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Monday, August 27, 2012

Get Them Clothes Off Bitch!

No I'm not talking to you.... most likely. Rather I'm talking about my favorite kind of exploitation scene evar! Feeling a scene coming in a movie where a woman is about to be forced out of her knickers gives me a red hot jolly rancher! That's sadly the entire reason this post exists, but I swear that it's leading to a post listing my favorite scenes that fall under this category. That'll be one of my very next posts, just let me think about it a little while longer. It's the most deviant kind of scene that feeds my inner 13-year-old peeping tom. My inner any-year-old really. I just wanna run to the top of that hill from The Sound of Music and sing my love for babes gettin' forced outta their jammies. It was at its height during the nazi exploitation era, catering to an audience that enjoyed sexual humiliation that didn't go as far as rape. It was best when it knew where to draw the line. You still see it occasionally, like with actress Dreama Walker in 2012's "Compliance," pictured above. C'mon ladies, a flick with a guy gettin' forced outta his clothes'd be pretty hot too right? You can level with me.

Ooooh. And what about that Maggie Gyllenhaal in practically every R-rated film she's done.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Love Letter to Tales from the Darkside

Darkside: A very low-budget 80s horror show from George Romero that you'd occasionally catch at 1:00 in the morning and be freaked by. The claustrophobia! The music! The isolated atmosphere! The concepts! The make-up effects! Oh the make-up effects!!
Having just rewatched an episode of the show for the first time in a long time, season 3's "The Circus," I feel I must tell the world (or at least some of you people) how I love Darkside. I have seen every episode and, for the most part, it was pretty consistently memorable. The best episodes usually dealt with one person's deep, dank fears being brought to the forefront in an isolated location. The low budgets that relegated the episodes to one or two sets worked magnificently for the center-of-night, sweaty nightmares that you vicariously live through the tenants of The Darkside.
I will at some point make a list of the 10 best episodes once I rewatch enough of them. Some were startling like "Inside the Closet" and others were felt in a more slow-burn and terrifyingly inevitable way like "The Last Car." Some were both, like the literal monster-of-an-episode "Seasons of Belief." I read somewhere that a guy in medical school made his classmate stop dead in his tracks by recalling this almost forgotten one. It's somewhat comforting to know that these guys in med school, that deal in blood and needles, are still sensitive enough to be frightened by monsters.
The show was always best watched at night and it always WAS because it lived in nighttime syndication. That was the best part! It came out of your TV and found you. Little unsuspecting you.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Uber-Babe Barbara Crampton

Just bask in these pictures of her now. The long-time, New York born, scream queen is 53 years old! And she looks like this!
Not only does she look amazing for her age, but she has also been through hell in the last several years. In a recent interview in Fangoria, she came clean about recovering from being severely ill. She developed two parasites in her system, from a trip to Mexico, and was bed-ridden for two years. According to her, it was a powerful virus named Epstein-Barr that wasn't caught in time. She was on heavy medications for those years. Luckily she had her family to help her pull through and now has a clean bill of health.
She has since shot a new horror movie after getting her life back on track. It's a home-invasion horror movie called "You're Next." It hasn't been released yet, but Lionsgate has the rights. She plays the mom, much like she now does in real life. Of all actresses who took a career break, Barbara's comeback story stands high at the top.
Above is a picture of the You're Next cast. I hope we haven't seen the last of her collaborations with Stuart Gordon either. But whatever she does next, I know it'll be energized and sexy because of her presence. Here's to her health.