Big Gay Horror Fan worships at the feet of many, but vibrant actress Kelli Maroney holds a special place in my blood red heart. Known for her committed performances in roles both major (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall, Face Down) and supporting (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Slay Ground), Maroney also rocked the occasional cameo appearance with her special presence. Below, are a couple of my favorites.
Big Bad Mama 2. 1987. Maroney shows up as titular Angie Dickinson’s granddaughter Willie in the very last moments of this spritely period crime piece, adding some giddy joy to the film’s comic denouement. Cruising down a highway in a sleek car, snapping her gum with jolted energy, Maroney’s makes the most of her short moment, here. She establishes a sassy kinship with Dickinson, and gives fans a special boost as she eludes a car of vehemently pursuing police officers and speeds off into the final credits. This fun flick, focusing on the lawless yet justified actions of Dickinson and her saucy daughters, is perhaps most memorable for the appearance of former child actress-future musician Danielle Brisebois. Brisebois, who played a precocious orphan during the final seasons of All in the Family (Archie Bunker’s Place), was known for her swarthy raven looks, but arrives on the scene, here, as a voluptuous blonde. Fun!
Transylvania Twist. 1989. Maroney’s brief appearance here, merely waving at someone on a set within a set, may seem minor to the casual fan, but to the confirmed genre cinephile her moment here establishes her as one of the queens of the exploitation field. Featuring appearances by such spook stalwarts and cult icons as Brinke Stevens, Monique Gabrielle, Angus Scrimm, Forrest J. Ackerman, Becky LeBeau, Robert Vaughn, Deanna Lund and even Boris Karloff (in archival footage), director Jim Wynorski obviously realized that Maroney was a necessary component for maxim fan thrill-age and she delivers in spades!
Maroney will be appearing in Chicago, today (4/28/12) only for the beyond cool Sci Fi Spectacular 6 (http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/165651093547315/). To keep up with her on the regular, check out www.kellimaroney.com.
Until next time – Sweet love and pink Grue, Big Gay Horror Fan!