As most of us know, the 26th & 27th of this month was the birth date of three of the biggest icons in the horror genre (though one is probably still not happy about that!). Of course, it would be Peter Cushing (born May 26, 1913), Vincent Price (born May 27th, 1911), and Christopher Lee (born May 27th, 1922). Whether it is because of the multiple titles from Hammer Studio, the work with AIP, or William Castle, these three actors have given us horror fans countless hours of chills, shivers, and entertainment. I couldn’t let these two days go by without posting something in honor of these iconic actors.
For myself, it would be damn near impossible for me to pinpoint one particular favorite for each of these guys, but just off the top of my head, here’s what I can think of. For Peter Cushing, I would have to go with Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969). His performance of Dr. Frankenstein in this one just proves how much of a sadistic deviant he was. For Vincent Price, it would be his incredible performance as the tormented soul of Nicholas Medina in Roger Corman’s The Pit and the Pendulum (1961). And lastly, for Mr. Lee, I was almost going to say Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (1974), but I will go with Horror Express (1972), as the arrogant Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton.
I know this is going to cause a lot of brain knots by posing this question, so I won’t hold you to whatever you come up with, but let’s hear some of your favorites of these three amazing actors.