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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Tab Hunter

Published August 14, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Tab Hunter’s latter day career answered that eternal cinematic question: Where do smooth dream boys go, once they age? Why into deliciously low budget horror films, naturally. In fact, Hunter, who hit it big in the ‘50s with such films as Battle Cry and Damn Yankees, might have just gotten his best roles as a psychotic, momma loving beach boy and as a secretly deformed, revenge fueled doctor in such projects as 1973’s Sweet Kill (AKA The Arousers) and 1988’s Grotesque.

Tab 2Hunter, who was discovered by legendary gay agent Henry Willson, also, as many teen idols before and after him, took to the recording studios and actually scored a number of hits. I Love You, Yes I Do wasn’t one of them, but it has a rockier edge than some of his more popular numbers, possibly earning it a  place of honor in every eclectic garage rocker’s heart.

Meanwhile, Hunter, who has revealed how his own homosexuality altered his career in an excellent memoir and highly celebrated documentary, is always carrying a tune at www.tabhunter.com.

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

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Robert Z’Dar: In Memoriam

Published April 4, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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We outsiders lost another one of our own this week.

Robert Z’Dar, best known for portraying the title character in the limb blastingly fun Maniac Cop series, died on March 30th at the age of 64. The sadness we feel should be potent. For just like Richard Kiel, who passed away this fall, Z’Dar taught us all that one’s physicality (and even one’s supposed abnormalities) should never get in the way of achieving a dream.

Indeed, Z’Dar never let cherubism, the condition that enlarged his jaw line; stop him from leading an eclectic existence, which included stints as a Chicago police officer and even a Chippendale’s dancer. It was as a movie heavy, though, where Z’Dar truly made his mark, a fact that seemed to please him. He often stated that he found villains more interesting to play than average run-of-the-mill citizens.drawing blood

…and talk about some villains! Besides the Maniac Cop films, Z’Dar’s juicy terror activities included such projects as Hellhole, Grotesque, The Night Stalker (which is noted for leading Z’Dar to the role of Matt Cordell in MC), Evil Altar and Soultaker. While his activity in that field was especially relevant in those 80s and 90s offerings, he also found a creative home in such recent, indie horror offerings as Drawing Blood and The Rockville Slayer, as well.

So, thanks Robert, for opening us moviegoers up to a world of fantastic possibilities. Your legacy shall live on in celluloid blood forever!

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