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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day shows some respect to horror icon Peter Cushing!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

As I mentioned yesterday, today’s picture isn’t specifically a BTS shot, but I’m in charge here, dammit, and I say it’s okay because it’s Peter Cushing being awesome, so I don’t care what you think, dad!.

So, yeah. You all know Peter Cushing, even you young whippersnappers, because he was in Star Wars. His Hammer Horror work is legendary, though, and if you haven’t delved into any of that stuff, may I humbly recommend The Mummy, Horror of Dracula, The Flesh and the Fiends, The Skull, The Gorgon, The Beast Must Die (Amicus, not Hammer, but a great retelling of Ten Little Indians, but with a werewolf instead of a boring old murderer) and The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (a Shaw Brothers and Hammer co-production… Kung Fu vampies!).

So, enjoy this lovely picture of the great Peter Cushing. Click to enlargen!



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Tomorrow’s pic has to warn people.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by KGersen

    Could it be?

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by JMoe


  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST


    by Kevin

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by BelaKarloff

    How do you contributors allow yourselves to post articles without an editor? When you put an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence, you don't also put a period. When you put a punctuation inside a parentheses, you don't also add a punctuation outside the parentheses. This is only the beginning of the atrocities posted on this site. I enjoy the fan based postings, but you guys really need to get some remedial schooling.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Never got Cushing.

    by Smerdyakov

    He's just not in the league of Price, Lee, Karloff and Lugosi.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    You left off Top Secret and that was his strangest role

    by nephilim138

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST


    by alan_poon

    The only one not in the class of those you listed is Lugosi. He was a ham and had nowhere near the acting chops of Peter Cushing.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    A class act, brilliant actor, wonderful man

    by peter skellen

    No matter how daft the film was he brought class and gravitas to the part. He could be sympathetic (watch his segment from Tales from the Crypt and try not to blub) and also a villain. A great man and up there with ALL of the horror icons. I can watch anything with Cushing in. Even Biggles: Adventures in Time and that's saying something.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by BelaKarloff

    I don't think Lugosi was a ham. He was a stage actor who never quite grasped (nor was never told) that film acting is completely different. Watch some of his films and imagine it as a play instead, you'll see the talent. Conceding of course that due to his personal life he made a lot of lower grade films to earn some cash.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by scors54

    A very well done Sherlock Holmes, in the 1959 Hammer version of "Hound of the Baskervilles" (Christopher Lee was also in it), and, later in a British TV series.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Should read (nor was ever told) *not that anyone cares*

    by BelaKarloff

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by Porrohman


  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    And, of course, Biggles Adventures in Time

    by belasco_house

    Do you want to be a hero? Cushing was a legendary gentleman.

  • sweet pic!

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Watched mummy yesterday

    by Pipple

    I didn't even want to, I clicked the link for the Brendan Frasier shit, but I was hoodwinked I tells ya... Ended up enjoying it and to my pleasant surprise fucking Tarkin shows up and he's brilliant in it... now there's a retrospective piece on Aicn about his work. Wow, how coincidental...

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Amicus - Dr Terror's House of Horrors!

    by belasco_house

    Starring both Cushing and Roy Castle before they appeared in Dr Who and the Daleks. Or around the same time.

  • Cushing was THE greatest Van Helsing AND a fantastic Dr. Frankenstein.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Cushing does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    One of my all time fave actors, always 100% commitment to the role. Also loved his vocal delivery... *You would prefer another target? A mil-i-tary target? Then name the system!* Tarkin was so cool - before we ever met the Emperor, Peter Cushing *was* the Empire. Vader was a big baddie figure but was basically an abnormality within the Imperial hierachy. It was Tarkin and his awesome sunken cheekbones who was clearly in charge of the Imperial strategy and masterplan.

  • whatdya say fellas? Deal! Just make the things 3 reels long and you can film whatever crap ya want.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    LOVE HIM! True gentleman.

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    I borrowed both volumes of his memoirs from my public library. The librarian had to get them from the basement as no one had taken them out for 15 or so years. He was so professional with any given role and grateful for every job he got. So kind and humble. Although he's no David Niven as a raconteur, reading his thoughts about his life and career actually made me want to be a better person. Equally effective as hero or villain, he can smack talk Vader, take down Dracula and blow up an entire planet with conviction and look cool as fuck doing it.

  • Couldn't you have found a BTSP of him in any of those iconic roles you mentioned. It's not like photography didn't exitst before film or anything. Only reason for even trolling is because these articles is the BTSPotD and not just let's post my favorite actors of all times article. If I wanted to see nice portraits of actors I'd just use google. This just seems lazy to me.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    That picture makes me want to

    by Sci-FiJunky

    go home and watch both, Dr. Who and the Daleks, and, Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.

  • Every time Ambush Bug posts articles it's like he's taking a giant shit on this website.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Always struck me as the David Niven of Horror...

    by bagwanbob

  • :(

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Peter Cushing lives in Whitstable

    by BuckminsterOhare

    I have seen him on his bicycle. I have seen buying vegetables. Peter Cushing lives in Whitstable.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Cushing and Lee together were always electric

    by Monnie Knapp

    The Gorgon, while not the greatest of the Hammer films, is elevated beyond its silly plot by Cushing and Lee is the lead roles. Also, Cushing's Dr. Frankenstein is my personal favorite interpretation of the role.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Vegetables are good

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I'm taking an awful risk, Vader...

    by iamatroll

    This had better work!

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    As a bit of background to this picture...

    by KGersen

    The effects of Helen's death proved physical as well. For his role in Dracula AD 1972, Cushing had been intended to play the father of Stephanie Beacham's character, but had visibly aged so much and lost so much weight that the script was hastily rewritten to make him her grandfather. In a quiet tribute to Helen, a shot of Van Helsing's desk shows a photo of her

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    On the previous comment...

    by KGersen

    Just a guess of course on my part and the words taken from Wikipedia. This site decided to cut off half my post for some reason.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Curse Alan Davies. Now this is stuck in my head

    by BuckminsterOhare

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    And never forget his inforgettable role

    by donkey_lasher

    as a student in A Chump at Oxford

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Enough of this...Vader, release him.

    by Darth Macchio

    Ahh the fantastic Peter Cushing. One of my all time favorite characters in SW and brilliant in film after film from Hammer, etc (far too many to repeat here). - so effortlessly fantastic in everything I've ever seen. I've never been the type of fanboy to get all tween girl giggly with my appreciation of artists and their work but there are a few I would have love to have met and shaken their hands. Peter Cushing and Vincent Price are (were) at the top of that list and have been since I was a little kid and first saw their films... And creative types now tend to default into the "English Accent = Villain" mainly, I feel, because of the sheer brilliance of Cushing's performance in SW..not a physically imposing man per se but delivering so much calculated menace that he was not only able to tell Vader what to do but was also believable when he did so (and we're talkin pre-whiny temper tantrum Hayden Christenson baby-weeping bullshit here - that "vader" isn't even allowed in the same conversation as the "Vader" we all grew up with..yes, that's OT "Vader" with a capital "V"). Tarkin's slight expression change, to the tiniest, fractional expression of revulsion, when Vader is choking the security captain just prior to telling him to release him is just perfect...if I had to guess, Lucas didn't tell him to do that or hardly anything else that made that role so iconic and memorable (same reason why Christopher Lee survived looking like an incompetent in the prequels - these guys are the real deal in terms of talent that even a bad acting/actor director can't screw them up)

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Dr Who and the Daleks

    by Fred

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    Didn't he release a Heavy Metal album shortly before he passed away?

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Evacuate? In our moment of tryumph?

    by Ricardo

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Didn't say other people shouldn't love him.

    by Smerdyakov

    I just don't.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Also one of the best actors to portray Sherlock Holmes...

    by Admonisher

    First in the Hammer adaptation of HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, second in the 1960s BBC series, and finally in the excellent (if sadly obscure) television film THE MASKS OF DEATH. He would have appeared in a follow-up TV film to have been titled THE ABBOT'S CRY had his failing health not prevented it. Cushing also performed a number of Sherlock Holmes stories for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, and these recordings have recently begun to be made available to the general public.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by Jack Desmondi

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Lugosi COULD act, it was most of his directors who failed him

    by Jack Desmondi

    look at his performance in son of Frankenstein. Pure subtle menace and evil...but with an undercurrent of pathos also. The reason he was so shitty in so many roles was because of cheap, lousy directors who didn't know how to direct stage actors for film.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Cushing never got a SW figure in the original KENNER run


    Biggest. Oversight. Ever.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    He was a helluva Winston Smith in the first 1984


  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    He had to do 1984 twice!

    by daglesj

    IIRC I read that it was all performed live on TV, but it was so popular they had to perform it again the next week.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    We have truly been spoiled

    by B Arnold Quizzling

    Cushing was truly a class act and actor to boot. Someone above used the word "effortless" to describe his performances. Perfectly stated indeed. Cushing, Lee, Price... are there any actors today who can even wipe the crap off their shoes? In a world of shirtless pretty boys who are worshipped for their pecs and not their acting skills these icons truly demonstrated that a movie role -- no matter the budget -- deserved the best a true professional can give. And they always delivered.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Nobody has mentioned Top Secret yet. Reverse acting tour-de-force!

    by MotherPussBucket

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    You are right. The heyday of the greats - David Niven also comes to mind, simply as another actor who effortlessly filled his roles - Peter O'Toole, Alec Guiness, Gielgud, Peter Sellers, Peter Ustinov (so many Peters!!).. All of these men have been such artists. The question of who today could come close to filling those shoes? I think someone like Alan Rickman could do it. He hasn't ever really been given a truly scary role, but boy I bet he could knock that type of thing out of the park.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    A consumate actor. A true gentleman. A wonderful person.

    by 2for2true

    Nothing, and I mean nothing but great, great memories of this man.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    One of the all time great human beings.

    by Bradly Durant