Peter Cushing Centenary

2013 marks the centenary of Peter Cushing’s birth. To honour this, we present six of his best performances.

The Flesh and the Fiends

John Gilling | UK | 1960 | 97 minutes

Cushing plays Dr Knox in this film about Edinburgh’s own Burke and Hare, with support from Donald Pleasance as Hare and assured direction from horror specialist John ‘Plague of the Zombies‘ Gilling.

Friday 22nd February 2013 8:00 PM

The Brides of Dracula

Terence Fisher | UK | 1960 | 85 minutes

Vampire hunter Van Helsing (Cushing) returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.

Friday 1st March 2013 8:00 PM

Cash on Demand

Quentin Lawrence | UK | 1962 | 66 minutes

A charming but ruthless criminal (Andre Morell) holds the family of a bank manager (Cushing) hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds in this re-imagining of A Christmas Carol.

Friday 8th March 2013 8:00 PM

Captain Clegg AKA Night Creatures

Peter Graham Scott | UK | 1962 | 80 minutes

In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain Collier (Patrick Allen) and his crew to check it out. As the Captain gets into his investigation, mysterious swamp phantoms cloud up the real issue which seems plain enough to see. Captain Collier suspects that the odd village vicar, the Reverend Dr Blyss (Peter Cushing) might be hiding something, and what better way to do that than by fortuitous ghosts to scare away the curious, or by posing as someone he is not? Solid support comes from the likes of Jack MacGowran, Michael Ripper and Oliver Reed.

Cushing’s enthusiasm for the role was such that he sketched detailed costume designs for his character and scripted an unrealised sequel.

Friday 15th March 2013 8:00 PM

Frankenstein Created Woman

Terence Fisher | UK | 1967 | 86 minutes

The fourth of Hammer’s Frankenstein cycle and the third directed by Terence Fisher sees the good doctor experiment with the transplantation of souls, making a creature with a woman’s body and a man’s mind. Martin Scorsese identifies this as one of his favourite Hammer films.

Friday 22nd March 2013 8:00 PM

The Creeping Flesh

Freddie Francis | UK | 1973 | 94 minutes

Cushing and Christopher Lee play two half brothers interested in a fossilised skeleton that may present a cure for evil. Directed by horror stalwart Freddie Francis, the film is replete with dubious subtexts and symbolism, the detached phallic finger of the skeleton becoming larger after absorbing water…

Friday 29th March 2013 8:00 PM

Horror Express

Eugenio Martín | UK / Spain | 1973 | 90 minutes

In 1906, in China, Professor Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee) discovers an ancient frozen fossil in the remote Province of Szechuan. He brings the remains of the being in a box to Shanghai and boards a trans-Siberian train, where he meets his acquaintance Dr. Wells (Cushing). During the trip, a life force trapped in the frozen creature is released, killing and stealing the memories of the passengers.

Think The Thing on a train, with Telly Savalas as a Cossack.

Friday 6th April 2013 8:00 PM

Shock Waves

Ken Wiederhorn | USA | 1977 | 85 minutes

Cushing plays a Nazi scientist responsible for creating virtually unstoppable Nazi zombies.

Friday 13th April 2013 8:00 PM