Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Tim Lucas over at VIDEOWATCHBLOG has reported the sad news that the great British director Freddie Francis has past away. Tim has written a wonderful tribute to the man so I will only add a few words.
My first exposure to horror films came as a youth seeing Hammer films on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon television. Seeing these films left an indelible impression on me that has shaped my love of cinema since. I certainly wasn't aware of the name Freddie Francis as a youngster but I was his films; seeing everything the great Oliver Reed thriller PARANOIAC to THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN to DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE provided many chills and thrills as a youth and they remain some of my most revisited Hammer and Francis directed all three of them.
Francis' contribution to a perhaps more exploitative cinema such as the Suzanna Leigh shocker DEADLY BEES to TROG may be among the man's lesser works but they always displayed a certain flair and imagination that is often lacking from lower budget exploitation and genre films.
Head on over and read Tim's fine remembrance and have a Hammer Horror night in tribute to the great Freddie Francis.