Time moves along, as it likes to do, and sometimes you find your personality twisting from petulant victim to mysterious doomsayer. Such is the case with actress Tiffany Helm – or at least with the characters she portrays.
Beloved among terror hounds, worldwide, for playing Violet, the doomed punk in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Helm has recently returned to the acting scene with a spooky appearance in Come True, a new horror film directed by Anthony Scott Burns. Here, though, as the above on set photo indicts, she just might be the harbinger of nasty things to come instead of being the recipient of them.
Fans, of course, are thrilled about this return to celluloid roots and Helm has already booked a follow-up role in another horror project, as of this writing.
This may not qualify as a horse of a different color, but it certainly is unique! Well known for attending celebrations of such ‘80s classics as Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Demons, horror’s goddess of the divine, Linnea Quigley, will be in Chicago on June 10th for rare screenings of two of her other cult classics. Both Hollywood Chainsaw Hookersand Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-a-Rama, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be shown at Summer Scares, an exciting appreciation of the celluloid culture that excelled in offing nubile teens in warmer climes.
With that thought, 1980’s Friday the 13th, the film that is the wicked granddaddy of the genre, will also be shown, with that project’s Ari Lehman (“Jason”) on hand to offer an introduction, as well. In an interesting side note, both Quigley and Lehman recently appeared together in The Barn, an acclaimed slasher throwback that has been making the rounds of conventions and fests, as of late.
To sweeten the pot, Quigley and Lehman will be joined by Nightmare on Elm Street 2’s Mark Patton, who will be interviewing Quigley about her illustrious career. Talk about a trio of camp counselors that you could trust your life with! H-m-m-m – or maybe not.
What happens when two titans of injustice and mayhem clash? Well, unfortunately, one is eventually going to have to take a premature visit to that great and grisly powder room in the sky.
Such was the case when Vernon Wells, the massively frightening Wez from The Road Warrior, tangled with Ted White, the ferocious, almost unstoppable Jason from Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, on War Zone, a second season episode of the beloved 80s detective show Hunter.
When Wells’ Sonny Zajak and crew invade a warehouse guarded by White’s Manfred T. Royce, explosives detonate, shots ring out and soon Royce goes flying, downward, in a hail of fire. Royce hangs on by a thread, in the aftermath, causing Zajak a moment or two or distress. But, Royce’s balance on the beam of life is too shaky and soon he breathes his last.
Thus, it appears when apocalyptic action meets classic slasher, the former reigns victorious – for the time being, at least.
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
My friend Christine couldn’t come out to play yesterday, but I didn’t mind. I just spent the night at home, writing under the watchful, protective eyes of little Jason, artist Bryan Ruff’s brilliantly gleeful and imaginatively childlike take on the legendary Friday the 13th villain!
In fact, all of Ruff’s soulful creations prove that the only guardian angels that any true horror lover will ever need are his personality filled imaginings of the younger versions of Michael, Pinhead, Leatherface and so many other terror icons.
Besides the cute factor – which there is plenty of – what Ruff details, so personally, with these renderings is the innocence that these characters might have had before their more evil instincts took over. It’s a powerful reminder of the humanity that exists in our scares – something that is often overlooked in the flashier aspects of fright culture. It is also what sets Ruff’s work apart from so many other artists who are dealing with the terror genre. In a word, it’s heart.
The Hollywood Reporter recently revealed some more specifics behind the upcoming Friday the 13th film, scheduled to hit theaters on May 13th, 2016.
As for the less than happy news, the latest report does confirm that, as of this time, Platinum Dunes and Paramount are planning to use the found footage format for this latest venture. But, on the more positive side, it was noted that the aim of writer Nick Antosca’s (Hannibal, Teen Wolf) script will be to reveal why Jason has been an indestructible killing force for decades.
While this concept didn’t work so well for Michael and the original Halloween series, it is still an intriguing premise and, hopefully, Antosca will be able to work all forms of slasher magic within this overview.
For cheaply done, strictly commercial projects, the Friday the 13th film series has actually inspired some insanely talented acts of creativity.
Speaking of which, in honor of today’s bloody heritage (3/13/2015), detailed Chicago artist Jeff Lassiter is offering his beautiful Friday the 13th pieces (above) for $20 – for one horror-ificly historic day only!
Check out this deal and Lassiter’s other amazing work at:
Mom always told me wearing that sweater vest would get me into trouble. Now, it’s gotten me killed!!
But, it’s all good! Playing a properly attired business type in Deadly Spawn writer/director Douglas McKeown’s new zombie short ZADD was a shambling blast! Now, this mini monster-piece is finally available for free viewing, online:
Shot and edited in 24 hours (by the ultra amazing Jayme Joyce) and featuring such talents as Friday the 13th‘s Ari Lehman, genre artist Mitch O’Connell (and infant son), Double Page Spread‘s Wendi Freeman and Chateau Grrr ‘s Chad Hawks, I have to say that I am pretty proud of this little adventure in 50s style horror filmmaking.
Now, rock a mean ghoul, everyone!!
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!