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Funny seeing Hammer's Dracula as a Van Helsing-like character for once.


It's something the way that Hammer shuffles the roles around in their films. In one movie, Christopher Lee is Dracula. In another he's Kharis the Mummy or Frankenstein's Monster. Cushing could be a rather villainous Dr. Frankenstein or a heroic figure such as Van Helsing or Sherlock Holmes. Here, Lee takes on the role of the Van Helsing-like professor with an understanding of the supernatural and it's Peter Cushing who plays the villain of the picture.

It's a shame that we didn't get to see more of the role reversal in play. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing only had two scenes together, but there were two of the best in the film. I think that Cushing is equally gifted at playing the hero or the villain, but I still like Christopher Lee better when he's playing the nastier characters. Even so, I did enjoy getting to see him play the hero for a change. He's by no means bad at playing a hero. It's just that he's so great at playing the villain.

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Agreed. As they were great friends (and apparently cracked everyone up on set constantly), they would have probably welcomed it.

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Just saw this film (hadn't seen it in years and years) and I also thought it was cool to see Chris Lee play the hero for a change--the only other flick I can think of in which he gets to play the good guy is in THE DEVIL'S OWN (I need to see that.) True, he was like the perfect villain for the genre, but THE GORGON was a good reminder of how much fun he could be as the hero (bad hair and all) when given a chance to play one.

Also made me wonder why (since he plays a detective-type here,and wearing a Holmes-like outfit) why Hammer never gave him the chance to do Sherlock Holmes like they did Cushing. He actually did,in a German version of Holmes in 1962, but he didn't have a good experience making it and the film didn't turn out do well on top of that---I forgot the name of the film,however. Anyway, THE GORGON was a decent film for what it was, and I loved the sumptious decor of the castle and everything else about it.

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The Gorgon, The Devil Rides Out, and The Hound of the Baskervilles are the only three films I can think of where he doesn't play a villain.

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'Island of the Burning damned'(aka night of the big heat) had him play a fairly decent person.

He played a scientist trying to communicate with aliens who resembles poached eggs and gave off intense searing heat.

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Horror Express is another. In fact, Cushing and Lee are both good guys in that one.

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You forget THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH.

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scream of fear he's a good guy

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Lee plays Sherlock Holmes in S.H. And The Deadly Necklace (1962, Terence Fisher).

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Yes, I'm so used to Christopher Lee playing a villain in all the movies I've seen of his so it was a breath of fresh air to see him as a good character.

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