The Backside of Horror: Cabin Fever 2

Published September 16, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Let’s face it, half the fun of horror and exploitation is seeing some hot bodies frolicking around in the buff. And while I worship the female form, I believe exploitation definitely veers into the exploitive when only gorgeous women are on display while their male counterparts remain chastely buttoned up. Therefore, The Backside of Horror salutes the filmmakers and actors whom even up the score a bit by showing us instances of hot and juicy male flesh in their bloody celluloid fantasies.

Seduction can definitely be sticky. That is something that damp lothario Rick (sharply etched with dastardly charm by Thomas Blake Jr.) unexpectedly discovers in Cabin Fever 2.

pool toothAs a popular stud using his status to take advantage of the lovely yet awkward Frederica (a sweetly nuanced Amanda Jelks), Rick soon finds his underhandedness rewarded with a smashing poolside death. With the attempted coitus interrupted by Frederica’s fleshy dissolution (due to drinking infected water), Rick does (eventually) show some heart.

Initially walking away from the desperate girl, he has a reluctant change in ass-e-r-r-r-attitude. But his attempt to pull her from her watery destruction lands him, unconscious, beside her, as both sink to their doom.cf2 butt

Both brave performers bare all here, proving that old cinematic adage that sex, horror films and high school never mix.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Mater Suspiria Vision

Published September 14, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Whenever I feel the need to strap some Princess Leia dough rolls onto the side of my head (a la Argento favorite, the grand and striking Barbara Magnolfi), I always throw on some Mater Suspiria Vision. It always puts me in the right frame of mind, immediately

Inspired by ghost trance rhythms and Hansel and Gretel, this Euro collective adds dense layers of macabre fever to everyone’s favorite Italian terror soundtrack dreams – and is sure to put all wailing children to sleep…permanently.

Be sure to keep up with all of this spooky crew’s supernatural undertones at

http://matersuspiriavision.tumblr.com/ and

https://www.facebook.com/Matersuspiriavision.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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88 Ways to Be Fabulous with Katharine Isabelle!

Published September 13, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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What is better than a human heart fried in Chianti? Why, an exclusive interview with Hannibal‘s divine Katharine Isabelle, of course!

This fun, down-to-earth horror princess (Ginger Snaps, Freddy Vs Jason, American Mary) recently took a moment to chat with me – and the results, as you can see, were just fabulous!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Smooth as the Finest Wine: Interviewing Adrienne King

Published September 13, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Good things are worth waiting for. Four years ago, I was hired to interview Adrienne King for (website) Chateau Grrr. Soon after, Grrr morphed into a YouTube channel and the videos with King have been hard to find. Now, Grrr’s magnificent founder Chad Hawks has made them available on the page, at last!

Here, the open and friendly King talks about the entirety of her career (up until that point) with natural emphasis on Friday the 13th but we, also, chat about her experiences on the set of the legendary television production of Inherit the Wind (with Ed Begley and Diane Baker) and so much more.

Indulge yourself!

On Inherit the Wind and the connection that the queer community and minorities have with her due to her stalking experiences and playing one of filmdom’s honored final girls:

On looping and fighting Betsy Palmer:

On working with Mel House and adventures in wine making:

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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(A Fond Farewell to) Richard Kiel!

Published September 12, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Ever since being ostracized from Mrs. Applebaum’s Talent Cotillion, after deciding to belt out Patti Smith tunes while waving around a loaded nail gun (in my effort to win that much lauded kiddy show crown), I have felt a special kinship with all vagrant strewn outsiders and everyday freaks! As such, my favorite performers have been such against-the-norm characters as Skelton Knaggs, Laird Cregar, Rondo Hatton, Sydney Greenstreet, Victor Buono, Lock Martin and (of course) Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Thus, while the celebrity strewn skies have been crying wildly, as of late, over such falling stars as Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, my true sadness occurred this week, with the passing of Richard Kiel (1939-2014).

House of the Damned

House of the Damned

Best known for his indelible etching of Bond villain Jaws, in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, Kiel played everything from cavemen (Eegah) to circus performers (House of the Damned) to space creatures (The Phantom Planet). Granted, his forte was henchman and baddies. But the fact that he played these roles in everything from major motion pictures (Silver Streak) to classic television shows (Thriller, I Spy, The Night Stalker, Twilight Zone) is surely evidence of the committed skill and enthusiasm that he brought to such roles. Nicely, comedies such as Happy Gilmore gave him a chance to show his gentler, sunnier side, as well.

W/Julie Newmar in horror comedy Hysterical

W/Julie Newmar in horror comedy Hysterical

Most importantly, though, Kiel did not let his 7’4’’ height stop him from achieving his dreams. That, I believe, is the true lesson one can gain by reflecting on his life. No matter how awkward or socially miscast we all might feel, we only need to look to him to know that (almost) everything we want is surely within our reach.

So, thanks for that, Richard. You were one of kind and truly will be missed.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Dreamy Horror: Rosalind Russell and the Gothic Noir of Night Must Fall

Published September 9, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Known for her sense of staccato sass (His Girl Friday) and commanding grandeur (Auntie Mame, Gypsy), the compelling Rosalind Russell (1907-1976) also gave the world a portrait of dreamy wanderlust with her sweetly confused Olivia in the 1937 gothic noir Night Must Fall. It is a strong and poetic performance even when the film, itself, muddles with Russell’s towering commitment to the character.

Notable at the time for establishing lead actor Robert Taylor as something other than just a romantic comic, Night Must Fall was daring for its post-Code timeframe. Based on a successful play by Emilyn Williams, the film focuses on Walker’s charming bellboy Danny. Beguiling Mrs. Bramson, a manipulative dowager played by Dame May Whitty, Danny soon worms his way into her household. But a hideous murder has just occurred and when the headless body is found in Mrs. Bramson’s yard, it is soon made apparent that Danny is the culprit.night must fall

Throughout, Taylor supplies Danny with a nimble menace. Whitty’s performance is a bravura one, as well, particularly in her final scene. This moment brings her supposed invalid from terrified hysterics to unrepentant laughter within seconds of each other. Russell, meanwhile, glows with melancholy and cloudy indecision. Her character grows the most of the trio, forsaking her business-like spectacles for a regimen of inquisitive beauty due to Danny’s encouragement. Intrigued yet leery of her aunt’s new tenant, she initially investigates him, diving into his meager belongings with Marple-like interest. Still unsure, she eventually assists him when his luck seems to be running out. The resulting scene is the most chilling one in the picture.nightmustfall4

Having discovered a bowling bag in Danny’s lodgings earlier in the proceedings, Olivia is aware that it could contain the missing head of the victim. But when a local police official asks to examine it, Olivia claims it as her own. Just after the officer leaves, the relieved Danny faints from tense exertion, seemingly giving him away for good.

After this, though, screenwriter John Van Druten clouds the path of Russell’s character. Due to the carnival-like atmosphere at their home (with Whitty’s character reveling in the attention brought on by the body’s discovery), Russell/Olivia ultimately decides to her leave her aunt with Danny. She seeks refuge in the family home of Justin (handsome Alan Marshal), a local businessman, whose affections she has been avoiding. But, she does return later that evening. Determined to give herself to Danny, she finds herself very surprised (and ultimately repulsed) by his true murderous nature. Thus, terrified she fights for her life.

nightmustfall3While this scenario is effective in the horror/thriller format, this result does tamper with everything that has seemingly gone before. Surely, Olivia must have suspected that Danny was the killer by her earlier actions. Indeed, that knowledge is what makes the character so interesting. Resistant to conformity, her gaze lands upon an unusual, deadly man and she finds herself drawn to him. That the ending screws with that established fact is a bit bewildering and that it, also, seems to suggest Olivia will settle for a secure, yet bland life with Justin is a disappointment for the viewers whom have invested in her adventurous spirit.

Still, Russell maintains a hypnotic presence from opening to closing and the film, itself, has enough moody suspense and solid acting craftsmanship for those desired repeated viewings.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Patti Page

Published September 7, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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“Into a lonely life…wearing the black dress of sorrow”

She should be known as the Queen of Everything! For while Patti Page is best known to old school terror lovers as the warbler of the theme song to Hush…Hush…Sweet Charlotte (although her version does not appear in the film itself), she mastered everything from country (Detour) to MOR pop (Tennessee Waltz)to mild rock-n-roll (Most People Get Married). She was, also, the high priestess of the novelty song with both schmaltzy sweetness (How Much is that Doggie in the Window?) and truly bizarre outings (The Mama Doll Song) littered among her offerings.

Interestingly, she was often noted for successfully multi-tracking her voice, as well. (Take that, Britney Spears!)This technique was put to especially good use in the gothic western story song, One of Us Will Weep Tonight:

So, drape yourself in dark lace and…Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan

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