Christopher Lee Tribute at the Silent Movie Theater, Los Angeles

Written by Jon Towlson Saturday, 11 July 2015

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The whole world was saddened by the loss of the great Christopher Lee.

Amongst the tribute screenings to the genre legend, the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles is showing a double-bill of Dracula (known as Horror of Dracula in the US) and Dracula AD. 1972 on Friday July 24th at 10.30pm.

Cinefamily film programmer Joshua Miller told STARBURST: "Of all the great performances Sir Christopher Lee gave over his 8 decade career, none was more memorable and iconic than his take on Count Dracula. Though dismissive of the role in later years, Lee imbued his take with a fearsome sexuality that the Universal Draculas could only dream of, cementing him as the standard-bearer for the character from the 1950s onward. While he did branch out on one occasion to play a true-to-the-novel version for Jess Franco, the rest of Lee's Dracula performances fell under the proud Hammer banner, so it is there that we turn to honor the life and passing of one of horror's all-time greats. Horror of Dracula is Lee's first time in the cape, and was the closest to a "classic" Dracula tale that Hammer attempted. The film, directed by Hammer auteur Terence Fisher, is lush and frightening, and features supporting turns from Michael Gough (Batman 89's Alfred) and Lee's perennial on-screen nemesis, the equally iconic Peter Cushing. Then, we flash-forward to the swinging '70s to join young hippies looking for Drac-infused kicks with Dracula AD. 1972, a less "classy" but equally enjoyable fright-fest/freakout, also co-starring Cushing. It's a double-dose of classic Christopher Lee Dracula so pop in your vampire fangs and come pay tribute to the man!"

For tickets, venue details and the awesome Cinefamily trailer visit http://www.cinefamily.org/films/friday-night-frights/.

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