Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

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Judie Aronson in Sledge Hammer!

Published August 3, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan


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My sister could be all sweetness and light, one moment. Then the next, she’d be slapping the neighbor’s pet raccoon for stealing her sugar cookie. Such is the case with Francine Flambo, the privileged mayor’s daughter who suffers an alleged kidnapping, on the premiere episode of the short lived action spoof Sledge Hammer!

Judie SH3Flambo, as enacted by the multi-layered Judi Aronson, seems to be a poor, tortured soul when first encountered by series regular Doris Doreau (Anne Marie Martin), who is sent to rescue the young heiress. But (spoiler alert) when it is quickly discovered that Flambo was in on her own kidnapping, the young socialite’s attitude flips and soon Doreau finds her life on the line.

Nicely, Aronson, who is best known to horror fans for her passionate portrayal of Samantha in Friday the 13th: Final Chapter, embraces all the facets of Francine’s personality. She is as convincing as when the character is demurely trembling as when she is savagely threatening to murder everyone around her. Most importantly, Aronson seems to be having a ball and that joyful energy rolls off the screen in delightful waves.Judie SH2

Genre fans should be thrilled to note, as well, that Aronson, who also appeared in such fright flicks as After Midnight and The Sleeping Car, shares most of her screen time with the talented Martin. Martin, before gaining recognition for her work on shows like Days Our Lives, appeared in such slasher stalwarts as Prom Night and The Boogens. Thus, their work here marks the meeting of two genre queens at the top of their game, a true pleasure to watch unfold.

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

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Judie Aronson in Desert Kickboxer

Published August 1, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan


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She may have succumbed to the icy depravity of Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, but the always revivable Judie Aronson was, thankfully,  able to turn the tables on all conquering villainy with her appearance in 1992’s sandy action-fest Desert Kickboxer.

Here as the determined Claudia Valenti, Aronson is able to get the goods on her shady, drug dealing employer and live on until the movie’s romantic, sun streaked fadeout. While filled with the standard good cop-bad cop dynamics of such fare (IE: the chiseled yet damaged hero, the moustache twirling antagonist), Aronson is actually given a full range of emotions to play – feistiness, terror and remorse – and she makes the most of them. Judie 2

While most of her screen time is opposite John Haymes Newton’s troubled yet victorious Hawk, genre fans may be more specifically attuned to her scenes with genre veteran Paul L. Smith. Smith, who did acclaimed work as dark figures in such acclaimed/cult affairs as Midnight Express, Popeye and Pieces, barely has to lift a muscle here to project all the monstrous activities that his Santos is capable of. Aronson reacts to this deviousness with panache. She allows Claudia both a cautiousness and steel resolve that gives the early encounters between these skilled performers a fun sense of cat and mouse.

Thus, while her work on such projects as Friday, Weird Science and After Midnight may command focus, fans of her eclectic resume are sure to find much to enjoy in this less visible project, as well.

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Be sure to keep track of Aronson and her many other projects at

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

When Wez Met Jason

Published April 28, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan


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Wells and Crew attack.

What happens when two titans of injustice and mayhem clash? Well, unfortunately, one is eventually going to have to take a premature visit to that great and grisly powder room in the sky.

Such was the case when Vernon Wells, the massively frightening Wez from The Road Warrior, tangled with Ted White, the ferocious, almost unstoppable Jason from Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, on War Zone, a second season episode of the beloved 80s detective show Hunter.

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White retaliates.

When Wells’ Sonny Zajak and crew invade a warehouse guarded by White’s Manfred T. Royce, explosives detonate, shots ring out and soon Royce goes flying, downward, in a hail of fire. Royce hangs on by a thread, in the aftermath, causing Zajak a moment or two or distress. But, Royce’s balance on the beam of life is too shaky and soon he breathes his last.

Thus, it appears when apocalyptic action meets classic slasher, the former reigns victorious – for the time being, at least.

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

Crispin Glover: Everything is Fine is Where His Heart Is!

Published February 7, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

From Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter to the recent re-imaginings of Willard and the Wizard of Gore, actor Crispin Glover has always delivered with an intense unusualness. His celebrated gifts have, also, manifested in his own musical and directing projects, resulting in a career of deep questioning and true, total artistry. Glover, recently, took some time to talk with Big Gay Horror Fan about his own films (What is it? and It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE) and his work in projects such as Where the Heart is and The Doors, which each had roles for him that resounded with a quirkily queer edge.

BGHF: First of all, Crispin, can you talk about Steven C. Stewart, the amazing man with whom you worked on What is it? and It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE with?

Crispin: Steven C. Stewart wrote and is the main actor in part two of the trilogy titled It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. I put Steve in to the cast of What is it? because he had written this screenplay which I read in 1987. When I turned What is it? from a short film in to a feature I realized there were certain thematic elements in the film that related to what Steven C. Stewart’s screenplay dealt with. Steve had been locked in a nursing home for about ten years when his mother died. He had been born with a severe case of cerebral palsy and he was very difficult to understand. People that were caring for him in the nursing home would derisively call him an “M.R.” short for “Mental Retard”. This is not a nice thing to say to anyone, but Steve was of normal intelligence. When he did get out, he wrote his screenplay. Although it is written in the genre of a murder detective thriller, truths of his own existence come through much more clearly than if he had written it as a standard autobiography. Steven C. Stewart’s own true story was fascinating and then his beautiful story, including his fascination of women with long hair and the graphic violence and sexuality and the revealing truth of his psyche from the screenplay were all combined. A specific marriage proposal scene I remember reading, made me think “I will have to be the person to produce/finance this film.”

crispin charlies-angelsBGHF: And acting in such mainstream fare as Charlie’s Angels has allowed you to make these films, correct?

Crispin: After Charlie’s Angels came out, it did very well financially and was good for my acting career. I started getting better roles that, also, paid better and I could continue using that money to finance my films that I am so truly passionate about. I have been able to divorce myself from the content of the films that I act in. I look at acting as a craft that I use to help other filmmakers to accomplish what it is that they want to do. Usually filmmakers have hired me because there is something they have felt would be interesting to accomplish with using me in their film…and usually I can try to do something interesting as an actor. If, for some reason, the director is not truly interested in doing something that I, personally, find interesting with the character, I can console myself that with the money I am making to be in their production, I can help to fund my own films. Usually, though, I feel as though I am able to get something across as an actor that I feel good about. It has worked out well.where the heart is

BGHF: Nice! As a gay man, I was a fan of your charming performance of the creative Lionel in 1990’s Where the Heart Is. At the time, though, there weren’t a large number of homosexual characters in mainstream entertainment. Therefore, it was a bit bittersweet when the (publicly gay) Lionel revealed his heterosexuality. What do you recall about your take on that role and/or that project, in general?

Crispin: In a certain way, when I took the role in John Boorman’s Where the Heart Is there was similar thought process as to Friday the 13th Part 4. At that point, it was simply to continue to work. John Boorman has, of course, made some genuinely great films. Probably the most intriguing part of the film are the trompe l’oeil paintings by Timna Woolard and how the characters are visually placed within those paintings. The film seemed to be written as a rather broad comedy. The concept of the character as posing as gay for success in the fashion industry probably could be interestingly explored if the character was given more psychological elements than were presented in that screenplay. As it was written, it could probably be taken as not an overly explored character. Being that the character was written in the way that it was, I tried to make it work and somehow come off as an organic individual. I am not sure how successful that performance is. Certainly with the continuing changes in law and social acceptance along with culture’s realization that sex shaming is a terrible thing, various movies will be looked at in context of the current time’s social mores.

Probably a better performance, for me, when playing an actual gay character would be when I played Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone’s The Doors. There is a part of me that does not like to classify things so broadly in that way. It can, of course, be considered offensive by anyone to be grouped in to any kind of category. I personally do not always like being categorized, myself. It, of course, would be best in the future that people are not to be shamed for any kind of sexuality, as long as it is not hurting anyone. In any case, I do not look back at any films I have been in and think that it would be better not to have played the character. I think all experiences are part of life’s learning and I am grateful for them.

crispin-glover fridayBGHF: You have tackled a lot of avenues in your career – music, acting, directing, writing – is there a particular project that you are proudest of that you believe hasn’t been given the recognition it deserves?

Crispin: When the IT trilogy is completed, the best film of the trilogy will be It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. I do not mean to demean What is it?, as I am very proud of that film in different ways. But there is something about the truths that come through from Steve’s screenplay that has a strong emotional catharsis. I put that element on a high level .I am not sure about the film deserving anything more, necessarily, as it was made in a climate of corporately controlled content that is not about truly questioning things. But I would like for many more people to see the film, as it has true value.

BGHF: Perfect. Lastly, are there any plans for your next feature and/or any upcoming projects that we should could keep an eye out for?

Crispin: (On the 7th in Chicago) I will be showing ten minutes of edited footage from my next feature film, which marks the first time I have acted with my father Bruce Glover, who has been seen in such films as Diamonds are Forever, Chinatown and Ghost World. I am excited about this project. This is my first film to have been shot with 35 mm negative. My first two features were shot with standard 16mm film then blown up for a 35 mm negative from a digital intermediate. There are great things about digital technology. I love the grain pattern of film and this is, also, why I enjoy 16mm as well as 35mm. So far my feature film projects have been shot on film. This is my third feature film production. This will not be IT IS MINE. Nor will it have anything to do with the IT trilogy.

I have owned a chateau in the Czech Republic for many years now and it has been in a state of work to get both the chateau ready for housing the crew members and cast when I am shooting my own productions and the 14,000 square feet of former horse stables that are now the areas for the shooting stages where the sets have been built. crispin_glover willard

There has been an enormous amount of work here. When people hear I am coming to my chateau they always say “Have a great time!” as though I am going on vacation. But I actually have way more difficult work here than at my house in LA. In the last two years I have been at my property in Czech more than LA, But, I have been on the road with my shows and films or acting in other people’s films, more than I have been at either of my homes!

Be sure to check Crispin Glover out at his other, other home, and those who are Midwest bound should come see him Friday, February 7th, 2014 at the historic Patio Theatre in Chicago.

Details for that event are here:

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink

The Backside of Horror: Alan Hayes and Lawrence Monoson, “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”

Published September 14, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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(Let’s face it, half the fun of horror and exploitation is seeing some hot bodies frolicking around in the buff. And while I worship the female form, I believe exploitation definitely veers into the exploitive when only gorgeous women are on display while their male counterparts remain chastely buttoned up. Therefore, The Backside of Horror salutes the filmmakers and actors whom even up the score a bit by showing us instances of hot and juicy male flesh in their bloody celluloid fantasies.)

"Paul" and "Ted" mentally prepping to take it all off!

“Paul” and “Ted” mentally prepping to take it all off!

Thank the gay gore gods for director Joseph Zito. While plenty of the original Friday the 13th films feature femmes sans tops, this maverick filmmaker (The Prowler, Red Scorpion) leveled things out (a smidge) with his 1984 entry in the Jason slaughter-a-thon.

During that iconic film’s swimming sequence (a staple of the series), not only do the dangerous dames reveal themselves, but Alan Hayes (as Paul) and Lawrence Monoson (back in action after a revelatory performance in 1982’s The Last American Virgin, as Ted) also such off their clASSic forms, as well.

Lawrence's peter. E-r-r-r, Lawrence and Peter!

Lawrence’s peter. E-r-r-r, Lawrence and Peter!

Therefore, Big Gay Horror Fan sends this masculine trio a forever “Thank you, sirs”!!!

Be sure to return for more “The Backside of Horror” while Big Gay Horror Fan is forever shaking off water like a dog at, as well.

Genre Legends in Other Mediums: Kimberly Beck in Yours, Mine and Ours!

Published February 8, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

According to various published reports – Big Gay Horror Fan was cute as a child. Of course, this has never been truly confirmed.

There is proof positive that genre goddess Kimberly Beck (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Nightmare at Noon, Massacre at Central High, In the Deep Woods) was adorable as a kid, though. All you have to do is check out her winning performance as Janette North in popular 1968 comedy Yours, Mine and Ours. ymo2

Remade in 2005 with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo, this frothy family adventure starred icons Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball as a naval couple, whose marriage combines their respective offspring making for a huge family unit of 18 siblings – (7 boys and 11 girls). Of course, there is much tumultuous mayhem and discord among the children until Ball’s unexpected pregnancy forges them all together in one solid bond.

Granted, with a bevy of youngsters –including (then 18 year old) Tim Matheson (Impulse, Buried Alive, Sometimes They Come Back, Wolf Lake), Suzanne Cupito (AKA Morgan Brittany of Dallas fame – and Death Car on the Freeway, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat), Eric Shea (The Poseidon Adventure) and Tracy Nelson (Fangs, Killer Bees!, The Perfect Tenant) all fighting for attention– there isn’t much screen time to go around.

ymo3But, Beck manages a few fun moments. Whether she is helping Ball prepare for her first date with Fonda, complaining about lack of phone privacy, engaging in a pillow fight with her newly found stepbrothers or helping make sandwiches for her numerous siblings – she is always charming and engaging here.

To check out a fun video of Ball and Beck in ‘affair making’ mode, check out the below video:

You can like the Facebook page for Yours, Mine and Ours at:!/pages/Yours-Mine-and-Ours-1968/189233064441901?fref=ts and the Fan Page for the beyond amazing Beck is!/kimberlybeckfans?fref=ts!

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is always paying homage to the originals at!/BigGayHorrorFan, as well.

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