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Hopelessly Devoted To: Julie Strain

Published August 11, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

 

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It is hard to think of a cult figure that has been more impactful than the glorious Julie Strain. After a tragic equestrian accident, this 6’1” beauty transformed herself from a thin beauty into an Amazonian goddess. She then went on to conquer the worlds of late night cable and print media proving, behind a doubt, that we are all capable of doing anything when we put our minds to it. This hard won success, nicely, has made her a true inspiration to anyone who has felt slighted or ignored or misjudged…a true champion for the underdog and the unappreciated.

julie strain double impactComing on like Jane Russell for the midnight set, Strain has well over 100 movie credits including such mainstream fare as Out for Justice, Double Impact, Beverly Hills Cop 3 and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. While she eventually made her cultural mark as one of the boldest bad-asses in Andy and Arlene Sidaris’ series of beloved female charged action adventure projects, she has made many other notable appearances, as well. MCDUNTW EC002

For instance, only someone of Strain’s magnitude could effectively play a Lovecraftian creature…something she did to menacingly aerobatic effect in The Unnameable II.

This goddess with the raven tresses also proved to be quite lethal in the noir-esque Starstruck. Throwing off an aura of hypnotic destruction, she provided a slinky ambience to the hardboiled action here…and her watery fade-out provides the proceedings with a memorable aquatic twist.

Julie Strain StarstruckHer most amusing work, on the other hand, may have occurred in How to Make a Monster, a remake of a classic ‘50s monster fest, which allowed her to play an over-the-top, extremely demanding version of herself. Her committed and enthusiastic work in Delta Delta Die! also rates high on the humor scales, with Strain’s maniacal Marilyn Fitch stealing the show as she madly grinds up frat boys into meat soufflés.

Subtler and deeper work is nicely provided by this icon in Magus, one of her last acting roles. Playing the spiritually sensitive Madame Zelda, Strain connects with softness and concern, proving that her range, despite her comic book athleticism, is a wide one. This along with her enthusiastic love for her fans and often self-deprecating humor truly makes this celluloid exploitation goddess one for the ages.

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Great Performances: Sybil Danning

Published April 7, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

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A stern look from someone in real life can sometimes stop you dead in your tracks. Silent expression is also an efficient tool to communicate emotion on film. This is often difficult to pull off, though, as it must be done subtly to be truly effective.

Thankfully for genre fans, one of the most exciting performances to utilize a bare minimum of dialogue and rely almost entirely on facial fluidity, is Sybil Danning’s commanding and efficient Ruger in the beloved cult favorite L.A. Bounty.

l.a. bounty 1A former cop turned determined bounty hunter, Ruger here is dead set on taking down Cavanaugh, a vile criminal who murdered her former partner and who has recently kidnapped Mike Rhodes, a handsome mayoral candidate. Much of Ruger’s time is spent protecting Mike’s uncooperative wife Kelly, a woman whom Cavanaugh wants decidedly dead. As Ruger tries, mightily, to protect this innocent bystander, she systematically works her way through Cavanaugh’s associates. Growing ever more stern and calculating, when she finally gets to the man, himself, even the plot’s fun twists and turns will not deter her.

Nicely, with a simple yet powerful presence, Danning outguns even the most treasured male action icons here. She is cool yet obviously emotionally conflicted, delivering a classic performance – truly one of the best in the exploitation medium and beyond. The rest of the cast is also impressive with Wings Hauser oozing blistered menace as Cavanaugh and the underrated Lenore Kasdorf (Guiding Light, Missing in Action) bringing nervy grace to Kelly Rhodes. Drive-in enthusiasts will also cheer to the contributions of such esteemed participants as Henry Darrow and Robert Quarry.LA-Bounty-3

But it is Danning’s heart that truly provides the significant pulse of this piece. Granted, the action beats, including the anticipated shotgun blasts and deaths by torture and electrocution, are exciting. But she truly imbues this make believe world with its soul. Not surprisingly, a look at the credits shows that she wrote the story and also produced this emotional slice of mayhem… a true tribute to feminine power and the bad-assery of women everywhere, if there ever was one.

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L.A. Bounty merchandise, including a new comic book based upon the exploits of Ruger, is available directly from Danning at www.sybildanning.net.  Be sure to follow her at https://www.facebook.com/Sybil-Danning and https://twitter.com/sybildanning, as well.

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Tom Neyman: An Appreciation

Published November 26, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Vanity (Action Jackson), Lucinda Dooling (Lovely But Deadly), Alexis Arquette (Bride of Chucky), Kim McGuire (Cry-Baby), legendary director-writers Herschell Gordon Lewis and Ted V. Mikels…The film industry has lost a slew of its iconic outsiders in 2016. Now the immortal Tom Neyman can be added to that list.

Neyman, who passed away at the age of 80 on November 13th, may be the most unusual of all these creative entities, though. An accomplished stage actor, Neyman is known for only one celluloid outing – a role that took him over 25 years to gain any notoriety for. But, as The Master in Manos: The Hands of Fate, Neyman strikes such a foreboding and impressive figure that he, ultimately, should go down in history as one of the most essential horror antagonists of all time.

Regarded as one of the worst movies ever made, Manos finally found public appreciation, after having been  exiled to oblivion after its 1966 premiere, when Mystery Science Theater 3000 parodied it on a classic 1993 episode. Ever since, Neyman has gained a deserved, ever growing following. In fact, horror icon Elvira is among the movie’s biggest fans and a recent poll revealed the Manos show to be MST3K viewers’ favorite episode of all time.

Therefore, Neyman is so much more than an actor in a singular role. He will always be a prime example of the impossible come to life – of that ray of hope beaming through the tangled corridors of darkness. He found an odd fame, decades after it should have come, from a movie that many would dismiss outright.

He is the role model for everyone who strives, despite the odds, to connect with an unforgiving, uninterested public. He is one for the believers and for society’s hardworking misfits…and his legacy will live on forever!

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Of further note: Neyman, briefly, reprised his role of The Master in the upcoming Manos Returns, the long awaited Manos sequel: https://www.facebook.com/manosreturns.

Jackey Neyman Jones, Manos’ Debbie and Tom’s beloved daughter, maintains a blog, featuring stories of her father, as well. https://www.facebook.com/Debbiesmanos/

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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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Astro Radio Z Presents “Why Exploitation?”

Published February 20, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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You’ve been warned! This is where it gets real!

Ever since Sister Theresa, the principal at the Catholic high school I attended, tried to cover up the fact that one of the visiting faculty tried to force me into becoming his personal mattress slave, I’ve taken a voracious liking to films in which nuns do incorrigible things! While vicarious revenge is thrilling, I, also, feel that those sleazy celluloid morsels known as nunsploitation films serve as a very potent look at the disfranchisement of women in society and how their sexuality is used to bind and entrap them.

Thus, I was pleased as punch to join host Derrick Carey and crew (Kate Owens, Seth Poulin, Andrew Shearer and Scott Davis) on a recent episode of superlative podcast Astro Radio Z to talk about Flavia, The Heretic. This film is full of all sorts of Euro-madness, but at its heart, beats a true message about the treatment of women in society.

Amidst the chat about such titles as Fight for Your Life, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookersand Massacre in a Women’s Prison, we also talk about what exploitation means to us and why we love these films so much. The revelations may just surprise you. So, what are you waiting for? Get downloading now!

https://astroradiozpodcast.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/episode-28-why-exploitation/

And when you’re through, be sure to check out some of the other work that these glorious participants do:

HOLE IN THE WALL – https://www.facebook.com/GORYHOLE

It’s Only a Movie Blog – http://www.itsonlyamovieblog.com

Celluloid Terror – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Celluloid-Terror

Movieocrity – http://www.movieocrity.com

Gonzoriffic – https://www.facebook.com/gonzorifficfilms

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

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Get Scared TV: Riggor Mortiss Presents

Published January 7, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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Billed as “A New High in Horror” 1961 Euro cult masterpiece Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory could have probably saved my Deadhead friends a lot of weed money with just a single viewing!riggormortiss

Thankfully, gravelly voiced horror host Riggor Mortiss is here to rectify that damage with his ghoulish take on this swinging terror fest – and this latest episode of ghoulery can be seen for free on Get Scared TV.

So, get out your mini-skirts and pink Nair bombs and head on over to getscared.tv now!

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