Classic Movie on TV

Posted by Cliff Robertson on Monday, January 10, 2011

Okay, here’s what’s been happening monster wise: I saw “Tales from the Crypt” (1972) when it was on TV last month.  I hadn’t seen it since its theatrical release when I was only 10 years old.  I completely remember the first story that stared Joan Collins.  The second story was forgettable –I don’t remember that one at all.  Now the third story with Peter Cushing: I remember that one because when I was a ten-year-old that just ate a giant Krackle chocolate bar by himself, I barfed when Peter Cushing’s rotted hand pushed out of his grave!  My brother was rushing me to the restroom and stayed with me while watching the movie from the lobby hallway.  I didn’t watch the rest of the movie and I only knew what had happened from what my sisters told me.  So I finally saw the whole thing, from beginning to end.  And once I saw it all I thought: this is why I avoided horror movies when I was a kid?  I wasn’t what we would call a Monster Kid – I liked everything monsters back then, but there were some that I steered clear from. I mostly avoided the Hammer films.  They were different from the Universal monster movies.  They were in color (or “colour” as they say).  Hammer pushed the envelope –and some were just boring.  Seeing “Tales from the Crypt” after 38 years there’s a couple of things that I noticed: 1) The low production value of the film.  To think that Peter Cushing would do a film of such a low budget (and I know he did plenty of low budget films) and in just five years from that time he would be rediscovered by his role in “Start Wars” (1977).  2) Joan Collins would revitalize her career nine years latter in the TV role that would define her as Alexis Carrington in “Dynasty” (1981-1989). 3) I asked myself, why this was a British production of an American comic book?!



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Classic Movie on TV

Posted by Cliff Robertson on Monday, January 10, 2011

Okay, here’s what’s been happening monster wise: I saw “Tales from the Crypt” (1972) when it was on TV last month.  I hadn’t seen it since its theatrical release when I was only 10 years old.  I completely remember the first story that stared Joan Collins.  The second story was forgettable –I don’t remember that one at all.  Now the third story with Peter Cushing: I remember that one because when I was a ten-year-old that just ate a giant Krackle chocolate bar by himself, I barfed when Peter Cushing’s rotted hand pushed out of his grave!  My brother was rushing me to the restroom and stayed with me while watching the movie from the lobby hallway.  I didn’t watch the rest of the movie and I only knew what had happened from what my sisters told me.  So I finally saw the whole thing, from beginning to end.  And once I saw it all I thought: this is why I avoided horror movies when I was a kid?  I wasn’t what we would call a Monster Kid – I liked everything monsters back then, but there were some that I steered clear from. I mostly avoided the Hammer films.  They were different from the Universal monster movies.  They were in color (or “colour” as they say).  Hammer pushed the envelope –and some were just boring.  Seeing “Tales from the Crypt” after 38 years there’s a couple of things that I noticed: 1) The low production value of the film.  To think that Peter Cushing would do a film of such a low budget (and I know he did plenty of low budget films) and in just five years from that time he would be rediscovered by his role in “Start Wars” (1977).  2) Joan Collins would revitalize her career nine years latter in the TV role that would define her as Alexis Carrington in “Dynasty” (1981-1989). 3) I asked myself, why this was a British production of an American comic book?!



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