Here, Tim posts a brilliantly written and heartfelt tribute originally published in Film Comment back when Cushing passed away, in 1994. Read The Arm of God, and you will see why Tim Lucas is the genre’s best reviewer and writer today, as he was, already, 20 years ago.
Thank you so much, Tim, for sharing this with all of us.
Joe Thompson tracks Peter Cushing’s relationships using the Six Degrees theory positing that anyone is six or fewer steps away, by means of introduction, from any other person in the world. Joe has a lot of fun applying the concept and relating Peter Cushing to fellow horror film stars, going all the way back to such names as Ernest Thesiger and Lon Chaney!
Among the nuggets unearthed by Mike — here’s a scoop — the picture here at left is not Cushing but actor Wayne Pygram in Cushing makeup doing stand-in duty for Cushing’s posthumous cameo as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
RayRay’s second contribution for today, Dr. Terror, Tarkin and Beyond deals with the Amicus portmanteau films — picture above is Cushing’s unforgettable Arthur Grimsdyke in Tales from the Crypt (1972), Star Wars (1977) and The House of the Long Shadows (1983), in which Cushing shared billing with Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and John Carradine.
“This slight man, with his sensitive face and old world courtesy, never treats his stardom lightly.”
While you’re at The Spooky Isles, do stop and have a look around. It’s one of the best and most entertaining horror sites on the net.
It’s called Peter Cushing: The Man Who Did the Unthinkable. Twice. And it’s perfect. And so is the image provided, reproduced here, the best photograph of Peter Cushing I’ve ever seen. Note, on the wall, behind Cushing’s head, a romantic portrait of his beloved Helen.