Friday, October 24, 2014

WOMEN OF HORROR: VERONICA CARLSON

HAMMER'S COOL BLONDE. 

Veronica Carlson has the wrath of Count Dracula and the lust of Dr. Frankenstein.  Oh yeah, and another Dr. Frankenstein as well.  And that's not to mention a cannibalistic ghoul.  Veronica Carlson has joined the pantheon of the women of horror by way of:
  • DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)
  • FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (1969)
  • THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN  (1970)
  • THE GHOUL (1975)
  • FLESH AND BLOOD: THE HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR (1994)
  • 100 YEARS OF HORROR (1996)
  • THE WITCH'S DUNGEON: 40 YEARS OF CHILLS (2006)
  • MIDNIGHT MADNESS: THE HISTORY OF HORROR, SCI-FI & FANTASY FILMS (2010)
with Christopher Lee in DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE
 
under the thumb of Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) with Simon Ward in FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED
 
publicity shot with Ralph Bates & Kate Mara from THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN
 
in flapper gear with Peter Cushing in THE GHOUL
 
sharing a milkshake with Peter Cushing on the set of FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED
 
Christopher Lee performs a "PSYCHO" on director Freddie Francis' birthday cake on the set of DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE
 
 
TODAY'S "WOMEN OF HALLOWEEN" SONG ON MY AUDIO BLOG "BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM ANDROMEDA" IS "MY MAN'S AN UNDERTAKER" BY DINAH WASHINGTON

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WHEN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES WERE CREEPY PT. 1

YES, BACK IN THE DAY BEFORE MILQUETOAST KIDS DRESSED UP AS PRINCESSES OR CELEBRITY CHEFS AND BEFORE ADULT WOMEN USED HALLOWEEN AS AN EXCUSE TO DRESS LIKE A SLUT (ahem), OUR ANCESTORS REALLY KNEW HOW TO MAKE CREEPY COSTUMES!  Unsettling, even!













WOMEN OF HORROR: JILL BANNER

THE LIFE OF JILL BANNER CAME TO AN END IN A CAR CRASH AT THE AGE OF 35. 

But it is her inspired performance in the cult classic SPIDER BABY which earns her entry into the pantheon of the women of horror.  Endlessly photogenic but with a quirky take on her admittedly bizarre character of Virginia the Spider Baby, Jill Banner is captivating whether she's eating a spider or slicing the ear off of Mantan Moreland!
I've caught a big fat bug in my spider web!
 
with Sid Haig and Beverly Washburn
artist Steve Ring's portrait of Jill Banner & Beverly Washburn
 
the (Merry) family that slays together stays together:  Beverly Washburn, Sid Haig, Jill Banner and Lon Chaney Jr.
 
portrait of Jill Banner by Steve Ring 
 
 
TODAY'S "WOMEN OF HALLOWEEN" SONG ON MY AUDIO BLOG "BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM ANDROMEDA" IS "THE BALLAD OF SWEENEY TODD" BY LEA DELARIA.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TRANSYLVANIAN PROVERB # 4



art by John Severin

Chilly Willy - Spook-A-Nanny (HQ)

WOMEN OF HORROR: FENELLA FIELDING

SCRUMPTIOUS! 

Here we have yet another woman who makes the pantheon of horror with just one role:  the slinky, voluptuous and velvety-voiced Valeria from the 1965 Hammer Horror parody CARRY ON SCREAMING!  Half Vampira and half Carolyn Jones' Morticia Addams (with just a pinch of Joan Greenwood), Fenella Fielding's portrayal of Valeria is sheer perfection in this lovingly-prepared send-up of Hammer Films during it's glory years.  The eyelashes!  That red dress!  And that mellifluous voice!  Valeria has been one of my horror icons since I first managed to pull in a fuzzy transmission of the film through my TV aerial from a New York broadcast station back in the early 1980s.  And, as an admirable footnote, Fenella Fielding was also the loudspeaker voice and telephone operator voice on the classic 1967 TV series THE PRISONER starring Patrick McGoohan. 

with Bernard Bresslaw, Jim Dale and Harry J. Corbett
 
Valeria undercover with her brother Dr. Watt (Kenneth Williams)
 
detail of poster art for CARRY ON SCREAMING!
 
"Do you mind if I smoke?"
 
 
TODAY'S "WOMEN OF HALLOWEEN" SONG ON MY AUDIO BLOG "BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM ANDROMEDA" IS TERESA BREWER'S COVER VERSION OF ROSEMARY CLOONEY'S "PUNKY PUNKIN"

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - EP01 - Once Upon A Beginning (full episode)


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WOMEN OF HORROR: JOYCE JAMESON

ANOTHER "DIZZY BLONDE" WHO WAS IN REAL LIFE INTELLIGENT AND WELL-READ, JOYCE JAMESON HAS LONG BEEN A FAVOURITE OF MINE. 

Ever since I first saw her when I was a kid in one of my favourite films of all-time:  THE COMEDY OF TERRORS.  Jameson's comic timing was hilarious and she played brilliantly against Vincent Price's sociopathic Mr. Trumbull.  The beautifully written domestic argument scenes (from the pen of the great Richard Matheson) provided some of the funniest movie fights in cinema history.  Jameson's Amaryllis Trumbull evinces vulnerability as well as backbone who was also a match for her husband in the bickering department.  She was also walled up by Peter Lorre in "THE BLACK CAT" segment of Roger Corman's Poe omnibus TALES OF TERROR.  She was also the interviewer Grace Pander in DEATH RACE 2000.  And somewhere along the line she had time to enter Rod Serling's TWILIGHT ZONE and THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR as well as encountering Herman Munster, Sergeant Schultz and Scooby-Doo!  Joyce Jameson's pathway to the pantheon of the women of horror:
  • SON OF DR. JEKYLL (1951)
  • SCIENCE FICTION THEATER "The Human Circuit" (1956)
  • TALES OF TERROR (1962)
  • TWILIGHT ZONE "I Dream of Genie" (1963)
  • THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR "How To Get Rid of Your Wife" (1963)
  • THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1964)
  • THE MUNSTERS "Dance With Me, Herman" (1965)
  • THE MUNSTERS "Herman Picks a Winner" (1966)
  • THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. "The Dippy Blonde Affair" (1966)
  • DEATH RACE 2000 (1975)
  • THE NEW SCOOBY AND SCRAPPY-DOO SHOW  (1983)

"Time for your medicine, old man!"
 
casting for "The Black Cat" segment of TALES OF TERROR with Peter Lorre and Vincent Price (and friends)
 
Peter Lorre is not the most attentive husband in TALES OF TERROR
 
an encounter with Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne)
 
walled up in TALES OF TERROR
 
Grace Pander gets the interview in DEATH RACE 2000
 
"Demon rum will get you yet!" - publicity shot from COMEDY OF TERRORS
 
 
TODAY'S "WOMEN OF HALLOWEEN" SONG ON MY AUDIO BLOG "BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM ANDROMEDA" IS "IT'S A QUIET TOWN" BY BETTY GARRETT

Look Around You: Ghosts Intro


Look Around You: Ghosts


Monday, October 20, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELA LUGOSI

TO CELEBRATE BELA'S BIRTHDAY, HERE IS A RARE PROMOTIONAL POSTER FROM THE ICONIC CRESTWOOD HOUSE MONSTER SERIES OF BOOKS WHICH HAUNTED MANY KIDS IN THE LIBRARIES OF THE SEVENTIES & EARLY EIGHTIES.

WOMEN OF HORROR: JEANETTE NOLAN

NO ONE WAS BETTER AT PLAYING WITCHES THAN JEANETTE NOLAN. 

Not once but several times did she play a wicked old witch on television.  And she was extremely good at it!  From the looks of her, actor's actor Jeanette Nolan looks rather sweet and demur -- utterly respectable and a little sedate.  However, give her a script with a witch in it and she tapped into some source of evil which flooded over the screen like a dark omen.  However, she made an impact in movies of the macabre as well.  She was Lady Macbeth to Orson Welles' Thane of Cawdor and she was the uncredited but iconic voice of Mrs. Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO.  These are impressive enough but it is her witchy performances as the old crone in "PARASITE MANSION", the embodiment of evil witchery in "LA STREGA" (both classic episodes of BORIS KARLOFF'S THRILLER), a "wise woman" on THE TWILIGHT ZONE hour-long episode "JESS-BELLE" and finally another wicked old witch on NIGHT GALLERY in the episode entitled "SINCE AUNT ADA CAME TO STAY".  Give your best witch's cackle in tribute to Jeanette Nolan.


Looking for hand sanitizer as Lady Macbeth
 

Norman! . . . NORMAN!!!
 

menacing Beverly Washburn in PARASITE MANSION

Up to no good in LA STREGA

reading Anne Francis' palm in JESS-BELLE

the houseguest from Hell in SINCE AUNT ADA CAME TO STAY


Aunt Ada by artist Steve Ring
 

  • MACBETH (1948)
  • PSYCHO (1960)
  • THRILLER "Parasite Mansion" (1961)
  • THRILLER "LA STREGA"  (1962)
  • TWILIGHT ZONE "The Hunt" (1962)
  • TWILIGHT ZONE "Jess-Belle"  (1963)
  • CHAMBER OF HORRORS (1966)
  • NIGHT GALLERY "The Housekeeper" (1970)
  • NIGHT GALLERY "Since Aunt Ada Came To Stay" (1971)
  • CIRCLE OF FEAR "The New House" (1972)

TODAY'S "WOMEN OF HALLOWEEN" SONG ON MY AUDIO BLOG "BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM ANDROMEDA" IS "ANNABEL LEE" BY MARIANNE FAITHFUL.