WEBMASTER INFORMATION: Christopher Weedman
Christopher Weedman--the webmaster of THE MAN WITH THE HYPNOTIC EYE
Christopher Weedman, the webmaster of THE MAN WITH THE HYPNOTIC EYE, is a Ph.D. candidate in Film Studies and Modern British Literature and Drama in the Department of English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His film scholarship has appeared in the film journals Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Senses of Cinema. His interests include cinema, literature, writing, jazz, and Chicago Cubs baseball.
HOW HIS INTEREST IN PLEASENCE BEGAN:
Christopher first saw Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis in John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN and was impressed by his sympathetic yet slightly sinister performance. His interest in the Loomis character led to viewings of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE GREAT ESCAPE, and CUL-DE-SAC. These films led him on a quest to see all of Pleasence's work, which is a more challenging undertaking than one might think due to the scarcity of many of his films and teleplays.
WHY DID HE CREATE THIS WEB SITE?:
Christopher created THE MAN WITH THE HYPNOTIC EYE in 1997 because he was discouraged about the lack of Donald Pleasence material on the internet. While Donald had been profiled on a few of the HALLOWEEN pages, there wasn't anything on the internet that discussed his entire body of work in detail. Christopher wanted film fans to begin to appreciate Pleasence's entire body of work -- not just HALLOWEEN. He hopes that this web site will help to make that possible.
Christopher Weedman and film critic Roger Ebert in 1997
CHRISTOPHER'S TOP 5 FAVORITE PLEASENCE FILMS:
1) CUL-DE-SAC (1966--Roman Polanski)
2) HALLOWEEN (1978--John Carpenter)
3) THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963--John Sturges)
4) THE CARETAKER (1964--Clive Donner)
5) THE RAINBOW BOYS (1973--Gerald Potterton)
Photos scanned by Christopher Weedman
Title and logo designed by Karen Rappaport
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