Episode 332 – Peter Cushing

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Welcome to our tribute to one of the horror genre’s most distinguished personalities… the great Peter Cushing!

In a rather unexpected recording, we sat together at a coffee shop to chat about our shared affection for a truly underspoken icon of film and discuss the life and career of the man. From Abraham Van Helsing to Baron von Frankenstein to Sherlock Holmes to Doctor Who to Grand Moff Tarkin and everything in between, surely everyone is at least familiar with him but there is much to explore and appreciate. Anthony leads us through a history that spans from the 40’s through the 80’s offering insights into the actor’s methodology, influence and genre decisions that formed an impressive career.

We have long been proponents of exploring the classic canon of genre film and in this episode we were able to get back to an honest celebration of a gentleman who embodied what we love in horror. This is not a rundown of a filmography however we do stop along the way to briefly discuss some favourites including The Creeping Flesh, Twins of Evil, The Blood Beast Terror, The Skull, The Abominable Snowman, The Masks of Death and many others. The one title we did make a point of focusing on specifically was Corruption (1968), perhaps Cushing’s bloodiest film.

We wrap up the show with a quick rundown of recent watches Banshee Chapter and The Book Thief, some thank yous and a tease for upcoming shows.


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2 Responses to Episode 332 – Peter Cushing

  1. Doctor Anton Phibes says:

    Psyched for this episode. Thanks for elevating the discussion of horror by remembering its classical roots in film. Excited, too, about your mention of The Abominable Snowman, a title I’m grateful to have acquired a dozen years ago before it fell out of print! It features a fine Cushing performance, along with atmosphere and a great score.

  2. Hammerhead says:

    Hi guys, for a lovely Peter Cushing memorial, check out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYX1-vjly70

    Shame it doesn’t appear to be true, as Stephen Fry apparently never worked with Peter Cushing (he did work with Christopher Lee though)