By Mark Rahner
You have every right to ask:
Wasn’t Christopher Lee dead already? Doesn’t being 93 years old count as being undead?
And I have every right to tell you to shut your pie-hole and show some respect. The man was a giant, and not just because he stood 6 feet, five inches. As we discuss on this week’s show, Lee did more before he even started his seven-decade film career than you or I would do with a steamer trunk full of Adderall and cojones the size of the Space Needle.
Here’s the entire episode of “This Is Your Life” that we played a snippet from. In addition to what seems to be genuine shock and surprise on Lee’s face as people from all corners of life his life are brought in, it’s also funny that even the big stars like Peter Cushing or guests who traveled great distances to be there only get a sentence or two before they’re given the bum’s rush to their seats.
And here’s the article about Lee’s life that I read a bit from. It’s worth reading in its entirety.
Here, in its entirety, is THE HORROR OF DRACULA, on YouTube:
It’s Lee’s debut as Dracula, and the best. He did a number of others, but by the time you get to THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA, you may notice Hammer had reached diminishing returns.
Also on YouTube, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, in which Lee plays the hero, adapted from the novel by Dennis Wheatley, with a screenplay by the great Richard Matheson. I can’t recommend this on enough. You can get an e-book of all 11 of Wheatley’s Duc de Richleau novels on Amazon for a ridiculously low price.
And finally, here’s my list of Honorable Mention titles that we didn’t go into at any length on Special Ops.
City of the Dead (1960)
The Whip and the Body (1963)
Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)
Horror Express (1972)
To the Devil A Daughter (1976)
Now let’s raise a glass of “claret” to that magnificent bastard.