Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I think we're long overdue for a new series featuring Albert Campion... and I suggest MATT SMITH to star


The only time Albert Campion was ever really adapted for the visual medium a handful of times. The most well-known was the one produced by the BBC from 1989-1990 starring former Doctor Who star Peter Davison.
And Davison was wonderful as the amateur sleuth whose name and past are very questionable. Albert Campion is not even the character's real name. Just one of many aliases to protect the true identity of his possibly aristocratic family.

Sadly, there has not been a series made about the character since the Davison series. Which I think is a crying shame. 

Much like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey, he's one of the great eccentric character who really wasn't intended to be the star when creator Margery Allingham wrote his first tale CRIME AT THE BLACK DUDLEY. She had written him to be a parody of Lord Peter Wimsey. But much like Inspector Clouseau in THE PINK PANTHER (1964) Albert Campion turned out to be the break-out character of that tale, overshadowing the character of George Abbershaw. Whom it seemed like Allingham was grooming to be the star. Or at least from the amount of time he had in the book over Campion, it did appear Allingham had a series of novels with Abbershaw in mind.

Her descriptions of Campion were less than flattering in either BLACK DUDLEY or his follow-up adventure MYSTERY MILE.

I think Albert Campion's return to television is long overdue and I think outgoing Doctor Who star Matt Smith would be ideal for the role.
At 31, he's the right age for the role. To me, his Doctor really has shades of Albert Campion. Both appear to their enemies as prattling idiots and slightly unhinged. However, all that is just a facade to hide their true brilliance.
AND his Doctor has adopted a somewhat "owly" look as of late. Much like Campion.

As for the series itself, perhaps a three episode run per series like SHERLOCK would not be a bad idea. Yes, it's frustrating to wait so long for three episodes. But somehow the shortened series has really benefitted making those three episodes per series really memorable. If they go in that direction the series should start off with a proper adaptation of CRIME AT THE BLACK DUDLEY. Followed by MYSTERY MILE and LOOK TO THE LADY for series one. Then POLICE AT THE FUNERAL, SWEET DANGER and DEATH OF A GHOST if there is a series two.

As for the rest of the cast, I'm not sure. But I think Matt Smith would be brilliant if the BBC decided to bring old Uncle Albert back to the small screen.

Holiday Art Auctions: Eighth Doctor Color Art (with original artwork)

Happy Holidays everyone!! Right now you have the opportunity to bid on not only one but two color illustrations featuring the Eighth Doctor portrayed by Paul McGann as he appeared in the mini-episode NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR. 

The first one features the Eighth Doctor on his own and the second being shadowed by the Sisterhood of Karn. First seen in the classic Fourth Doctor episode THE BRAIN OF MORBIUS.

I will be offering both color images WITH the original pen and ink artwork which was used in the creation of these images.



As in previous auctions of this nature, once a winning bid is met, a print of the images will be made on 11x14 high quality glossy cardstock which will be signed personally to the winning bidder and dated. Then the file the color image is on will be deleted to ensure both images to be ONE OF A KIND ART!!

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Peter O'Toole: 1932-2013

Peter O'Toole was probably one of my favorite actors with quite possibly the most remarkable career. What makes it all the more remarkable is the fact that he lived to be 81. Considering the fact that he battled stomach cancer in the 1976 which resulted in the removal of part of his stomach due to his heavy drinking. And then nearly died again in 1978 due to a rare blood disorder.

While most of his contemporaries such as Peter Finch, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris and Richard Burton all died at relatively young ages due to "hard living" in their youth, it just makes O'Toole's life all the more remarkable.

But above all this, Peter O' Toole was a talented actor. Although everyone points to LAWRENCE OF ARABIA as the best movie he ever made, I have to disagree. I think THE RULING CLASS is quite possibly the best work he has ever done. His performance as Jack Gurney, the 14th Earl who in the first half of the movie belives himself to be Jesus Christ and later when "cured" belives himself to be Jack the Ripper.

What makes the performance so remarkable (this word will pop up a lot in this blog post) is the way he flipped the switch from funny to frightening. The way despite a very he made such a satirical and unbelieveable character so believeable.

My second favorite is THE LION IN WINTER. The scenes and dialogue between O'Toole's Henry II and the great Katherine Hepburns Eleanor of Aquitaine were so wonderfully acted that you forget there was a 25 year age difference between the two actors.

Looking at many of the actors in my age group and younger, I'm not sure if any of them stack up to the caliber of talent Peter O'Toole possessed in his career. And I'm less sure if any of them will age with the roles they choose as well as O'Toole did later in his career.

Even after youth had long faded, O'Toole acting chops did not fade with them. Parts in movies like VENUS and the television mini-series CASANOVA saw him a very interesting role. One as an older actor and one as an older playboy. Both seemed to mirror O'Toole's life a little bit.

Although, O'Toole didn't meet his end nearly as violently as he did in the movie VENUS.

However, I'm not sure if there are many (if any) of the actors out there who are my age and younger who will age with their roles nearly as well as Peter O'Toole did.

However, we live in a time where marketability comes first and talent comes last. Famous at 15 and a has-been at 25.

I suppose for some it's difficult to say "I can't believe he's gone" at age 81. And the fact that he lived as long as he did with the life he lived, just the fact that he lived to be 81 us all the more amazing.

A great number of the actors out there choose to live the lifestyle Peter O'Toole did but have little to nothing to offer as far as their talents are concerned.

Peter O'Toole was so much more than "just another pretty face". He put his money where his mouth is and had a career most people would give their eye-teeth to have.

To quote his line from THE LION IN WINTER: "My life, when it is written, will read better than it lived".

Farewell, Peter O'Toole.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Art Auction: Sixth Doctor and the Valeyard 11x14 Color Art

In this auction not only will you be bidding on a color image of the Sixth Doctor and the Valeyard (seen above), but you will also be bidding on the pen and ink artwork used in the image.
Much like auctions of this nature, once the winning bid is met, a print will be made on 11x14 print of the image will be made on high quality glossy cardstock which will be SIGNED PERSONALLY to the winning bidder and dated.

Then the file the image was on will be deleted to ensure this to be a ONE OF A KIND IMAGE.

And a reminder. Throughout the Holidays, Bunny and the Badger will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all art auctions taking place on E-Bay right up to December 26th!!

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Those Dear Dead Days: Stoney O'Briens

 Artist Travis Simpkins pointed out that the establishment currently known as Nick's was formerly Stoney O'Briens. Which was basically one of many countless dive bars in Worcester at that time.
 
I thought after Travis's revelation about Nick's former life I'd do a little web snooping and the photo above is what I found of Stoney's.
 
To quote local Scallywag Jon Hansen: "What a dump!"
 
After Stoney's closed down, Nicole and Vincent bought the building. They cleaned it up and rechristened the establishment NICK'S. And as you can see below, its a vast improvement over the previous "dump".
 
 
Not only that, but Nicole runs a classy establishment that hosts unique performances. Including my own staging of a Sherlock Holmes play last may.
 
Millbury Street has always been a bit on the rougher side. However, even my folks who are long time residents couldn't help commenting that the area had improved considerably since the last time they were down there.
 
It says a lot on how adding a touch of class like a place like Nick's can improve an area.
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Christmas Carol

I decided to finally sit down and read A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens this year. I'll be honest. I've never actually read the book. I've seen a number of adaptations including the exceptional musical SCROOGE starring Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness (pictured above). But I have never read the book itself.

So I thought since we're into the Christmas season, no time like the present. It took a little bit of time to get used to Dickens writing style. It's a different approach to modern writing. But so far I'm enjoying the story itself.

Even though it's a tale that has been subject to countless adaptations, I've considered doing my own version of it from time to time.

The problem I've had with many versions is they really underplay the really spooky elements of what is a really good ghost story and make it too drippy and overly sentimental.

Or in the case of the animated version voiced by Jim Carrey (known for his over-acting), bastardizing the story completely.

The only movie that came at all close was 1970 version I mentioned with Finney and Guinness. There were scenes of genuine horror.

The whole idea of the story was to scare Scrooge into seeing what his life will become if he continues on the path he has chosen. I think this could be achieved with an equal balance of warmth and horor.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

American Hustle

You've probably seen the trailers for it on television starring Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence and several other actors I either don't know or are indifferent towards. However, did you know that parts of the movie were infact filmed right here in downtown Worcester Massachusetts.

Some of those scenes were filmed in Worcester's very own Nick's Bar and Restaurant. As seen above. Nick's was renamed The Barons in the movie. Which I don't think it was Nick's original name. Actually, there WAS a bar named The Red Baron on Main Street right across the street from where the Hanover Theater resides now. But Nick's never was.

Actually, if you know the name of the Bar Nick's used to be, feel free to post it in this blog.

However, if you happen to go out and see American Hustle in theatres (I probably won't) then keep your eyes peeled for the bar pictured below.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Book Barn

I'm taking Syd down to Niantic Connecticut to check out the Book Barn today. If you have not been there, it is probably one of the most unique book buying experience you'll ever have. And it's a pity we can't have more used book stores like this in the Woo.

It has three locations. The 41 West Main Street location (as pictured above) is the main store. And it indeed does live up to its name Book BARN. On the land each genre is located in a different barn or shed. And there's a great deal of books to choose from. They also have a main building which you can come in from the cold and spend a little time checking out books in there too.

Not only that. For cat lovers like myself and my wife. Some very friendly cats wander the land. They ask if you don't pick up the cats. This is more for your own protection since cats can be notoriously moody. But if a cat happens to climb into your lap while you're relaxing, that's a different story.

If you're not able to find what you want at the main location, you have two other stores to check out. One located right in the downtown area and another in an alley just a few steps away from the downtown store.

I'm planning on looking for some more PG WODEHOUSE (especially a few more Psmith books) today as well as a copy of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Its actually a book I've never read and I felt maybe this year might be the time to read it.

Its worth the drive down to Niantic to check it out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

FREE SHIPPING on all Art Auctions for the Holidays!!


Black Friday!! Shmlack Friday!! Pah and phooey I say unto you stupid made-up commercial holiday!! Instead of waiting outside Walmart or Target at midnight freezing your hinder off waiting for the store to open, why not buy original hand-made artwork instead this year?

And as a thank you for buying hand-made and supporting local artists (somewhat), Bunny and the Badger will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all art auctions on our E-Bay site. I have just completed two new illustrations (as seen below) with more to come within the next couple of weeks.




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Saturday, November 16, 2013

New art auctions featuring the Eighth Doctor


Spoiler alert to anyone who HASN'T seen the recent webisode NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR. A mini prequel of sorts for Doctor Who's upcoming 50th Anniversary story DAY OF THE DOCTOR.

The web episode featured the return of Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor for the first time since the 1996 television movie. The movie was supposed to be a back door pilot but it never caught on with the American audience back in '96 despite a great performance by McGann.

When Doctor Who returned permanently in 2005, it did not feature a transition between McGann and then new Doctor Christopher Eccleston (who only stayed in the role for a year). So it has left fans guessing was was the fate of the Eighth Doctor exactly.

Many fans (including myself) wondered if the Eighth Doctor was the one that fought in the Time War. But since the introduction of John Hurt as the Doctor at the end of last season's finale NAME OF THE DOCTOR, we come to find out Hurt's unknown incarnation was in fact the Doctor that fought in the Time War and the incarnation that ultimately destroyed both the Time Lords and the Daleks.

But what of the Eighth Doctor? How did he become this incarnation that the Doctor would ultimately try and keep hidden?

That was all answered in the webisode as we saw the events which would ultimately lead to the Eighth Doctor regenerating into John Hurt's War Doctor.

In celebration I have created two new illustrations as seen above. One featuring the Eighth Doctor alongside the War Doctor and one with the Eighth Doctor on his own. Both featuring number eight in the updated version of the attire he wore in the 1996 television movie.

I was also inspired by famed Doctor Who designer June Hudson's Eighth Doctor costume design for writer Paul Magrs's book THE SCARLET EMPRESS.


Which I actually thought the Eighth Doctor's wardrobe in the webisode resembled slightly.


What do you think? The opened collar maybe?

To bid on the two new illustrations and to check out my other art auctions, click on the link below and Happy Bidding:


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Art Auctions Continued!!



In celebration of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary, for the FIRST and ONLY time I'm offering the images above as 16x20 art prints.

Very much like my previous auctions of this nature, once the winning bid is met, I will make a print of the images above which will be SIGNED PERSONALLY to the winning bidder. After that, no other prints of the images above will be made at that particular size.

Click on the link below to check out those auctions as well as my other current art auctions. And Happy Bidding:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fall Art Auctions

New artwork available on E-Bay!! A few of them in celebration of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary later in the month. And a couple of illustrations based on Tim Burton's 1988 hit Beetlejuice. A subject I haven't done much with.

To check out the auctions and perhaps get a head start on holiday shopping (sorry), simply click on the link below! And Happy Bidding:

Bunny and the Badger's Fall Art Auctions

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Confessions of Dorian Gray... THIS would make a great television series.

Sadly, this is an audio series that I admit I have not listened to. But I really like the concept. Big Finish Productions in England has been producing a range of Doctor Who audio plays since 1999. All of which feature the original actors who portrayed the Doctor on television who are still alive. All of which were very well written and well acted stories.

Big Finish had also developed stories based on Dark Shadows (long before the Tim Burton film), Sherlock Holmes and most recently some audio plays based on lost television stories from early on in the hit series THE AVENGERS.

But their most recent series THE CONFESSION OF DORIAN GRAY is the one I find most interesting. Like I mentioned, I haven't heard the series, but I think the premise of the series is great.

One that I would love to see developed into a television series.

The premise is that Oscar Wilde based Dorian Gray on a real person and everything in THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY was true. However, the resolution at the end of the story didn't necessarily happen that way.

The series stars Alexander Vlahos as the ageless Dorian Gray and follows his adventures throughout the 20th Century starting with visiting his old friend Oscar Wilde on his deathbed.

If I were a television exec at CBS, I would be in contact with Nicholas Briggs and the boys and girls at Big Finish about developing this into a television series rather than capitalizing on an already successful show the way they did with "basing" Elementary on the far superior Sherlock.

I mean, Fox seems to be having a certain amount of success with Sleepy Hollow and ABC has had success with their series Once Upon A Time.

But I suppose it's easier to ride on the coat-tails of another series's success rather than being original and taking a risk.

Still, I think Big Finish has created a really great concept. I would love to see it as a television series.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian (2015??)

Thought I'd have a tiny bit of fun at the expense of you all. But lets go on the assumption that not only BEETLEJUICE 2 gets made. But they finally produce Tim Burton's original concept for the sequel which sees Beetlejuice and the Deetz family going to Hawaii. Seeing the original plot was written in 1990, of course several things would have to change. Especially considering Winona Ryder is quite a bit older when she played the part of daughter Lydia Deetz.

But here's how it could work.

26 years have passed since Lydia Deetz last did her mid-air Tango to Shake Shake Shake Senora (Jump in the Line) after nearly being forced to marry Beetlejuice. Since that time, she had not seen or heard of Beetlejuice and assumes he's stuck in the netherworld.

She has long since stopped dressing like a groupie at a Cure concert and has followed in her father's footsteps as a real estate developer first working with her Dad to create a super successful company and then starting a family with a pre-teen daughter who looks somewhat the way she did in the previous movie.
Although, Lydia has left most of her old life behind, the one thing she did keep was the model of the town Adam Maitland made from the first movie. The Maitlands are said to still haunt the house and gave Lydia the model as a gift when she left for college.

However, little did Lydia know that Beetlejuice somehow found a way out of the afterlife and is back to residing in the model town. Since Lydia has become more "ordinary", she no longer sees him. However, Lydia's daughter does. And that's how she's first introduced to Beetlejuice.

Before all this, the story begins with Lydia and her family moving to Hawaii. Lydia has been sent there to build a resort. However, she is unaware due to a scrupulous business partner (perhaps played by Paul Reubens) who does not tell her that the property resides on an ancient burial ground. During the dig, Lydia's daughter finds an Tiki idol.


Not unlike the one around Greg Brady's neck...
Which unleashes the spirit of an evil Kahuna spirit.

During dinner (because that's when all these conversations are brought up) Lydia's daughter asks her Mother about Beetlejuice. This awakens Lydia's memory. Especially what happens when you say his name three times. She tries to convince her daughter that there's no such thing and her daughter obviously imagines it. When Lydia's daughter nearly says his name a second time, Lydia snaps at her not to say his name. Lydia's daughter asks why? Lydia, no longer able to keep up the charade, tells her daughter everything and what a horrible person (or ghost) Beetlejuice is.


Things get worse (as they usually do) and the Kahuna spirit causes troubles in both Lydia's development and on the island. The island now being threatened by a volcano. Lydia's craven partner puts the blame on her and Lydia and her family are being threatened by everyone.

Lydia's daughter talks to Beetlejuice. Tells him that she knows what happened between him and Lydia. Beetlejuice promises he has changed (of course he hasn't) and says he can make everything right.

All she has to do is say his name two more times.

Which she does, much to Lydia's chagrin. And Beetlejuice is back.


Dialogue between Beetlejuice and Lydia might be something like this.

BEETLEJUICE: "Come on, babe. Aren't you glad to see me?"

LYDIA: "You disgust me!"

BEETLEJUICE: "Aw come on! You've gotta be a tiny bit glad to see the ol' B Man again?"

LYDIA (angrily): "YOU TRIED TO FORCE ME TO MARRY YOU!!"

BEETLEJUICE: "And I forgive you for leaving me standing at the alter. Hey! I'm not the kind of ghoul that holds a grudge."

Beetlejuice stays true to his promise and offers his service to deal with the Kahuna spirit. He challenges the Kahuna to a surfing competition.

What that might look like.
Beetlejuice wins dispatching both the Kahuna spirit and Lydia's scrupulous partner. Everybody loves them again and Lydia builds the resort in another part of the island. Later on Beetlejuice reappears and he and Lydia make amends. That is until Lydia realizes that Beetlejuice and the Kahuna spirit are now buddies. Beetlejuice and the Kahuna spirit reassure Lydia that everything is cool with the Kahuna spirit now that they are building in a different spot and Lydia's daughter returned the idol (yeah, that happens somewhere too) to its resting spot.

What Beetlejuice and the Kahuna spirit might look like in the film.
To prove it the Kahuna spirit breaks into a very Don Ho sounding rendition of Shake Shake Shake Senora with her daughter doing a mid-air tango much like her mother did in the first film. Lydia is holding out at first, but ultimately joins with her daughter, Beetlejuice and Kahuna.


Beetlejuice 2. And no. It won't star Robyn Thicke...

According to Michael Keaton, they've been given the greenlight to make BEETLEJUICE 2. What this means is that they have the go ahead to make the movie. That doesn't necessarily mean that they WILL make the movie. They've been talking Beetlejuice sequel since the movie came out in 1988.

To be honest, my feelings are mixed. Visually, I thought the original was a great movie. However, it was a movie I didn't necessarily enjoy. My biggest problem at the time (and still is) was the fact that title character played by the aformentioned Michael Keaton barely appears in the film. However, he stole the show in the scenes he appeared in.

I also found myself at the time very disturbed by some of the "deaths" portrayed during the Maitlands tour of the afterlife. I was just too young at the the time to really understand the jokes such as the "recently exorcized". Again, too young to appreciate the humor.

Like I mentioned, having the greenlight doesn't mean the movie will be made. They may talk about it for a year or so and then the movie ends up dying a slow death in pre-production hell. And much like previous attempts at a sequel, it never comes to fruition.

Personally, I think they should go with their original idea of BEETLEJUICE GOES HAWAIIAN. Tim Burton's concept was beach movie meets German Expressionism. To give you a better idea take BEACH BLANKET BINGO...

Now add THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI...

And there you go.

The story followed the Deetz family moving to Hawaii, where Charles is developing a resort. They soon discover that his company is building on the burial ground of an ancient Hawaiian Kahuna. The spirit comes back from the afterlife to cause trouble, and Beetlejuice becomes a hero by winning a surf contest with magic.

Seeing the time that has gone by since the first film, I'm sure changes could easily be made. Instead of having Charles Deetz developing the resort, having an adult Lydia Deetz now running her father's business. You could either have her married with a family, single mother or never married. Thinking Beetlejuice is long since out of her life, he suddenly reappears after all this time. If they were to make Lydia older and long since ditched the Robert Smith look from the first film, they could introduce a pre-teen daughter who dresses not unlike the way her Mum did in the first film who meets Beetlejuice much to Lydia's chagrin... or something.

Sure, if they were to produce that storyline it might end up being a complete and utter train-wreck. But it would be a train-wreck I wouldn't mind seeing just because I'd love to see beach movie meets German Expressionism.

However, something tells me if Beetlejuice 2 does see the light of day, it will be an all new story that will reintroduce the character to a new audience.

That is, if it is ever made.


If you say BEETLEJUICE three times, Robyn Thicke will appear. So DON'T say it... EVER!!


Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

I have really only one word to sum up the 1945 film treatment of THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY...

...DULL!

All of Oscar Wilde's wit and witticism were lost on some very underwhelming and wooden performances. In particular George Saunders gives a "larch" performances as Lord Henry Wotton. The movie does star a very young Angela Lansbury. And only possible criticism I could give to Miss Lansbury is she was hardly in the movie and was sadly under-utilized I feel she was the only bright spot in a very lackluster endeavor.

And the actor playing Dorian Gray I confess I have never heard of. But somehow I didn't imagine Dorian looking like a young Zeppo Marx.

Yes I'm aware Dorian Gray is supposed to be a vain and vapid young man. However, that's no excuse for a lackluster performance.

There is a version of THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY which was produced by the BBC in 1976 featuring Sir John Gielgud and Jeremy Brett as Lord Henry Wotton and the artist Basil Hallward. And from what I have seen so far of that version, their perfomances are far more sparkling and much more intersting despite the BBC's limited budget at that time than the forgettable performances from the '45.

This proves to me that the only way for Oscar Wilde's lines to work is good acting and good delivery.

But despite my criticisms, any opinion I give is just my opinion. You should be allowed to enjoy any movie you wish. If you think the 1945 film is a classic, then you have every right to think so..

By the end, I just felt like I aged two hours and the movie remained young.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Count Dracula (1970)

Count Dracula released in 1970 was a notable film. It was the first and only time veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee would portray the Count outside Hammer Films.

Sir Christopher had become tired of the Hammer series in which he felt the scripts were getting more and more repetetive. A year after this film was made, his feelings towards the series would sour further when Hammer made the decision to bring Dracula into contemporary settings. Despite bringing back old onscreen nemesis Peter Cushing as Professor van Helsing, Lee felt that Dracula didn't fit a modern setting and would ultimately leave the role for good after the second modern Dracula film.

This film was a welcomed break from the Hammer cycle for Lee. It meant starring in a Dracula film that remained true to Bram Stokers original story...

...for the most part.

There are really three reasons to watch this film. Some really great peformances from Lee in the title role, Herbert Lom as Professor Van Helsing and future Dracula actor Klaus Kinski as Renfield.

Given Kinski's volitile personality in real life, this might have possibly been the best casting of all time.

However, Jess Franco's vision of Dracula is EXTREMELY low budget. And the performance given by the rest of the cast is mediocre at best.

FYI, the actresses who played Mina and Lucy had both acted in soft-core porn.

Despite the costumes and sets, you never get the feeling that this film is taking place in the 1890's when the story was supposed to take place. And the special-effects, although clever in spots, hardly exist.

This is a film where you REALLY need to suspend your disbelief to enjoy. But despite all that it is worth seeing for Christopher Lee. Despite all the shortcomings of this film, he seems to put his all into the film. True, he doesn't make (and never has) made an effort to put on an accent as the Count. You forgive that just to hear his marvelous speaking voice.

Which shines its brightest as he speaks the immortal "Children of the night" speech.

I would definitely recommend renting this film on Netflix or Amazon.com if you're just wishing to see this film in passing. Unless you are a fan of Sir Christopher Lee and wish to have a complete collection of his work. It was released on DVD a couple years ago. Not a lot of special features. However, the interview with Jess Franco is very interesting.

Its worth checking out for those who wish to see Sir Christopher Lee's non-Hammer Dracula effort.