Happy Birthday to the sassy lassie with the classy chassis… Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!!
Yes, Kreeps… the forever gore-geous Cassandra Peterson turned a fabulous 66(6) today, so it’s time to skull-ebrate!
We talk about Elvira A LOT on this site, but that’s only because there would be no Kinky Horror without her! She was (and is) a major influence on all of us spooky cats here! Her killer style, her wicked puns, her… uh, two big pumpkins… Elvira is definitely one of the coolest ghouls in the graveyard and our most HeXXXcellent inspiration! Whether she’s hosting scary shock schlock on TV or vamping it up at theme parks, Elvira will always be our Queen of Halloween. 🙂
In ho-nor of Cassandra/Elvira, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite Elvira Ho-st segments to showcase her eternal badassery. Enjoy 🙂
Welcome back, pop-cultured creatures! Comic Con once again brought us some Fang-tastically freaky fright toys, so we’ve gathered up the ones that have us screamin’ the most! As far as we know, none of these toys are possessed with the spirit of a killer… I guess nothing’s perfect. 😉
Here are Comic Con’s most terror-ific toys!
NECA brings the most Horror with frightening new toys for Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play, Gremlins, and Friday the 13th! 🙂 Toyark
Behold the many, many new Super-Goodies from DC! Nerdist
Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical films get some fantastical figures. 🙂 Bleeding Cool
So what happens when these two tit-ans of awesome get together?
Pure, unadulterated madness.
Yes, dear freaks… back in 1981, Harry and Giger collaborated in a big, bad way. Harry wanted to take an “alien” approach to her debut album, so she hired the Swedish mad genius to conjure up a nightmarish work o’ art for the cover. The result is Harry lookin’ a great deal like a Cenobite… Yup, nothing creepy about that.
That’s certainly kookoo… at least, Harry thought so. So much so that she named the album KooKoo after seeing Giger’s work.
In addition to the album cover, Giger also designed and directed two videos for Harry: Backfired and Now I You Know You. The former looks like the world’s most disturbing magic show, with Giger doing the ol’ sword box trick on Harry. As for the latter, it’s pure Giger. For that video, Giger (xeno)morphed Harry into an otherworldly creature through body paint. I don’t know about you creeps, but I kinda wish Alien: Covenant looked like this.
(Submitted by Mr. Prince Adam…Thanks for the Vampi goodness, Superfriend! 🙂 xoxo)
“Vampirella’s back and on the hunt! Dynamite Entertainment’s acclaimed mistress of the dark continues her supernatural adventures, running a gauntlet of murder and despair across an increasingly imperiled globe. A trio of demoness assassins – the Kerasu Shimei (the ‘Crow Sisters’) – have clawed their into our world, and are intent on building a bloody monument to murder, sin and mayhem, and it will take all of Vampirella’s considerable skill to send them screaming back to Hell…” (Dynamite)
This book continues shortly after the one shot from last issue, where Vampirella was recuperating from her wounds from the battle with Dracula and Le Fanu. The book picks up with Vampirella and Sofia on a stakeout, tracking a trio of gruesome murders where three people of shady character have been crucified, with Japanese Kanji drawn in their blood beside them.Vampirella has been contracted by a mysterious benefactor, who she has yet to reveal to Sofia, Through Vampirella’s inner musing, she reveals that she is keeping her benefactor a secret from Sofia, to not bring her deeper into Vampirella’s world.Vampirella reveals that as much as she enjoys having a human partner, she wants to get Sofia out of this life because the last time she had a human partner, it didn’t end well for either of them.In these quieter introspective moments, we start getting a sense of how attached and how much Vampirella cares for Sofia.As nice as that is, the best parts of these scenes are the insinuation of the mysterious benefactor’s and former human partner.I’m assuming her ex-partner was Adam Van Helsing, who she had a nightmare about in the previous issues.As for who her benefactor is, I have no idea.However, writer Eric Trautmann has me hooked liked a caught fish, waiting to see how both those plot threads play out.In the first seven issues, Sofia is thrust into this monstrous world. She’s intrigued and captivated by it all.Now that she’s had time to process it a little more fully, as a reader, you can see her fear and so can Vampirella, even though Sofia tries to hide it.I love how the writer hasn’t thrust her forward so quickly, to the point where she’s okay with all the weird crap she’s witnessing.She tries to cope by referencing that everything Vampirella does in this volume fulfills every trope from the horror movie genre.She uses smart ass commentary to mask her fears.That’s something I would do.I hope the writers keep using Sofia as a conduit for the audience.The other reason I absolutely loved this volume of issues, is due to the fact that the villains of this issue spring directly out of the first volume.The Three Crow Sisters are Hell-Spawn, who were able to escape hell, when Vampirella’s battle with the Yag-Ath Vermellus, softened the barrier between hell and Earth.The reason why they have killed those 3 people is because they represent cowardice, the immoral and the deceitful.This coupled with killing Vampirella, who represents insolence, dishonors her fellow Vampires and is disloyal to them, will serve as a monument to corruption. These acts will tether them firmly to Earth, preventing them from being dragged back to hell. We also learn that the masks they currently wear are temporary tethers to Earth and amplify their strength and speed.They are very formidable opponents, but she ultimately kills them.However, not before the big revelation that the Crow sisters know of Vampirella’s true origins, whereas, she herself does not.She has memories from different origins, which in actuality are different incarnations of the character in the comics, through the years.In the book continuity, she is not sure what her real past is.This is similar to what Wonder Woman is experiencing post Rebirth. I like this story hook, as it allows new readers to familiarize themselves with multiple possibilities, without doing too much extra “homework.”
Fabiano Neves returns on art and once again does great work.This is going to be odd to say of a Vampirella book but the car chase scene looked good.The art really captures the close quarters and break neck speed of the chase.Also, the exploded car flip diversion Vampirella creates with the car, looked straight out of a Fast & Furious movie, minus Vin Diesel’s monotone acting, while still keeping the beautiful women.The female villains wearing Guy Fawkes, V for Vendetta esque masks, looked creepy as hell.And because the masks aren’t literally V for Vendetta masks, it never feels derivative. Since we essentially had hot vampire vs hot vampire in volume 1, they had to change things up a bit.This is definitely visually striking.I loved the visual of the crucified murder victims being on one hand being a darkly colored page, with his blood being the most colored object, while the other two were shown in black and white.It gave the crime scenes a more mysterious, cold and frightening look and feel to them.The page where Vampirella and Sofia are scouring around the abandoned farmhouse which is pitch black, and their backs are facing the “camera”/reader, is a quintessential horror moment.It leaves you expecting and waiting for something bad or scary to happen.That’s hard for a comic book to pull off, but to be fair, I may have cheated by playing a horror soundtrack as I read this book,
The more I read of Vampirella, the more I like the character and this book.If you thought the story blew its load too early by using Dracula write off the bat, you’d be wrong.I’m constantly impressed with every scroll of the digital page.This character is under appreciated in the comic book world. If you haven’t read this book, or given this character a try, you simply must.If you don’t, you’re truly doing a disservice to yourself and the genre!
(aka the ‘C’ is for Cookie edition…#getit?? 😉 Big hugs to Smutmaster Eric for this pube-tastic post! 🙂 xoxo)
Featuring: Kristen Wiig, Kate Winslet, Tiffany Shepis & Monique Parent
Welcome to Me (2015)
When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show.
A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.
Sarah is a young American from New York City who travels to Italy to join the New Order convent as a cloister nun and to prepare for an arduous spiritual journey.
Blonde Heaven (1995)
A coven of vampires operates out of a modeling/escort agency known as Blonde Heaven. A young woman named Angie (Raelyn Saalman) arrives from Oklahoma to find her way into the movie business, followed by her boyfriend Kyle. Head vamp Illyana (Julie Strain) takes a liking to Angie and convinces her to do escort work for the agency, but has other recruiting plans for her as well.
Bonus Frontal w/ Trivia:
Michelle Bauer (circa 1986)
Began her film career in X-rated hardcore movies as “Pia Snow,” including the classic Café Flesh (1982), before moving into mainstream movies.
Amber Lynn (circa 1985)
Became a hugely successful featured entertainer from her fame created through her work in adult films, earning up to $25,000 a week.
Ginger Lynn (1984)
Served a jail term related to tax-evasion, which was a case she insisted was politically motivated by anti-porn elements in the Ronald Reagan and George Bush “41” administrations.
Kaitlyn Ashley (the ’90s)
Author Jacob Held argued that Kaitlyn Ashley, along with Jill Kelly and Jenna Jameson is considered to be one of the most iconic adult stars of the 1990s.
Ho-stess’s PS– A #FullFrontalFlasback from lil’ ol’ me… 😉 Have a Happy Ho-rrorday weekend, Kinky Ho-mies!! 🙂 xoxoxo
There have been many ho-sts by many publishers throughout the history of ho-rror comics, but the only GhouLunatics belong to EC Comics.
The GhouLunatics were the kings (and queens) of all illustrated ho-rror ho-sts, and they are known to those who tend to favor the gruesome side of comic books. Due to the popularity of both the Amicus and HBO takes on Tales from the Crypt, The Cryptkeeper is BY FAR the most well-remembered of the GhouLunatics. That’s not to say that the other two original ghost ho-sts (The Vault-keeper and The Old Witch) don’t get a fair amount of mad love, but they are still two halves of a whole Ringo. Ho-wever, if Old Vaulty and Witchypoo are Ringo, Drusilla is Jimmie Nicol, the man who was a Beatle for 13 days.
Even if you are a seasoned fright fan, you may have never heard of Drusilla. She made her debut in The Vault of Horror #37, the fourth-to-last issue of the series. In those four final issues, Drusilla co-hosted the comic with Old Vaulty, although she didn’t have much to say. Drusilla never had so much as a single speech balloon, but there was something fascinating about her… something profoundly peculiar. Her features were Hollywood gore-eous, but her eyes had a dark wisdom behind them. Was she human or vampire? Witch or ghoul? Nothing is known about her, but she must’ve been eXXXceptionally terrifying to be a GhouLunatic.
The Vault closed its door in December of 1954, so one can only speculate on what creator Johnny Craig had planned for the raven-haired ho-stess. She may have gotten her own tit-le, if the Comics Code Authority didn’t execute EC’s brand of ho-rror. Debuting only a few months after Vampira, one could argue that Drusilla was one of the original glamour ghouls. Perhaps if she had just a few more years, she could’ve joined Morticia, Lily Munster, Elvira, and the aforementioned Vampira as one of the great icons of dark beauty.
Drusilla may not have reached the iconic status of her fellow EC Creeps, but she has a special place in the cold, black hearts of us here at KH. With the recent return of EC’s Tales from the Crypt, perhaps Drusilla will get her night in the moon. Her time was brief, but wonderfully creepy. Here’s to Drusilla, the Mysterious Mistress of the Vault of Ho-ror!
Happy International Women’s Day to all you Groovie Ghoulies and Cool Ghouls out there!
We thought we’d celebrate the occasion by honoring a woman who gave us one of the greatest monsters of all time: Ms. Milicent Patrick. You may not recognize the name, but you certainly know her work…
That’s right, Monster Lovers! Actress/Designer/Artist Milicent Patrick is the woman who designed the Gill-Man AKA The Creature from the Black Lagoon! Not only did she give Gill-man his ghoulish good looks, but she also designed the Metaluna Mutant in This Island Earth, the aliens in It Came from Outer Space, and Mr. Hyde in Abbott and Costello meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In addition to all of that, she held the distinction of being one of the first female animators hired by Disney. Unfortunately, no definitive record of her life, her death, or her whereabouts seems to exist. The Screen Actors Guild lists her amongst the missing. For someone who designed one of the great horror icons, there’s very little info. Heck, people can’t seem to agree on whether there was one “l” or two in her name!
What most do agree on is that Universal put her on a publicity tour to promote the release of Creature from the Black Lagoon, billing her as, “The Beauty Who Created the Beast.” An excellent promotion, but it certainly rubbed make-up head Bud Westmore the wrong way. Westmore promised to never hire her again and made good on his word. Executives noted that Patrick had done everything possible to credit Westmore during her interviews. They even said that Westmore was acting childish, but that didn’t resolve the matter. She continued to act in films and television until 1968, but her career in the make-up department was over. For many years, Westmore took sole credit for the creation of the Creature.
Despite what had happened, she continued to give Westmore the credit he did deserve. After all, it takes a lot of mad scientists to make a monster. Even if she if she isn’t the sole creator, she did design the monster we love today and perhaps did even more. We salute you, Ms. Patrick! The Creature certainly wouldn’t be the creepy creep he is today without you.
(Submitted by our beloved Smutmaster, Eric…Thanks, my Kinkiest of Ho-mies! xoxo)
Featuring: Lynda Carter, Helen Slater, Maika Monroe & Olivia Hussey
Wonder Woman: Season 3, Episode 5 – Disco Devil (1978)
A telepathic disco dancer is using his powers to steal information from government scientists visiting a Washington D.C. hot spot. Diana must enlist the aid of a second telepath to foil the scheme.
A House in the Hills (1993)
An aspiring actress gets a housesitting job and finds herself in a cat-and-mouse game with a deadly ex-con.
It Follows (2015)
A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Norman Bates recalls his days as a young boy living with his schizophrenic mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder.
Eric requested I post a new mirror pic with this set, but I’m currently visiting my sister (and very lil’ nephews:) in NC, and private mirror time isn’t really a thing right now. So, you’re gonna have to settle for these #TBT pics (circa 2007) instead…I owe ya one (thousand ;)), Eric!! 🙂 xoxo
December is rough time to have a birthday, dear fiends! As great as the Ho-rrorday season is, some birthdays get overshadowed because this time of the year. To make up for this, we’re celebrating the totally awesome December horror birthdays today in one big ol’ post! We wish all these wonderful ghouls the best and we hope they have/had the most spooky-cool birthday imaginable! 🙂
TONY TODD: DECEMBER 4, 1954
If there is a man we can describe as the modern Christopher Lee, it’s certainly Tony Todd. Standing at a Sasquatchian 6′ 5″ and possessing a wicked charisma, Mr. Todd is certainly worthy of his reputation as a legend of fright! Mr. Todd’s compelling performance as the titular boogeyman in 1992’s Candyman is the kind of Monster that elicits both fear and an odd sort of sympathy like only the truly great movie creeps can. The great monster would go on to play a plethora of great monsters and madmen, including the eternally classic duo of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! We dare you to say his name five times!
SHIRLEY JACKSON: DECEMBER 14, 1916
The Undisputed Queen of Horror Literature! Ms. Jackson is primarily known for The Haunting of Hill House (the basis for The Haunting) and The Lottery, a truly chilling short story. Genre geniuses Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Richard Matheson have all cited Jackson as an inspiration on their own work and she remains the High Priestess of Printed Chillers. While all of her morbid fiction is prime fright fare, I highly recommend We Have Always Lived in the Castle, one of my all-time favorite novels. The first paragraph is one of the greatest openings ever written and a great example of her peculiar style:
My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenent, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.
Thanks for haunting us, Ms. Jackson!
The first paragraph is certainly one of the greatest openings ever written:
SARAH PAULSON: DECEMBER 17, 1974
Sarah Paulson is one of three performers to appear in every single season of American Horror Story and she always emerges as one of highlights in a show bursting with sensationally macabre delights! Throughout the course of the show, she has portrayed a psychic, a perpetually teary-eyed ghost, Siamese Twins with a dark past, a witch, and other victims of the strange and macabre. She also starred on American Gothic in the mid ’90s, so Ms. Paulson is no stranger to the world of Terror-Vision. Of all her wonderfully oddball performances on AHS, it’s her dual performance as the conjoined Dot and Bette in Freak Show that made her a favorite of ours here at Kinky Horror. Two heads are better than one!
FREDDIE FRANCIS: DECEMBER 22, 1912
Here’s a fellow with an eye for horror! While Terence Fisher was Hammer’s Master of Terror, Freddie Francis certainly has an impressive collection of British shockers to his name. His works include 1971’s Tales from the Crypt for Amicus, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Evil of Frankenstein, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, and Girly. In addition to his Hammer and Amicus terror tales, Mr. Francis had an excellent career as a cinematographer, even winning two Academy Awards! Mr. Francis was also the man who gave The Elephant Man its eerily beautiful look in 1980. For six (including the wraparound) excellent tales of the macabre in one, Check out Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors! Looking creepy, Freddie F.!
DICK MILLER: DECEMBER 25, 1928
Dick Miller is a National Treasure to anyone with a healthy love for exploitation, blood, and gooey ghouls! With his craggy face and distinctive voice, he has graced (and saved) a seemingly endless amount of B-movies with a blue-collar charm all of his own. Horror aficionados will certainly remember his turn as Walter Paisley in Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood, a true classic of splatstick! Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve certainly seen his lovable mug before, as Mr. Miller has appeared in such classics as The Terminator, The Howling, and Gremlins. The affectionate and ever-popular descriptor of “that guy” was practically coined for Miller. Appropriately enough, there is a documentary called That Guy Dick Miller that serves as wonderful tribute this legend and we highly recommend it to both fans and newbies alike. Nice to know That Guy!
BARBARA CRAMPTON: DECEMBER 27, 1958
Barbara Crampton is one of the dreamiest, screamiest scream queens to ever haunt the screen! From her early (and still excellent) work in Re-Animator and From Beyond to her work in modern fare like You’re Next and Beyond the Gates, it’s clear that this scare idol is going strong and will continue to her decades-long reign! Ms. Crampton is one of horror’s best-loved actresses and an inspiration to us here at Kinky Horror. For fans looking for a new Crampton masterpiece, check out her truly excellent turn in We Are Still Here, a modern creeper sure to turn your hair white! Keep up the ghoul work, Ms. Crampton!
F.W. MURNAU: DECEMBER 28, 1888
The Master of Shadows! F.W. Murnau was once called “the greatest poet the screen has ever known” by French film theorist and director Alexandre Astruc, and his dreamlike imagery certainly backs this claim up. Murnau was like a painter, more concerned with the mood and images than the dimensions of his characters. His cinematic paintings have lost none of their power today. Why, just look at enduring popularity of his Nosferatu, his unauthorized adaptation of Dracula! That film is the golden standard of the German Expressionist Accustomed to the weird and eerie, Murnau also directed versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Faust, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Unfortunately, HIs Jekyll and Hyde and Hunchback are lost to time, but his Faust survived and is highly recommended. Hail Murnau!
BARBARA STEELE: DECEMBER 29, 1937
The Scream Queeniest of All Scream Queens! Barbara Steele is up there with Vincent Price and Peter Cushing in the realm of fright legends! Her piercing eyes cut through you like a machete and her dark presence will stick with you long after the credits roll! She’s worked with Vincent Price, Roger Corman, Mario Bava, Joe Dante, and many other titans of terror and she can hold her own with the best Horror has to offer. Her performance in Black Sunday is iconic in every sense of the word and continues to haunt the best of us to this day. Ms. Steele has a gazillion slasherpieces her name, but we highly recommend Long Hair of Death, a lesser-known gothic chiller with great atmosphere and a killer ending that does Wicker Man before Wicker Man! Long Live the Queen!