The Lee/Cushing Podcast Extra #5: Sherlockian Shenanigans

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Howard and Dan recently found themselves frantically trying to put together a production of a new play - a ghost story called The Dead, Live - and so (a) had to rush-record an 'Extra' with which to kick off February, and (b) then couldn't even find the time to upload it.  But one week later (now that the debut performances of the said play have been got out of the way - there's a link to a review of the play below) here it is.  By way of a lead-in to the next full episode, in which we discuss Hammer's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Howard and Dan sit down in the cafe at the People's History Museum in Manchester to chat about the several other Sherlock Holmes-related productions with which Cushing and Lee were involved. There's also time to chat about a recently-departed, much-loved actor.  Unfortunately, the cafe gets increasingly noisy during the discussion which, coupled with the fact that the recording was done on Dan's new phone, means that the sound quality may leave a little something to be desired. So please consider this 'Extra' an experiment, and let us know your thoughts on whether or not it worked.

Music featured:

Suite from The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) by Miklos Rozsa

Relevant links:

The Van Helsing Mysteries

Review of The Dead, Live at Oldham Library, February 2017

Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's 1968 production of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's 1968 production of The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Lee/Cushing Podcast #3: Scream and Scream Again

Happy New Year, folks!  In the much-delayed third full episode of The Lee/Cushing Podcast, Howard and Dan discuss the very weird, some may say overlooked, all-star-horror-team-up-not-really that is 1970's Scream and Scream Again.

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Yes, the horrors of 2016 are over, and the horrors of 2017 are only just beginning.  Anyway we hope that getting a new full episode of the podcast out on the first day of the year might get things off to a good start.  Although the episode will lack topical comments (it was recorded back in October), we hope it will still provide plenty of interest as Howard and Dan demonstrate fairly disparate opinions about this rather odd entry in the Cushing/Lee canon which at least allows them to discuss another favourite actor, Vincent Price. It's a very in-depth chat (this may be the first episode in which we chat about a single film for almost the duration of the film itself).  Plus there is the usual comedy sketch, foray into the Bag of Death, and serenade from James Bernard's Jukebox.  In fact this episode has a host of musical offerings.

 

Contents by timecode:

00.00.00 - 'Spoofy opening' and intro music

00.04.02- General introduction

00.17.35 - Vincent Price

00.30.10 - Main discussion - Scream and Scream Again

01.26.03 - James Bernard's Jukebox

01.35.39 - The Bag of Death

01.54.38 - Wrap-up

 

Music tracks featured in this episode:

Themes from The Damned, The Devil Rides Out and Quatermass II, plus 'Black Leather Rock' and 'Omens of Nosferatu' (James Bernard)

Theme from Scream and Scream Again (David Whitaker) plus stock music alternative (unknown composer)

Song 'Scream and Scream Again' (The Amen Corner)

Song 'Thriller' (Michael Jackson, Rod Temperton, featuring Vincent Price)

 

Links which may be of interest:

Ambidextrous Solutions Limited on YouTube

Scream and Scream Again - the original trailer on YouTube

Trailers from Hell - Scream and Scream Again on YouTube

Scream and Scream Again clips featuring the music of David Whitaker and the Amen Corner - YouTube

Scream and Scream Again TV intro with stock music - YouTube

BBC iPlayer - the Sound of Cinema - Hammer

BBC iPlayer - Jonathan Creek Christmas Special (featuring music by David Whitaker and James Bernard in the opening sequence!)

Probably Science podcast - episode about the 'bio-engineered lifeform'

YouTube - video of the 'bio-hybrid ray'

The Lee/Cushing Podcast Extra #4: An Extra Bag of Death

It's the first Sunday of the month, so here's something for you... but still not a full new episode. I'm so sick of putting out 'Extras' apologizing for the delay to Episode 3, and Episode 3 is so close to being ready for release, that I almost thought we should just leave it until Episode 3 is actually ready... but a principle is a principle, and we did say we'd always release something first Sunday of the month.  So here you go, with special one-off Bag of Death.  Enjoy, and hopefully there'll be more very soon!

It's the first Sunday of the month, so here's something for you... but still not a full new episode. I'm so sick of putting out 'Extras' apologizing for the delay to Episode 3, and Episode 3 is so close to being ready for release, that I almost thought we should just leave it until Episode 3 is actually ready... but a principle is a principle, and we did say we'd always release something first Sunday of the month.  So here you go, with special one-off Bag of Death.  Enjoy, and hopefully there'll be more very soon!

The Lee/Cushing Podcast Extra #3: Howard and Dan rambling about modern horror

UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER LAST MONTH'S DELAY, DAN STILL HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO EDIT THE NEXT PROPER EPISODES OF THE PODCAST (ALTHOUGH SEVERAL HAVE BEEN RECORDED), SO WE OFFER YOU ANOTHER EXTRA TO TIDE YOU OVER.  THIS IS MUCH MORE SUBSTANTIAL THAN THE LAST ONE THOUGH, AND FEATURES A LONG, MINIMALLY EDITED DISCUSSION BETWEEN HOWARD AND DAN, WHICH TAKES IN THE LATER CAREER OF CUSHING, SETTLES FOR A GOOD WHILE ON THE MERITS OF MODERN HORROR FILMS, AND THEN VEERS ALL OVER THE PLACE.  THERE ARE SOME CLUES AS TO WHAT WE THINK ABOUT SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN TOO (COVERED IN FULL IN THE NEXT EPISODE OF THE PODCAST PROPER).  WE HOPE YOU FIND IT ENJOYABLE. SOME RELEVANT LINKS: RADION MEDIA LTD ON FACEBOOK BOLTON FM, ONE OF THE MANY LOCAL RADIO STATIONS BROADCASTING THE UNCANNY VALLEY ON MONDAY NIGHTS ICARUS THEATRE'S PRODUCTION OF AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS CHRISTOPHER YOUNG'S MUSIC FROM HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II

UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER LAST MONTH'S DELAY, DAN STILL HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO EDIT THE NEXT PROPER EPISODES OF THE PODCAST (ALTHOUGH SEVERAL HAVE BEEN RECORDED), SO WE OFFER YOU ANOTHER EXTRA TO TIDE YOU OVER.  THIS IS MUCH MORE SUBSTANTIAL THAN THE LAST ONE THOUGH, AND FEATURES A LONG, MINIMALLY EDITED DISCUSSION BETWEEN HOWARD AND DAN, WHICH TAKES IN THE LATER CAREER OF CUSHING, SETTLES FOR A GOOD WHILE ON THE MERITS OF MODERN HORROR FILMS, AND THEN VEERS ALL OVER THE PLACE.  THERE ARE SOME CLUES AS TO WHAT WE THINK ABOUT SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN TOO (COVERED IN FULL IN THE NEXT EPISODE OF THE PODCAST PROPER).  WE HOPE YOU FIND IT ENJOYABLE.

SOME RELEVANT LINKS:

RADION MEDIA LTD ON FACEBOOK

BOLTON FM, ONE OF THE MANY LOCAL RADIO STATIONS BROADCASTING THE UNCANNY VALLEY ON MONDAY NIGHTS

ICARUS THEATRE'S PRODUCTION OF AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

CHRISTOPHER YOUNG'S MUSIC FROM HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II

The Lee/Cushing Podcast Extra #2: An Apologetic Extra

Unfortunately, due to two attacks of seasonal influenza, Howard and Dan have not been able to get together to record the third episode of the podcast in time for our now-traditional release on the first Sunday of the month.  The episode will hopefully be recorded this week and released shortly after that, but the chaps didn't want to leave you with nothing at all to tide you over, so here is a short extra for you to listen to...

The Lee/Cushing Podcast #2: Dr Terror's House of Horrors

In the second episode of The Lee/Cushing Podcast, Howard and Dan jump forward in time to discuss Cushing and Lee's sixth horror film together, 1965's trend-setting portmanteau picture, Dr Terror's House of Horrors.

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In fact, your horror hosts are so excited to discuss one of their favourite movies that they neglect to mention a number of pertinent facts about the film.  Such as what 'portmanteau' actually means (the word originally described a type of travelling bag which splits into two or more compartments, and in the modern sense portmanteau can describe, among other things*, a film such as this one which comprises several separate stories).  They also fail to consider whether Dr Terror's producer Milton Subotsky, who also scripted the film, and his co-producer Max J Rosenberg deliberately 'stole' Hammer stars Cushing, Lee and Michael Gough for the first Amicus production as a kind of revenge on Hammer for allegedly stealing Subostky's 1950s concept (and supposed script) for a colour Frankenstein film.  And although Dan notes that the film's brilliant music composer Elisabeth Lutyens was the daughter of 'a famous architect' he neglects to identify that architect as Sir Edwin Lutyens, designer of the memorial garden in Manchester's St Peter's Square - a bit of a glaring omission for a podcast recorded a couple of streets away from it.  He also forgets to mention that Elisabeth was the first British woman ever to score a motion picture.  And finally, though they mercillessly rib actor Neil McCallum for being the unknown quantity in an otherwise all-star cast, they never bother to say whether or not he's any good.  Which, actually, he is.

Apart from that, it's good!  Special guest star, Dan's mate Ben chimes in with a few additional thoughts about the movie - marvel as, when it comes to discussing the 'Voodoo' segment starring Roy Castle, three white British guys struggle to talk about whether or not a 51-year old film is racist without sounding stupid.  Meanwhile, some of the portmanteau films which followed in the wake of Dr Terror are considered, the music of jazz composer Bernard Ebbinghouse is showcased in James Bernard's (misleadingly named) Jukebox, and another mysterious piece of horror movie history is drawn at random from The Bag of Death.

This episode's stolen joke is derived from Some Like It Hot, vaguely.

 

Episode contents by timecode

00.00.01 Scene-setting

00.04.24 General introduction and discussion of Dr Terror's House of Horrors

00.53.56 Brief discussion of some of the other portmanteau films which followed Dr Terror: Torture Garden (1967), Tales That Witness Madness (1973) and From Beyond The Grave (1974)

01.00.03 James Bernard's Jukebox

01.06.15 The Bag of Death

01.18.26 Wrap-up, dedication, and what's coming up on the Horror Channel?

 

Music tracks featured in this episode

Main and incidental themes from: Dr Terror's House of Horrors, Tales That Witness Madness and The Wicker Man (1973), plus The Devil Rides Out (1968) and Omens of Nosferatu, from the 1996 re-release of Nosferatu (1922).  All themes composed by James Bernard.

 

Useful links and other podcasts which have inspired us, in which you may take an interest

YouTube: Ambidextrous Solutions Channel (where this podcast can be viewed)

YouTube: Dr Terror's House of Horrors Trailer (warning: spoilers!)

YouTube: Edgar Wright on Dr Terror''s House of Horrors for Trailers from Hell

Hammicus Podcast: Dr Terror's House of Horrors

Scream Queenz Podcast: Dr Terror's House of Horrors

B-Movie Cast: Dr Terror's House of Horrors

The UK Horror Channel

British Horror Films website

The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society

We are not responsible for the contents of external sites, natch

 

* According to Wikipedia, 'portmanteau' can also refer to a noun created by the combination of two other nouns, as is so popular in the press these days, eg. 'Brangelina' and 'Sharknado'. Presumably these are different from simple compound words, i.e. more stupid.

The Lee Cushing Podcast Extra #1: The Frankenstein sequels

During the recording of our episode on The Curse of Frankenstein, Howard and Dan also chatted for really rather a long time about the other six Frankenstein pictures produced by Hammer between 1958 and 1973.  As none of them feature Christopher Lee we thought this was somewhat out of the remit of the podcast, but on the other hand, as most of them do feature Peter Cushing, you might be interested to hear the chat.  Apologies in advance as it's rather rambly and we're not as sure of our facts as in the main episode: we state that Kiwi Kingston was Australian (he was a New Zealander, hence the nickname), that Frankenstein's creature was discovered frozen in 1939's Son of Frankenstein (it was actually in 1943's Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man) and that The Evil of Frankenstein features a burning windmill (that was actually in 1960's The Brides of Dracula).  But there's still lots of enthusiasm to be found, as well as nuggets of information, about most of the films in Hammer's Frankenstein series.

Featured music

Main theme from Frankenstein Created Woman, by James Bernard.  (And above is the German poster for that film.)

Useful links

The UK Horror Channel

Trailers From Hell on YouTube

The Lee/Cushing Podcast Episode #1: The Curse of Frankenstein

In the very first episode of The Lee/Cushing Podcast, Howard and Dan discuss 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein, the British film which revolutionized horror cinema and established Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as an iconic duo.  Although it wasn't actually their first film together - listen to the episode to find out what was.

There is also an emphasis on the memorable music of the film's composer James Bernard, with the theme from 1966's The Plague of the Zombies selected from James Bernard's Jukebox.  Meanwhile which will be the first classic (or not-so-classic) film to be drawn from The Bag of Death?

At one point during the episode we rip off a joke from The Simpsons.  Good jokes deserve to be stolen.

 

Episode contents by timecode

00.00.01 Scene-setting

00.03.45 General introduction and tribute to Sir Christopher Lee

00.25.17 Discussion of The Curse of Frankenstein

01.00.03 James Bernard's Jukebox

01.06.37 The Bag of Death

01.13.08 Wrap-up, dedication, and what's coming up on the Horror Channel?

 

Stream or download the episode above, or if you prefer visual streaming you can listen via YouTube at this link.

 

Music tracks featured in this episode

Main themes from: The Curse of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out (1968), The Plague of the Zombies and Frankenstein Created Woman (1966), plus Omens of Nosferatu, from the 1996 re-release of Nosferatu (1922).  All themes composed by James Bernard.

 

Useful links and other podcasts which have inspired us, in which you may take an interest

The Lee Cushing Podcast on YouTube

The UK Horror Channel

Trailers From Hell on YouTube

Now Playing Podcast

The Greatest Movie Ever Podcast

Doctor Who: Reality Bomb

Doctor Who: Verity!

Doctor Who: The Memory Cheats (inspiration for The Bag of Death)

Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro

Doctor Who: Who's He?

Down and Safe: A Blake's 7 Podcast

 

Finally, Dan and Howard have some upcoming theatrical endeavours they'd like to plug:

Dan appears in the acclaimed horror play The Haunting of Blaine Manor from 16-20 August in Salford.

Howard stars as Douglas Adams in a special one-off performance at the Starburst Film Festival from August 26-28 in Manchester.