Monday, October 26, 2009

The Unholy Trinity Of Vincent Price, Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee

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My sister and I have often talked about the Unholy Trinity. You don't know about the Unholy Trinity? Let me clear that up for you. That to us is Vincent Price, Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee. These three actors are horror legends and icons. They all three played in some of my favorite horror films of all time. Any movie they were ever in, whether the movie was good or not, was improved by their screen presence. There is just something incredible and magnificent about each of these men.

Only one of these three, Christopher Lee, is still among the living. I do wish I could go back in time and have dinner with these horror greats. I could just imagine the conversation and atmosphere. Even though I'm almost a 4o year old man, I'd probably act like a tween girl going crazy for some boy band. lol

I'm posting some pictures, videos & information about each of them. I wanted to share my love for the Unholy Trinity at this spooktacular time of year. So do you like any of these men? Are there any movies of theirs that you like? Do you even know who any of them are? I do hope so. Let me know what you think.


Vincent Price:

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Vincent Price (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) played in films such as House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958), House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Last Man on Earth (1964), (1965), The Tomb of LigeiaThe Conqueror Worm (1968), & Edward Scissorhands (1990).



Peter Cushing:

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Peter Cushing (May 26 1913 – August 11 1994) played Baron Victor Frankenstein (beginning with The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957), Dr, Van Helsing (beginning with Horror of Dracula in 1958) & Sherlock Holmes (beginning with The Hound of the Baskervilles in1959). He also played in such films as The Abominable Snowman (1957), She (1965), The Vampire Lovers (1970), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), The Beast Must Die (1974) & Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).



Christopher Lee:

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Christopher Lee (born May 27, 1922) would play Dracula numerous times in Hammer horror films beginning with Horror of Dracula in 1958. He also played in such films as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Mummy (1959), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966), The Devil Rides Out (1967), The Wicker Man (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003) & Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) & Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).



P.S. Please check out my friend Daniela's Gents and Dames blog when you get the chance. I'm sure you will enjoy it. Her post from this Saturday actually listed some of her favorite Halloween movies. She's got some really cool ones up there.

65 comments:

Wolf Boy said...

Dude, I worship in the temple of these three men. This has got to be about my favorite post you've done. It's cool that you are a big fan of these horror icons too.

Marian said...

hi Keith this is a great piece.I dont get to watch much horror though as I cant sleep afterwards :o)
It's good to read about the icon actors of the horror genre though
xx
marian

Keith said...

Hey Wolf. Thanks. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post so much. This was one of my favorites to put together. My sis is also a big fan of all three of these amazing actors.

Keith said...

Hey Marian. Sorry you have trouble sleeping after watching horror movies. Glad you still enjoy these posts. I thought it was something cool to do for the holiday.

Nancy Sinatra Fan said...

Hello Keith. I adore all three of these actors. They play in my favorite kind of horror films. I have a special place for them.

Erika said...

I absolutely adore these posts you've been doing about old horror movies - they are making me more and more excited for Halloween. I've always found House on Haunted Hill to be phenomenally frightening! :)

Anika said...

Agree with you completely. This is a fab post.

Iconic actors, and what a trinity indeed.

p.s. following you, your intelligent posts are a must read!

have a great week

Mrs. M. said...

ha the Unholy Trinity! How cute i love it. But not as much as I love my forever boyfriend Vincent Price!!! idk what it is about old men, but they are just so adorable i want to gobble them up with a spoon. i call them all my boyfriends but Vincent Price (along with Stan Lee) have always been my aces. He especially melted my heart in Edward Scissorhands. If only he were around today, I wonder how the world of cinema would be different.

Couture Carrie said...

To be honest I had never heard of the Unholy Trinity! But I love all these pics and clips and have actually seen some of the films in which these gents starred!

Fab post, K!

xoxox,
CC

Keith said...

Hey Phoebe. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed this post. I thought you would. I know these movies are more up your alley as far as horror movies are concerned.

Keith said...

Hey Erika. Thanks so much. I appreciate that. I'm having a lot of fun with these posts. I'm so happy you are enjoying checking them out. I thought it would be a good way to put people into the Halloween spirit.

Keith said...

Hey Anika. Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed my post. I am now following your blog too. You do a great job with it. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Mrs. M. Thanks. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. Yeah, the "Unholy Trinity" is what my sis Steph and I always called them. She loves Vincent Price too. I definitely miss him. I wish he was still around today.

Keith said...

Hey Carrie. My sis Steph and I made up the name "Unholy Trinity." It was our way of honoring these three horror icons. Glad to see you've enjoyed some of their movies.

Drake said...

Three great icons of horror and all my favorites actors of mine. Sir Christopher might be a bit "cool" in real life, he dosen't suffer fools lightly but is a wonderful commentater on DVDs and has great stories of his friends Cushing and Price and i've heard Peter and Vincent were great guys and charming in real life.
Great post Keith. :)

Keith said...

Hey Drake. Thanks for commenting. So great to see that you're a fan of these three actors. I think they are all amazing. I definitely wouldn't want to get on Sir Christopher's bad side. I bet these men would have been great to have over for dinner.

JamiSings said...

I love all three, though probably Price the most as I first knew him through PBS Mystery. I loved watching the Sherlock Holmes episodes with Jeremy Brett. Diana Rigg just could not do as good a job on that show.

Peter Cushing - every time I hear that name I get the Jelly Botty's song Peter Cushing Lives In Whitstable stuck in my head.

Kinezoe said...

Hey, Keith! It was nice to see you in my blog again. I enjoyed the text on the «Unholy Trinity», a very interesting post. They all were great, the greatest in horror movies.

I acknowledge that I've seen few Vincent Price movies, but I love his voice in "Thriller" song by Michael Jackson ;-)
"The Curse of Frankenstein" and "Dracula" are both two wonderful Peter Cushing movies.
And no-one like Christopher Lee to play "Dracula".

Maybe only Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi to complete the horror pack...

Scary greetings! Good week, my friend! ;-)

dapper kid said...

Peter Cushing was SO amazing, love all the movies he did :) Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Stéphanie said...

So fabulous post Keith ! As usual !
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Nic said...

these men are so great.

nice photos....

can´t stop looking at your amazing blog



xo
nic

Sam said...

Wow! Talk about epic posts!!! Yes, these men are/ were utter legends!!! They were also, as you say, very fine actors without a doubt! The only other one I can think of in this league is Bela Lugousi (pardon the terrible spelling!). Although I'm not so familiar with him so perhaps I'm wrong....hope your weekend is going well and all the best for your coming week! P.S. I can't quite make out your new avatar there - is it something football related...?

clarewbrown said...

Oh cool!! I have actually never heard of these gents *blushing* but I am a wimp when it comes to movies so I usually steer clear of horror flicks. However, I have heard of a lot of their movies... these guys really are legends!

Gingeyginge said...

Love this post, a while back I paid tribute to these gentlemen of gore...They still reign supreme.

Mondo said...

Great stuff Keith you've really done them justice. Theatre Of Blood is possibly my fave Vincent film.

BINKSY said...

Great post

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh when I was younger I would watch these with my brother. They would run them late at night! The house of wax is one I really remembered.
xx

Dustjacket Attic said...

Me again, thanks for the good weekend wishes, was great.

Hope you have a great week too.
xx

Stephanie said...

Oh, my boys, my boys. I LOVE THEM ALL!!!! They are very unholy, but kings of cinema. Of course, you already know my favorite Vincent Price. I can't believe in high school I started running up on his movies and feel head over heels for this sinister man. But what can I say I have a little bit of the darkside in me too. :) Also, Christopher Lee he is just perfect and I can't believe what a huge presence he has had on film these days. And Peter nobody can mistake him look at that face. I always loved his jaws and how his cheeks sunk in. :) LOVE THE POST!!!!!

Keith said...

Hey Jami. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. Vincent Price is the first one I knew as a kid. Then I discovered both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee since they did so many movies together. I remember Cushing from the first Star Wars movie.

Keith said...

Hey Kinezoe. Thanks. I'm happy you enjoyed this post. I had fun putting it together. I'm a huge fan of these three horror legends. I always loved the song and video for Thriller. Cushing and Lee did so many great movies together. I loved Lee as Dracula. I've actually got a post coming up that will deal with Boris and Bela.

Keith said...

Hey Dapper. So great to hear from you. I hope you are doing well. I adore Peter Cushing.

Hey Stephanie. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed this post.

Hey Nic. Thanks so much. I appreciate that. I'm happy you enjoy my blog.

Keith said...

Hey Sam. Thanks. I'm really glad you enjoyed this post. I had a lot of fun doing this one. I'm a big fan of these three horror legends. I knew I had to cover them at Halloween. All three were/are amazing actors. I actually am posting about Bela Lugosi this week. I'm doing a post on Universal monsters. My new avatar is from the Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I wanted a change up. I had just watched that film again not long ago.

Keith said...

Hey Clare. Thanks for commenting even though you've never heard of these three men. That's okay that horror movies scare you. They did make some really good ones. They all played in some other films as well. Christopher Lee is still alive and making movies to this day.

Keith said...

Hey Gingey. Thanks. Yeah, these three still reign on the top of the horror genre to me.

Hey Dave. Thanks. I appreciate that. I love Theatre of Blood.

Keith said...

Thanks Binsky.

Hey Dustjacket. Thanks for commenting. I saw a lot of these movies late at night when I was growing up. I love House of Wax.

Keith said...

Hey Steph. Thanks so much. I appreciate your feedback. I knew you would love this post since you are such a big fan of these three horror legends as well. I always knew that Vincent was your favorite. You've definitely seen a lot of his movies. Peter did always have those distinctive cheekbones. It is cool that Christopher is still around and making lots of movies. Thanks again. Glad you enjoyed this post so much.

drollgirl said...

gah! vincent price! i wish he was still alive!

and i did not know the names of the other two, but i know them by site.

i wish i was part of any unholy trinity! hahahaha! ok, that might be my new goal, but don't tell my parents.

Keith said...

Hey Droll. Thanks. Glad to see you like Vincent Price. Now you know some things about both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I'd love to be a part of such a trinity myself. lol

Daniela said...

The Unholy Trinity... What a wonderful title! I love these three. Horror Kings, Masters of Evil... I love their movies especially Vincent Price. I love this piece you did on them. They deserve this sort of recognition for what they brought into the horror film industry. I, too, would be acting like a tween girl gone nuts for her favorite boy band if I could have had dinner with all three of them!

p.s. Thanks for the promotion of my blog!! You are so sweet! :)

Keith said...

Hey Daniela. Thanks for commenting. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. I definitely wanted to give these horror greats some proper attention and respect this Halloween. They totally deserve it. You are very welcome about my mention of your blog.

Get Fit said...

If I'm not mistaken, Christopher Lee holds the record for the most film appearances of any actor, of all time.

janettaylor said...

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Keith said...

Hey Get Fit. Thanks for the info. It wouldn't surprise me since he's done so many films, etc.

Keith said...

Hey Janet. Yeah, I really dig it myself.

Jessica Cangiano said...

Fantastic post, Keith - your daily retro ode to Halloween is making me even more excited for Saturday to get here!

(You just have to love Christopher Lee's mutton chop side burns in that shot ;D)


Wishing you a stellar Monday & week ahead!
♥ Jessica

Keith said...

Hey Jessica. Thanks. I'm really glad you are enjoying all my Halloween posts. I know it's got me more excited for the holiday. I can't wait. Yeah, gotta dig those burns on Lee.

Barry said...

The one that immediately comes to mind for me is Horror Express with both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Scared the crap outta me when I was younger. It would probably be fairly lame now but no doubt still a good scare in spots.

Thinking about it Cushing and Lee both came across as naturally creepy, where with Price (for me) the creepiness didn't run as deep. My .02, your mileage may vary.

Good post, BTW.

Will Errickson said...

All three of these men are fantastic and starred in some of the greatest horror films ever produced. We are fortunate Sir Chris is still among us and working hard. Long may the Unholy Three reign! Thanks for posting this!

Chessa! said...

you are definiely getting ready for halloween!

I wasn't familiar with the unholy trinity...I'm sure my husband is but you know I love coming here and seeing things I've never seen before. :)

Tights Lover said...

Awesome post. It would be great to listen in on a convo among these three guys. They all had such excellent work!

Maria Confer said...

Wonderful. I LOVE Vincent Price's voice!!

I hope you have a lovely week.

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KIRAFASHION said...

The last two are really scary! haha
Nice review!!

Many kisses my dear Keith!

Keith said...

Hey Barry. Thanks for commenting. It was nice to hear from you. I saw these men in so many movies that creeped me out when I was growing up. They did have something about them that did spook you. Glad you enjoyed this post.

Keith said...

Hey Will. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed this post. They all made some really good horror films. I'm glad that Sir Chris is still alive and making some awesome movies.

Hey Monica. Thanks for commenting. I try to share things here that some people might not know about. It's cool to share my varying interests. This being Halloween was a great time to share my love of horror.

Keith said...

Hey Tights. Thanks. I would love to have been around these three. It would have been awesome to have been one of their friends and colleagues.

Hey Maria. Thanks. Vincent Price did always have an amazing voice.

Hey Kira. Thanks. Glad you liked this post. They could be quite creepy.

Maria Jensen said...

Oh, i love Vincent Prise in Frankenstein and Edward the scissor hands!

Didn't Christopher Lee play in one of the Bond pictures?

Evqua said...

love them, love them, love them, thnk you for this article!

cheers

Evqua from evqua.com

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FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Ah i just watched a film of vincent price based on the raven the edgar allen poe poem, so good!
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Ela said...

Sigh, if I could handle horror films I'd see these legendary actors in action...it's great to learn about them though :)

Happy Monday, Keith!!!

Keith said...

Hey Maria. Thanks for commenting. Yeah, Christopher Lee played in "The Man With The Golden Gun." That was Roger Moore's second turn as 007.

Hey Evqua. Thank you very much. So glad you enjoyed this post.

Keith said...

Hey A&A. Thanks so much. I'm glad you like my blog. I'll be sure to check yours out. Cheers!

Hey Libby. Thanks. I love that film. Vincent Price did a lot of really good Poe movies.

Hey Ela. Thanks. I wish you could get up the courage to watch some of these movies. They are awesome.

Marian said...

these film posts always make me want to dash out and rent some good film classics for a movie night!
hope your well
Marian

Keith said...

Hey Marian. Thanks for commenting. I hope you definitely rent some of these. Enjoy yourself.