More than blood and gore, horror films survive on their sense of dramatic stakes. Similarly, theater diva Lainie Kazan, who has graced a number of horror themed projects, has as much drama in her voice as the best of them.
First coming to prominence as Barbra Striesand’s understudy in the original Broadway run of Funny Girl, Kazan may be better known as a comedienne in projects such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Lust in the Dust. But she’s added sass and vibrancy to Out of the Dark, a late ‘80s slasher featuring a golden cast of stand-bys including Karen Black, Tab Hunter and Geoffrey Lewis, and an episode of Tales From the Cryptthat featured other notables such as Bill Paxton and Brad Dourif…who did away with her overbearing office manager character in a very gruesome manner.
Irreplaceable writer-director George Romero was always adding surprises into his cinematic universes. He added political undertones to his zombie epics, a gay couple to the testosterone driven Knight Ridersand…he added a number of Peggy Lee songs to the animal gone wild thriller Monkey Shines.
Wisely, along with such well known standards like That’s All and Ain’t We Got Fun, he utilized a number that Lee herself wrote, the melancholy yet hopeful There’ll Be Another Spring.
Nicely, Lee, who famously wrote many of the numbers for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, has also had songs that she sang featured in other such genre projects as Exorcist: The Beginning, (the television show) Nightmare Café and the 2005 version of King Kong.
…and if that doesn’t give you fever, I don’t know what will!
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!