who is approaching?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #41
Who is approaching?
Who is coming towards us through the fog?
    Just leave a comment with your educated guesses—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the ‘Leave a comment’ at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it’s the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I’ve approved a comment, your next ones won’t be held, but published immediately by the system.]

UPDATE 1 (18 September 2012):
The silhouette in close-up
All right, I won’t solve the riddle today, although it’s overdue—it’s just to much fun for me that for once you don’t solve it at once. Here’s a recap of what has been found out till now: The silhouette approaching is the impersonation of a Western hero of days gone by. You may be able to identify the impersonated by the close-up above. The plot of the movie has something to do with what we are doing here: Playing a movie quiz … now go ahead!

UPDATE 2 (19 September 2012):
In the cinema
This proofs to be an incredibly hard one :) But this new screencap should give it away—who is sitting in the cinema, done up as a vampire Bela-Lugosi style? It’s the same man who impersonated Hopalong Cassidy above.

UPDATE 3 and solution (19 September 2012):
Detail from a promotional poster of 'Fade to Black' (Zimmerman 1980)
Seems like the last screencap indeed gave it away, and Alhambra solved the riddle—congratulations! It is Eric Binford (Dennis Christopher) who impersonated Hopalong Cassidy and who sat in the cinema as Count Dracula in Fade to Black (Zimmerman 1980), which meanwhile has cult status.
    Binford is at the fringe of society and has a lowly-payed job within Hollywood’s movie industry. Nevertheless he lives for the movies, or in the classics of American cinema, knowing virtually everything about them. He is unbeatable at movie trivia. When his hope for personal happiness shatters, or seems to, something snaps within Binford’s soul. He begins to murder those who tormented him and stages every homicide as a famous scene from a silver screen classic.
    As a teenager I saw the movie on late night television and for once was satisfied with the title the German distributors cooked up: ‘Die schönen Morde des Eric Binford’ [The Beautiful Murders of Eric Binford].
    By the way, in the middleground of the first screencap, the one with the silhouette coming through the fog, you can see two black figures. A minute later one of them is shot by Binford as Cassidy, because he always bullied him at work. The bully Richie is played by Mickey Rourke.

ZIMMERMAN, VERNON. 1980. Fade to black [motion picture]. Los Angeles: American Cinema Releasing.
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  • Alhambra Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 14:41

    Looks like a Don Quixote costume … More hints, please! :-P

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 17:04

      No, it’s not a costume depicting Don Quixote, but the story of the movie we’re looking for has something quixotical—at least implicitly.

  • Alhambra Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 18:46

    I see … eh?! Great hint, thanx, zeph :-)

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 18:48

      you are very welcome ;) All right, here’s another hint: In a way the plot of the movie has much to do with what we are doing here.

  • Alhambra Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 20:59

    Chatting? Mailing? Doing virtual conversation? Guessing? I’m out for today … ‘nite! ;o)

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 21:43

      ‘Guessing’ ain’t a bad guess …

  • Alhambra Thursday, 13th September 2012 at 06:49

    Riddling …

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 13th September 2012 at 08:31

    To infer from the silhouettes … it´s a Western movie …

  • Alhambra Friday, 14th September 2012 at 07:47

    A Western … Cowboys & Aliens? :-)

  • zephyrin_xirdal Sunday, 16th September 2012 at 09:02

    @Alhambra: Yes, we are riddling here, and our riddlery has to do with movies …
    @Alexander Rabitsch: The silhouette approaching is the one of a Western hero all right—a quite famous one in his time—but the movie isn’t a Western. And, Alhambra, no, it’s not ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ (Favreau 2011). The movie we’re looking for is not a recent one.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Sunday, 16th September 2012 at 09:21

    Juli Borissowitsch Briner a/k/a >>Yul Brynner<< featuring here as Gunslinger in Westworld?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Sunday, 16th September 2012 at 17:30

      That is a fine guess, but no, I’m sorry, it is not Yul Brynner as the android Gunslinger. In the screencap a Western hero is impersonated by the lead protagonist of the movie we are looking for. The hero impersonated stems from an earlier period than Mr Brynner’s work.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 18th September 2012 at 13:36

    geesus x …. ain´t no idea … that jessy james? doc holiday? xD I quit ….

    • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 18th September 2012 at 21:44

      No, you do not quit! The Western hero who is impersonated in the scene of the movie is Hopalong Cassidy. The face mask is only a slight distortion of the mug of actor William Boyd, who, from 1935 to 1948 played Hopalong Cassidy … in 66 movies!

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 18th September 2012 at 22:07

    There´s no end to learning :D

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 19th September 2012 at 11:48

      True so, there is no end to learning ;) For your convenience I updated the post with yet one more screencap. All of you who like our little quiz here would also like the movie in question, I am positive.

  • Alhambra Wednesday, 19th September 2012 at 13:12

    Fade to black (1980)

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 19th September 2012 at 13:19

      This is absolutely correct—congratulations! It’s Eric Binford (Dennis Christopher) approaching as Hopalong Cassidy, and sitting in the cinema as Count Dracula, all happening in ‘Fade to Black’ (Zimmerman 1980).

  • Alhambra Wednesday, 19th September 2012 at 13:28

    Finally … Okay, where’s the new quiz? :-)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Wednesday, 19th September 2012 at 15:24

    ha! pretty interesting movie … gonna check dis out! thx for another lesson!