Rosemary’s Baby

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Unsung Heroines of Horror: Patsy Kelly

Published July 4, 2021 by biggayhorrorfan

Her teaming with the stunningly tragic Thelma Todd in a series of comedy shorts in the ’30s brought the zaftig Patsy Kelly fame and critical renown for her clowning abilities. But by the ’40s, her career had dried up. Hollywood was not ready to accept Kelly’s refusal to hide her lesbianism or to even downplay her preferences to the masses.

Unfortunately, this proud, unwavering stance forced her to live through some lean years. A friendship with the iconic Tallulah Bankhead (Die, Die, My Darling) carried her through the ’50s and ’60s. (Kelly worked both as a real life and on stage companion to that mercurial talent.) Thankfully, by the early ’70s (with many of the Tinsel Town executives who shunned her either forgotten or dead), Kelly found latter day success in a number of Broadway vehicles. These turns eventually found her gainful employment – of all places – in two Disney flicks, including Freaky Friday (with future notable Sapphic, Jodie Foster).

Thankfully, in 1968, this unforgettable performer (who also provided ample buffoonery to 1939’s The Gorilla with Bela Lugosi), also made a pit stop in Classic Terror Town with her affably odd performance of Laura-Louise in Rosemary’s Baby. Playing a character who is overly devoted to Rosemary’s demonic offspring, Kelly resonates most in her final moments of the film. But any time she is onscreen here, particularly when she is sharing space with fellow golden oldie Ruth Gordon, is a fine one – making this often overlooked entertainer, a true unsung heroine of horror!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Dave Wakeling

Published June 27, 2021 by biggayhorrorfan

Coming out a bisexual in an interview with Mother Jones in 1985, musician Dave Wakeling has often proven himself to be ahead of the bar, creatively and culturally. Best known for being an integral member of such popular New Wave bands as English Beat and General Public, he has also built a solid career for himself as a solo musician and composer.

The LGBTQIA community may know him best for General Public’s cover of I’ll Take You There, a song that was prominently featured in the queer-centric Threesome. Horror enthusiasts, especially those who love a Rosemary’s Baby inspired possession tale, may remember him for the inclusion of GP’s classic Tenderness in Devil’s Due, a recent found footage kiddo’s-gone-bad offering.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Chris Connor

Published November 22, 2020 by biggayhorrorfan

With her dusky warble and effortless sense of restraint, jazz icon Chris Connors is the height of nighttime cool. Of course, as chill evening turns to desolate midnight, danger often lurks. Sometimes, that hazard even comes from within.

Connors’ take on Margo Guryan’s somber Lonely Woman truly embodies that notion. With a foreboding shriek, this number perfectly highlights the haunted reality of an all too solitary type with too many vanquished dreams.

Sharply atmospheric, this meeting between two femme wunderkinds* would fit perfectly in the background of a number of women-on-the-verge horror pieces – whether it be a modern take on Rosemary’s Baby or simply played on repeat while watching Let’s Scare Jessica to Death with that film’s sound pulled down to zero.

*Guryan is a highly regarded cult figure who wrote a number of successful ‘60s singles. Her oft reissued recording Take a Picture is loftily regarded by many music connoisseurs, as well.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Linda Clifford

Published December 16, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

 

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Her original goal to be an actress landed her background work in Roman Polanski’s classic Rosemary’s Baby and the Tony Curtis thriller The Boston Strangler. But Linda Clifford really hit her mark as the singer who introduced such popular dance singles as Red Light and If My Friends Could See Me Now.

My Heart’s On Fire, her last full length LP, contained the devilish You Bring Out the Heat in Me, proving that her renowned vocals truly contained a touch of authentic fire.

Nicely, Clifford is currently spreading the warmth at www.thelindaclifford.com.

ROSEMARY'S BABY

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Ira Levin/Barbra Streisand

Published February 8, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

Prolific Ira Levin sure knew how to write about men who left a mark. His Rosemary’s Baby has haunted many a generation – damn kid! – and the subject of his song He Touched Me sure produced a trembling sensation within a young Barbra Streisand, whom covered the tune on her second LP, My Name is Barbra, Two.

Love is exhilarating, no? Especially when you throw those Boys From Brazil into the mix!

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Atomic Cotton!

Published August 15, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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My closet may usually look like an explosion hit it, but you can’t blame Erica and Zack Kauffman, the super cool owners/designers of Atomic Cotton! Their awesome horror themed t-shirts make even the sloppiest terror fan look like they are headed to some truly exclusive terror themed prom night.

rosemary's babyThe femme beast in me, also, loves that one of their recent designs is a beautiful reenactment of The Craft (as seen above). Their glorious homage to Mia Farrow and Rosemary’s Baby is, also, a worthy present for any future Black Mass christenings that you might be attending.

Be sure to peruse all of their spine tingling product at http://www.atomicotton.com and https://www.facebook.com/AtomiCotton.

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(All images courtesy of Atomic Cotton)