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Horror ICON - Sir Christopher Lee (Happy Birthday!)



I had a hard time saying goodbye to Sir Christopher Lee a few years back. He was the only classic horror icon left and I enjoyed knowing he was still here with us. But alas, all things must pass. Yet his legacy in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy will live on. This much is clear.

I had always had a fascination with vampires. And at school I would daily read a series of books based on classic movie monsters. They were my friends, oddly enough. I grew up with Universal Monsters and knew Bela Lugosi's Dracula well. And the Dracula book had fascinating historical pieces on Vlad The Impaler and Countess Bathory. I knew more about them than the average kid, if I should've known at all. But the most fascinating and gripping picture of this entire book (I shall never forget) was THIS picture...



I wouldn't see this film for many years later, but this image was burned into my brain. And after having seen the masterful Hammer Films production of "Horror Of Dracula" I came to the conclusion that this was the best Dracula film ever. And in conclusion, Mr. Lee's portrayal as the best Dracula. And I don't say that lightly. Lugosi cast a large shadow for quite some time. And many will STILL say he's the best, and I will never argue with them. But Lee was mesmerizing. And having also portrayed The Monster of Frankenstein and The Mummy, he earned his place as horror ICON.
So a rousing Happy Birthday to Sir Christopher Lee. I STILL miss you...




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