09.27.12

‘Who did you assign to the case?’

Posted in Rock 'n' Roll at 10:44 am by George Smith

Mr. Herbert Lom had the title role in a not very successful remake of “The Phantom of the Opera” (1962); he was Van Helsing in “Count Dracula” (1970), one of many movies starring Christopher Lee as the notorious vampire; and he played a bloodthirsty witch hunter in 18th-century Austria in the ultra-gory German-made “Mark of the Devil” (1970), which developed a cult following for its explicit torture scenes; audiences were handed “stomach distress bags” at cinemas around the world. — the New York Times

While I remember the vomit bags at the Pine Grove matinee, I don’t recall much about the movie. However, Chief Inspector Dreyfus was unforgettable. Would Peter Sellers have been quite as funny without him in the alternating scenes?

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