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Review: Tales of Poe

Published March 4, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

Maverick in its accomplishments, the anthology Tales of Poe is the perfect example of independent terror filmmaking at its most inventive.

Collaborators Alan Rowe Kelly and Bart Mastronardi have mixed old school 50s Gothicism with a distinctively modern spin on two of Poe’s best known tales and one poem here, with intense visuals and some truly superb performances highlighting the affair, as a whole.

In particular, Kelly’s imperial Gogo in The Cask, the second installment, is a marvel of femme majesty. Channeling such vixens as Faith Domergue, Angela Lansbury (who played a couple of wicked noir style villainesses in the 40s) and Joan Bennett, Kelly also adds his own ticks and quirks to this stunning creation, one of the most enjoyable antagonists in recent history.

Kelly is well supported by the surprisingly good Randy Jones (of Village People fame). Playing Gogo’s wealthy, newlywed husband Fortunato, Jones is entirely convincing and completely sympathetic as he discovers that his new spouse has some very poisonous remodeling plans, on their wedding night, no less.Gogo

Just like The Tell Tale Heart, the film’s fine, bloody first segment (, The Cask doesn’t skimp on the gruesomeness. If there is one minor flaw it’s that, unlike Tell Tale’s uniformly excellent minor and supporting performances, including David Marancik’s believably unstable Fritz, not all of the performances of Fortunato’s rich acquaintances are quite believable here, with a couple of the performers either delivering too little or too much.

The final piece truly reveals the ingenuity of Mastronardi and Kelly, though. Full of stunning images and fun performances by such genre goddesses as Adrienne King and Caroline Williams, Dreams, a take on a Poe verse, seemingly follows a young woman on her adventures as she hovers between life and death.

Taking up almost a full third of the film’s running time, this (mostly) dialogue-less, stream of conscious segment, may be a bit too much for folks longing for the linear delights of the first two pieces. But illuminated by Amy Steel’s truly wondrous voiceover work and performance as a grieving mother, this portion of the film truly illustrates the risk taking delights of this project, as a whole.

Keep up with Tales of Poe as it engrains itself further into the terror consciousness at and

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

Tales of Poe (Official Trailer)

Published July 31, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

TOP's Donaldson (Curtains, Funeral Home)

TOP’s Donaldson (Curtains, Funeral Home)

Dine at the Scream Queen Buffet?!? With appearances by (femme horror film regulars) Debbie Rochon, Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Caroline Williams, Lesleh Donaldson, Susan Adrienson, Amy Lynn Best and Zoe Daelman Chlanda that is exactly what Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly’s upcoming Tales of Poe invites you to do!

…and the official trailer makes the whole shrieking affair look like bloody awesome fun, as well!

Now that you’re heeding the raven’s call, be sure to entomb yourself with all this awesome (literary based) project has to offer at the following sites: and

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

Horror She Wrote with Caroline Williams!

Published February 1, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

murder she wrote
Growing up in a small town was murder for Big Gay Horror Fan. Of course, murder in a tiny hamlet takes on a totally different meaning when one considers Angela Lansbury’s Jessica Fletcher and the long running television series Murder She Wrote (1984-1996).

Based around a spunky mystery writer who uncovers crimes in her small seaside burg, the show revitalized Lansbury’s career for a second time. (British Lansbury had kicked around Hollywood in the 40’s, portraying everything from damsels in distress to deadly femme fatales, without ever establishing a significant niche. Her Broadway portrayal of eccentric, loving Mame in 1966 finally gave her an iconic role to stake her name upon.) The show’s extended run eventually allowed her character many adventures in such locales as New York City, Los Angeles, England and Ireland, as well.

What is most interesting about the show for terror titans, though, is the amazing number of actors known for their work in horror who found themselves under Lansbury/Fletcher’s watchful suspense writer’s gaze.

The end of the show’s 8th season and the beginning of the 9th found eclectic sequel queen Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Leprechaun III, Stepfather 2, and Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) outlining two very different roles.

IMG01On Murder on Madison Avenue (Season 8, Episode 22), Williams portrays Amanda North, an ambitious ad executive who is wooed away from her neglectful but faithful partner-boyfriend. As Williams works with a sensitive determination here, genre fans will also rejoice in the participation of Leo Rossi (known for his steamy death with Pamela Susan Shoop in the original Halloween 2) as a semi-bumbling detective who investigates the murder of a high powered media queen involved with creating a board game based on the seemingly tireless Fletcher’s novels.

Family Secrets (Season 9, Episode 2), allows Williams more creativity, though. With only one episode separating her appearances on the show, Williams is virtually unrecognizable to those who only knew her from her previous stint on the series. As well-to-do Janet Weymouth, she not only changes her hair style but modulates her speech pattern significantly. Her tones here are softer, seductive and very controlled, creating a truly unique character. IMG02

Playing the daughter of a regal Cabot Cove resident named Emily, portrayed by 50’s movie and television maven Phyllis Thaxter (No Man Of Her Own, Alfred Hitchcock Presents), Williams has more to do in this scenario, as well. As one of Jessica’s former writing students uncovers secrets in the Weymouth family, Janet loses her composure in one explosive moment, proving beyond a doubt what a varied performer she is – something those on the fright circuit have known all along.

Be sure to check back in the future for further explorations into Horror She Wrote!

Big Gay Horror Fan is always welcoming crime solvers at!/BigGayHorrorFan, as well!

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