Happy Centedecenary, Mr. Cushing

Dear Sir:

I missed out on any events relating to the centenary of your birthday in 2013, and that of Sir Christopher Lee’s birthday in 2020, not to mention Mr. Vincent Price’s 100th birthday in 2007 and 110th in 2017. Back in the days when science fiction and fantasy movies were in relatively short supply, I used to watch the horror movies the three of you made, just treating them as another brand of fantasy or science fiction, because horror as such did not interest me. The production design, the costumes, and you and your two friends (but especially you), were the main things about such movies that held my attention back then. Once I started writing about steampunk monster hunters, I felt the need to revisit your films, discovered a few that had escaped me in the old days, and had a lot of fun. Thank you for the memories, and happy 110th. Prayers up for the repose of your soul and your friends’.

(That was a good little character scene from a less than popular movie, but the next two are major setpieces from the classics Horror of Dracula (1958) and Brides of Dracula (1960). If you have not seen these two films, and think you might want to, please don’t watch the two videos below out of context.)


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