C
hristopher Lee, just a mention of the name conjures up images of Dracula, The Mummy, and the Creature, this is how I was introduced to this splendid actor, through his many incarnations for Hammer Studios.  He, along with his good friend and counterpart in many of these films, Peter Cushing, helped to revive a sagging interest in the horror genre.

I can't tell you the first film I saw Christopher Lee in, but his impact has been felt for years, with this viewer.  I've watched him grace the screen as the evil Dracula, the heroric Duc de Richleau, the lumbering Creature and the mesmerizing Lord Summerisle and each performance demonstrates how versatile this actor really is.  Never was his commanding presence demonstrated more than in the 1966 film, "Dracula-Prince of Darkness", in this film, Lee didn't have one line of dialogue!  Less than pleased with the dialogue written for him in this film, he chose to remain silent and only Christopher Lee could hold an audience captive throughout a film without uttering a single word. 

Personally, my favorite films which star Lee are from Hammer Studios, but not all, one exception would be his role of Lord Summerisle in the 1973 film, The Wicker Man".  Lee is simply brilliant in this film, going from a polite gentleman to a frightening madman.  I may not enjoy all the films I've seen Christopher Lee in, but his performance is always superb and well done.

Christopher Lee has given so much to the world of horror films, he is simply put.....a living legend.  I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to be influenced by his work and to see his many incarnations, I only hope that his legacy can be appreciated by future generations.

                                                                          ~ Hammerfantic 
                                                                                                                                  (Resident Hammer Expert)

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