90 Years of Christopher Lee!
TODAY Sir Christopher Lee celebrates his 90th birthday. Writer KATIE DOHERTY is slightly obsessed with the Prince of Darkness if this article is anything to go by!
He stands at 6’5, has the most mesmerising eyes in the history of horror and every female fan willingly offers their neck to him when he appears on their screens. To this day he continues to make films and causes women to go weak at the knees.
So, to begin at the beginning.
With such an amazing life where am I to begin? Well, I have certain memories, they play like a cinematic flashback, a montage of horror films go through my mind but one thing I do remember is the lack of torture and dismemberment within my “horror diet”. I only remember the grand gothic houses or the little Cornish villages some of which featured a rather tall and handsome gentleman who graced the screen and put fear in the hearts of those who watched, of course I am talking about the enigma of Christopher Lee. So what is it about him that I love so much?
For me, the man can act. We must remind ourselves that acting is not just about learning a few lines, it is about how you use your voice and your body language. His height and dark and brooding looks are rather advantageous when you are playing one of the most frightening figures on the big screen. Bela Lugosi made an excellent Count Dracula but Christopher Lee seems to have been crowned the king by many fans. It has been mentioned in the past about Lee’s frustrations over a lack of words within his role as Dracula but for me I see this role as using more body language than words, for me it is about the look of the monster. I see it very much like Michael Myers from John Carpenter’s Halloween, his walk and body language is something that creeps the hell out of a lot of people, for me Dracula does the same.