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.

HALLOWEEN WITH THE NEW YORKER

VENERABLE OLD NEW YORKER MAGAZINE HAS HAD A TRADITION OF INTERESTING HALLOWEEN COVERS.  Here are just a few of them:







Sunday, October 19, 2014

A MARVEL-OUS HALLOWEEN TEAM-UP

IN THE INTEREST OF EQUAL TIME, I THOUGHT I'D POST SOME HALLOWEENY COVERS FROM TWO OF MY FAVOURITE MARVEL COMICS' SEVENTIES TEAM TITLES:  MARVEL TEAM-UP (WHICH FEATURED SPIDER-MAN) AND MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (WHICH FEATURED THE THING).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WOMEN OF HORROR: BETTE DAVIS

ONE OF THE GREATEST HOLLYWOOD STARS OF ALL TIME HAD A NOTABLE CAREER AS, WHAT HAS BEEN UNKINDLY CALLED, A "HORROR HAG". 

Whatever else can be said about the latter career move of Bette Davis, the least that can be said is that she appeared to be having fun with it.  Beginning with her ghastly groundbreaking (and extremely brave) turn as Baby Jane Hudson, Miss Davis racked up a handful of horror roles:
  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962)
  • HUSH...HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE  (1964)
  • THE NANNY  (1965)
  • THE ANNIVERSARY (1968)
  • BURNT OFFERINGS  (1976)
  • THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME (1978)
  • RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN (1978)
  • THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980)
publicity shot with Joan Crawford of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
 
when Joan Crawford was still connected with HUSH...HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE
 
with Olivia DeHaviland in HUSH...HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE
 
with Wendy Craig in THE NANNY
 
taking the piss in THE ANNIVERSARY
 
 
TODAY'S "WOMEN OF HALLOWEEN" SONG ON MY AUDIO BLOG "BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM ANDROMEDA" IS "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?" BY BETTE DAVIS