R. I. P. – Christopher Lee (1922 – 2015)

The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, The Mummy, Hound of the Baskervilles, The Face of Fu Manchu, Horror Express, The Wicker Man, The Three Musketeers, The Man with the Golden Gun, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Lord of the Rings, the second Star Wars trilogy, five Tim Burton films – highlights from the almost 70 year career of film icon Christopher Lee.

As a horror film buff, Christopher Lee was one of my idols. I first saw him on the big screen in 1970’s Count Dracula but he was so much more than a horror film star. His hosting stint on Saturday Night Live in 1978 was a highlight of that show’s early years. Funny throughout in some of the best written sketches of that era, take note of his closing good-bye. You can see what having the opportunity to do that kind of show meant to him, and you can see the love and respect that the cast had for him.

Explaining in his opening monologue that he was more than just a horror film star, he mentioned that in his next film he would be playing a gay motorcycle gang leader. He was referring to Serial, an unjustly forgotten film with a cult film cast – Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Sally Kellerman, Bill Macy, Peter Bonerz and Christopher Lee as “Skull”. A snapshot of Northern California in the ’70’s, it’s well worth seeking out.

As is any film in which Mr. Lee appeared…

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