Peter Cushing


For the record, Christopher Lee was a tall guy. At an imposing 6’5″ frame and with a hypnotically basso voice (and naturally accented as British), this was a man born to make horror movies. That was Lee’s bread and butter for much of his career, but the actor will be fondly remembered for so much more than playing Dracula for years and years. As you may have noticed, we are now talking about Christopher Lee in the past tense because he passed away from respiratory problems and heart failure while hospitalized Sunday (the delay was so that his family would not find out through the news_. For movie geeks the world over, Lee defined intimidation and regality in equal measure, and continued to be very much in demand and working well into his 93rd year. But to quote Edwin Stanton when he remarked on the massing of another tall man, Abraham Lincoln, now he belongs to the ages. (more…)


Even though the shiny new Daleks destroyed their predecessors in Doctor Who‘s fifth series episode “Victory of the Daleks” we haven’t seen the last of the classic Daleks, promises showrunner Steven Moffat.

The new Doctor Who Brilliant Book quotes Moffat as saying:

The fact is, we’re not going to lose the old Daleks. We’re keeping them. They’re coming back. We’ll just use them all at once, and have different ranks. All I’ve done is give the Daleks an officer class.

So in other words “We can’t afford to throw out the old props”.

I love the Daleks, I really do. But, come on now. These new Skittle colored Daleks? Seriously, WTF fuck? Ya, ya I know they’re reminiscent of the colored Daleks in the Peter Cushing Dalek movies, but classic bronze is so much more threatening.

Color or no color, I can’t help but feel like I’m taking them less seriously nowadays when they kept being just on the virge of coming back, and then getting wiped out, then coming back again. Make them a constant threat, rather than the leftovers of one. Or, even better. Don’t keep bringing them back. At-least not for severalĀ  years. They are classic villains that have grown less interesting through overexposure. Give it a break.