Horror has died.
It deeply saddens me to hear of Sir Christopher Lee’s passing. Apparently he went on the 7th and we’re just given news about it today. Lee was the last link to the Golden Age of horror films and was the last surviving classic horror actor. Lee has had a a long and illustrious career, he’s been in over 200 movies, and has played countless legendary roles, including Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, The Mummy, Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Rasputin, Count Dooku, Satanists, Satan himself, Willy Wonka’s dad, and even the Jabberwocky. He’s been a James Bond villain, hosted SNL, fought off gremlins, has recorded 2 metal albums, is on the cover of Paul McCartney’s most famous record and has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The first time I saw him was in Lord of the Rings as Sarumon, then I saw Horror Express and my dad told me who he was. It was always cool to know he was around, being a fan of classic horror there aren’t many people left from that era. I’m happy to have lived in a time when one of the greatest actors of the classic era has existed. Lee played each role with intensity and believability, he always wanted to surprise the audience with his performance and make it different, which is why his films are everlasting. I think he’s achieved that and much more. I believe with him he has taken the classical genre of horror to the grave and won’t be rising from it anytime soon. You will be deeply missed.