Monday, May 18, 2015

Blood, Boobs and Carnage Blogfest


What's a girl to do when faced with a task like this. I thought of Tarantino films and they would fit the bill (sorry about the pun) but I thought someone will write about one of his films. I thought about Cecil B DeMille. I mean he loved all 3 and got away with making these films because he chose the bible for his plots but I drifted away from him and towards films I have not seen in quite a few years. They are the Hammer films.

I chose "Dracula Has Risen From The Grave"


Christopher Lee is a great actor-period! Most know him as Saruman  from LOTR but he got his start in the Hammer films from the 1950's and 60's and they solidified his career along with the late, great Peter Cushing.  This film has Lee coming back as Dracula, wanting revenge and being able to bite the necks of voluptuous frauleins with double D cups that look more like torpedoes than actual boobs in bras. Instead of Renfield he has the local priest under his spell but, in the end, the hero saves the day, his bosomy gal and the priest while poor Lee turns to dust. No fear because Lee comes back as Dracula, again and again....and again. God love this man who fought in World War 2 as a spy for the SAS. In other words, you would never want to cross him (pun again...sorry).

I mean I could pick many Hammer films from the '50's and 60's since they entailed blood, carnage and boobies like all the Dracula films but they ventured into Frankenstein territory, zombies, The Gorgon and my favourite (again) "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde or now known as Bruce Jenner's life story. Anyway, many stars made films for Hammer studios so you can take your pick.


107 comments:

  1. Reading some of the posts on this blog fest this morning, I realize that my movie watching does not include many of the movies mentioned. MY BB&C knowledge is lacking.

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    1. I think you have but don't realize it. Think of The Ten Commandments, Quo Vadis, Ben Hur and you have carnage but some big booby action also

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  2. Hi, Birgit! I didn't realize you were taking part in this hop. I am very pleased with your movie selection. When I was only three, my big brother started taking me along with him to horror movies. By the end of the 60s I had seen hundreds of them including the following Hammer Films: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Brides of Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, The Old Dark House, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, Evil of Frankenstein, Die! Die! My Darling, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, One Million Years B.C., Lost Continent and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr., Peter Lorre and Vincent Price became as familiar to me as my childhood friends around the block. As I told Lee (Arlee), many of these films were rather intense for impressionable young people to be watching, at least by 1960s' standards, what with torpedo boobs in your face and impaled vampires writhing on iron stakes, etc.

    Thanks for the memories, dear friend BB. Nicely done post. Happy Monday to you!

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    1. Oh you were lucky to have seen these at the cinema and I hope some were at the local drive-in which is perfect. You have mentioned greats who were in these films and I have seen many of these but not for years. I would love to find some of these films and just have a big film day. Happy Monday to you too

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  3. Bruce Jenner story - funny!
    Lee has had such a great and long career.
    Thanks for participating in our blogfest.

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    1. I could not pass it up:) I had fun with this

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  4. That Bruce Jenner zing was fantastic. I'd not heard of this movie, but Christopher Lee is (and was) awesome. I bet he made a killer Dracula - literally and figuratively.

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    1. Oh I can see you both loving some Hammer films. They are just great to quote Tony the Tiger

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  5. I had to Google Bruce Jenner - shows how much I know! DD torpedoes had me sniggering....
    Anabel's Travel Blog
    Adventures of a retired librarian

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    1. Hahaaa I am so happy that he is not so much in the news over in your neck of the woods. You can't escape it here. Diane Sawyer had a special just on him-ughhh.

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  6. Somehow I think the woman decolletage was a selling point for this movie.

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    1. Oh yes it was a big selling feature-sex and carnage always are

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  7. Dracula is so perfect for this blogfest: blood, boobs and carnage all in one shot, or one bite, I should say!

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  8. You and your posts are becoming some of my favorites... you pull from some pretty cool stuff.

    Jeremy [THE WOLF]
    Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

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    1. That is a wonderful compliment. Thank You!

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  9. Perfect! Love those oldies, but goodies!

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  10. Christopher Lee was an awesome actor, nice zing too lol Never seen this one though. Only seen a few Dracula movies I think.

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    1. Oh you can pick any of the Hammer films and they work for this and they are great to watch

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  11. I love vampire and Dracula movies, but I haven't seen this one. It looks like a lot of fun. :)

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    1. It is fun and Lee and Cushing interchanged between playing Dracula and Van Helsing in Hammer films

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  12. They always had very well-endowed females in those movies. Did men go to see the ladies or the monsters.

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    1. I think both worked and if you threw in a pizza they are sold

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  13. Interesting these films were from the 50's/60's. You would think they would be censored or something. Sadly I hadn't heard of the ones you mentioned here, but must look to see if I can find them somewhere.

    As always, love your sense of humor!

    betty

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    1. Oh yes-they were quite titiliting:)

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  14. I used to be a big fan of the Hammer Films releases. Between those and beach party movies, this comprised at least 50% percent of my movie theater going. Glad to finally see Hammer represented in this Fest.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. these were the bog films for that time period-horror and beach blanket films.

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  15. ah Hammer films...my big brother used to take me to see them scared me to death!....he was too busy with some girls d├ęcolletage and I was under the seat....but now I watch them and think they are great! xxxxxx

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    1. I thought they were scary and campy so I could watch these without feeling scared strange as it seems

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  16. I love Christopher Lee, and Dracula. Great B,B&C choice!

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  17. Where are you guys finding your movies and books? I've obviously been living under that rock because I've never heard of most of these. :-)

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    1. They are from another time for sure and a bit geeky which i love

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  18. I watched Hammer House films with Christopher lee growing up. What I can remember is I enjoyed them. Lee has said himself he turned down three Hammer movies including Prince of Darkness because the character and dialogue was terrible but in the end he made them anyway to keep his Hammer "family" in jobs. What a guy! This obviously isn't one of them. I'll be rewatching this one!

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    1. He is a great actor and that is quite nice. I remember one film, Lee had no dialogue but he did a lot of hissing

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  19. Oh yes, Ben Hur, definitely lots of blood and carnage. Being female I never really noticed books anyway. Ten Commandments and Quo Vadis fit this category. I guess I need to see them again with a different view point.

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    1. Oh the Bible films always fit this category and one could get away with making these films because of the Bible. Cecil B loved that

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  20. It's great when a studio can focus in on particular genre and bring out all the nuances other studios miss..

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    1. How true is that! Hammer Studios centred on this and the campiness which was and is quite popular. Many cut their teeth on these films (sorry:))

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  21. "...you would never want to cross him." hahhahahahahaha. Christopher Lee is like Christopher Plummer for me. (For that matter, Christopher Walken.) I like them more and more as I grow older. That was the case with Christopher Robin, too, come to think of it.

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    1. I never thought of placing Christopher Lee and Christopher Robin together. They are all such great actors-even C.R.

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  22. I haven't seen that one, but the title sounds pretty ominous!

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    1. Lots of eerie gothic looking sets, blood and torpedo ta-ta's

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  23. Those flicks were awesome. I remember spending many Saturdays watching them with my brothers and Father.

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    1. I loved them and would watch them on a Sunday afternoon. Thank god my mom had no clue

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  24. I can't say for sure that I've seen Hammer House films but surely I must have. I loved all those Dracula and the Mummy, Frankenstein, the Werewolf movies when I was younger. I haven't partaken in any lately but maybe now I will. I'll have to check into your pick. Sounds good!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. They are great films with some camp which I love. Hope you enjoy the film

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  25. Both posters are fantastic!

    I've never seen the film - definitely an unusual choice.

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    1. I had to show blood and bosoms-they go hand in hand here somehow

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    2. ... I feel like there's an obvious joke I'm supposed to make in response to that but it's just not coming to me.

      Horror isn't my genre at all but I'll admit to curiosity about some of the old B-movies. If nothing else, the posters are stunning.

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  26. I have not seen any of those. Sounds like you enjoyed them.

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    1. Oh gosh yes I did-they are fun to watch

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  27. This one sure fits the bill.
    Torpedoes instead of boobs. Snort. :)

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    1. I see those ta-ta's and think "You'll knock your eye out" saying if a man approaches one of these gals

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  28. Nice choice! Another guy posted about the Hammer films today for the blogfest too.

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    1. Thanks-Yes I plan on checking him out

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  29. I don't care much for horror movies, but the boobs are nice.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hahahaaa-These were films that I could watch and enjoy as a young gal. Most others gave me nightmares but these were campy fun despite the blood

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  30. Bloody awesome. I liked horror before it became all about teenagers. Dang, I almost forgot From Dusk Til Dawn - which is the first thing that popped into my head when you mentioned Quinton. Dracula is the original horror :)

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    1. Oh yes I was thinking of that film also but I dislike that movie so had to go with Hammer. I wish they would stop already with the teens-just kill tyhem off and be done with them

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  31. You made a stellar choice. You always do. That purple would be pretty on a flower. He doesn't wear it well.

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    1. Nice colour eh? I thought the same thing when i saw this picture and it's so campy I had to go along with it

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  32. Gruesome. I used to love these grade B movies, sitting in the car at the Drive-in. Not this one, but ones like it. Those were the days :)

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    1. The drive-in is the perfect place to see them

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  33. Christopher Lee was the perfect Dracula! I remember watching this movie decades ago. It definitely has all the elements for the BB&C Blogfest. ☺

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  34. LOL I've never heard of this movie but your post cracked me up. As did the poster. :D

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the read. The poster is so campy-I had to use it

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  35. Who doesn't love some BB&C...or at least one of them, preferably the B, the second one, and I'll take two!

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  36. That poster at the bottom is clever. Sexy and snarky.

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  37. The title got my attention :) DeMille knew a thing our two about making films.
    R

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    1. It should:) He did know what works

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  38. The title got my attention :) DeMille knew a thing our two about making films.
    R

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  39. I have never heard of this one- but it sounds perfect for the blogfest. :) Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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  40. Dracula is always a great choice. You know Blood, Boobs & Carnage won't be far behind!
    Awesome!
    THANK YOU for joining Alex and me in this EPIC blogfest!
    Heather M. Gardner

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    1. You are welcome-had a great time!

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  41. Actually, I knew him best from Star Wars. Okay, LOTR too.
    "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave"....kinda thought that would be obvious. Considering he's a vampire. Who's undead.
    Of course, I may be overthinking a bit.

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    1. Well, zombies rise from the grave...and so do mummy's...and ghosts. Oh Christopher Lee became famous with Hammer films. He was in Airport 75 too but ...well... let's not talk about it:)

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  42. Christopher Lee has the Best. Voice. EVER. Like, ever. In every movie he's ever been in. You just can't beat it. I bet he makes a spectacular Dracula.

    I miss you, Birgit! Come back and say hi! I'm sorry I never got to comment on all of your A-Z posts. I know, I was a bad blogger friend. I just got too busy. Life took over. But I'm back now!

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    1. Hi Liz-I plan on seeing you:) Wed. are always so busy. No worries about the A to Z:) Christopher Lee is the best for Dracula or anything sinister plus he oozes intelligence

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  43. Dracula has risen from the grave is a real cracker. I love the opening credits soaked in....you know. When Lee finally makes his grand entrance, those bloodshot eyes....

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    1. I haven't seen it in years but yes-love his entrance

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  44. I did not know C Lee was in intelligence. Fascinating.

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    1. Yes he was and from what i read you would not want to cross him

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  45. I'm scared just looking at that bill!

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  46. I'm not understanding what boobs, blood etc is all about, but have seen it referenced on quite a few blogs. I never watch horror movies, they truly bother me.
    Sandy at Bridge and Beyond

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    1. In many films where there is violence there is often sex...at least heaving bosoms. I understand totally about horror films but these films, even though they showed blood, I was never scared by this because it was all so campy especially when I saw the heaving bosoms

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  47. Movies nowadays are too brutal. I like the ones that make us think and get in our head rather than hack and slash. Dracula is a perfect example of a good movie. Even if it was in black and white :)

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    1. Black and White seems more Gothic in so many ways. These films were in colour and I agree about the brutality. I don't like films that show all-not needed

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  48. I don't get torpedo boobs. They don't appeal to me. To each their own.

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  49. I never did watch that many Dracula films. After reading some of your posts, I am realizing that I have not seen a lot of movies.

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    1. There are so many out there and if one is not a movie person then it is not a huge thing but there are great films out there depending on what genre you like

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  50. Yes, its me! I finally made it out and what do I find but my ALL time fave vintage horror. It's the perfect pick. Birgit. I remember watching this movie many many many years ago (at a most inappropriate age) and having to sleep with the lights on! So why do I find your write-up hilarious?! I guess i grew up! LOL.
    hugs, Asha

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    1. You are like me:) I watched these films when i was a kid and was scared but not too bad because I felt it was campy enough

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  51. Bruce Jenner's life story! You're so funny! I've watched tons of Hammer Horror over the years. It's pretty amazing that horror has become mainstream now, huh? Have a great weekend!

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  52. Didn't it almost seem like those "torpedoes" were coming at you in 3DD? Great choice for the BBC blogfest! I also got a kick out of your line about Bruce Jenner!

    Julie

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