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Clint Eastwood is known to generations of Americans for the 1959 to 1966 TV series "Rawhide;" and for the so-called spaghetti western movies: "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964); "For a Few Dollars More" (1965); and, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966).

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He also appeared in war movies, including: "Where Eagles Dare" (1968); Kelly's Heroes" (1970); and, "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986). War movies he directed include: "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006); "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006); and, "American Sniper" (2014).

Thanks to the kid-oriented Famous Monster of Filmland magazine, which I began reading in 1968, I could quote chapter and verse on many of the great horror actors' signature roles before I'd even seen the movies. At that time, only Chaney Sr. and Lugosi were gone; when Karloff died in 1969, I clipped and saved the actor's front-page obituary from the afternoon daily newspaper, the Memphis Press-Scimitar. By 1994, all the rest of those actors had been united in that big Fantastic Features film festival in the sky except for Lee, who continued working for another two decades, long enough to be knighted by Prince Charles and to be lionized by the now powerful directors who grew up watching his Hammer horror films. George Lucas cast Lee in the second "Star Wars" trilogy, while Peter Jackson recruited him for the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" films. He became a talismanic figure for Tim Burton, who put Lee in five films, from 1999 to 2012.

Ideally cast as Count Dracula, Lee was a satanically glamorous figure -- a formidable presence, with a commanding baritone voice and a haughty, aristocratic bearing. Yet some of his most impressive performances were pantomimes. In "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957), the movie that began Lee's long association with Britain's Hammer studios, he is a distinctly pathetic Frankenstein monster, his face a mass of scars, his limbs as shaky and awkward as those of a newborn farm animal -- he is, essentially, an oversized infant who needs guidance, not rejection and fear. In "The Mummy" (1959), he is the resurrected (and tongueless) Prince Kharis, his intelligent eyes darting about with a swiftness that his powerful but ancient, stiff and bandaged limbs cannot match. In "Dracula - Prince of Darkness" (1965), the second of Lee's Dracula films, he is a wordless vampire, communicating with hisses, bared fangs and dramatic gestures; he made another five Dracula movies for Hammer, and rarely had dialog.

In any event, Lee -- armed with what he calls "a desire to please" -- was signed to a 10 pound-per-week, seven-year contract with the Rank Organization in 1947. One of his first jobs was a one-word role as a spear-carrier in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film production of "Hamlet." Some filmmakers disparaged Lee as "too tall" and "too foreign-looking" for movies. Nevertheless, during the 1940s and early '50s, Lee worked with many notable directors, including Raoul Walsh ("Captain Horatio Hornblower"), Nicholas Ray ("Bitter Victory"), George Marshall ("Beyond Mombasa") and Orson Welles (an experimental TV production of "Moby Dick"). He dueled with Errol Flynn in the star's final swashbuckler, "The Dark Avenger." In this film, the evil Lee was killed, and not for the first time. "Outside the cinema I had not yet learned to live, but within it I had most certainly learned to die," Lee writes in his autobiography. "I could die for you in every way known to man, and in a few ways known only to scriptwriters. I could only hope that (these deaths) would serve some purpose, and that perhaps a reputation might come in the same way as a coral formation, which is made up of a deposit of countless tiny corpses."

That reputation did come, thanks to Hammer Films, and it has continued to grow, without interrruption. Lee says he has never been out of work for more than a few months in his 50 years in movies. The actor's filmography thus includes such memorable titles -- if not always memorable movies -- as "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll," "Terror of the Tongs," "Corridors of Blood," "Horror Hotel," "Castle of the Living Dead," "The Gorgon," "Psycho-Circus" and "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors." One of his suspense films, 1973's "The Wicker Man," was voted one of the 100 best British films of all time in a recent survey conducted by the British Film Institute. "I think if I was to sum up my career, I'd say I've been in more cult movies than anyone," said Lee. He also appeared in the 1961 psychological thriller "Scream of Fear," the 1952 spoof "The Crimson Pirate," with Burt Lancaster, and 1990's "The Rainbow Thief," a typically surreal work from the Polish-Chilean maverick genius director of "El Topo," Alejandro Jodorowsky.

this movie does not compare to the original, and it is one of the worst movies ever made, but i give it a 3 because of how unintentionally funny it is, for instance, when Annie says "it sure is big" and Michael says, enthusiastically, "it appears to be a stoner missile, used to wipe out entire villages!". Annie's hair looks really fake and Sandy doesn't even look like Sandy from the original movie. Ian McDiarmid (the emperor from star wars) must not have been getting any acting jobs back then. If any you tube poop makers are viewing this page, i greatly recommend using it for your you tube poops. Unfortunately it's hard to find on DVD but you can probably get it on amazon.

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