Even Tony winners can be tempted. Just ask the radiant Melba Moore! In The Mandrake Rootepisode of Monsters, this multi-faceted performer found herself compromised by a sexy plant man and her life – or at least that of her character’s – was never quite the same again.
The plotline here finds Moore, as the demure Angela Lyle, clearing out the remains of her mysterious grandmother’s estate. The discovery of a dusty box leads to the emergence of a mysterious plant. Said vine, due to Lyle’s curious tinkering, naturally grows into something tall, handsome, smooth…and full of bloodlust.
Nicely, as an actress, Moore simply navigates her character’s growth from timid to uncontrollably lustful. There is no grand posing, but you truly believe that she has fallen under her supernatural partner’s spell. Meanwhile, Byron Minns, as the vein strewn reason for Moore’s down fall, makes one understand why she would tumble down this murderous rabbit hole, head first.
Accentuated by the series’ unusual twists and turns, this episode ultimately provides something for both enthusiastic show tune lovers and terror anthology buffs alike.
She is known for incisively combining fear with strength as the damaged Kristen in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Nicely, the truly talented Tuesday Knight brought many of those same qualities to the 6th season Trevor episode of The X-Files.
Here, as the concerned Jackie Gurwitch, Knight enters familiar territory: fighting back against a psychopath. The villain in question this time around is the maniacal Wilson Rawls, played with insane glee by the accomplished John Diehl. Of course, just like Freddy, Rawls has special powers. He can alter his body chemistry to absorb bullets and walk through walls. This latter trick almost does in Knight’s Gurwitch, but our favored actress, thankfully, remains strong and lives to tell the tale after the insidious attack.
Radiating with fear and determination, Knight registers with impact here. She also gives Gurwitch a hint of trailer park defiance – a decided detour from the middle class background of Kristen – proving what an eclectic performer she can be in the process.
From the gilded Broadway stages to poverty row, the luminescent Melba Moore has seen it all. Her appearances in Def By Temptation and The Mandrake Rootepisode of Monsters also prove that she likes to put a little fear into the hearts of her devoted fans.
Further showing her eclectic nature, Moore, known for the fluidity of her rhythm and blues crooning, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance for her sexy take on Read My Lips, the title track of her successful 1985 album.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan
Just like me, Goldie Hawn and Liza Minnelli have never quite made the curve. While my lack is probably imaginary and (possibly) self-inflicted, the only way Hawn and Minnelli didn’t quite got into the groove was with their horror credits.
But…Hawn did face down the terrors of an abusive ex in the 1991 thriller Deceived and is an integral part of the catty craziness of Death Becomes Her, a much loved take on body modification (that has many campy elements of terror). Minnelli, meanwhile, has provided gothic back-up vocals for both Alice Cooper and My Chemical Romance…earning her place in the hearts of everyone on eyeliner spectrum – from drag to punk rock.
In 1980 these two icons joined forces for Goldie and Liza Together… a truly colorful television special, indicative not only of the era but of the incredible talents involved.
The show aired twice, to less than stellar ratings, but it will forever remain a favorite to those who actually experienced in all of its initial flaming glory.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
She’s endured public tragedy and overt sexism on a national scale. Her Chanel #2 even met a very bloody end on the first season of Ryan Murphy’s short lived Scream Queens.
But the magnificent Ariana Grande, whose dream role just happens to be Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, instinctively knows how to keep rising above. …Or majestically sinking below as this delightfully Alice in Wonderland inspired video for No Tears Left to Cry so artistically proves.
Her dark, multi-layered pop music has found her a rightful place on the soundtracks of such genre shows as Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human, but the magnetic Zola Jesus truly has to be seen to be believed. In a live setting, her astounding voice and physical connection to her music often produces a sense of euphoria.
A recent show in Chicago provided a perfect example of this. There, I witnessed her song Wiseblood turn a timid, middle aged trans woman into a empowered fist waving, body twirling diva, lost in the power of the song’s anthem-like chant, “If it doesn’t make you wiser, Doesn’t make you stronger, Doesn’t make you live a little bit -What are you doing?” It was a spine tingling moment that showcased the true freedom and power that the best music can manifest.
My sister could be all sweetness and light, one moment. Then the next, she’d be slapping the neighbor’s pet raccoon for stealing her sugar cookie. Such is the case with Francine Flambo, the privileged mayor’s daughter who suffers an alleged kidnapping, on the premiere episode of the short lived action spoof Sledge Hammer!
Flambo, as enacted by the multi-layered Judi Aronson, seems to be a poor, tortured soul when first encountered by series regular Doris Doreau (Anne Marie Martin), who is sent to rescue the young heiress. But (spoiler alert) when it is quickly discovered that Flambo was in on her own kidnapping, the young socialite’s attitude flips and soon Doreau finds her life on the line.
Nicely, Aronson, who is best known to horror fans for her passionate portrayal of Samantha in Friday the 13th: Final Chapter, embraces all the facets of Francine’s personality. She is as convincing as when the character is demurely trembling as when she is savagely threatening to murder everyone around her. Most importantly, Aronson seems to be having a ball and that joyful energy rolls off the screen in delightful waves.
Genre fans should be thrilled to note, as well, that Aronson, who also appeared in such fright flicks as After Midnight and The Sleeping Car, shares most of her screen time with the talented Martin. Martin, before gaining recognition for her work on shows like Days Our Lives, appeared in such slasher stalwarts as Prom Night and The Boogens. Thus, their work here marks the meeting of two genre queens at the top of their game, a true pleasure to watch unfold.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!