Best known for her career defining performance as Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story, the exquisite Carol Lawrence also cavorted, gracefully, across television screens on such shows as Murder, She Wrote, Hawaii Five-O and General Hospital.
As other urbane divas before her, Lawrence showed her horror roots by flirting with danger in the 1978 made for TV film Summer of Fear (AKA Stranger in Our House). Directed by the legendary maestro of terror, Wes Craven, here Lawrence found herself being threatened by the supernaturally enhanced Lee Purcell. Nicely, this beloved cult piece that offered Linda Blair a place to hone her act as a feisty damsel in distress, has recently been given a deluxe Blu-ray release by Music Box Films.
That is reason to celebrate, as Lawrence did in 1965, that some people do understand our needs as horror fans…and that they most certainly “got rhythm”!
With song titles like Damn These Vampires and The Autopsy Garland, brilliantly quirky the Mountain Goats (led by twisty wordsmith John Darnielle) should already be on every freaky terror fan’s playlist.
Linda Blair was Born Innocent, while seemingly having little to do with the 70s television film that genre icon Blair starred in, is one of their more fun, propulsive numbers. Besides, who can resist a title like that?!?
Oh, to be vaguely disaffected and totally European. Oh, to be Hildegard Knef, conqueror of Bacharach and Ella Fitzgerald!
Best known to discerning scare fiends for playing the destructively soulless Alraune in Alraune (1952), for fighting back against man eating seaweed in Hammer’s The Lost Continent (1968) and for giving Linda Blair the chills in 1988 horror cheese-fest Witchery, German born Hildegard Knef (1925-2002) was also a fairly popular chanteuse of the Marlene Dietrich variety. In fact, jazz legend Fitzgerald claimed Knef was “the greatest singer without a voice”. Her legacy is such that music wunderkinds Whirlpool Productions reunited in 2012, devoting an entire CD to remixes of her best known work.
Here, we take it old school, though. But even while Knef is declaring her passion with This Girl’s In Love With You, doesn’t she just seem perfectly bored and above it all? Divine!
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!