Day 4 of the Halloween Countdown: Some fine British horror classics!


By Shawn Robare




Well, I decided to record a podcast about some of my movie watching this Halloween season, and hopefully I’ll get it in just under the wire for day 4 of the countdown.  It’s about 25 minutes long, so it won’t melt your brains or anything, and for those of you brave enough to make it through the whole show there is a little treat at the end.  I basically talk about two movies, The Abominable Snowman (the 1957 Hammer Yeti flick starring Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker) and the 1972 Amicus adaptation of Tales From the Crypt (also starring Peter Cushing and a young Joan Collins.)  Below are some screen captures of interest and the original movie posters.  Enjoy!







Above are stills of the amazing Peter Cushing, and Forrest Tucker (star of F-Troop and the 1975 Filmation Ghostbusters live action Saturday Morning show that I talked about some time back.)


Below is an example of the surprising cinematography in the flick…





I love how the Yeti were handled visually in the film.  Subtle, but effective.





Below, the awesomely creepy poster for the Amicus adaptation of Tales From the Crypt…





Here we have some still from TFtC including our unsuspecting tour patrons, and the understated Ralph Richardson as the Crypt Keeper…





Below we have some hints as to the dreadful fun that this flick contains…





Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at a couple of the 80s horror flicks that I loved growing up.

  • Azathoth

    Great podcast! I found it interesting. (and it didn’t put me to sleep ;) Good choice going with Peter Cushing stuff. (I did a Cushing post a few days back with Twins of Evil.) Nice touch adding that monster cereal flexi disc to the end :)

  • Belle Dee

    Yes great podcast! I love the Peter Cushing! I’ll be getting into my ‘Hammer-Horror-a-thon’ real soon! I’ve actually not seen the Tales from the Crypt movie. It’s been out everytime I go to rent it.

  • Gclot

    Hey nice podcast. really interesting to hear someone talking about hammer/amicus films who isn’t a walking encycopedia of all things hammer horror. As portmanteau films from the 70′s go tales is a classic. I really like the Arthur Grimsdyke charcter make up. It was done by Roy Ashton who did apply it directly to Peter’s face. It was mostly laminated paper and the eyeless sockets effect was black gauze. Peter got the Licorne d’Or for best actor for this movie. If you want to see a Peter Cushing movie which is also about the loss of a loved one check out the Ghoul. He plays a man who has lost his wife and in one scene he picks up a photo of his wife and says she is dead; he insisted on using a portrait of Helen (his actual wife). Talk about emotional. To be honest though the rest of the film is pretty lame.