B-Sides: That Time Christopher Lee Sang about Booze
You’ve seen him play Dracula and Sherlock Holmes, Sith lords and dark wizards, but have you ever heard Christopher Lee sing… about booze? And doing so in an effort to corrupt an alcoholic superhero into falling off the wagon? While surrounded by sexy back-up dancers and a goblin?
If you can answer yes to all of the above, then you’ve obviously see the 1983 Australian superhero musical comedy The Return of Captain Invincible.
From Philippe Mora, the director of Howling III: The Marsupials, The Beast Within, and Communion, and Steven E. de Souza, the writer of 48 Hours, The Running Man, and Die Hard (who co-wrote with Andrew Gaty), comes a musical comedy starring Alan Arkin as a bumbling alcoholic superhero (you thought Hancock did it first?) lured out of drunken retirement to save the world when his old nemesis Mr. Midnight (Lee) steals a military superweapon.
The Return of Captain Invincible is the Rocky Horror Picture Show of superhero movies, and I don’t just call it that because Rocky Horror alumni Richard O’Brian and Richard Hartley wrote most of the songs, such as “Choose Your Poison,” Christopher Lee’s show-stopping song and dance rock opera number about the joys of getting stinking drunk and all the various forms in which it comes.
Depending on your reaction to Christopher Lee’s musical stylings, this is going to be either one of the greatest or one of the worst things you’ve ever heard.
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