Sometimes it just takes a great mind! Denise Pearson, lead singer of ‘80s British pop sensations 5 Star, obviously had an instinct that the inhabitants of such post-apocalyptic horrors as Aliens, Creepozoids and Hardware might have had a better chance of surviving with just one thing – a dance break. This video for System Addict, one of the band’s most popular numbers, brightly and enthusiastically works that theory out to vibrant effect.
Decades later, lucky (and loyal) listeners know that Denise is still brightening dark and desolate landscapes with appearances in musicals and on concert stages across the world.
It’s hard to find the gratitude sometimes, right?!? Money worries, career concerns, the state of the world, seasonal depressions… But you grab what you can when you can and sometimes the littlest things can turn you around.
My friend Deborah Dutch was visiting this past weekend. As we chatted and prepped for our evening adventures, I noticed my copy of the recently released Creepozoids soundtrack on vinyl. I asked her to pose with it…and, suddenly, life seemed kind of cool again.
As an overview, I was lucky enough to interview horror queen Linnea Quigley for the liner notes for this Terror Visions product. The fact that Deb is often associated with her, having appeared as an actress in such projects as Hard to Die, Sorority Girls and the Creature from Helland others, made this photo pairing seem like electric kismet. (Deb and Linnea actually even appear together in a scene in the cult slasher film Graduation Day!) This simple photo op made me realize how cool my life is. I have some amazingly creative friends and have been able to work on interesting projects. I’m also sure I’m not the only one in this position. I have a hopeful feeling that any person reading this right now can say the same about their life.
So, here’s to the vibrant connections that make our existences special!
Meanwhile, if you have exploitation soundtrack fever, Terror Vision is always uncovering amazing, rare celluloid tunes. http://www.terror-vision.com/.
For gay old school horror lovers, Ken Abraham is the one name in terror history that probably brings instant happiness.
Bursting with brash attitude and a compelling presence, Abraham brought star quality to such low budget genre epics as Terror Night, Creepozoids, Vampire Nights, Mind, Body and Soul and Vice Academy.
More significantly, to those of certain orientations, Abraham offered himself up as one of the few male cult icons who was confident enough to reveal as much flesh as his female co-stars.
Abraham’s most iconic image of nude frolicking is most likely from David DeCoteau’s post-apocalyptic monster flick Creepozoids (1987). As Butch, one of a band of weary survivors, Abraham finds momentary comfort from the dusty gloom by taking a much appreciated, rump baring shower with genre icon Linnea Quigley.
Two years later, in 1989 T and A thriller Deadly Embrace (helmed by DeCoteau under his Ellen Cabot pseudonym), Abraham once again rolled out the globule delights. As the hunky houseboy hired by a murderously, sex-minded society wife, Abraham found himself far from the noir classics of the 40’s. Yet, this cheesy, fun exercise allowed Abraham to show both his tender and cocky side and plenty of ass-cheek, as well.
Abraham continued to act in such genre efforts as Joss Whedon’s Angel and The Forgotten (with Julianne Moore) until 2004 when his successful career as an editor and producer began to take his full attention.
This fun trailer for Creepozoids features some tongue happy Quigley-Abraham shower action!: