Still Watching the Skies: All Hallows Lee Bonus Podcast
Robert, Nat, and Cody weren’t going to get left out of the All Hallows Lee conversations. To that end, we looked at three films from the late 1960s when Christopher Lee was transitioning from Gothic villain to more diverse roles with The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism from Germany, The Devil Rides Out from Hammer films, and Scream and Scream Again set in swinging London.
First up is The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism also known as Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel, The Snakepit and the Pendulum, Castle of the Walking Dead, The Blood Demon, and in Rhode Island newspapers as The Crimson Demon. It’s from West Germany, allegedly based upon Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum, and plays like a mashup of Mario Bava, Terence Fisher, and Roger Corman and features Christopher Lee as a demonic torturer returned from the grave. It’s a true long tail film. Is it any good? You’ll have to listen to find out.
Next up is The Devil Rides Out which teams Christopher Lee up with director Terence Fisher and finds Christopher Lee as a hero battling black magic. It’s based upon “the classic novel” by Dennis Wheatley, features Charles Gray as the villain, and is a cult favorite. Robert is a Hammer fan so no points for guessing his reaction, but Cody and Nat may surprise you.
Finally, we turn to London at the dawn of the 1970s for the unique Scream and Scream Again which features Vincent Price and Peter Cushing in addition to Christopher Lee. It’s based on Peter Saxon’s science fiction novel “The Disoriented Man” and has been described as “one of the best science-fiction films made in Britain.” Does the sky watching crew share that opinion or are they left rather disoriented themselves? Are three horror stars three times the fun? What do we think of Christopher Lee seemingly auditioning for James Bond?
In all, we have three interesting movies to discuss, with various degrees of success, which represent one of the hinges of Christopher Lee’s career. We think you’ll have fun listening. Give us a play or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.