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Zack Kauffman Fund

Published January 18, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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The majority of society feels like it is living on a perilous financial ledge, as of late. Expenses rise. Salaries stay the same…or even worse, decrease. One disaster could put many of us on the streets or, perhaps even worse – back on our parents’ couches! Thus, it seems ever more important to lend a hand when we can…even if it is just a couple of dollars.

Zack Kauffman, one of the brilliantly creative minds behind Atomic Cotton, has recently incurred some major medical expenses and is need of the horror community’s assistance. He and his wife, Erica, are great people and I’m sure that even that loose change that is jingling softly in your apartment’s corners would truly help them out.

https://www.gofundme.com/kauffman-emergency-help-fund

Or…if you are still being haunted by those holiday gift cards, purchasing a t-shirt from https://atomiccotton.com/ would also surely put an ease on their monetary burdens.

Thanks for everyone’s thoughtful consideration and wishes for a super healthy and incredibly creative year for all.

SWEET love and pink GRUE,

Big Gay Horror Fan

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Review: Fort Doom

Published November 16, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

 

debbie fort doomPost-election week there may, surprisingly, not be a more appropriate horror film to watch than 2004’s Fort Doom. A low budget, seemingly home grown effort, this feature stars the always compelling Debbie Rochon and the eternally gothic Billy Drago, who gives a very disturbing, leveled performance as one of the production’s not so red herring villains here.

The film itself follows the Southern adventures of Lacy Everett (Rochon) and her group of working girls as they set up shop in a seemingly idyllic community. The Civil War has been recently fought and lost, and while there is emotional fallout to be found everywhere, hope abounds, as well. That is until Everett and her ladies discover that a serial killer is loose in their new tightly locked home base. As folks begin to disappear and it looks like all evidence points to the demented town mortician (Drago), it soon appears that a deeper, more deadly conspiracy at hand.

As with many indie terror efforts, there are many passages of stationary dialoging here. One also almost wishes that the producers had picked a different period of time to recreate due to the college theater costuming alone. While some of Rochon’s outfits have a bit of a stream punk effect, more than anything it is obvious that the budget did not allow for a real life recreation of the clothes that the characters would have actually worn in this era. Kind viewers will find that this gives the enterprise an enjoyable silliness, though. Others, well…Fort Doom.jpg

Surprisingly, what is not silly here is how accurately screenwriter Matthew Howe, who developed the story with the film’s director J. Christian Ingvordsen, seemingly predicated our current misogynistic and racist government controlled by powerful white men. Willing to do anything to stay in power, the vengeful founding father types in this film ultimately serve as a chilling prophecy and a reminder of how this destructive mindset has always existed in our culture.

That Rochon, who has survived her own share of personal hardships over the years, is our stand-in here, supplying strength and resolve and sassiness, is also a plus and an assurance that perhaps, like her Lacy, we will truly rise above this current regime, as well.

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

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Hopelessly Devoted to: Morgan Fairchild

Published September 9, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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“At Ms. Swales’ School for Girls we always strive for perfection!”

She’s one of the world’s most politically aware celebrities, tweeting about foreign policy and war torn environments with frequency and skill. Therefore, it’s totally natural that the exquisite Morgan Fairchild has brought this quality of leadership into many of her performances. Often conniving and frequently dangerous, Fairchild’s femmes have, commonly, seemed like presidential material and, as we dive deeper into a contentious election period anchored by the first female nominee, it seems only proper to highlight a couple of this blonde beauty’s most powerful roles.fairchild-5

In fact, in the late era slasher Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge, Ms. Fairchild emphasized her governmental worthiness by playing the ambitious major of a struggling town. Doing everything in her power to provide revenue to the citizens, her Karen Wilton is guided by one of the actress’ true strengths, a strong yet sympathetic edge. Yet, it is discovered that all ruses are red when it is eventually revealed that Wilton was behind the fiery destruction that led to the main character’s disfiguration and murderous rampage. Thus, she must pay, as all villainesses do.

fairchild-6Often knocked on as a pale Phantom of the Opera imitation, POTM gains significant leverage by featuring a number of genre regulars including Derek Rydall (Popcorn), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Tom Fridley (Friday the 13th, Part 6) and Scream Queen Brinke Stevens. But even with glass spikes sticking through her abdomen, Fairchild is the main attraction here, providing one of modern fright films’ truly emotionally monstrous women.

Her Camella Swales in the 1994 science fiction-comedy Virgin Hunters (AKA Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000) is even more ambitious, though. This strict piece in a very tight skirt has gained universal power by convincing the government to outlaw sex and it is up to a couple of handsome, time traveling test tube collegiate types to stop her before she destroys the future of America.fairchild-4

Featuring elemental strands from projects as wide ranging as The Terminator to Some Like It Hot, Fairchild adds subtle intonations and unexpected growls to her stereotypical yet fun dialogue here. Naturally, her no nonsense warden is eventually softened by a man’s gaze, an insulting but expected result in a T and A farce, and America’s future is soon assured. Still, Fairchild has as much fun as she can with the proceedings, once again maintaining the project’s enjoyably silly focus.fairchild-2

Fairchild, who also gains glitter points for her AIDS activism and for her portrayal of Sandra Bernhard’s girlfriend on Roseanne, can be followed at  www.twitter.com/morgfair and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Morgan-Fairchild/109450415739787.

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

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Clemency for David Barren

Published May 14, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Truth: One of my biggest fears is the thought of being locked up in prison for something I didn’t do or for some unimaginably minor offense.

Therefore, I just had to sign the petition for clemency for David Barren, a man given life for a drug conspiracy charge. If you’re someone else who feels a bit of a twinge whenever a cop car slows down in your vicinity or feels compelled towards simple human justice, you might want to take a look at the petition and sign it, yourself.

https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-clemency-for-david-m-barren-serving-life-without-parole-for-a-non-violent-drug-offense

Thanks in advance, and as always, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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What to do about Indiana!?!

Published March 28, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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Got some free time this afternoon and wondering what to do with that rage over Governor Pence passing the Religious Freedom Act in the state of Indiana? Well, you could build a dollhouse out of the bloody shards of your cuticles…or you could make your voice be heard.

Here are some suggestions, passed along the grapevine, by authors/political activists like Kathie Berqquist and Achy Obejas:

“:RE: INDIANA: Outraged?…. Here are some numbers to call…. Were you Greek in college? Call up the Indianapolis-based North-American Interfraternity Conference (317.872.1112) and let them know your outrage. A Pacers fan? Call 317.917.2500. A Colts fan? Call 317.297.2658. Do you use Prozac or Cialis? Call Indianapolis-based drug maker Eli Lilly (317.276.2000) and let them know you’ll be asking your doctor about other options. Maybe you’re celebrity-obsessed and want to call 212.975.3820 and ask Kim Izzo-Emmet, director of publicity for The Late Show with David Letterman, that Dave scold his native state on national television. Or maybe you’re old-school and just want to call the Indiana Office of Tourism (317.602.6641) or the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce (317.464.2222). Or tweet them at @VisitIndiana. But make a call or tweet or two or ten during your lunch break. Do something. The audacity of a state that calls itself “the crossroads of America”!” BOYCOTT: The 2015 Final Four takes place April 4th and April 6th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. BOYCOTT because Pence signed RFRA.”

Well, get busy!

…and until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Rediscovering Stonewall with (Artist) Sasha Steinberg

Published July 1, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

I, recently, had the chance to meet bodaciously talented (NYC based) artist Sasha Steinberg. Here, we chat about his vibrant new comic book series celebrating the glorious personalities that participated in the historic Stonewall Riots:

Further information on Steinberg and his art is available at http://www.ahsasha.com.

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

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Pride Weekend Report: Remembering the UpStairs Lounge Tragedy.

Published June 28, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Nobody much looks, anymore, as I swing down the street in razor blade stilettos, howling I Need A Man in a bad Kermit, the Frog voice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t always this way.

This Pride Weekend will mark the 41st Anniversary of what has been labeled one of the deadliest attacks on LGBT people in US history. On June 24th, 1973 in New Orleans, thirty-two people, horrifically, lost their lives when the UpStairs Lounge was set on fire.

Even though all reports suggest that the fire was started by a disgruntled patron of the bar, the city’s lack of response after the attack borders on the criminal. Most news outlets refused to cover the event and when they did, it was merely as a joke. Families refused to identify bodies and one victim, Rev Bill Larson, who perished as he tried to escape through the barred windows, was left on public display for hours, Medieval warning style.

Even now, few know of this heinous incident. But a recent, lovingly detailed article by the Friendly Atheist pays magnificent tribute to those who fell, years ago.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/06/24/remembering-the-upstairs-lounge-the-u-s-a-s-largest-lgbt-massacre-happened-40-years-ago-today/

An upcoming documentary film is, also, a potent reminder of all that was lost that day.

Here’s hoping that as people whisk through this weekend in drunken delight, they take a moment to acknowledge Larson (and all others) who paved the way – – and perished due to much less accepting climes.

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