Christopher Lee

Friday, January 1 - Saturday, March 19, 2016

“Christopher Lee,” a nine-film tribute to the late British star, unspools Fridays and Saturdays at midnights January 1-March 19 at IFC Center. Presented in the theater’s long-running “Waverly Midnights” program, the series offers moviegoers a chance to sample some of the key films of Lee’s long and storied career on the big screen.

Knighted in 2009, Christopher Lee (1922-2015) was a WWII veteran who first made his mark on screen in the late 1950s with a series of horror films for Britain’s Hammer Studios. Over the next five decades, his filmography would encompass dramas, action films, comedies and even the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings franchises.

The series begins January 1 with Lee’s first film for Hammer, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957), followed by his first outing as Dracula in THE HORROR OF DRACULA—a role he reprised in eight more films, two of which are also in the program. The lineup also includes Lee’s version of a classic James Bond villain in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974); the creepy thriller THE WICKER MAN (1973); Joe Dante’s GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH, with Lee as Dr. Catheter; and EXTRAORDINARY TALES (2015), an animated adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s eeriest stories, voiced by Lee.

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