What are your favorite Peter Cushing films? - (other than hi

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While Christopher Lee and his dear friend Peter Cushing made many great movies together, which other films of Peter Cushing are among your favorites?

I really enjoyed Peter's performance in "Revenge of Frankenstein."  He played this role in a much drier, more matter-of-fact way than he had in the first film (COF).  This made the story very chilling and believable.  (The rest of the cast was great too.  If you haven't seen it, check it out!)

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I really loved 'Frankenstein created woman', well it is one of the only movies I've seen for Cushing, I also did enjoy Star WArs!!! (Unfortunately, in my videostore, they only get the Peter CUshing & Lee combo movies mostly-neglecting Peter CUshing works )



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Peter Cushing was good in Evil of Frankenstein.  Kind of a fun movie to watch.



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Oh my. . . where to even begin?  There are so many great Peter Cushing performances!  I'd have to say that my favorite is FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED.  But, I'd like to bring a small little guilty pleasure to everyone's attention:  SHOCK WAVES (aka DEATH CORPS).  Not only does Mr. Cushing give a delightfully creepy  performance, but its the best damn underwater-Nazi-zombie ever made!

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Not been my favorite Peter Cushing movie, but Top Secret has one of the most imagantive scenes in it where he plays the whole scene backwards..great stuff. I wonder how many takes it took?

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So far Victor has made the deepest impression!  Yeah, Peter Cushing's Baron Frankenstein was definitely a high point in his career but everyone seems to like a different one of the movies!  



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I enjoyed his performance in Star Wars. He was great in his supporting role!



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My favorite Cushing films are endless, but here's a small sample of some of my personal faves; Island of Terror, Night of the Big Heat, Frankenstein Created Woman, Corruption and Tales From the Crypt, just to name a few!

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I watched Frankenstein created woman last night with a group of Film students and 1 physics student...I told them to rate the movie out of 10... 95% gave it a 10...the rest a 9 and one an 8!!!!
The movie is excellent and I find it quite hard to criticize it!!!! All performances were excellent, the plot was smooth...the music was good. The ending was also adequate. I highly recommend this film



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Dali, if you're not a film critic, you should be one.  Great review!  (Have you seen Revenge of Frankenstein?  What did you think of it?)

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hehehehehhehehe
I just love annoying my friends!!! In time they've learnt to find pleasure in it!!!!
oooo me a film critic!!!??? That sounds so chic!!!
I'm a physics student!!! My love for horror comes from the terror I encountered when I studied Quantum Physics!!!
If Edgar Allan Poe knew about The cosmic Black Holes, he would have rejoiced!!!!
IF U try and solve some physics problems mathematically, dreams become a terrifying surrealistic reality!!!!
These are the kinds of thoughts which walk around in my mind when I'm at UNI!!!!  Dunno How I could possibly be a film critic??!!!
CharlesC, I have never seen Revenge of Frankenstein. I have to find it first !!! I've planned to go out tomorrow to a few videoshops and hunt out all the CL & PC films I can get.
Wish me luck!!!!  (sorry about the black humour above, I haven't slept all night & I'm still at work dreaming of cute little sheep!!!)

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I'd like to add a comment about PC's movie 'And Frankeinstein created woman'.
I find the acting in this film excellently done by everyone. From Peter Cushing...as Frankeinstein.
I also loved the female actor in this film ('Christina'), I found her acting really good.
And her lover 'Hans' was also good.
I expecially loved the character 'Anton', he is hilarious!!!! I found him quite talented in acting all throughout the film. He has a really strong and 'posh' tone, it makes him the perfect victim!!    
Overall, I highly recommend this film.



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Playboy model Susan Denberg played Christina.  It seems that in real life, Ms. Denberg couldn't handle fame and some of the uglier things it brings in its wake.  I gather she committed suicide shortly after FCW.

On a lighter note, Peter Blythe played the abuse fop, Anton.  Everytime I see FCW, Blythe is so convincingly smug and slimey. . . oooooo!  I jjust wanna bash 'im!  I definitely cheer when Anton gets his 'reward.!'

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Peter Blythe has been amusing and annoying audiences for years with his "smug snob" bit, most notably as Head of Chambers, "Soapy" Sam Ballard on Rumpole of the Bailey. He also turned up as the villainous Roger de Courtenay in the Hammer Film A Challenge for Robin Hood.

Personally, I quite liked seeing Derek Fowlds as Johann in Frankenstein Created Woman as I absolutely loved him as the hapless highflying Personal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley in the brilliant Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister television series. This of course connects directly to the late Paul Eddington who played the Minister of Administrative Affairs (later Prime Minister) the Right Honourable Jim Hacker, who appeared in The Devil Rides Out with Mr. Lee! Knew I'd get back to Mr. Lee one way or the other! Six degrees of Kevin Bacon indeed....

By the way, if you have any interest in British political satire, I strongly urge you to see both Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister series. There has never been a more intelligently written sitcom and you get a healthy dose of Nigel Hawthorne in each episode. Sheer brilliance!

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I am sad to hear that about "Christina", I did really admire her.
She would have made really good movies.



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Susan Denberg was born as Dietlinde Zechner in Klagenfurt, Austria on either February 8 or August 2 of 1944. Other than Frankenstein Created Woman her two main claims to fame are for being Playboy Playmate of the Month for the August 1966 (my birth year and month coincidentally) issue of Playboy Magazine and appearing as one of Mudd's Women in the original Star Trek episode of the same name. There is actually some degree of mystery surrounding Susan Denberg's fate. She certainly disappeared from the public eye, but her death has, as far as I know, never been objectively confirmed. It is quite possible that she retreated to Austria and continues to live out her life away from the public eye. As I said, as far as I know, there is nothing to confirm either scenario.

Interestingly, to me at any rate, I have family in Klagenfurt. I wonder if I can prevail upon them to do some detective work for me...

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Although strictly speaking he was not in it very much, I thought Peter was very funny in the much-loved Laurel & Hardy's "A Chump at Oxford" where I think, from memory, (someone correct me if I am wrong), he played either a student or a schoolmaster.  



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Peter Cushing was sooo good at playing it cool and detached/sinister, but I find it interesting when an actor goes "against" character, in this case playing a more feeling and vulnerable character.  I've read about a film where he plays a poor elderly man who returns after death for revenge,  but I've never actually see it.  Any suggestions? I think he's a great Sherlock Holmes!

(Edited by MariaS at 3:43 pm on Mar. 18, 2001)

(Edited by MariaS at 11:14 pm on Mar. 20, 2001)



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Hi Maria S!  I don't know the answer to your question, but I do think that Peter would be great as a good guy.  It's kinda interesting that he was so often cast as a villain because he was such a warm and lovable soul in real life.  Also I agree that he was a great Sherlock Holmes!  

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Peter Cushing was also good as a villain in a few movies...ooooo the word 'villain', I strongly believe is too harsh for Peter CUshing.
His role in Star WArs , Creeping Flesh (perhaps not a villain, but a man who hides the truth and then discovers his wrongs, too late), U may even want to inlcude 'THe Gorgon' in such a notion; where his love for 'the Gorgon' (forgot her name in the movie), drives him to hide her deadliness(the truth), yet at the end he does pay the price & loses her/himself. PC was trying to protect the Gorgon because he loved her, at some moments U cannot help but support this kind 'protection' as emotional human beings, but it is unfortunately wrong, because she kills many people, she is harmful, and does not even respond to PC's love.
 But despite his role as a 'villain', he remains gentle in character. In fact, I find it hard to recall an agressive role PC ever took part in!
His acting in Star WArs was extremely good, (I even had someone once ask me.."Who is that actor? He is really cool!!") uhh!!!
THat is our gentle hero & man ..Peter CUshing. :angel:
Infact let us change the word 'villain'.
When PC usually goes, unfortunately & gently astray in his movies, it is because he is a determined man who aims to find something, which could be right, or wrong...the nature of this 'wrong' 'something', is what gives him the 'villain-ness', rather than him as a person.

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Define a villain...
uhhh!!
Well, put briefly and simply, a villain is a person who is immensely wicked, and stays to it until the end and beyond.
PC is simply not in that domain ever, but CL as D is a true villain.

In novels/plays/films where there is a villain, there is a hero. That seems to be the universal law.

In our lives 'villains' are usually the un-humane persons. For example, the scientists which are animal testing are villains (non-humane;unless they stop), and Mr Lee is the hero (Trully humane), because he is trying to stop animal testing.

According to the dictionary I hold in my hand now, A villain is a 'wrong-doer' !!!!!!!
Ohhhh are we all not villains then!!!  



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Quote: from MariaS on 9:28 pm on Feb. 5, 2001
I've read about a film where he plays a poor elderly man who returns after death for revenge,  but I've never actually see itS

The film you're thinking of is the "Poetic Justice" sequence from the TALES FROM THE CRYPT Amicus anthology film.  It's one of the most heartbreaking and tragic scenes you'll ever see in a film.  All the more so, because Mr. Cushing had recently lost his beloved wife, Helen; and drew on these emotions in playing the character of Old Man Grimsdyke.  Everyone who appreciates great acting -- and allows their hearts to be touched -- should see this scene.

(Edited by Alfonso at 11:04 am on Feb. 6, 2001)



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Love the line from Horror Express delivered by Cushing :
Monster? We're British, you know. LOL!
A perhaps deranged guilty pleasure of mine that brings a sinister smile is to watch Mr. Cushing get strangled.  He always bugs out his eyes and mugs so wonderfully.  Probably the most animated strangulations in screen history.  Watch them and see, the 2 I recall are in Scream and Scream Again and Curse of Frankenstein.  
As for favourite, I'd cast my lot with Grimsdyke (brings a tear to the eye), the Baron, or Sherlock Holmes.  One of the first VHS purchases I ever made was of the Masks of Death.  How it ended up at the local Wal-mart, I'll never know.  Cheers.

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When someone tries to hurt PC is his movies, I get irritated... How could they!!!? He is too gentle and subtle to be harmed by anyone!!!
What makes PC an unconventional and loved villain sometimes...  is his passion towards what he is determined to do. It is very humane & natural.
This passion, eagerness, emotion,... it is like a fire within...( Most likely what the Baron felt when he created the monster)... The zealous nature of a true scientist never dies...

(Edited by Dali at 2:03 am on Feb. 7, 2001)

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In fact, the zealous nature of any gentleman never dies...

This is what PC seems to always behold in his roles.



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I thought Peter Cushing was very good in The Abominable Snowman.  This was such a good movie.  One of the best of the 1950s.



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Funny you should mention the ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, I just picked up the Anchor Bay DVD tonight and am about to settle in with some munchies for a Peter Cushing evening!



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Hi Alfonso.  Just this morning they also showed The Abominable Snowman on AMC!  Watching it again, what did you think?

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I would certainly say
The CUrse of Frankeinstein & The Mummy
Peter CUshing was amazing in these two films.



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I enjoyed Peter's performance in From Beyond the Grave as the shopkeeper with unusual wares...I saw the film again recently so it sticks in the mind.He was great in them all though,his Van Helsing like Mr Lee's Dracula is the definitive portrayal.



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he's great in everything isn't he? Perhaps the best though for me is his assured performance in Dracula as Van Helsing.

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