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Sharkbait Retro Village: Mysterious Two

Published November 7, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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If the idea of having the aristocratic Priscilla Pointer (Carrie, Nightmare on Elm Street 3) as your Alien Queen appeals to you, the 1982 television of the week film Mysterious Two will be right up your alley. Always adding social flair to his material, here writer-director Gary Sherman (Death Line, Poltergeist III, Vice Squad) took the dangerous reality of the Heaven’s Gate cult and gave it some otherworldly twists. Founders Bonnie Nettles and Marshall Applewhite are reimagined as true planetary presences, embodied by the soft speaking Pointer and the eternally recognizable John Forsythe. 

Popping in and out of the action, these two lure a group of disillusioned seekers to a small desert town to await their eventual ascension to another world. Of course the loved ones of those following He and She, the characters portrayed by Pointer and Forsythe, are none too happy and try desperately to interfere with those plans with increasingly futile results. Mysterious Desert scene

Ultimately more of strange character study with Asmovian elements than out and out science fiction, Sherman still works creepy magic here. The scene of a senior male wandering worriedly through a dusty oasis of fallen bodies is beyond chilling. Dread also seeps in through the frames as one realizes that none of He and She’s determined followers are going to escape their shadowy fates.

 Adding to the effectiveness, Sherman also gets multilayered performances from such character actors as horror giant Robert Englund, with whom he also worked with on Dead and Buried, Robert Pine and Vic Tayback, who offers up a portrayal that is far removed from the antics of Alice’s Mel, his definitive role. 

Mysterious RobertAs more and more obscure projects are finally seeing the light of day on DVD and Blu-ray, one hopes that Mysterious Two will eventually get a decent release. Until then the too dark copy available on YouTube and other outlets will have to suffice.

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

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Sharkbait Retro Village: Terror on the 40th Floor

Published December 24, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

Terror 2Before reaching the latter day career heights of Charlie’s Angels and Dynasty, John Forsythe found some fiery latitude in the 1974 television flick Terror on the 40th Floor. Surely a small screen copy cat of that year’s disaster blockbuster The Towering Inferno, TOT40F finds Forsythe’s Don Overland, a successful businessman, trapped with some co-workers during an after-hours Christmas Eve party after a raging fire breaks out.

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Pre-Friday Tracie

 

While a hysterical female co-worker is injured here and Joseph Campenella’s insecure Howard meets a freefalling death via elevator shaft, most of the action is dedicated to the endangered employees’ flashback reminiscences about thwarted love, crumbling marriages and corporate schemes gone wrong. It’s all standard fare, enlivened a bit by the fact that a young Tracie Savage makes an appearance as part of the storyline of Lee Parker, played by Deathdream’s Lynn Carlin. As an adult, Savage’s last screen appearance (for many years) was as the saucy, pregnant Debbie in Friday the 13th, Part 3, endearing her to terror lovers, worldwide. Thus, it is fun to see her in an earlier role.

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Delicious Pippa!

Meanwhile, the other women, including the regal Pippa Scott and the voluptuous Anjanette Comer look pretty soap opera spectacular here. Acting wise, Scott makes the most of her brief appearance as Overland’s estranged yet concerned wife. Thankfully, Comer, who gave an exquisite showing in the cult horror film The Baby that same year, is given more to do. She seduces Forsythe with a silky nonchalance, but, naturally, regrets her actions as the dawn reveals a more forgiving Christmas Day.

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Reflective Anjanette

 

As snow flickers, lightly, around the reconnected team Overland, Comer’s Darlene, with frivolous boredom curtailed, looks forward to the beginning of a new year – and, possibly, the pursuit of more upstanding adventures.

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