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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Sal Mineo

Published July 4, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Its 2016 and there are still inherent risks to being a member of the LGBT community. Thus, it is even more admirable to look back at the openness of Sal Mineo, an Academy nominated performer and former teen heartthrob, who brought a sense of sensitivity and despair to the psycho killer genre in 1965’s gritty, underappreciated thriller Who Killed Teddy Bear?

According to many reports, Mineo, who was murdered in 1976 during a robbery attempt, never hid his attraction for men and this may have hurt his latter day career choices. Of course, director Nicholas Ray famously capitalized on Mineo’s budding sexuality in Rebel Without A Cause. As Plato, his most famous role, Mineo’s attraction for James Dean’s Jim Stark was touchingly apparent. Proof of this is definitely contained in this loving video homage which highlights Mineo, who scored several hit singles as a teen, and his take on the song Young As We Are.

 

Of course, others may appreciate Mineo’s more garage-y sound on Little Pigeon, a number that is sure to put certain readers in mind of his theater career, which included a couple of takes on the prison drama Fortune and Men’s Eyes.

 

 

Meanwhile, Mineo’s most ardent fans keep the love flowing for him at www.salmineo.com, a beautiful website dedicated to this renaissance man and his career.

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The Casket Girls on Tour!

Published June 14, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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I imagine there are few good things about being buried alive – privacy, perhaps. Quiet…if you really need it that badly. But breathing in the same space as the electrifyingly awesome The Casket Girls is always highly recommended. Crafting songs that are vibrant and exciting and full of gothic tinges of electro-pop, these two enchantresses have recently released an acclaimed new full length, The Night Machines.

This mysterious duo is also trekking across various worthy cities in the US, until June 22nd, with the 2016 Graveface Roadshow. It’s a brilliant line-up, including such epic artists as Dott and Stardeath and White Dwarves. More info is available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/456349711222576/.

Meanwhile, you can enjoy this haunting new track…

…and then rub yourself in black pixie dust and check out

http://www.graveface.com/  and https://www.facebook.com/casketgirls/, as well!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Harold Lloyd, Jr.

Published June 12, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Me and my shadow / Strolling down the avenue / Me and my shadow / Not a soul to tell our troubles to” – Rose, Dreyer, Jolson

It was easy to escape the influence of my forebears – a couple potions and a naked rendezvous or two with devilish types and I was as good as new. Harold Lloyd, Jr. (1931 – 1971) had a bit more difficult time. As the son of Harold Lloyd, one of cinematic comedy’s early kings, Lloyd struggled to make his way in show business…and life.

Still, the troubled man landed roles in a couple cult classics. He sensitively (if slightly exaggeratedly) paints a portrait of a kind yet conflicted youth in The Flaming Urge (1953), the story of an obsessed fire chaser who is accused of a series of arsons in a small town. He is probably best remembered, though, for his energy filled take on the extremely horny Don in the fun teen drive-in horror Frankenstein’s Daughter (1958).

Lloyd Jr. also pursued a singing career, releasing one album. His smooth delivery and easy tones work well with this version of Go Back to Him. Meanwhile, astute Hollywood followers may note this selection with some sense of irony as Lloyd Jr.’s homosexuality was a fairly well known secret in a time when such matters were less socially acceptable.

Unfortunately, this brave yet sensitive soul died from complications from a stroke, perhaps caused by his alcoholism, at age 40, long before reaching his full potential. Here’s hoping that posterity will, eventually, be kinder to him than he was to himself.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Connie Stevens

Published May 22, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Someone lend this lady a comb! The delicious Connie Stevens has been knocking fans cold for generations. But, while afternoon movie lovers have thrilled to her screams in the 1965 drive-in classic Two on a Guillotine for decades now, many may not realize that Stevens, who also graced an existential episode of Tales from the Darkside, was also a chart topping teen, renowned for such hits as Sixteen Reasons. The re-release of her take on The Hank Williams Songbook also garnered positive vibes from the hardcore alt-country crowd, in recent years.

Here, her sweet and sensual take on I Couldn’t Say No, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, could apply to everything from that swarthy thug on the street to that irresistible carton of chocolate dabbed donuts at midnight. Enjoy!

Meanwhile, Connie is always merely a cricket’s chirp away at www.conniestevens.com.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Hoyt Axton

Published May 16, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Decades before he entered an entire generation’s collective heart as the slightly flummoxed American benefactor of Gizmo in Gremlins, Hoyt Axton was already hanging out with the cool kids. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, was the co-writer of the popular Elvis number Heartbreak Hotel and, as a beloved songwriter and singer in his own right, his songs were covered by such personalities as Cher, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie and Three Dog Night.

Axton, whose other horror credits include Retribution and Buried Alive, was even joined by Linda Ronstadt on the beautiful and heart breaking Lion in the Winter, which was featured on his popular 1975 A & M album, Southbound.

Pretty enough to make a Mogwai cry, no?

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Frankenstein’s Daughter

Published April 24, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Sometimes when you need to be taken into hand, it doesn’t matter who is doing it. Heck…even a Daddy Bird would do in a pinch!

Of course, as Page Cavanaugh and his Trio warned us in 1958 drive-in horror Frankenstein’s Daughter, a daddy bird is bound to fly away.

So….until next time, when perhaps beggars can be choosers…

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Killer Fish/Amii Stewart

Published April 11, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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1979’s Killer Fish was part heist flick, part disaster epic and part nature gone wild horror flick. Perhaps fortunately, The Winner Takes it All, the film’s end credit theme song, performed by the glorious Amii Stewart, is all disco, though.

 

 

Stewart, best known for her outrageous costumes (as witnessed above) and a popular (late ’70s) cover of ‘60s hit Knock on Wood, has also released an album featuring composer Ennio Morricone’s best known songs, which should further endear her to Euro exploitation buffs.killer fish

The gloriously bad Killer Fish, meanwhile, was recently released on Blu-Ray by ITV Studios and Scorpion Releasing after years of VHS obscurity.

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