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Candace Hilligoss, cultmovie actress in Carnival of Souls

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 21 - 2017

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Candace Hilligoss is an author who used to be an actress. She has a huge cult following internationally with her film, Carnival of Souls. In this cult horror, black and white classic, Candace Hilligoss never leaves the screen. Her beauty and presence help make Carnival of Souls a favorite to many people including celebrities like Danny Devito, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Michael Jackson and Lana Del Rey.
Ms. Hilligoss, before her theatre and movie career she was also a Copa Girl at the world famous Copacabana club in New York City. Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and others all were on stage when she danced behind them performing.

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La Dolce Morte

Posted by drew On January - 15 - 2015

ekberg1The last week I’ve been preoccupied with thoughts of film, time, life, and death. It all ties together with Federico Fellini’s famous film, La Dolce Vita and the death of famed bombshelter-era bombshell, Anita Ekberg this last weekend. I’m not a Fellini expert, my tastes in vintage movies tend to run more towards the Universal monster movies starring Lon Chaney Jr. Nor am I a devotee of Ekberg, but rather a more casual fan. And yet here I am, moved to write in effect about her death and her place in classic cinema.

So how did we get to this point, then? Going off my previously described affection for classic monsters, it should surprise no one that I also devour my share of horror and vampire novels. Most recently, I’ve become a fan of Kim Newman’s vast alternate history series, Anno Dracula. The first novel set naturally enough in Victorian London, using the Jack the Ripper murders as a setup for the horrorific goings on. The second novel takes us into World War One and deals with none other than the famous Bloody Red Baron of Germany. Finally, the third novel (Dracula Cha Cha Cha) takes us to 1959 Rome or more to the point, the Rome seen in films such as Roman Holiday or, you guessed it, La Dolce Vita. I received the novel as a Christmas present and recently started making my way through it.

ekberg2The book pays a tremendous homage to Fellini’s film, with it’s own variation on Ekberg’s famous dip in the Trevi Fountain ending in coupious amounts of vampire grue. I was familiar enough with La Dolce Vita to pick up on the references. But I admit to my shame, that despite being a self-proclaimed film buff, I had somehow managed to never see the movie, possibly due to it’s lack of vampires or werewolves. Maybe I’m just inheritantly some weird form of a low-brow snob? Whatever the reason, wading through the novel finally pushed me to get over that hump. On January 9th, I ventured into the Vulcan Video and rented both the Bill Murray military comedy Stripes and Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. I could almost feel Murray’s eyes gazing over the cover image of Ekberg as I left the store, DVD’s in hand.

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The Burlesque Assassins

Posted by Miriam On August - 31 - 2013

Burlesque

The Burlesque Assassins is the first feature film of Canadian writer / director Jonathan Joffe, whose previous short films have earned him 20 awards and screened at over 50 festivals worldwide.

The Burlesque Assassins. Beautiful, deadly, and a vital weapon in the war against communism and tyranny that threaten our freedom.
Created during WWII by the lovers turned resistance fighters Johnny Valentine and Katarina Molotov, The Burlesque Assassins used the feminine charms of the dancehall to lure their way within killing distance of the top ranking members of the Nazi regime. Their mission, SEDUCE AND DESTROY.

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Movie review: Cry Baby

Posted by Dee-Ann On April - 2 - 2013

cry babyJohn Waters, one of my favorite film directors. I watched his version of Hairspray (1988), Cry Baby (1990) and A Dirty Shame (2004).

Cry baby has a very interesting cast: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake (before she lost a lot of weight), Iggy Pop (we all know Iggy don’t we?), Traci Lords (she became infamous for appearing in pornographic films as a minor). Although it’s another wild boy and square girl fall in love story, John Waters gives it his own twist, by creating over the top caracters, like Cry baby’s sister, Pepper, who is pregnant tough girl, as well as her friend ‘Hatchet-Face’, the ugliest girl in town. Those creatures against the pretty soft eyed square girl Allison, who’s supposed to date the rich and educated guys. But she is intrigued by the motorcyclist Cry Baby and his rough crew.

Her jealous boyfriend arranges a riot, during a party of Cry Baby’s grand parents, so he ends up in jail and Pepper’s children are taken away from her. Of course all ends well, but in the meantime you can enjoy the music.

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An Affair with Hollywood

Posted by Moulin On July - 4 - 2012

What is it about the past that makes us want it more?

Is it the fact that we always look back on the romantic moments? It could be that listening to your grand parents or parents version of events make you smile. Even I find my self longing for my child hood once more, and i’m only 20!! Although that is because I have been recently thrown into the ‘real world’.

Lets face it, the past is the future!

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Oh Brother where are thou (move review)

Posted by Dee-Ann On April - 10 - 2011

If you like hillbilly, bluegrass, blues or country music you should see this movie. If you like George Clooney, you should see this movie. If you like Alison Krauss,… oh what the h#… everyone should see this movie. Oh Brother where are thou, starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman.

This movie from 2000 starts with three prisoners Everett, Delmar and Pete, escaping, while chained to eachother. Their goal is to find the 1,2 million that Everett stole and buried. On their way to that treasure they have some peculiar encounters. A blind man on a railroad vehicle, predicting their future with some strange details, like a cow on a roof.

They meet a young guitarist Tommy Johnson, with whom they record a song “I am a Man of constant sorrow” under the name of Soggy Bottom Boys. This song is written by T-Bone Burnett, who by the way also produced most of the songs on the soundtrack.
In a swamp like environment they get enchanted by the sweet voices of three sirens, singing “Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby”. Actually the sweet voices of Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch. Not the tempting ladies on the screen who turn one of them into a frog. Robbing a bank is part of their adventure too.

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Burlesque the movie

Posted by Dee-Ann On December - 30 - 2010

Christina Aguilera and Cher are the leading ladies in this  movie about a Burlesque club. Smalltown girl Ali, leaving for California to make it bigtime. Bumping into a Burlesque club, which she thought was a stripclub. This art of dancing puts a spell on her, and immediately she wanted to climb on that stage as soon as she can, but it would take a lot of humiliation and hard work before she could even audition. So she started working as a waitress at the club of clubowner Tess (Cher).

The story contains all the classic drama, boy meets girl, can’t get girl, girl wants boy, they argue, make up and fall in love. And a bit of a feel good line too. So not too much to expect in here.

What I like about the movie are some songs very well sung bij Christina, like Etta James’ “Something’s got a hold on me”. I’m not a fan of Cher’s low voice, but the song: ” Welcome to Burlesque” really fits the movie. The music selection is a mixture between Jazz, Soul, Blues, and other classic styles, perfectly fit for Burlesque. But also pop songs. Somewhere at the end Tess/ Cher sings the song: “You haven’t seen the last of me”, to me it really was out of place in here. Intended to add drama into the scene where Tess hit rock bottom, probably, but the song itself was a bit too pop for me.

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The Buddy Holly story

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 7 - 2010

Today, september 7th, would be Charles Hardin Holley’s 74th birthday. Charles who?
He is better known as…….Buddy Holly.

In 1978 a movie “The Buddy Holly story” had been released.
You’ll see Buddy Holly as an early teenager in Lubbock, Texas and how he rolls into the world of rock and roll with his good friends and bandmates, drummer Jesse Charles (Don Stroud) and bass player Ray Bob Simmons (Charles Martin Smith), soon to be known as The Crickets. They start to record in Nashville, Tennessee, but Buddy walks out when his musical ideas clash with the producer’s.

Eventually, he finds a more flexible producer, Ross Turner (Conrad Janis), who, after listening to their audition, allows Buddy and the Crickets to make music the way he wants.
While there, he meets Turner’s secretary, Maria Elena Santiago (Maria Richwine). His budding romance with her nearly ends before it can begin, when her aunt initially refuses to let her date him, but Buddy persuades her to change her mind. On their very first date, Maria accepts his marriage proposal and they are soon wed.
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Elvis and June: a love story

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 16 - 2010

Quote: 

“Out on the streets or a club I go in, I wear conservative clothes. Something not too flashy. But on stage I like them as flashy as I can get ‘em. Because on stage your clothes play a very important part.” 

Elvis Presley 

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Bubba Ho-Tep!

Posted by drew On August - 16 - 2010

Today we’re honoring the memory of the King.  So I’m going to start this review by saying that I’m a huge fan of Elvis.  Elvis’s music is a big part of why I’m involved in this scene.  I’ve been to Graceland three times and I’m playing on a fourth visit as soon as I can.  When I’m a good mood, the music I always find myself listening to is that of Elvis Aaron Presley.

Hail to the king baby!

Having said all that, my favorite “Elvis” movie is not a movie that Elvis actually starred in. It’s more of a movie about Elvis (and by extension fame) than an actual “Elvis movie” really.  I am, of course talking about Don Coscarelli film version of Joe R. Lansdale’s Bubba Ho-Tep.

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