An era has ended today. The last of a group of legends has died. The man we could always “Count” on to rise again, will sadly rise no more.
The news was released this morning that 93-year-old Sir “Count” Christopher Lee passed away on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? Our immortal Count, mortal after all. News of his death is spreading like fire in Frankenstein’s castle, and like anyone who grew up on Hammer horror, I don’t want to believe it.
I obviously didn’t know Lee personally, but nevertheless, my heart is broken knowing that this man is no longer a part of this world. I want to write more about him, but something more than just a man has died today, and words simply fail me now. I do have a number of posts already that feature Lee’s wonderful film work, so I’ll link to them below.
“To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead or excessively old!” But in his own case, that’s just not true. He became a legend the moment he stood at the top of that gothic staircase, wrapped in his Dracula cape, shrouded in menacing darkness. True legends are born, not made.
There’s really nothing for me to say except thank you, Mr. Lee, for your dedication and talent. For introducing a little girl to the fascinating realm of GOOD horror and making it so that she never wants to leave.
“They were both grand masters of their art but more importantly as human beings… wonderful people, wonderful actors and I miss them very, very much,” said Christopher Lee of Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. May you be reunited with them both now, and for the first time in nearly two decades, feel no heartache when you sit down with those glorious old films that the three of you made so long ago.
“I don’t play long parts. They must be short parts, but they’ve got to be parts that mean something, that matter, where people will notice when I’m on the screen, and people will remember the character after they’ve seen the film.” And remember you, we shall.
Gone, but certainly never forgotten. Christopher Lee. May the Count be left to his rest at last. I can simply say no more. :'(
Previous Christopher Lee Posts:
And Now the Screaming Starts
“Nightmare” Magazine, 1974: An Exclusive Interview with Christopher Lee
Lee and Price: Double Trouble
Dracula: The Hammer Years: Boobs, Blood & Bondage
The Art of Fear