After the passing of Christopher Lee earlier this month, there has been a lot of tributes being presented, which I’m grateful to the fact that he is being remembered for his huge contribution to cinema in general, not to mention what he gave us horror fans over the years, that thankfully we will still be able to enjoy for many more years to come.
One of those reasons that we are able to keep the memories alive of these wonderful actors that gave us so many chills over throughout our lives is that even though they have passed on, their movies still remain. And now thanks to Warner Home Video, 3 films that feature the late Christopher Lee will be unleashed in a 4-disc blu-ray set entitled the Hammer Horror Collection. this will feature The Mummy, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. Since this is being called Volume 1, we can only hope that there are more to come. Not sure of any extras that might be on these discs, but even if they are just the films alone, I’m sure they will be well worth the price. The set will be released in October, a perfect time too, with a retail price of around $55. Not bad for 4 films if you ask me.
Another great way to keep the memory of alive of these actors is not just watching their films at home on your TV, but getting to see them in the theater, the way they were meant to be presented. And if you’re in the Chicago area next month, you’ll have the chance to watch 3 of Lee’s movies on the big screen! Terror in the Aisles is putting on a Christopher Lee tribute that will take place at the Patio Theatre on July 25th, where they will be screening Death Line (aka Raw Meat), with director Gary Sherman as a special guest. While Lee only had a small part in the film, it is still worth seeing. The second feature will feature one of Lee’s own favorite performances, in The Wicker Man. This will be the director’s cut. A very powerful film and again, worth seeing, but even more so on the big screen. But of course, the best title of the event, if you ask me, is the last, and one that help launch Lee into stardom, by playing Count Dracula in Hammer’s Horror of Dracula. I have seen this on the big screen before and can’t wait to see it again. Seeing this film by itself is worth the trip to the theatre. For more information about the event, head over to their Facebook page HERE. Advance tickets are only $10 or $12 at the door on the day of the event.