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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Debbie Deb and Ma

Published June 23, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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The classic freestyle fun maker Lookout Weekend has been covered and/or sampled by everyone from Kelis to Janet Jackson. Nicely, it has also recently been given a glorious nod in Ma, this summer’s fun, twisted horror joy ride.

The inclusion is especially important as Debbie Deb, the song’s jubilant vocalist, along with many other of her dance music contemporaries, was rarely given the credit she deserved. Fans of this life filled musical style will surely recall how Deb was often replaced by models on the covers of her singles and lip syncing actresses at live music events.

But she is taking the world by command now. You can help celebrate her soundtrack success at https://www.facebook.com/therealdebbiedeb/ and at a series of concert dates throughout the rest of the year!

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Retro Sharkbait Village: Scream, Pretty Peggy

Published June 14, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Folks, just listen to Bette Davis. Okay? She’s lived and she knows a lot of shit and she really means it when she tells you to go away! There’s a reason at work there.

Of course, if Sian Barbara Allen’s determined Peggy had listened to Davis’ abrupt Mrs. Elliot in the 1973 ABC Suspense Movie Scream, Pretty Peggy, we would have lost about 60 minutes of film time…and that ridiculous ending carved from the static of Robert Bloch’s mind would have been lost forever, as well! So there is that to say for not listening to a wise traveler’s advice. Scream Pretty Peggy Bette

Indeed, this creepy mansion based time warp, bred from the same cloth as William Castle’s Homicidal and Bloch’s Psycho, may not fly, politically, today. But Allen offers a very determined heroine and while the character’s reckless stupidity is paramount, the enthusiasm with which the actress attacks the role almost verges on making Peggy a feministic heroine. Doubtless, this character’s strong willed nature was surely what drew this busy actress, who also enacted the rites of fear in the psycho-chiller You’ll Like My Mother, to the role. Well, that and the pay check, of course!

Scream Pretty Peggy SianMoodily directed by Gordon Hessler (Scream and Scream Again, The Oblong Box, Cry of the Banshee), this sadistic potboiler, focusing on Peggy playing housekeeper to a distinguished yet mysterious artist and his secretive family, is obvious enhanced by Davis’ presence. But eagle eyed partiers will also recognize Tovah Feldshuh (as the first victim here) and Claude Rains’ daughter Jessica as an snarky employment agency worker.

Readily available on YouTube, this twist back in time is definitely worth a rainy afternoon (or morning) of any happy nostalgia buff’s time.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Lena Horne

Published June 9, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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She is the essence of smooth cool… a proud performer whose reign at MGM in the ‘40s was compromised by racism. She held her head high, though, and after tiring of being used predominantly in specialty numbers (that were often cut out of the pictures in the southern states), she triumphantly returned to concert halls and cabarets to make her living.

 

Simply stated, Lena Horne is a goddess and while her connection to horror films is limited to the use of her music in an episode of American Horror Story, her uncompromising stance in the face of adversity is something that every genre lover can admire.lena motion

 

 

Her take on The Beatles’ Rocky Raccoon also points out the fact that no style was immune to her charms. She most definitely would have made a sophisticated yet sassy rock n roller!

She would have punked out with a humanitarian edge, though. In one of her final interviews before her death in 2010 at the age of 92, Horne kept on insisting that the way to true success was to “Just be nice to people”…”Just be nice to people!” Let’s take her advice and keep her magnetic spirit alive for decades to come!

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29 Needles Trailer

Published June 7, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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You have to admire the determination of some creators. It took director-writer Scott Philip Goergens a number of years, with a limited budget and a cast of eager yet nonprofessional performers, to finish his intriguing 29 Needles, a horror fueled look at one man’s journey into extreme body fetishism.

Goergens has recently released the film’s first trailer and, nicely, this Baltimore, Maryland lensed adventure seems to gladly attack Cronenberg territory with a delightfully twisted gay flourish!

Be sure to dive deep into the film’s further developments at https://www.facebook.com/pg/29-Needles-1160222874130070/, as well.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Jack Jones

Published June 2, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Renowned, worldwide, for being the smooth crooner behind the unstoppable The Love Boat theme, the soulful Jack Jones officially made an entry into the horror world with Pete Walker’s 1978 slasher The Comeback.

Playing a faded pop star whose career and life are threatened by a homicidal maniac here, Jones triumphed. Of course, this veteran performer had already dealt with many powerful villains throughout his multi-faceted career. Perhaps, though, none was more vicious than that unrelenting entity known as The Love Bug!

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ReQueered Tales Presents Steam

Published June 1, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

steam new coverIt is perhaps any artist’s worst fear that their work will be forgotten as the decades spin in their unrestrained progression. Nicely, the folks at ReQueered Tales are focusing on re-releasing the important works of previous generations of queer horror and science fiction writers. Now these creative giants can be discovered and celebrated by a new millennium of readers.

Excitingly, one of their first major entries for renewed and (hopefully enthusiastic) consumption is Jay B. Laws’ Steam. Celebrated in his brief career for his plays and novels, Laws’ Steam takes the horrors of the AIDS epidemic and gives them a fictionally horrific facade. The author, who died of the disease soon after the book was published, would surely be thrilled that his work was being given a big push in this time of morally reprehensible politics. His words, surely, ring just as true now as they did almost 30 years ago.

Steam, highlighted by beautiful new cover art, can be purchased at

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RJL2SPM

Be sure to also follow ReQueered Tales at https://www.facebook.com/ReQueeredTales/ to learn about the important reissues that they will be emphasizing in the future.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Bette Davis and Andy Williams

Published May 26, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Bette Davis threw herself, gamely, into whatever opportunities came her way. Whether shaving her head, elongating her eyebrows or adding padding to her frame, there was little that she wouldn’t do for a role. Fully embracing her horror queen mantle, Davis even recorded a rock and roll number celebrating Baby Jane, one of her most endearingly acclaimed gothic portrayals. Here she performs that (culturally fascinating) number on The Andy Williams Show.

Interestingly, Davis ended her career with a role in genre icon Larry Cohen’s Wicked Stepmother, a zany look at witchy (and bewitching) women – qualities that this erstwhile adventuress always possessed.

Meanwhile, Williams, whose reputation was always a bit sunnier than diva Davis’s, has found his music also being used in such darker projects as The Shape of Water and The Zodiac. Most effectively, perhaps, his beaming version of Happy Heart was used to incredible effect in Shallow Grave, a violent thriller that, culturally, announced actor Ewan McGregor as a force to be reckoned with.

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