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Judie Aronson in Sledge Hammer!

Published August 3, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

 

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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!

Judie SH3Flambo, 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.Judie SH2

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!

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Cinema Wasteland Celebration (featuring Brinke Stevens and Debra DeLiso)!

Published April 4, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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High school reunion? Forget it! But a reunion of the casts of 1981’s Just Before Dawn and 1982’s Slumber Party Massacre (which has high queer appeal for lesbian author Rita Mae Brown’s script participation , its female director and strong female characters)?!? Big Gay Horror Fan is all for that!

cinema wastelandThankfully, the wicked and wizened powers-that-be at Cinema Wasteland (www.cinemawasteland.com) are holding just such get-togethers over the weekend of April 5th, 2013 in Strongsville, OH. JBD’s Jamie Rose, Chris Lemmon and director Jeff Lieberman will be on hand for signings and screenings while Brinke Stevens, Debra DeLiso, Joseph Johnson and Michael Villella (the original Driller Killer, himself!)will be on hand for SPM.

Of course, Stevens is a horror powerhouse with endless credits in the genre. 1998’s Victoria’s Shadow, one of her little known efforts, is certainly for Brinke fanatics only, but the Stevens on display here is delicious. Stevens has always been incisive in her portrayals involving the dualities of certain characters (see Haunted Fear and Teenage Exorcist) and her Victoria in Victoria’s Shadow is no exception. Bitten by a vampire as a young maiden in the 19th Century, Victoria is reawakened to the modern world with a fervent hunger. Stevens radiates with unrestrained evil as she tears into old men and her old beau’s girlfriend with eye flashing vengeance. A particularly groundbreaking scene features Stevens’ Victoria feeding on a child whom she has strung up, upside down, from a tree. A set piece constructed of skulls in the film’s final moments gives the eternally beautiful Stevens a haunted resting place, as well.brinke

While not as well versed in the antics of terror, Stevens’ Slumber Party co-star Debra DeLiso was the heroine of the ski slope slasher Iced (1988, written by and co-starring fellow SPM guest Johnson) and made a deliciously aggressive appearance on cult television show Sledge Hammer as an extremely athletic, revenge minded member of a satanic cult.

debraPortraying Angel on the 1987 “State of Sledge” episode (Season 1, Episode 14), DeLiso is an unrepentant, comic delight. Whether slinging around weights, jumping from air vents on top of the series’ regulars or maniacally leading the charge to rescue the cult’s leader played comedian Mark Blankfield (Jekyll and Hyde…Together Again, Dracula: Dead and Loving It), DeLiso is always an eye catching delight.

Be sure to catch up with Stevens, DeLiso (and Big Gay Horror Fan) at this weekend’s Cinema Wasteland!

Meanwhile, Big Gay Horror Fan is always exclaiming the delights of his beloved femmes of terror at https://www.facebook.com/BigGayHorrorFan!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE!