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Review: The Bloody Man

Published July 15, 2020 by biggayhorrorfan

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I grew up in the heart of Amish country in Western New York. The skies seemed to grow inconceivably dense above the tree swept hills there, turning black at night, the only light a cautious flecking of far-away stars. On evenings when I was left alone with my younger brother and sister, it seemed like anything could happen…like something sinister would surely unfold, all that space breeding uncertain wonder….and fear.

In Daniel Benedict’s incredibly creative and extremely ambitious The Bloody Man, a nostalgic horror offering, bar none, young Sam (a sympathetic David Daniel), the film’s troubled protagonist, actually does find something lurking in the shadowed recesses of his home and he and his siblings (the relatable Sam Hadden and the truly adorable Olivia Sanders) must band together and fight for their survival. With their mother recently killed in an accident and a new step mother tentatively trying to forge a bond with them, the odds seem against this emotionally damaged trio. But apprehensive viewers need only to recall that celluloid history is littered with iconic villains who have fallen due to a little familial ingenuity, so all hope may not be lost.

Nicely wearing his influences proudly on his sleeve, Benedict includes elements of superhero films, John Hughes coming-of-age comedies and delirious references to such anthology films as Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt here. A strong love for the works of Wes Craven and Fred Dekker also emerges as the proceedings unfold. Yet Benedict has tricks all of his own. The opening sequence featuring Sam trying to catch up with the morning school bus is a feat of ingenious planning, highlighting the director’s comic timing and intrepid filmmaking skills. 46463393_1880538832015170_7751063814790971392_o

Fans will rejoice at the casting of Tuesday Knight and Lisa Wilcox, as well. While their connection to Craven and his iconic A Nightmare on Elm Street series makes their inclusion a natural one, these two seasoned performers definitely supply more than mere name value. They give detailed, heart filled performances in major roles. Knight also brings her rock n roll heart to the film’s beyond cool soundtrack, singing several of her own pop compositions – including a theme song that is reminiscent (in all the best ways) to Nightmare, her popular sonic contribution to the Dream Master’s opening moments.

Indie horror film fans will also be sure to rejoice upon discovering the presence of such homegrown terror stalwarts as Jason Crowe (Dead Moon Rising, The Bad Man), Roni Jonah (Shark Exorcist, The Legacy) and the always personable, scene stealing Mercedez Varble, the heroine of Benedict’s truly fun slasher throwback Bunni.

More information on The Bloody Man is available at www.redserial.com and https://www.facebook.com/RedSerialFilms.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Carol Lawrence

Published February 25, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

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Best known for her career defining performance as Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story, the exquisite Carol Lawrence also cavorted, gracefully, across television screens on such shows as Murder, She Wrote, Hawaii Five-O and General Hospital.

As other urbane divas before her, Lawrence showed her horror roots by flirting with danger in the 1978 made for TV film Summer of Fear (AKA  Stranger in Our House). Directed by the legendary maestro of terror, Wes Craven, here Lawrence found herself being threatened by the supernaturally enhanced Lee Purcell. Nicely, this beloved cult piece that offered Linda Blair a place to hone her act as a feisty damsel in distress, has recently been given a deluxe Blu-ray release by Music Box Films.

That is reason to celebrate, as Lawrence did in 1965, that some people do understand our needs as horror fans…and that they most certainly “got rhythm”!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Lisa Hartman

Published January 9, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan

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She should have been cowering from that electricity enhanced alien in Not of this World (1991), but instead the exquisite Lisa Hartman decided she would rather be Hiding From Love as witnessed by her 1982 album Letterock, a recording that was even rereleased as a self titled offering, later in the decade, due to her popularity on the nighttime soap opera Knots Landing. MBDDEBL EC003

Hartman, who also provided a killer surprise in Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing (1981), even performed that popular Bryan Adams tune on an episode of Solid Gold.

Unfortunately, Letterock (and its subsequent reiteration) never really took off with the public. Interestingly, it is one of the perkiest female rock records of that era with some fun new wave and pop numbers and a running time that passes by brightly. It also qualifies as very ahead of its time. The song Johnny’s Always On My Mind details the female narrator’s attempts to steal a man away from his boyfriend –   a bold concept even in today’s music world, let alone in the period of time when it was actually released.

So, bravo, Goddess Hartman….

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Mimi Craven at Hollywood Palms

Published October 28, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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She portrayed a nurse for Nancy, but perhaps most importantly, the divine Mimi Craven was also the mother of Freddy! Married to director-writer Wes Craven during the creation of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ms. Craven, a former actress whose other credits include Vampire Clan and the kid-gone-murderer epic Mikey, will be heading to the Hollywood Palms Cinema, in Naperville, IL, this weekend to discuss the behind-the-scenes magic of one of contemporary horror’s most enduring classics.

Appearing for one night only, October 29th, 2016, this gregarious lady is sure to have plenty of stories to share with many a besotted terror loving Midwesterner.

More information for the two special showings, one at 7:15 pm and the other at 9 pm, is available at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1203228113069317

https://www.mapado.com/en/naperville/a-nightmare-on-elm-street-with-special-guest-mimi-craven.

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In Appreciation of Sharon Stone

Published April 15, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Horror fans will always remember her as the luminously supportive Lana Marcus whose encounter with a spider was one of the most memorable parts of Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing, one wild ride of a horror film. (For those who have not seen this combination of slasher, sexually ambiguous surprise and demonic Mennonite-style horror – get to watching!) But more importantly, the multi-faceted Sharon Stone has always been a warrior for the gay community, raising countless funds for AIDS organizations and being a much visible beacon of support for years now.

Thus, it was not surprising that Stone has recently halted plans to film a project in Mississippi, one of several states that have recently activated religious freedom laws that cause grievous discrimination to the GLBT community. Granted, threatened boycotts by artistic entities hastened the reversal of such a law in Georgia, recently, and performers like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have cancelled events in North Carolina, another hotbed for queer hatred.

But, roles in such projects as Scissors, Calendar Girl Murders, Sphere, Total Recall, Catwoman (and so many other delicious thriller and science fiction cult classics) along with her vibrant activist history truly make Stone one of our own and worthy of special praise and generous thanks!

So…Thank you, Ms. Stone!!! I guess an araneae in the mouth equals grand compassion!

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30 Seconds of Terror: Jack

Published April 1, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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If our truest fears are those that originate in our youth…then masterful director/writer Jake Jarvi (of Pineapple Boy Films) proves that its all child’s play – in half a minute – with his truly fun piece, Jack!

The winner of Studio 360’s 30 Seconds of Terror contest, this bloodcurdling gem was acclaimed (and given first place honors) by none other than (judge) Wes Craven!

Check it here:

…and then be sure to keep up with all of Jarvi’s pop culture antics at http://www.youtube.com/user/pineappleboyfilms

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