE DARK, David Cronenberg’s DEAD RINGERS, the making of Stuart Gordon’s ROBOJOX and Neil Jordan’s HIGH SPRITIS, and the animation of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT; previews of John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE, Ken Russell’s LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, and Gene Roddenberry’s STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; and a retrospective on the 1958 version of THE BLOB. You can access articles from this issue under the Archives listing for January 1989. Read More