As you’ve probably already seen if you follow me on any kind of social media, they’re hosting a Peter Cushing Centennial Blogathon over at the great Frankenstein ‘blog Frankensteinia. A few years ago I participated in their Boris Karloff Blogathon and head a really good time. Those entries, unfortunately, are lost to the whims of a website hiccup, but they’re still available on my LiveJournal under the Boris Karloff Blogathon tag. Since Peter Cushing is one of two actors (the other being Vincent Price) who regularly compete for my affections as my favorite actor of all time, it wouldn’t have seemed right not to participate in this year’s Peter Cushing Blogathon.
As fate would have it, the month of May has been an extraordinarily busy one for me, and that means that I’ll probably be posting to the blogathon less than I would like, but I do have at least one big post in the works. In the mean time you can click over to Frankensteinia and check out all the other great posts on the blogathon, and in order to tide you over I’ve composed a quick roundup of links to other places that I can remember talking about Peter Cushing movies in the not-too-distant past, specifically as culled from my regular vintage horror column at Innsmouth Free Press, the Vault of Secrets:
Conspicuously absent from that list are any of the Hammer Frankenstein movies, which star Peter Cushing in my favorite of all his roles, that of Baron Frankenstein himself. That’s okay, though, because in honor of the Peter Cushing Centennial Blogathon and Frankensteinia, I plan to revisit (in whatever brevity is required) all six of the Peter Cushing-starring Hammer Frankenstein films, in order, and render unto you a verdict as to, not only which one is my favorite, but which one has my favorite portrayal of the Baron, my favorite version of the creature, my favorite lab, and my favorite assistant, among anything else I may think of. So expect that sometime in the next few days, before the culmination of the blogathon.
And don’t forget that the Feast of the Long Shadows is coming up tomorrow night, which is the perfect time to celebrate Peter Cushing’s Centennial!