The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 peter cushing
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The Game is Afoot: The 10 Best Peter Cushing Movies of All Time

Step into the mesmerizing world of Peter Cushing, the legendary actor whose name is synonymous with captivating performances and unforgettable characters. In this list, we’re counting down the 10 best Peter Cushing movies that have enthralled audiences and solidified his status as a true icon.

From battling monsters to unraveling mysteries, Cushing’s magnetic presence and exceptional talent have left an indelible mark on the world of cinema. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a thrilling journey through the best of Peter Cushing’s extraordinary filmography.



The Curse of Frankenstein 1957 peter cushing
Warner Bros.

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

In this horror classic, Cushing brings the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein to life with unparalleled charisma and intensity. His portrayal of the mad scientist is a masterclass in captivating performances and solidifies his place as a horror legend.



Horror of Dracula 1958 peter cushing
Hammer Film Productions

Horror of Dracula (1958)

Witness Cushing’s electrifying performance as the fearless vampire hunter, Professor Abraham Van Helsing, in this iconic Hammer Horror production. His dynamic portrayal alongside Christopher Lee’s Dracula is a cinematic feast for horror enthusiasts.



The Mummy 1959 peter cushing
Universal Pictures

The Mummy (1959)

In this thrilling tale of ancient curses and resurrected terrors, Cushing’s portrayal of archaeologist John Banning captivates audiences with his unwavering determination and stoic bravery. His on-screen chemistry with Christopher Lee adds an extra layer of magic to this horror gem.




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The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 peter cushing
United Artists

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Cushing steps into the shoes of the brilliant detective, Sherlock Holmes, in this atmospheric adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s renowned novel. With his commanding presence and razor-sharp wit, Cushing proves why he’s the quintessential Holmes.



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Twins of Evil (1971)

In this gothic horror tale, Cushing portrays Gustav Weil, a fanatical witch hunter. His captivating performance as the zealous and tormented character adds depth and intrigue to this atmospheric Hammer Horror production.


The House That Dripped Blood 1971 peter cushing
Amicus Productions

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Prepare for a chilling journey into The House That Dripped Blood, a horror anthology film that weaves together four terrifying tales set within a mysterious mansion. Directed by Peter Duffell, this atmospheric gem features Peter Cushing in one of his memorable roles. In the segment titled “Method for Murder,” Cushing portrays renowned author Philip Grayson, whose macabre creations seem to come to life with deadly consequences.


The Beast Must Die (1974) peter cushing
Amicus Productions

The Beast Must Die (1974)

Unleash your inner detective in the hair-raising horror flick The Beast Must Die. This suspenseful gem directed by Paul Annett will keep you on the edge of your seat. Picture this: a wealthy big-game hunter, Tom Newcliffe, invites a group of guests to his eerie estate for a deadly game of werewolf whodunit. With Peter Cushing delivering a captivating performance, you’ll be guessing who the ferocious creature is until the very end.



Tales from the Crypt 1972 peter cushing
20th Century Studios

Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Delve into the sinister stories of the anthology horror film Tales From the Crypt, where Peter Cushing’s performance as Arthur Grimsdyke is an unforgettable highlight. As an unfortunate man seeking justice from beyond the grave, Cushing brings a haunting presence to the screen. With each tale filled with macabre twists and turns, the film takes you on a chilling journey through the depths of horror.



Horror Express 1972 christopher lee peter cushing
Gala Film Distributors

Horror Express (1972)

Join Cushing aboard the Trans-Siberian Express in this spine-chilling horror film. As Professor Sir Alexander Saxton, he encounters a terrifying creature that unleashes chaos among the passengers. Cushing’s portrayal of the determined scientist adds depth to the suspenseful narrative. With his on-screen chemistry alongside Christopher Lee, Horror Express is a must-watch for classic horror fans.


The Gorgon 1964 peter cushing
Hammer Film Productions

The Gorgon (1964)

Witness Cushing’s brilliance as Dr. Namaroff, a physician entangled in a supernatural mystery involving a deadly Gorgon. His portrayal of the conflicted character adds a layer of depth to this chilling Hammer Horror production.



Experience the brilliance of Peter Cushing as he mesmerizes audiences with his unforgettable performances in these ten best movies. From his iconic roles in Hammer Horror to his collaborations with Christopher Lee, Cushing’s legacy as a horror icon continues to thrive.

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