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”!
She should have been cowering from that electricity enhanced alien in Not of this World (1991), but instead the exquisite Lisa Hartman decided she would rather be Hiding From Love as witnessed by her 1982 album Letterock, a recording that was even rereleased as a self titled offering, later in the decade, due to her popularity on the nighttime soap opera Knots Landing.
Hartman, who also provided a killer surprise in Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing (1981), even performed that popular Bryan Adams tune on an episode of Solid Gold.
Unfortunately, Letterock (and its subsequent reiteration) never really took off with the public. Interestingly, it is one of the perkiest female rock records of that era with some fun new wave and pop numbers and a running time that passes by brightly. It also qualifies as very ahead of its time. The song Johnny’s Always On My Mind details the female narrator’s attempts to steal a man away from his boyfriend –a bold concept even in today’s music world, let alone in the period of time when it was actually released.
So, bravo, Goddess Hartman….
….and until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
She portrayed a nurse for Nancy, but perhaps most importantly, the divine Mimi Craven was also the mother of Freddy! Married to director-writer Wes Craven during the creation of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ms. Craven, a former actress whose other credits include Vampire Clan and the kid-gone-murderer epic Mikey, will be heading to the Hollywood Palms Cinema, in Naperville, IL, this weekend to discuss the behind-the-scenes magic of one of contemporary horror’s most enduring classics.
Appearing for one night only, October 29th, 2016, this gregarious lady is sure to have plenty of stories to share with many a besotted terror loving Midwesterner.
More information for the two special showings, one at 7:15 pm and the other at 9 pm, is available at:
Horror fans will always remember her as the luminously supportive Lana Marcus whose encounter with a spider was one of the most memorable parts of Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing, one wild ride of a horror film. (For those who have not seen this combination of slasher, sexually ambiguous surprise and demonic Mennonite-style horror – get to watching!) But more importantly, the multi-faceted Sharon Stone has always been a warrior for the gay community, raising countless funds for AIDS organizations and being a much visible beacon of support for years now.
Thus, it was not surprising that Stone has recently halted plans to film a project in Mississippi, one of several states that have recently activated religious freedom laws that cause grievous discrimination to the GLBT community. Granted, threatened boycotts by artistic entities hastened the reversal of such a law in Georgia, recently, and performers like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have cancelled events in North Carolina, another hotbed for queer hatred.
But, roles in such projects as Scissors, Calendar Girl Murders, Sphere, Total Recall, Catwoman (and so many other delicious thriller and science fiction cult classics) along with her vibrant activist history truly make Stone one of our own and worthy of special praise and generous thanks!
So…Thank you, Ms. Stone!!! I guess an araneae in the mouth equals grand compassion!
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
If our truest fears are those that originate in our youth…then masterful director/writer Jake Jarvi (of Pineapple Boy Films) proves that its all child’s play – in half a minute – with his truly fun piece, Jack!
The winner of Studio 360’s 30 Seconds of Terror contest, this bloodcurdling gem was acclaimed (and given first place honors) by none other than (judge) Wes Craven!