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Zombie Bathhouse Chronicles: Paging Dr. Martino!

Published October 21, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan

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Hmmm…That old performing truism about not writing something for a cast member that you wouldn’t do yourself has come back to haunt me, as of late.

For years, I’ve been working with composer-lyricist (and Chicago institution) Scott Free on a project called Zombie Bathhouse: A Rock Musical. After a number of readings (and lots and lots of rewriting and reimagining and… well, you get the picture), we were ready to hit those Midwest stages, last week, for a professional run. Naturally, our amazing and dedicated cast was firmly in place, when circumstances twisted, as they are want to do, and I found myself recruited – or ham that I am, did I offer myself up willing!?!? – to take over the role of the mysterious Dr. Martino, the man responsible for the many nightmares endured by the show’s tortured romantic hero, Michael.

Honestly, it’s the last position that I expected to find myself in…but after some inner grumbling and heavy sighing, I’ve actually found myself immensely enjoying being one of the many creepy cogs in a creative machine again. My artistic journey began in the theatrical trenches and I had forgotten how amazing backstage comradery can feel. It’s been very satisfying being part of a unit working for a common goal…and the fact that this, (quite possibly) my final theatrical stage appearance, is in a work of horror makes it all the more satisfying.

More than anything, though, this experience makes me respect artists everywhere all the more. There are so many beautiful things involved with creating something, but so many risks and heartaches, as well. Sometimes those negatives can even outweigh the positives…and, damn, don’t those failures fucking burn?!? But, still we persist. Therefore, I want to send up a salute to my fellow cast mates and to all who dare to risk, to dream and to falter, on a daily basis. We’re warriors, folks, and even the mysterious and totally unsavory Dr. Martino would probably have to bow down to that.

Zombie Bathhouse runs until October 29th at The Center on Halsted. Further information is available at

https://m.facebook.com/ZombieBathhouse/

Until the next time, Sweet love and pink Grue, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Review: Zombie Broads

Published November 5, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Ladies and gentlemen, I know you’ve been a bit worried, but at last…my butt has been fully restored. Yes. After sitting through countless half-assed productions, often scribbled out by established playwrights, at such venerable institutions as The Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf –Be honest. How many times have you thought to yourself, “Now, why the fuck did they spend all that money to do…that?!?” – I have been posteriorly redefined by some good old fashioned, gnawingly eviscerating storefront theater.

Factory Theatre’s latest production is a horror comedy that goes by the name of Zombie Broads.  The title is a reference to a book club featuring many of the show’s female characters, but it is also indicative of the fact that playwrights Corbette Pasko and Sara Sevigny have focused the mayhem here around a series of powerful and resourceful femmes. It’s a nice contrast to The Walking Dead, World War Z and other popular forms of undead entertainment that, granted, contain some awesome female characters, but are seemingly more focused on the male perspective in times of apocalyptic crisis.

Here, former cosplayers turned survivalists, Maxine and Marco, are bringing up Shelby, their exasperated daughter, in a shelter style environment. Shelby, certain that a ghoulish uprising is out of the question, just wants a cell phone, a normal job and to be able to spend some less secretive time with her boyfriend, Alex. But sometimes the folks are right, and when Shelby finds out the dead actually can have real bite, she is glad for all the preriquisite training. If only she weren’t feeling so strange…zombie-broads

Nicely, all of Maxine and Marco’s battle minded compatriots are women and the involved and inventive fight choreography by Matt Engle shows these actresses and, therefore, their characters off to strong intent. Indeed, the audience emotionally connects with all of them.

But if I must choose a favorite…I have decided that I want the divine Haley Rice to be my best friend, in real life, forever! Her subtle, slightly bored take on Isabel, the saucy custodian who starts off the crisis, is comic gold. I! Love! Her!

Granted, the second act does lose some of the zippy breeze established in the first, settling into much more nihilistic vibe. Tone-wise, it’s a bit jarring, as is the semi- cliffhanger ending. But the uniformly enjoyable cast is always a treat and it would be damn hard to find original scripting as zanily courageous and heartfelt, amplified by Janice L. Blizt’s flinty direction, as this anywhere else.

Zombie Broads runs at The Factory Theatre in Rogers Park in Chicago through November 26th. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/factorytheater/ and www.thefactorytheater.com.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Hell of A Gal: Horror Express (1972)

Published March 12, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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Hell of A Gal explores the many genre credits of European exploitation goddess Helga Liné!

Diversity, thy name is Helga Liné! While her role of Natasha in the deliriously fun 1972 Spanish/British mash-up Horror Express finds her in familiar bad girl territory, this definitive fatale also adds a light sense of girlish comedy to her scenes with terror legend Peter Cushing.

Sneaking aboard the Trans-Siberian Express, Liné’s Natasha talks her way into the room of Cushing’s turn-of-the-century anthropologist. Charmed by her seductive brashness, the two strike up an engaging friendship. Of course, that relationship is cut short when Natasha’s thieving ways earn her a place on the victim’s list of a prehistoric caveman, who just happens to house the essence of a murderous alien creature. (I know! Happens every day, right?!?)Helga and Cushing

Still, in her unfortunately short screen time here, Liné and Cushing shine together. Their cute chemistry, also, produces one of the unusual screenplay’s funniest lines, as well.

A blend of Euro horror (with both more traditional and zombie elements), zany action and science fiction, Horror Express features delightful performances from almost everyone involved (including horror legend Christopher Lee and an exuberantly wacked out Telly Savalas) and Severin’s ( http://www.severin-films.com ) 2011 Blu-Ray re-mastering features such amazing extras as an extensive audio interview with Cushing and features with director Eugenio Martin and composer John Cacavas.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Dead Rising: Watchtower Trailer Drops!

Published January 29, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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Pestilence ridden floods, 7-11’s with exploding dairy products…I would, gladly, follow Jesse Metcalfe just about anywhere.

So, obviously I am thrilled that Metcalfe, whose other terror credits include Insanitarium and The Tortured, is taking on the zombie hordes in the upcoming Dead Rising: Watchtower, based upon the popular video game series.

The trailer for the upcoming flick, which begins streaming on Sony’s video service, Crackle, in March, actually looks like a lot of fun.

In the meantime, be sure to get exclusive updates (and other cool stuff) at:

https://www.facebook.com/deadrisingwatchtower

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Dead Kansas

Published November 10, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Looks like things will never be the same again, Toto! Dead Kansas’ writer-director-producer Aaron Carter (and his multi-talented crew) just won Best Zombie Film at the 2014 Fantastic Horror Film Fest in San Diego!

Featuring a strong heroine (a passionate Erin Miracle), Dead Kansas details what happens when a determined young woman traverses across the barren land of a once thriving state in order to save her father. Chased by a band of renegades determined to use her to jumpstart society and the hungry undead (known here as Rottens), Carter’s vision shows how far a little bit of attitude and a sure sense of familial love can take someone.

Naturally, some performances here are stronger than others, but genre veteran Irwin Keyes (as a kindly character known as the Giant) continues to prove that his versatility is pretty much endless.

Most significantly, Carter has made his feature available, for free, online.

You can keep up with further news on this shambling, rock n roll style epic at

https://www.facebook.com/deadkansas, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Film Jerks!!! Meet Sugar Hill!

Published September 29, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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If a loaf of banana bread can put you into a coma then imagine what Sugar Hill and her zombie hordes could do to your corruptive, cheating, miserable spell casting ass!!! Whoa! Do I sound like one of Sabrina’s aunts from Afterlife with Archie, there?? Hope not!!

Anyhow, I recently joined up with the impressively dressed, totally well spoken Film Jerks!!! to discuss 1974 cult classic Sugar Hill. This fun entry stars the gorgeous, well legged Marki Bey – and if you don’t listen to us analyze her beauty and the zany flesh crawling righteousness of this drive-in epic – well, we just might have to feed you to the pigs! (Okay. Not really.)

You can download the entire (gasp!) podcast at:

http://astroradiozpodcast.wordpress.com/

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Totally in-ZANE: The Mad (2007)!!!!

Published May 24, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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(Exploring the often bizarre filmography of velvet voiced man-about-town Billy Zane!)

Our family trips always ended up with us lost and spending the night in places that we were told to avoid. The methadone patients loved meeting us, though. Years later, I’m still not so sure…

As Dr. Jason Hunt in the 2007 zombie style mayhem of The Mad, the ever cool, always reliable Billy Zane, also, discovers that a mini-family vacation can be a bloody hell for more reasons than one. While the squabbling between his controlling fiancé and his rebellious daughter may be bad – it’s nothing compared to the insatiable carnage that occurs at the small town bed and breakfast that they end up at. Soon that quaint retreat is overrun by folks infected by a tainted batch of local beef.

An amusing variation on the undead theme and a mild social statement on the paranoia caused by the outbreak of Mad Cow Disease, director and co-writer John Kalangis provides rapid shot humor and plenty of head splattering, body smashing mushiness, here. A zany 80s punk style soundtrack by Toronto band Half Past Four, also, adds to the squishy rambunctiousness.TheMad_Tommy

As an unsure widower who has lost his cool, Zane nicely plays against type, as well. Infusing everything with a sense of bewildered understatement, his Dr. Hunt is believably influenced by his seductive yet overbearing partner (a tart Shauna MacDonald) and his moody, vegetarian daughter Amy (the perfectly pouty Maggie Castle). All involved, thankfully, realize this is a goofy romp and infuse it with the appropriate energy, ultimately making this a fun, low budget time waster – and a perfect reason to go TOTALLY IN-ZANE!!!!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan

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