Tuesday, January 29, 2008

My Dinner With Vincent Price

Thanks to Allen for tagging me on this very fun meme!

1. Pick a single person past or present who works in the film industry you would like to have dinner with. And tell us why you chose this person.

2. Set the table for your dinner. What would you eat? Would it be in a home or at a restaurant? And what would you wear? Feel free to elaborate on the details.

3. List five thoughtful questions you would ask this person during dinner.

4. When all is said and done, select six bloggers to pass this Meme along to.

5. Link back to Lazy Eye Theatre, so people know the mastermind behind this Meme.

After lots of thought...I was surprised how long it took me to narrow it down to just one person...I would invite Vincent Price to dinner!

Vincent was a gourmand who loved food, in fact he loved food so much he had his own cooking show in the 70's (Cooking Pricewise) and even wrote his own cookbook, so I think I might leave the cooking up to him. I know it sounds weird to have the guest do the cooking but I think it would be a lot of fun to help him cook a meal and just talk. Maybe he could even give me a culinary tip or two. Then when the meal is finally done we would sit eat some good food, drink some nice wine and I could ask him these 5 questions:

1. Vincent, I think my favorite acting role of yours was as Richard of Gloucester in Tower of London. It was such a perfect performance your Richard III was driven and scary while full of fear and doubt. What was your favorite performance? Which role was most fun to play? Who were your favorite actors and directors to work with?

2. Did you ever regret getting typecast in genre movies? Is there any role you wish you'd had the chance to play but never did?

3. I understand you were an avid gardener with your own special gardening hat! I'd love to hear about your garden, what kind of plants did it favor? What was your favorite?

4. You were also an avid art collector, with an Art History degree from Yale. Who are your favorite artists of all time and why? A man of many talents do you dabble in painting as well?

5. If you were still acting today what would you dream movie project be? Where would you film? Who would be your writer, co-stars and director?

We would have a terrific desert and with a handshake he would be gone...back into the grave for him...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Some Recent Drawings

Just thought I'd share a few drawings I've done recently.

Supergirl and Krypto

Horror Fun!

Witchy Poo!

Guess That Movie Quote: Week 24

Here are the rules:
If you know or think you know the source of the movie quote please leave your guess in the comments section. As people guess the source of the quote I will grey it out and give them credit (using google to find the answers will disqualify you), the person who has the most correct guesses each week will get a fun movie genius award to decorate their blog. Any person who wins 5 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) will earn a Movie Master award and must then refrain from guessing for 5 weeks but a master can email quote suggestions for the game.

Now on to the guessing!

1. "I'm down, I've got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don't care how dope his ride is. My momma didn't raise no foo'!" SamuraiFrog

2. "You should've gone to China, you know, 'cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events." SamuraiFrog

3. "Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty."

4. "Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister." SamuraiFrog

5. "Hey, look friend, let's just cut the shit. Now we both know why I was transferred. Everybody thinks I'm suicidal, in which case, I'm fucked and nobody wants to work with me; or they think I'm faking to draw a psycho pension, in which case, I'm fucked and nobody wants to work with me. Basically, I'm fucked." SamuraiFrog

6. "This was no man. Does a man have teeth the size of axe blades? Or ears like terrible tombstones? By tampering with nature, forcing vegetables to swell far beyond their natural size, we have brought a terrible judgement upon ourselves. And for our sins, a hideous creature has been sent to punish us all! Repent! Repent!" SamuraiFrog

7. "Suddenly, I viddied what I had to do, and what I had wanted to do, and that was to do myself in; to snuff it, to blast off for ever out of this wicked, cruel world. One moment of pain perhaps and, then, sleep for ever, and ever and ever." SamuraiFrog

8. "There shall in that time be rumors of things going astray, erm, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia-work base, that has an attachment. At that time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer, and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight O'clock." RAB

9. "You're like Santa Claus with that list, Bud, except everyone on it's been naughty."

10. "People don't like you, Mitchell. I don't care for you much myself." SamuraiFrog

Wowee!! SamuraFrog really rocked this one with 7 correct guesses! Way to go Froggy! In any case if my calculations are correct (and they are) he is due to receive his second Movie Master Award! So here is your award:

And now good news for everyone else, since SamuraiFrog has been awarded a Master Award he must now (according to the rules) take a break from play. See you back on March 3rd and we'll see the rest of you back next week for more movie guessing fun!!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Classic B-Movie Posters #7: Dirty O'neil

I can find almost nothing about this movie but that sure is a great poster! Here is a trailer if you want to see it.

Wonder Woman Reviews Episode 2: Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther

Episode two opens with Steve out on war games...do they conduct war games during a time of active war? I guess they have to train the soldiers somehow... Steve's team aims to take out what they think is an empty army truck but things go awry. First they lose control of the vehicle and it nearly takes a plunge down a steep hillside taking Steve along with it. Thank god Wonder Woman has been spying on them this whole time...with the Steve's inadequate soldiering skills who can blame her... she is able to rescue Steve but not the truck and it falls exploding into a giant fireball. As it would happen the truck was loaded with weapons that had gone missing and they come to the conclusion that someone is trying to ruin Steve's good reputation. I don't know why they bother, it's only the second episode and he's well on his way to doing that himself.

Meanwhile back at the headquarters an important file goes missing and it becomes even more clear someone is out to get Steve. Diana expresses some concern for Steve's well-being and he tells her "War is dangerous Diana"...wow thanks I didn't realize that sir, after all I'm only a woman.

By the way what branch of the military is this supposed to be exactly? Steve is a major who walks around in army brown, serves in ground missions yet serves as a pilot whenever it's convenient for the plot. Diana is a yeoman in navy blue but serves as Steve's secretary. Curiouser and curiouser.

An anonymous call comes in claiming to have vital information for clearing Steve's "good" name. He takes the bait and agrees to meet the caller in an out of the way place. Thank god Wonder Woman follows because Steve gets himself into trouble once again and once again she has to save him. Seriously what does she see in this guy?

After more jawing at headquarters they come to the conclusion this conspiracy to destroy Steve has something to do with an accent-free German Baroness being held by the Americans in a women's prison, so Steve and Diana pay the Baroness Paula Von Gunther (Christine Belford) a visit.

Baroness Von Gunther is actually one of only two villains from the comic book they used in the entirety of the show. Von Gunther was Wonder Woman's first arch-nemesis battling the Amazons as an agent of the Gestapo. She murdered many individuals, kept a small group of women as personal slaves, tortured them routinely and once tried to monopolize America's milk supply so that its people would have weak bones and fall before the stronger-boned Nazis. Wow. The baroness in this episode was no where near this interesting. Lets put it this way if Ben and Jerry named an ice cream flavor after her it would be very vanilla.

But before visiting with the Baroness Vanilla Steve and Diana meet with the warden to see if anything out of the ordinary had been occurring. He calls her a model prisoner before they are interrupted by his son dressed as and playing Sherlock Holmes right outside the warden's office. "I wish he had more friends so he wouldn't spend so much time reading." Says the warden of his son. Ouch!!!! What a pro-education stance! Of course the guy lets his kid play inside of a women's prison so he's not gonna win father of the year anyways.

When Steve and Diana finally make it to the cell of the baroness which is really more of a quaintly furnished room, they find her reading a copy of The Principles of Democracy insisting that she has changed her ways. While treated to this dull conversation Diana notices the Warden's son Tommy has gotten himself into a spot of trouble, excuses herself leaves the room and the Baroness proceeds to question Steve's choice for a secretary, that Diana looks like wet biscuits. Sweet woman. A quick spin change later Wonder Woman who runs like a little girl in those heels, saves Tommy from falling off a ladder.

That evening the Baroness breaks out of prison using...get this...a door built by Austrian immigrants years ago. Thank god these immigrants had the foresight to build an exit out of a prison they had no idea a German national would ever be imprisoned in. She meets with a Nazi friend played by Bradford Dillman then breaks back into prison. Anticlimactic I know.

But it gets a little better after the Nazis kidnap Steve and the Baroness breaks out again this time for good...we assume. Wonder Woman tracks Steve down in the swanky Nazi hideout but gets captured herself giving us the first Wonder Woman in bondage of the series! Sweet! And somehow the warden's kid Tommy ends up tied up next to Steve and Wonder Woman as well.

When the Warden realizes his son has gone missing...I repeat you let your son play in a women's prison and you are surprised when one of the prisoners uses his safety against you...they go looking for him. Luckily they find Tommy's detective notebook and that leads them to the Baroness, but by the time they find the Nazi hideout Wonder Woman has freed herself and is lecturing the Baroness for committing unwomanly acts. Hilarious! And in the end Steve is cleared of all suspicion, thank god.

This episode was really not a good follow-up to the pilot, in fact if I had to describe it in one word it would be "dull". There's not nearly enough Wonder Woman and the actress playing the Baroness is just so boring. The episode does however have the first appearance of Wonder Woman's gal pal Etta Candy Beatrice Colen. In the comic books Etta was the spirited, rotund young woman who led the Beeta Lambda sorority at Holliday College and aids Wonder Woman in her adventures. On the TV show she's still rotund and in her first scene is even stuffing her face but instead of a college gal she's an army secretary and a grown woman.

Even for fans this is a skip it episode.
1 out of 5 stars

TV Totals:
3 times Wonder Woman saves Steve
3 on screen Nazis
1 ugly smoking jacket
1 Nunnally Johnson reference
1 cat fight
1 fight

Monday, January 21, 2008

Guess That Movie Quote: Week 23

After a short break it has returned...better late then never right!

Here are the rules:
If you know or think you know the source of the movie quote please leave your guess in the comments section. As people guess the source of the quote I will grey it out and give them credit (using google to find the answers will disqualify you), the person who has the most correct guesses each week will get a fun movie genius award to decorate their blog. Any person who wins 5 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) will earn a Movie Master award and must then refrain from guessing for 5 weeks but a master can email quote suggestions for the game.

Let the guessing begin!

1. "A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really...”Do the stars gaze back?" Now that's a question." J.D.

2. "He's more machine now than man; twisted and evil." J.D.

3. "What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins, the way things start. Or is it something else, something harder to describe? For me it all began in 1944, classified mission off the coast of Scotland. The Nazis were desperate. Combining science and black magic they intended to upset the balance of the war. I was 28, already a paranormal advisor to President Roosevelt. I could never have suspected that what would transpire that night would not only effect the course of history but change my life forever." SamuraiFrog

4. "Food is fuel. You get picky about what you put in the tank, your engine is gonna die. Now shut up and eat your garbage." J.D.

5. "...it was a fifty fifty shot on whether you'd be going left or right. You see we're both going left. You could have just as easily been going left, too. And if that was the case... It would have been a while before you started getting scared. But since you're going the other way, I'm afraid you're gonna have to start getting scared... immediately!" SamuraiFrog

6. "Look, there is a woman in a car! Can we follow her and maybe make a sexy time with her?" SamuraiFrog

7. "Lord... whatever I've done to piss you off... if you could just get me out of this and somehow let me know what it was I promise to rectify the situation." (Stephen)

8. "Even if you hadn't grown up a savage, you'd be lost. There are no trails through a woman's heart." J.D.

9. "There's a lot of things about me that you don't know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand. You don't want to get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel." SamuraiFrog

10. "What's that screaming? A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming..." Smallerdemon

Okay sorry it took me a bit long to post the answers and the awards I just haven't had the time this week but here they are now! And this week we have a tie! Both SamuraiFrog and J.D. have answered 4 correctly! Way to go boys you can collect your awards below:

For SamuraiFrog

For J.D.

Thanks to everyone for playing and stop back next week for another round of guessing! Oh and I'll post a complete list of answers in the comments.

Classic B-Movie Posters #6: Eskimo Nell

Three young men, a scriptwriter, a producer and a director are called in by Benny U Murdoch, an exotic movie producer. He wants to make a new erotic movie starring a big woman - the "Eskimo Nell" of the title. However problems start from the beginning, the scriptwriter is a virgin, a lover of penguins and hasn't a clue on how to write an erotic movie, each of the three main backers want a different type of movie - a western, an erotic and a kung-fu movie with different people in the main part. However problems really start for the three when Benny runs off with all the money and they have to make three different versions of the same film and try not to let the backers and stars know what has happened. And this is made harder when there is a clean-up-filth society breathing down their necks....

I don't know what loving penguins has to do with this plot but if Roy Kinear and katy Manning are in it then I must see it!

Watermelon Monster!

I was fooling around on photoshop and thought I'd share. I call him the Watermelon Monster....watch out Tokyo there's a new stomper in town.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Bad Girl Coloring Book

I've had a few people write in to ask if I sell any of my art and I do. First off I am always available for commissions, the price varies for each project but my rates are quite reasonable.

Also I have a book of my collected sketches called The Bad Girl Coloring Book for sale as well. The book is $10.00 plus shipping (usually somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 or less when shipped inside the U.S.) it's 60 pages long and comes autographed with an original sketch.

Email me at ladygorgon@yahoo.com with questions or orders.

Here are a few samples from the book:

Classic B-Movie Posters #5: Teenage Mother

A new health teacher in a high school is nearly raped by drug-dealing students and is blamed when a student turns up pregnant.

Wow exploitation at it's best! I love the image of the doctor slapping the baby's bottom.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Hey Check This Out!

There's a great article in the Februrary Playboy called Peace Through Pole Dancing. The very funny piece was written by the equally funny Patton Oswalt but what I really took notice of were some fabulous illustrations by Robin Mitchell. Here's just one of them but if you want to see more visit Mitchell's site here or go out and buy Playboy!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wonder Woman Reviews Episode 1: Pilot, The New Original Wonder Woman

As I am addicted to regular features I've decided to do an ongoing series of reviews/ summaries for every episode of the 70's Wonder Woman television series with Lynda Carter! Yummy!

Now! Before we begin a little history...

For those of you who don't know Lynda Carter was not originally cast as Wonder Woman, no that honor went to the more than dull Cathy Lee Crosby and the first pilot for show was aired in 1974. It failed and anyone whose seen the original pilot can tell you there is just something missing, honestly it's not Worth talking about so I've decided to skip ahead to the second pilot with Lynda Carter.

The second all-star pilot starts off with cheesy narration and an over-the-top montage of black & white photos from WWII and culminates in the narrator's best (but very bad) FDR impersonation saying "The only hope for America is..." he stops talking just as the theme song cuts in with it's cry of "Wonder Woman!" Man this show has one of the best theme songs ever!

We open on what is supposed to be a Nazi castle or something hidden deep within the black jungles of Argentina. Chicago born Kenneth Mars doing yet another German accent plays Col. Oberst Von Blasko who actually asks his minions to "speak English for secrecy" huh? HUH? Why would Nazis in the center of their Nazi fortress need to speak English for secrecy? Yep that's the kind of logic we'll be working with here folks.

In any case Von Blasko and one of his underlings Nickolas played by Henry Gibson are heading an air mission to destroy the Brooklyn Navy Yard where the Americans are hard at work building some vague secret weapon. How the Nazis plan to get an enemy plane over the US during the height of WWII is beyond me but hey these are the Nazis who want to speak English for secrecy... By the way can a fighter plane make it all the way from Argentina to Brooklyn and back without refueling? Yeah...didn't think so.

In any case the Americans get wind of this attack and send their best man Major Steve Trevor brought to life by Carol Burnett show regular and Playgirl's first centerfold; sexy, sexy Lyle Waggoner to take out the Nazi invader. "Do your best Steve" Says General Blankenship as he sends Trevor off to board his plane. "General I can only do my best" he responds cockily. This show has such brilliant dialogue!

The two planes face off somewhere over the Bermuda Triangle (of course) in the stupidest dogfight ever! Ultra-close, close-ups on the faces of the two men are inter cut with color and black & white stock footage of fighting planes. Eventually their planes explode at about the same time...I can only assume they gunned each other down...and the men escape the burning wrecks via parachute. An even stupider scene follows where Steve gives the Nazi pilot a smile and a thumbs up, then the Nazi draws his gun and Steve suddenly remembering he's at war does the same. This is all happening mid-air while parachuting to the ground mind you. Steve is wounded but has this ridiculous 'ouch you shot me that hurt a little' reaction and in return shoots down the Nazi pilot.

It's 14 minutes into the pilot when you finally meet Princess Diana/ Wonder Woman played by the amazingly beautiful Lynda Carter. There is a story that Carter received a standing ovation from the cast and crew the very first time she walked onto the set wearing the Wonder Woman costume and who could blame them. Of course looking at Lynda who was a beauty queen you can't help but think about how by today's standards she'd probably be considered too chubby! That's so wrong Carter is one of the most amazing looking women ever! Still is!

In any case Diana discovers Steve washed ashore on the beaches of her home Paradise Island and lots of wow I've never seen a man in the flesh before gushing ensues. Poor bastard it's the first time she sees a man and it's Lyle Waggoner (click the link if you haven't yet...sorry). Diana takes Steve to the hospital where his wounds are treated by an Amazonian doctor played by Fried Green Tomatoes author Fannie Flagg...seriously...no joke. I told you this was all star folks!

I guess it's a pretty big deal to have a man on the island so Hippolyte the queen and Diana's mum, an amazing looking Cloris Leachman, comes down to visit. They question Steve who is half passed out and boy howdy does he spill his guts like a little baby. Who he is, where he's from and what he was doing. Didn't he see any of the SNAFU cartoons? Loose lips sink ships!

Once Trevor is doing better the Amazons of Paradise Island hold an athletic games to see who is worthy of escorting the "savage" Trevor back to the outside world. It's been centuries since any of them have stepped off the island so who knows how much the world has changed in all that time, not to mention the power of the island makes the Amazons immortal. Stepping off the island may make them mortal and it will take a heroic Amazon to face this possibility. Diana wants to compete but the queen forbids her. A question, why bother to have a successor on an island full of immortals? Just wondering. Diana doesn't take no for an answer, disguises herself in a blonde wig and secretly competes. Dude you can see through almost every athlete's costume.

The competition comes down to Diana and another young Amazon tying for the win (no surprises here folks) and to settle the tie the two must face off in a bullets and bracelets competition. A contest where the two women must deflect bullets from a gun using only their specially crafted metal bracelets...HEY! wait a minute? They have guns on Paradise Island? But they've been isolated from the rest of the world since the time of the Greeks and Romans according to Queen Hippolyte. Hmmm guess I shouldn't worry so much about it since they have signs all over the contest in English.

Needless to say Diana wins. She is given the classic Wonder Woman belt and golden lasso as her prize. The lasso of course which compels folks to tell the truth. She chooses this moment to reveal herself to her shocked, but supportive mother, who lets her go but first but first creates the famous Wonder Woman costume for Diana to wear. Hippolyte also wins the prize for cornily coining the name Wonder Woman, calling her daughter "a wonder woman in a world of mortals" in their farewells. Of course Hippolyte can be forgiven for that corny line since she made such a great costume for her daughter!

After a quick stop at the Argentinian Nazi headquarters where they mispronounce the word gestapo, a German word (they must be saying it with an English accent for secrecy). We go back to Wonder Woman who is driving Steve home in her invisible plane...wait the Amazons have planes too? Okay someone had to be visiting the mortal world! But seriously the plane is actually a pretty cool effect for a low budget TV show.

Wonder Woman drops Steve off at a hospital and takes off to explore the modern world. After a quick stop in a dress shop "you certainly use a lot of material in your dresses" she stops a bank robbery and gets noticed by theatrical agent Ashley Norman played by the awesome Red Buttons whose business card reads "Dogs, Dwarves and Daredevils". He offers he to make her star with her bracelets and bullets trick. She will eventually give in when she realizes she needs money to make it in the modern world. But it turns out Red Buttons is a Nazi spy!

Meanwhile Steve gets out of the hospital just in time to try and stop another Nazi plane from flying over the US but not in time to realize his pants are way too tight. Actually he never even makes it to his fighter, instead he gets ambushed by Nazi spies led by Red Buttons. Red Buttons tries to kill Steve after calling him a shweinhund...there's actually something very funny about the Jewish Buttons playing a Nazi spy, but not quite as funny as his pronunciation of schweinhund.

They take Steve to their secret lair and drug him. Shock! Steve's secretary Marcia played by the beautiful blonde Playboy centerfold Stella Stevens is also a Nazi their leader! Appalling! Of course what's more appalling is that Steve spills the beans again and gives the Nazi's the safe combination they need for some important document. A document so important that up til now no one in the episode has mentioned it! Marcia takes off to get the document but not before telling Red Buttons to kill Steve if she's not back in an hour. He agrees and she's on her way.

Maricia cracks the safe...well just opens it she has the combination after all. Steve we really need to have a chat...but before she can get away Wonder Woman appears! Marcia mocks her and twists into this ridiculous martial arts pose. "I was Nuremberg Judo Champ" she announces before we are treated to the catfight of the century! Of course the doubles are really obvious, so obvious in fact you expect their wigs to come flying off at any moment. Luckily her defeat of Marcia coincides with the arrival of the second Nazi bomber which she is able to stop with the help of her invisible plane. Victorious through air power she rushes to save Steve and beats the crap out of Red Buttons. Wondy saving Steve is a constant in this series twice in this episode 3 times in the next, I think I'm going to keep a running count.

The General and Steve end the episode by discussing the hiring of Steve's new secretary. They've interviewed quite a few candidates but in the end have decided to hire a Navy Wav named Diana Prince since she's unattractive since that pertty former secretary Marcia turned out to be a spy an ugly gal should be "safe". Of course the audience is not fooled by hair pulled back into a bun and big glasses so we know that Diana Prince is actually Wonder Woman in "disguise". Steve is so perceptive.

Overall the episode is a lot of fun, but there is no denying without Lynda Carter's energetic performance it wouldn't be worth watching. The memorable cat fight sequence between Lynda Carter and Stella Stevens was a considered a milestone in TV action, and was later used as a reference between the similar fights that took place between Krystle and Alexis in Dynasty. The pilot's director however, Leonard Horn, suffered a heart attack during shooting and died shortly after completion. Airing November 7, 1975, it was a huge ratings success and ABC quickly authorized the production of two one-hour specials which aired the following April.

4 out of 5 stars

TV Totals:
8 on screen Nazis
6 Heil Hitlers
5 Glass doors broken in cat fight
4 separate scenes with bullets and bracelets
1 athletic competition in skimpy/ see through costumes
1 gun fight
1 cat fight
1 invisible plane
1 instance of lasso wielding
1 instance of Wonder Woman throwing a man
1 Anne Ramsey cameo (hooray!)
1 Spin Change from Diana to Wonder Woman
1 Wonder Woman in a nurses costume

This first review has ended up a bit long but I'm pretty sure they will be much shorter here on out.

Redecorating the Skullcave

I'll be changing the template over the next couple of days so expect page weirdness.

Aria Giovanni is the bomb!

A quick index of all my Aria Giovanni picture posts!

Aria Giovanni the Snow Queen
Aria Dresses up for Halloween
Pin-up Queen Aria Giovanni
Aria in Blue Jeans
Cherry Girl Aria
Aria's Blue Denim Bikini
DJ Aria
Aria Giovanni Cleans Up
Happy Birthday!
Aria Giovanni, Jungle Girl
Sailor Aria
Aria in the Leopard Print Chair
She Looks Good in Clothes Too!
Waterhouse's Aria
Bill Ward's Aria Giovanni

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Classic B-Movie Posters #5: I Passed for White

A young girl meets and marries the man of her dreams--only she hasn't told him that she is half-black, and he and his rich family and friends are white.

Yet another movie from the this is just so wrong category...

Maisumi Max

The beautiful Maisumi Max

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Maila Nurmi, Vampira 1921-2008

Born December 21, 1921 in Petsamo Finland Maila Syrjäniemi who would later change her name to Maila Nurmi moved to the United States when she was still a baby. Her family moved around a lot as a child since her writer father traveled round the country to lecture on temperance.

Maila was discovered by famed director Howard Hawks, when she was performing on Michael Todd's Grand Guignol midnight show Spook Scandals. Hawks thought he could groom the beautiful blonde Nurmi into the next Lauren Bacall and cast her in his developing project Dreadful Hollow. The film was put on hold so many times Nurmi walked out of her contract in frustration and into a career as a cheesecake model and sometimes dancer.

Nurmi came up with the idea of Vampira at a masquerade contest where she based her costume on Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. Heavily painted up with long fingernails, a mane of raven-colored hair, and slim-waisted black attire, the Morticia gimmick won the best costume award that night...and more. She caught the attention of local TV and was placed under contract to Channel 7 in Hollywood to see if she could encourage late night viewers to stay up and watch its regular programming of cheap horror schlock. Her horror-related comedy antics included talking to her pet spider Rollo, and encouraging viewers to write for epitaphs instead of autographs. The first season of the show was made an instant hit by her sexiness, silly double entendres and terrifically campy horror set. She was even nominated for an Emmy in 1954 for Most Outstanding Female Personality.

Even in spite of it's success the show was cancelled in 1955 but she retained the rights to the character Vampira. Nurmi was the first female horror movie hostess in the country.

After the television show was canceled Nurmi went on to appear in a few movies, none really noteable aside from the infamous worst movie of all time Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. Appearing in her Vampira costume next to Bela Lugosi "look alike" Tom Mason she played the role of the ghoul's wife. A mute zombie like villain who doesn't seem to do anything except creep with outstretched arms.

Nurmi was acquainted with Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, and briefly dated Orson Welles. In the early 1950s, she was close friends with James Dean, and they hung out together. "We have the same neuroses" she once said of their friendship.

In the early 1970's Nurmi opened Vampira's Attic an antiques shop in her home on Melrose Avenue where she sold clothes, handmade jewelry and antiques no duh. She was known to have made items for several celebrities including Grace Slick and the Zappa family.

In the 1980s, Nurmi was asked by KHJ-TV to revive her Vampira character for television. She worked closely with the producers of the new show and was to get an executive producer credit, but Nurmi eventually declined their proposal. KHJ-TV continued with the show and changed the name of their host to Elvira. Later, Nurmi sued Cassandra Peterson, the actress who played Elvira. The court eventually ruled in favor of Peterson, holding that "'likeness' means actual representation of another person's appearance, and not simply close resemblance." Peterson claimed that Elvira was nothing like Vampira aside from the basic design of the black dress and black hair. Nurmi herself claimed that Vampira's image was based on Charles Addams character "Morticia Addams."

Nurmi and her charachter Vampira appeared in Life magazine, TV Guide and Newsweek articles. Fan have clubs sprouted up all over the world. There have even been several songs written about the horror movie queen.

Nurmi suffered a cardiac arrest and died in her sleep in the early morning hours of 10 January 2008, aged 86.

Classic B-Movie Posters #4: Jackson County Jail

The official description:
This is a powerful drama about a young woman who stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.

Powerful drama? Really? This is pure exploitation no kidding!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Since Blogger is Being...

...a bastard and won't let me post any pictures tonight I'll put up more quizes instead.

Which 80's Scientist are you?

Your Score: Winston Zeddemore
168 Heart, 135 Genius, 171 Cool, 134 Excitability

Winston Zeddemore - (Ernie Hudson)
Ghostbusters (1984)

You are Winston Zeddemore. You're not really a scientist, but you work with them, which is close enough. You're the everyman amongst the weirdos and eggheads; you may not have an advanced degree, but you're the first to realize the true nature of the situation because you can see the big picture. And you can be counted on to be there in the end, doing your part to help save the world.

"Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!"

Other scientific possibilities:
Gary Wallace
Wyatt Donnelly
Peter Venkman
Jordan Cochran
Egon Spengler
Doc Brown
Newton Crosby
Paul Stephens
Ben Crandall
Wayne Szalinkski
Winston Zeddemore
Ben Jabituya
Lazlo Hollyfeld
Ray Stantz
Buckaroo Banzai
Chris Knight

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The personality defect test

Your Score: Robot
You are 71% Rational, 0% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 28% Arrogant.

You are the Robot! You are characterized by your rationality. In fact, this is really ALL you are characterized by. Like a cold, heartless machine, you are so logical and unemotional that you scarcely seem human. For instance, you are very humble and don't bother thinking of your own interests, you are very gentle and lack emotion, and you are also very introverted and introspective. You may have noticed that these traits are just as applicable to your laptop as they are to a human being. You are not like the robots they show in the movies. Movie robots are make-believe, because they always get all personable and likeable after being struck by lightning, or they are cold, cruel killing machines. In all reality, though, you are much more boring than all that. Real robots just sit there, doing their stupid jobs, and doing little else. If you get struck by lightning, you won't develop a winning personality and heart of gold. (Robots don't have hearts, silly, and if they did, they would probably be made of steel, not gold.) You also won't be likely to terrorize humanity by becoming an ultra-violent killing machine sent into the past to kill the mother of a child who will lead a rebellion against machines, because that movie was dumb as hell, and because real robots don't kill--they horribly maim at best, and they don't even do that on purpose. Real robots are boringly kind and all too rarely try to kill people. In all my years, my laptop has only attacked me once, and that was only because my brother threw it at me. In short, your personality defect is that you don't really HAVE a personality. You are one of those annoying, super-logical people that never gets upset or flustered. Unless, of course, you short circuit. Or if someone throws a pie at you. Pies sure are delicious.

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.


Your exact opposite is the Class Clown.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Emo Kid, and the Haughty Intellectual.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

Be sure to take my Sublime Philosophical Crap Test if you are interested in taking a slightly more intellectual test that has just as many insane ramblings as this one does!

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The Tits, Ass, and Cuteness Test

Your Score: Curvy and Naughty
Raw score: 77% Big Breasts, 54% Big Ass, and 60% Cute!

Thanks for taking the T and A and C test! Based on your selections, the results are clear: you show an attraction to larger breasts, larger asses, and sexier composures than others who've taken the test.

Note that you like women overall curvier than average.

My third variable, "cuteness" is a mostly objective measure of how innocent a given model looked. It's determined by a combination of a lot of factors: lack of dark eye makeup, facial expression, posture, etc. If you scored high on that variable, you are either really nice OR you're into deflowering teens. If you scored low, you are attracted to raunchier, sexier, women. In your case, your lower than average score suggests you appreciate a sexier, naughtier look. Kudos!

Recommended Celebrities: Supermodel Laetitia Casta and Actress Angelina Jolie.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Burlesque Great Tempest Storm!

A post just for Bubs...

Classic B-Movie Posters #2: Frauleins in Uniform

In the last days of WW2, women are volunteering from all over Germany to serve in the front lines by having sex with the brave Nazi soldiers. But when they start having sex with each other, things get complicated. Especially with the increasing danger from the revengeful Soviet army!

Wow this is just all kinds of messed up.