Gothic horror god Christopher Lee says he has no interest in today's horror films and considers them "dreadful" and "obscene." The veteran actor recently told CNN, "I find it quite nauseating what they do. The blood is all over the screen like an avalanche--the mutilation...I just don't enjoy that." I guess he won't be lining up for Saw VIII any time soon.
The British actor is synonymous with Hammer studios in his recurring role as Dracula. His first role as the fanged Count lasted only six weeks and paid him £750. Since then he has become a legend -- the Queen even knighted him earlier this year. Even though he left Hammer on shaky terms, he will be returning to work with them on their first theatrical feature in over 30 years, The Resident, which is currently in post-production.
The film is about a young doctor whose landlord has a frightening obsession with her. John De Mol, one of the founders of reality TV powerhouse Endemol and creator of Big Brother, purchased the rights to Hammer in 2007. The Resident and Let Me In, a remake of the popular Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In, are the two new features that De Mol hopes will revive the studio. Resident director Antti Jokinen feels that Lee is instrumental in creating the right mood for the film's noir style, "He has that presence that a movie like this needs because a single look can be the scary atmosphere that you need."
At least Lee agrees with the director's understated style, "What you don't see is far more frightening than what you do see," he believes. And his list of remarkably frightening roles proves he has a point. During his reign as Hammer's prince from the 1950's to the 1970's, Lee gained international recognition with gems like The Devil Rides Out, Taste the Blood of Dracula and his last film with Hammer, To the Devil a Daughter. Lee continued his success with one of my personal favorites (and his) The Wicker Man, and recent blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He will forever be loved as one of the most iconic bad guys in horror film history--blood, guts and all.