Gothic horror god Christopher Lee says he has no interest in today's horror films and considers them "dreadful" and "obscene." The veteran actor recently told CNN, "I find it quite nauseating what they do. The blood is all over the screen like an avalanche--the mutilation...I just don't enjoy that." I guess he won't be lining up for Saw VIII any time soon.
The British actor is synonymous with Hammer studios in his recurring role as Dracula. His first role as the fanged Count lasted only six weeks and paid him £750. Since then he has become a legend -- the Queen even knighted him earlier this year. Even though he left Hammer on shaky terms, he will be returning to work with them on their first theatrical feature in over 30 years, The Resident, which is currently in post-production.
The film is about a young doctor whose landlord has a frightening obsession with her. John De Mol, one of the founders of reality TV powerhouse Endemol and creator of Big Brother, purchased the rights to Hammer in 2007. The Resident and Let Me In, a remake of the popular Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In, are the two new features that De Mol hopes will revive the studio. Resident director Antti Jokinen feels that Lee is instrumental in creating the right mood for the film's noir style, "He has that presence that a movie like this needs because a single look can be the scary atmosphere that you need."