List Film

Films: Christopher Lee

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 144 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood
  • UK release: 12 December 2014

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.

The Resident

  • 2 stars
  • 2011
  • UK/US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Antti Jokinen
  • Cast: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee

Swank finds a suspiciously empty gothic apartment in Brooklyn, but her seemingly jovial landlord (Morgan) is soon recast as an obsessive psycho voyeur. Some moments jump from creepy to comical, while Lee gives The Resident some continuity with Hammer films of old he's criminally underused. It's not a complete disaster…

The Heavy

  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • UK/US
  • 101 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Marcus Warren
  • Written by: Marcus Warren
  • Cast: Gary Stretch, Vinnie Jones, Christopher Lee, Shannyn Sossamon, Sadie Frost

Low budget London set thriller which attempts to fuse the political and underworld crime genres by playing a politician sibling off against his gangster brother with convoluted results. Rubbish but at least watchable.

Season of the Witch

  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dominic Sena
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Christopher Lee

Broad but mildly entertaining supernatural medieval action adventure in which Cage and Perlman star as knights who must transport a woman/witch to a remote monastery. Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds, Swordfish) directs with all the subtlety of a witchfinder general.

Boogie Woogie

  • 2009
  • UK
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Duncan Ward
  • Written by: Danny Moynihan
  • Cast: Gillian Anderson,, Alan Cumming,, Heather Graham,, Danny Huston,, Christopher Lee

Featuring a stunning international cast engaged in an alarming array of wicked behaviour, this ensemble drama pushes buttons and boundaries. Adapted by Danny Moynihan from his own novel, Duncan Ward's daring and accomplished debut circles heartless agents, self-seeking artists, corrupt dealers and sexual predators of all…

Star Wars: Clone Wars

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 98 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dave Filoni
  • Written by: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy
  • Cast: Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein, Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Christopher Lee, Samuel L Jackson, Anthony Daniels

Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous are poised to rule the galaxy. The universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights, led by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, along with brand-new heroes such as Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. Like the more recent 'Star Wars' films, this is fairly tedious…

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

  • 2005
  • US
  • 140 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: George Lucas
  • Written by: George Lucas
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz
  • UK release: 19 May 2005

Democracy dies, as do a few other beloveds, in the electrifying conclusion of the prequels, with Sith Lord Darth Sidiou finally seen in all his glory.

The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby

  • 3 stars
  • 2005
  • UK
  • 104 min
  • U
  • Directed by: John Henderson
  • Written by: John Henderson, Richard Mathews, Neville Watchurst
  • Cast: James Cosmo, Oliver Golding, Gina McKee, Sean Pertwee, Greg Wise, Thomas Lockyer, Christopher Lee

In 1858, John Gray died and his faithful terrier guarded his grave in Edinburgh's Greyfriars Kirk for 14 years. This is a whimsical fiction involving dogcatchers, cute orphans and conniving councillors. It's effective as children's entertainment, and adults will enjoy seeing the likes of Lee and O'Hanlon being upstaged by…

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

  • 5 stars
  • 2003
  • US/NZ
  • 210 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee

A remarkable end to a remarkable series of films, the journey of Frodo, Sam and Gollum is the pièce de résistance of the trilogy. The tension-filled journey forces both Gollum and Sam to show their true colours as Frodo suffers under the burden of the ring. All around is war as Aragorn fights to reclaim what is rightfully…

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

  • 2002
  • US
  • 142 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: George Lucas
  • Written by: George Lucas, Jonathan Hales
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz
  • UK release: 16 May 2002

In the second instalment of the much-awaited prequels, the Galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of Jedi Count Dooku thousands of planetary systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

  • 3 stars
  • 2002
  • US/New Zealand
  • 179 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, David Wenham, Brad Dourif

The second part of Jackson's ambitious three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien's epic fantasy adventure might lack the storytelling verve of the first film, but in terms of spectacle it takes blockbuster filmmaking to the next level. Continuing where 'The Fellowship of the Ring' left off, without any recap of the story so…

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • 4 stars
  • 2001
  • New Zealand/US
  • 178 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, John Rhys-Davies, Sean Bean, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm

At long last, a sword and sorcery adventure that really delivers the goods. JRR Tolkien's great achievement was to create an English mythology, located in a fantastical yet believable world. Jackson's great achievement is to bring the author's 1000 page tome to life, not merely realising the fantastic elements with…

The Return of Captain Invincible

  • 1983
  • Australia
  • 90 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Philippe Mora
  • Cast: Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee, Kate Fitzpatrick

Aussie parody of the superhero genre, starring Arkin as a washed up alcoholic hero called back into action.

To the Devil a Daughter

  • 1976
  • UK/Germany
  • 93 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Peter Sykes
  • Cast: Christopher Lee, Richard Widmark, Denholm Elliott.

Satanic rituals abound as Hammer strays into the realm of Dennis Wheatley. Supernatural investigator Widmark takes on excommunicated priest Lee in order to save the soul of a young and extremely nubile Nastassja Kinski.

The Wicker Man

  • 5 stars
  • 1973
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Robin Hardy
  • Written by: Anthony Shaffer
  • Cast: Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, Christopher Lee

A devoutly celibate policeman (Woodward) arrives at a remote Scottish island to investigate a schoolgirl disappearance and becomes involved in local pagan rituals. A British horror classic, with some extremely scary and erotic moments.

The Wicker Man: The Final Cut

  • 1973
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • Directed by: Robin Hardy
  • Cast: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento

A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. One of the best British horror films ever made is restored and extended, the result of a worldwide search for the missing original cut of the film.

Horror Express

  • 1972
  • UK/Spain
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Eugenio Martin
  • Written by: Arnaud d'Usseau, Julian Zimet (as Julian Halevy)
  • Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas, Alberto de Mendoza, Helga Line
  • UK release: 3 December 1973

A frozen caveman thaws out and goes on the rampage onboard a train as he's being transported back to Europe. Classic Hammer-esque period horror with Lee and Cushing.

Count Dracula

  • 1970
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jesús Franco
  • Cast: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski

Based on Bram Stoker's bestseller, the film follows Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger by feeding on the blood of young maidens.

Cuadecuc, vampir

  • 1970
  • 67 min
  • Directed by: Pere Portabella
  • Cast: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda

Avant-garde, experimental and largely dialogue-free Spanish documentary shot during the making of Jess Franco's Count Dracula, starring Christopher Lee. The unique look of the film, similar to that of early Expressionist horror films, is down to the high contrast black & white film stock used.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

  • 1970
  • 125 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Written by: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
  • Cast: Robert Stephens, Geneviève Page, Colin Blakely, Christopher Lee

Billy Wilder's affectionate take on the sleuth has become one of the most highly-regarded Sherlock Holmes films. A plot based on the search for a missing mining engineer brings the action to a Scottish castle, taking in a Loch Ness monster and submarine subplot along the way, not to mention Holmes falling in love.

The Devil Rides Out

  • 1968
  • UK
  • 80 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • Written by: Richard Matheson, Terence Wheatley
  • Cast: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene, Patrick Mower
  • UK release: 20 July 1968

The Duc de Richeleau (Lee) and his friend Rex (Greene) realise that their young charge Simon (Mower) has embraced the dark arts and is to become a servant to the devil. The Duc, a dab hand at magic himself, duels with the deadly Mocata (Gray) in order to save Simon.

Rasputin: The Mad Monk

  • 1966
  • UK
  • 91 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Don Sharp
  • Written by: Anthony Hinds
  • Cast: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Richard Pasco
  • UK release: 6 March 1966

The history of the Russian man of mystery Rasputin (Lee) and close friend of the Tsarina, telling the story of his rise to fame and eventual assassination in true Hammer Horror style.

Dracula ­ Prince of Darkness

  • 1966
  • UK
  • 86 min
  • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • Written by: John Sansom
  • Cast: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir

You just can't keep an indestructible vampire in his grave. Seven years after their sensational international success with Dracula, Hammer resurrected the franchise with this full-blooded sequel. The Count has been dead for ten years but has left instructions that the castle should always be ready to welcome guests.

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

  • 1965
  • UK
  • 98 min
  • Directed by: Freddie Francis
  • Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Max Adrian, Ann Bell, Peter Madden, Donald Sutherland

A mysterious fortune teller reads the Tarot cards of five strangers on a train. As they leave the train five separate stories unfold involving vampires, werewolves, voodoo and more.