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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Pier Angeli

Published April 3, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan
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Folds: Pier wigs out!

 

Perhaps best known to celebrity connoisseurs as the tragic love of the rebellious James Dean, the beautiful Pier Angeli (1932-1971) had a respectable if unremarkable career in Hollywood during the 50s and 60s. Cult film lovers, of course, adore her for two of her latter day projects.

In fact, Octaman, in which she plays researcher Susan Lowry, has to one of the most amateur, and therefore memorable, eco-monster horrors ever produced while In the Folds of the Flesh, with its overtones of incest, Nazi exploitation and delusional double crossing, is one of the more bizarre and sleazier Euro terrors to emerge in the early 70s.

While Angeli attacks her sensual and murderous Falesse/Ester in Folds with calculated authority, she brought a much more sophisticated sexuality to many of the tunes on her 1959 recording Italia con Pier Angeli. Her take on Luna Rossa is a prime example.

The talented Angeli, who died at 39 of an overdose, has been memorialized, nicely, at http://www.annamariapierangeli.com.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Daliah Lavi

Published March 27, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Enacting the passionate throes of Nevenka Menliff as she endured the casual cruelty of Christopher Lee’s Kurt in Mario Bava’s Gothic horror The Whip and the Body surely gave the delicious Daliah Lavi some insight into those less fortunate than others.

Indeed, one need only listen to her dramatic vocalizing of Sympathy to grasp how deeply this exotic beauty, whose other groovy genre style credits include The Return of Dr. Mabuse, The Demon and Ten Little Indians, recognizes the plight of those in need.

 

Lovely…

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: George Maharis

Published March 20, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan
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Maharis ‘sees the light’ in Rosemary’s Baby sequel.

 

Using his handsome swarthiness with toxic intent, Greek maverick George Maharis brought slick evilness to such 70s television terrors as The Victim, Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby, where he took over the role of Guy Woodhouse from John Cassavetes, and (Mystery Science Theater 3000 favorite) SST: Death Flight.

One of the first male celebrities to pose entirely nude for Playgirl, Maharis proved his resilience when a 1974 arrest for lewd conduct with another man didn’t totally stall his career. But, this should come as no surprise when you view this smooth, theatre trained performer, who released multiple albums during his prime, in this clip from an episode of Hullabaloo. Maharis was, obviously, way too groovy to let any scandal ever slow him down!

 

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George in repose.

Music to Make Horror Movies By: Rough Trade

Published March 6, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Get out those bedazzled telescopes! You might need them to spot Carole Pope and Kevan Staples, AKA Rough Trade, who were so far ahead of their time, musically and culturally, that they almost belong in outer space.

Blending cinematic violence with humor and advanced queer politics, a mixture more effective than a combination of Anita Ekberg and Mamie Van Doren, this duo revolutionized sexuality through their sophisticated new wave and pop tunes (and tongue-in-cheek name) – and also, occasionally, entered the public consciousness at large with such tunes as High School Confidential and No Contact.

Pope’s work has even found its way onto the soundtrack of horror parody Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th. But the bloody consequences inherent is such songs as Vertigo, Endless Night, Grade B Movie and others should have placed them on many a terror film soundtrack if this was truly a just world. In fact, the video for Crimes of Passion, one of their most noir-like creations, serves as prime evidence to back up that statement.

 

While Staples (www.kevanstaples.com) has successfully concentrated on composing for film, as of late, Pope is still battling it out in the singer-songwriter trenches and can be found at www.carolepope.com. Send them some much deserved loving!!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Tallulah Bankhead

Published February 28, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan
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Madame Bankhead strikes a cutting pose with Stephanie Powers in Die! Die! My Darling!

Wrapping up an illustrious (yet controversial) acting career with a Hammer Horror may not seem like a fitting exit to some, but her appearance in Die! Die! My Darling! (AKA Fanatic) allows thankful terror freaks to claim the irreplaceable Tallulah Bankhead as one of their own. (Note: Bankhead would go on to appear on shows like Batman and do vocal work for a film called The Daydreamer, but this was her last major onscreen cinematic experience.)

Of course, even the most heartfelt admirers of this notorious theater doyenne would probably never claim that her charms belonged, full time, in a concert hall. Yet the adventurous Bankhead was known to warble a tune or two in various revues and on select radio programs.

Granted, her singing voice is not a technical wonder, but this hard living broad brought the breadth of her experience to the numbers she performed, allowing audiences to believe that she had truly lived every wrangled syllable.

Such is the case with this 1930 recording of What Do I Care? Viva la life experience, darlings!

 

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Patty Duke

Published February 21, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

pattyFor over twenty years, the expressive Patty Duke faced down satanic cults, nefarious home wreckers, monstrous matrons and ferociously uncontrollable domiciles in such television films as She Waits, Amityville: The Evil Escapes, The Babysitter, Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby and countless other terror saturated vehicles.

But, alas, as with so many other fair maidens, it is the uncertainties of love that seemed to most plague the divine Duke. Her 60s single, Don’t Just Stand There, released when she was a teen starring on The Patty Duke Show, chronicles her frustrations over a mate who just can’t seem to commit…although, the way this ginger smoked wonder is able to multi-track her voice while singing on national television is probably just as scary as it is wondrous…and might have had something to do with frightening off any potential dates.

Food for thought…

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The Baby Magic’s Rent a Place in Hell

Published February 19, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Angsty, confrontational and bizarrely fun…no, I am not talking about the group of leather bound lesbian nuns who raised me…but the latest slab of vinyl from Chicago’s favorite art punk band, The Baby Magic!

Fronted by the dynamic Mary Beth Brennan, Rent a Place in Hell not only has a title that belongs in every horror loving music freak’s library, but it is full of propulsive, in your face tunes that simply won’t roll over and play dead when you retire for the night and turn out the lights.

Swirling with a creepy new wave vibe, the title track is, ultimately, an encouraging (if slightly sarcastic) proclamation to follow your dreams despite naysayers and the arduous responsibilities inherent in one’s “meaningless job”. Modern feminist attitudes are happily embraced as numbers such as Don’t Mess With Me and Bad Dog tear apart misogynist attitudes with Brennan’s expert role playing and fierce bite. But, nicely, all of the numbers here, including the aggressive Frank Sinatra and the quirkily poppy Huts, examine societal judgments and restraints with an aim at destroying pedantic thinking and a sheep like acceptance of one’s fate.

Throughout, Brennan is expertly aided by her partners in crime, Patrick Coleman and Santiago Guerrero. Coleman’s guitar and Guerrero’s drums slash, stab and pummel their way through the songs’ often complex and ever changing rhythms with skill and fervent passion, making this 7 song adventure an always stimulating and frequently challenging (in the best way possible) affair.

To purchase Rent a Place in Hell visit:

https://thebabymagicmusic.bandcamp.com/

…and be sure to keep up with The Baby Magic’s frequent shows and music video releases at

https://www.facebook.com/thebabymagicmusic/, as well.

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