February: Christopher Motherfukking Lee, Bitches

Yosef chose the name and theme for this month. Can you tell?

I am actually a huge fan of Christopher Lee, and not just because he and I share a birthday. (Also born on my birthday: Vincent Price. It’s true.) This month is really going to test the limits of my Christopher Lee appreciation, though.

February 5 — Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970): Just one of the fifty million movies Hammer Productions made with Christopher Lee as Dracula.

February 12 — The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968): Whooo, boy. Are you ready for Christopher Lee in yellowface? I don’t know if I am. Directed by the legendary Jess Franco, this episode of the Fu Manchu series involves a remote jungle hideout, a deadly poison hidden in lipstick, mind control, and, naturally, a plot to take over the world.

February 19 — The Crimson Cult (1968): A (very) loose adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Dreams in the Witch House.” Boris Karloff co-stars.

February 26 — Dracula A. D. 1972 (1972): Dracula is resurrected in modern London by a group of hippies dabbling in the occult, including one who calls himself “Johnny Alucard.” Sigh. Peter Cushing co-stars, of course, as Van Helsing.

“He’s ready to freak you out—right out of this world.”