In Praise of Linnea Quigley and Spider!

Published October 30, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

Quigley (left) and crew in Sorority Babes

Quigley (left) and crew in Sorority Babes


Some arachnids you can just shoo out the door! Others stay with you for a long, long time. For instance, Spider, genre goddess Linnea Quigley’s brilliant creation from the 1988 cult classic Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-rama – now, there’s a keeper for you!

Here, Quigley creates one of the most powerful female characters in exploitation history, one responsible for turning the minds of multiple (terror loathing) female scholars onto the powers of exploitation and horror. Of course, Sorority Babes, helmed by cult veteran David DeCoteau, does offer up a bevy of desperate, flesh exposing women who will do anything to join their chosen coven of popularity. But Linnea and Spider up the ante, here.

Projecting sass and natural power, Quigley’s Spider encounters these victim types and leads the charge. She’s truly a motorcycling thief in the night! One who, ultimately, saves the day – and this film’s true version of the damsel in distress, a young, bespectacled scholar (played with winning sincerity by Andras Jones of Nightmare on Elm Street 4 fame). murderweapon8991

Quigley would go onto play other tough types including killers (in Murder Weapon, which she co-produced) and crime bosses (2001’s quirky British gem Kannibal), but her Spider is one of her paramount achievements and proof, that despite the traditional exploitative elements, grindhouse films often offer up the most powerful and imaginative roles for women of all types.

…and , if you happen to be near Oshkosh, WI today, I’ll be part of a panel (for UW’s amazing Women’s Center) discussing the awesome archetypes of strong women in horror (and their not so lucky countertypes). The information on that event can be found, here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/738842736176525/

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

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Derek Joseph Quint’s Danse Macabre

Published October 29, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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The Catholic Church is always screwing something up! Why, do you remember that time that the Vatican tried to steal Dracula away from his three precious brides – on Halloween, nonetheless? Well, if you don’t, talented, out filmmaker Derek Joesph Quint does and he recounts this incident with humor and screwball energy with his divine short, Danse Macabre.

As, always, Quint proves he is a visual master, here, with inventive costuming and a brilliant use of late night Chicago streets as a backdrop for this cinematic adventure. Its, also, incredibly amusing to watch the reactions of unsuspecting passersby as the action unfolds.danse 2

Featuring a bevy of industrious females, you may need to watch this beauteous wonder a few times – just to determine your favorite bride. Mine is the Blue Bride. Because, just like her, I can’t fly, but I keep on ticking, baby!

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

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Wendi Freeman’s Double Page Spread

Published October 28, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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If there was a Wonder Woman among comic book enthusiasts, it would definitely be the amazing Wendi Freeman. She’s a dedicated, uber-friendly fan woman, a talented musician (with drumming gigs in a number of bands) and she’s the super skilled creator and host of the podcast Double Page Spread, which concentrates on comics and their creators and other pop culture goodies. Just what every cool mom would want her daughter to turn out to be, right?wendi drums

Now, all thankful matriarchs can rejoice as Freeman has just unleashed the Halloween episode of Double Page Spread upon the world! Featuring interviews with the queen of screams, Linnea Quigley, and famed cult director Jim Wynorski, this offering is a spooky blast from start to finish!

Be sure to catch it and so much other coolness at http://doublepgspread.tumblr.com/ on the regular!

A Wendi, A Linnea and A Big Gay Horror Fan!

A Wendi, A Linnea and A Big Gay Horror Fan!

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

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Review: Anne Bobby’s Disposophobia

Published October 27, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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All of the world’s a stage. Or at least, you’ll hope it is after witnessing Anne Bobby’s multi-hyphenate take on Disposophobia: Fear of Being Disposed Of for the second season of the acclaimed web series In Fear Of. Best known to scare freaks for her compassionate portrayal of Lori in the Clive Barker’s seminal Nightbreed, Bobby is actually, at heart, a well traveled theater veteran. Having created, produced and performed in multiple Broadway and touring productions, Bobby brings her fine tuned, board treading sensibilities to her acting and writing here, resulting in a chilling entry in this relatively new horror exercise.

With compassionate, fine tuned directing by Jon Ecklund, Disposophobia centers around Pamela, a seemingly well-to-do woman, who is determined to exist on the fringes of society. A meeting in the park with her brash yet concerned mother (a leveled yet passionate Barbara Rosenblatt) reveals the duo’s alternative takes on their past history and offers glimpses into Pamela’s assumed psychosis. But, perhaps, nothing is as it seems as Bobby’s ever expanding script leads into a truly chilling, ultimately surprising denouement.

Throughout, Bobby’s performance is a natural marvel. Revealing, down to her unshaven legs, her Pamela is ultimately the perfect representation of society’s overwhelming uncertainties and the side effects of the unfortunate inability to reach a level of certain grace. Thus, with accomplished assets from Ecklund and Rosenbalt, Bobby’s first foray into scripted terror is a true example of emotional horror at its very finest.

More information on the In Fear of series is available at:

http://www.infearoftheseries.com/

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

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Dead or Alive

Published October 26, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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If creepy (and I mean that in the best possible sense of the word) is as creepy does, then Pete Burns is definitely the voice of Halloween for me.

Even as a teen, when Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round was rampaging through the paper thin walls of MTV, I found something very macabre about Burns. This sinister essence compels, especially, in Burns haunting take on There’s Something in My House. Using horror imagery to detail the remaining emotions at the end of a love affair, Burns and the band definitely hit their spooky high mark!

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

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Hidden Horror at Harold Washington Library!

Published October 26, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Who says horror isn’t distinguished? Not the contributors of Rondo Award winning book Hidden Horror!

We will be bringing the love of very sophisticated (and obscure) frights to the very high falutin’ Harold Washington Library in Chicago on Monday, October 27th at 6 pm.

All the details are here – https://www.facebook.com/events/358615197640725/ – And, yes, you can leave your Brooks Brothers finest at home – but if you want to start your Halloween week off right, please be sure to join us!

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

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Review: Deborah Voorhees’ Billy Shakespeare

Published October 25, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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If I made a film about what I knew in my younger days, it would have to include a lot of Amish buggies and farm scenarios. The multi-talented Deborah Voorhees, best known from her eye gouging encounter with Jason in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, meanwhile, allows her youthful knowledge of the dirty dealings of show business to inform Billy Shakespeare, her very fun take on the legacy of theater’s most famous bard.billy

Imagining Shakespeare as an artist trying to make it in contemporary times, writer-director Voorhees explores the wordsmith’s struggles to get audiences to connect with his Renaissance style. Particularly effective is the modern reaction to a volatile film version of The Taming of the Shrew, in which a combative woman is turned into a submissive companion to her husband. Skewered by feminists, denied by his ultra-successful journalist mother and urged by his agent to sell out by writing horror films, Shakespeare soon finds himself entering an even bigger maelstrom. When his best friend, a beautiful transgendered woman named Wilma, discovers his sonnets and thinks they are written for her, a bounty of misunderstandings and slapstick style entanglements soon occur. With heart and humor, Voorhees delightedly explores the many questions regarding Shakespeare’s sexuality and even when all seems resolved, the fadeout reveals that nothing, as in life itself, is for sure.

FullSizeRenderTerror fans, naturally, are going to enjoy Voorhees’ nods to her acting career, particularly an enjoyably blatant reference to her involvement in one of horror cinema’s biggest franchises. But, as a whole, she works with humor and skill here, creating a product that fans of theater and romantic comedy should both embrace. Granted, certain factions of the queer community might question the use of the word ‘drag queen’ as opposed to ‘transgendered’ when certain characters describe themselves, especially as those depicted appear to be living their lives as women. But there is no ill intent here, as Wilma and her companions are truly lovely creations who often the steal the show, who seem to be using that descriptor for humor’s sake.

Voorhees, also, gleans sophisticated performances from her cast, an important nuance as her accomplished script takes them through many complications. Jason D. Johnson supplies multiple layers to his Shakespeare. He is noble, comic and exasperatingly dense, all at once. Phillip David Collins fully brings Wilma to life, as well. He is entirely natural, making one truly believe that he lives every waking moment in female form. Meanwhile, as Anne, Shakespeare’s acknowledged lover, Catharine Pilafas fills the screen with steely grace and a vulnerable beauty.

So, be sure to sharpen up your iambic pentameter by following Voorhees and Billy Shakespeare at
https://www.facebook.com/billyshakespearethemovie and http://www.billyshakespearethemovie.com.

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