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Hopelessly Devoted to: Jill Whitlow

Published August 2, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Not many people can say that they were kidnapped by a soap opera king, but Jill Whitlow, who supplied a refreshing presence to a number of television and films in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, can actually lay claim to that cinematic honor. On the Short Walk to Freedom episode of Airwolf, the popular television show that featured Jan Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine, her spoiled Kay Freestone finds herself a captive of John Aniston’s Colonel Arturo Alzar. Aniston, known primarily to network comedy lovers as Jennifer’s father, has spent the last 30 years intriguing daydream believers as the venomous Victor Kiriakis on Days of our Lives. Here, he spreads some of that poisonous energy out onto Whitlow and crew.

Jill KidnappedAdmired, widely, for the sweet courageousness she brought to Cynthia, the heroine of Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps, it is fun to see Whitlow portray the more unsavory aspects of Kay’s character here. After being taking hostage during a Latin American excavation trip, Whitlow fully embraces the pouty antics of her role…faking illnesses and taking extra sips of rationed water with a silver glint in her eye.

Whitlow also brought the same kind of expressiveness to the Mother’s Day episode of Freddy’s Nightmares. She gives Barbara Gamble, the troubled character she plays, a jaunty air as she explores the house where Freddy Krueger committed his most heinous crimes. But even more so than Airwolf episode, the script here, by well traveled television writer David Ehrman, allows her some depth.Jill flirt

While her mischievous nature is in fine form when flirting with cute co-star Byron Thames, she supplies true sorrow to her moments with the accomplished Judith Baldwin (The Stepford Wives), who plays Barbara’s successful yet neglectful radio psychologist mother.

These moments here prove that beyond her most popular roles – arguably in Creeps and Weird Science – Whitlow did impressive work that is well worth seeking out. Be sure to check out her other credits at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0926114/ and….

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Gloria Loring

Published April 14, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Best known for her popular run on Days of Our Lives and for her hit single Friends and Lovers (with the late, beloved Carl Anderson), Gloria Loring is a renaissance woman. As an author, motivational speaker and singer-actress, she has been deservedly admired for decades.

But an appearance on Freddy’s Nightmares also makes her a minor matriarch of horror, as well. As Ellen Kramer, the no nonsense editor of a tabloid journal, on the second season episode Heartbreak Hotel, Loring shone with a sense of vibrant power and feministic sassiness. (Interestingly, this episode also features Tiffany Helm from Friday the 13th: A New Beginning and Richard Cox, the killer in William Friedkin’s controversial gay themed slasher-thriller Cruising.)

Among Loring’s greatest work, though, has to be this amazing melody of songs, which tells the bittersweet story of a romance from its hopeful beginning to its heartbreaking end.

Be sure to visit this spectacular multi-hyphenate at www.glorialoring.com and until the next time…

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Hopelessly Devoted to: Tiffany Helm

Published August 5, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Being a badass might be occasionally hard on the soul, but in a series of roles in the late ‘80s, presence filled genre regular Tiffany Helm made it all look very easy.

Helm is, naturally, best known for her sullenly accurate portrayal of pixie-punk Violet in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. But a year after that sequel hit the theater chains, Helm was back in early riot mode as the dangerous Andrea Eldridge in the WIP homage Reform School Girls.Tiffany 1

As one of head bad girl Charlie’s closest allies, Helm took all the subtle qualities that she brought to Violet and gave them a maniacal twist. She even gives razor voiced co-star Wendy O. Williams, a truly authoritative figure, a run for her money in the damaged honeys sweepstakes. With a sweet opponent smashed up against the bathroom floor, Helm provides sinisterly quiet intent as Andrea readies a flame to brand her as Charlie’s latest conquest. It’s one of the truly chilling moments in a film that sometimes operates more from a sense of humor than true menace. (Slasher historians, meanwhile, should note that another one of Helm’s codependents in mayhem here is played by Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives saucy Darcy DeMoss.)

Tiffany 2Helm’s character Vickie in a 1988 episode of 21 Jump Street was the one to get rudimentary ink, though. As a drug addled teen, she, once again, applies a subtle gravitas in a rather heavily handled episode about suicide. Nicely, Helm does get some private screen time here with Johnny Depp. His slightly iconic Tom Hanson saves her ink stained, addicted character from mass destruction. This episode entitled Best Years of Your Life may be best remembered, though, for its inclusion of Brad Pitt as one of the guest stars portraying a member of Helm’s truly troubled academic clan.

Helm rounded out the decade by playing a slightly exasperated southern waitress named Mary on the Heartbreak Hotel episode of Freddy’s Nightmares. Yes, like Friday the 13th Part 7’s Lar Park Lincoln, Helm switched to team Nightmare here, allowing herself a lighter touch and a sense of comedic sweetness that the other mentioned roles didn’t always grant her. Abandoned and pregnant, poor Mary gives birth to an alien in one dream sequence and to an (unseen) devil baby in another segment. Obscure, perhaps, but just like Helm, the part was certainly a memorable one!

Be sure to keep up with all of Helm’s various activities at https://www.facebook.com/tiffanyhelmfanpage.

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Tamara Glynn in Freddy’s Nightmares

Published August 18, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan


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Full of sweetly organic presence, Tamara Glynn not only enlivened Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers, as the feisty yet vulnerable Samantha, in the late 80s, she also danced around another terror icon in the Love Stinks episode of Freddy’s Nightmares.

Tamara 2Endearing and genuine, Glynn’s Laura here only wants to be the recipient of athlete Adam’s (John Washington, a real life descendent of the first president) genuine devotion. Of course, when Adam slips up and tells another girl that he loves her, this episode becomes a creepily feminist look at relationships.

Since this is Krueger’s universe, Adam soon learns the hard way that a woman’s revenge can be quite deadly, in real and in dream life. In fact, in the episode’s most memorable moment, Adam imagines that a demented Laura, gleefully enacted by Glynn, has taken a sharp effort to sever their eternal bond. This instance, nicely, illustrates how Glynn, who also made appearances on Knots Landing, Miami Vice and Super Force, was able to play many shades on the spectrum of humanity and helps prove why she is still a fan favorite today.Tamara 3

Meanwhile, you can keep up with the busy Glynn’s current projects, including the upcoming Hot Springs Horror Film Festival in Arkansas, at https://www.facebook.com/tamaraglynn2012.

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Forgotten Queens of Scream: Catacomb’s Laura Schaefer

Published November 7, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Working with a hesitant ivory quality, model Laura Schaefer imbued a couple of late 1980s Full Moon ventures and a 1989 episode of Freddy’s Nightmares with soft understatement. Her range wasn’t huge but (like early era Maria Ford), she enlivened the screen with a sensitive creaminess – and it would have been interesting to see what she could have done had she continued her career past her final bit roles in 1991.

CATACOMB2As Elizabeth in 1988’s Catacombs (recently released on DVD by Scream Factory – but known for years, on VHS, as Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice), Schaefer seems far too beautiful and soft natured to fully inhabit the role of a research loving, elementary school teacher. But her lightness strikes a nice balance against the cantankerous layers of the accomplished character actors, all playing distinguished monks. She, also, quite ably personifies the demonic qualities invested in her character once Elizabeth is possessed by the demon, the old (not so) holy men have been hiding in the monastery’s basement jail for centuries. Of course, things eventually end well for Elizabeth and the young priest, the story’s platonic romantic interest, ably portrayed by Class of 84’s Timothy Van Patten.

003The same can’t be said for Etta, the blacksmith’s daughter Schaefer portrays, in Ghost Town (also 1988). Haunted for years by a ravaged, demonically powerful gun man, Schaefer’s hesitant lass soon attaches herself to a contemporary officer of the law, played by swarthy Frank Luz, when he finds himself hijacked in her misty, spirit ridden town. Graduating from almost mute silence, Schaefer/Etta eventually persuades Luz to help her “feel again” – providing viewers with a bit of female flesh and Luz’s character with the first dialogue cue that all is not as it appears to be. Etta’s loyalty to her white knight does cause her downfall, though, and Schaefer’s quiet quality makes her character’s outcome all the more potent. (Especially as Jimmie F. Skaggs is so supernaturally vile as the evil outlaw.)
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The 1989 Art of Death episode of Freddy’s Nightmares gave Schaefer her most eclectic role of the trio. As Joan, a popular college student, she undergoes a terrifying transformation after being kidnapped by the cartoon creation of an ardent admirer. Shaky, and eventually hallucinating an attack from a handsome fellow student (menacingly played by Deadly Friend’s Andrew Roperto), Schaefer believably pulls off the character’s shocked hysteria. This is the last major role of her career and, thankfully, it ends on a tremblingly high note.019

So, until the next time – may the spirits of horror’s forgotten femmes be with you always — and SWEET love and pink GRUE — Big Gay Horror Fan!