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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Hildegard Knef

Published December 21, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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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!

Lovely Witchery!

Lovely Witchery!


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Bad CGI Fridays: The Deadly Bees (1966)

Published August 22, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Fame sure packs a sting, sometimes!

Indeed, 1966’s truly fun The Deadly Bees takes pop star Vicki Robbins (the exquisite Suzanna Leigh from The Lost Continent and Lust for a Vampire) from fur stained Top of the Pops settings to the green and relaxing countryside. Of course, her restorative vacation is soon endangered when a mad scientist (disguised as a kindly neighbor) starts sending his killer bees on a variety of death filled errands.sl arrival

Obviously filmed long before the prevalence of CGI, The Deadly Bees does contain tons of blatantly artificial effects work. The actors, here, are (often laughingly) covered with mighty mounds of superimposed bees during the attack scenes. In fact, rumor has it that these blanketing creatures were created by dunking coffee grounds in vats of water. Mrs. Folgers must be really pissed, huh!?!

wife 2But, while this vicious entry, directed by the iconic Freddie Francis, is considered by Amicus scholars to be one of that venerable studio’s weakest efforts, time seemingly has been kind to this buzzing creation. Quaint and charming, it is enlivened by it’s distinguished British performers and the vibrant Leigh. It is truly a pleasant throwback and, certainly, as one of the first killer bees films available, a cultural artifact, as well.

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