Happy (only slightly belated ;)) Birthday to Jamie Lee Curtis (November 22), one of the most beloved Scream Queens in film history! I’m sure that your dirty lil’ minds instantly go to the OG Halloween when I mention Jamie Lee Curtis Scream Queen status (ok, maybe not instantly… ;)), which is why that’s so not the film I’m going to discuss to Ho-nor her. (Though I will take a moment to reflect upon her mammmorable parts in Trading Places… ;))
While everyone is totally aware of her awesome turn as Laurie Strode (especially in H20 ;)), her creepy credits go beyond that classic series. In the early ’80s, she was the go-to Final Girl. The late Roger Ebert once said that Curtis “is to the current horror film glut what Christopher Lee was to the last one-or Boris Karloff was in the 1930s”. Halloween is indeed an important film, but I want to talk about a lesser-known Curtis slasher. In Ho-nor of her Born Day, let’s take a ride on the Terror Train!
Terror Train was one of the gazillion and a half slasher films to be spawned in the wake of Halloween‘s success. (It was indeed a glorious time for cinema… :)) The plot revolves around a group of college co-eds holding a costume party, stalked by a vengeful classmate who bears the costume of his current victim.
(Me, the day before waXXXing… ;))
Jamie Lee does what a great Scream Queen does, and shines with the so-so material she’s given. Aside from Ms. Curtis’s obvious attributes, this film is worth watching for it’s spooky, claustrophobic atmosphere, vintage vibe, and a spectacular supporting role for David Copperfield as…A Magician, with Magnificent Eyebrows!! 🙂 #typecasting
(I had the biggest crush on him when I was in 3rd grade… *le sigh*)
Terror Train is a definitely a worthy way to honor Ms. Curtis for those who have seen Halloween many times over (before fwd/pausing some of her other film “highlights, of corpse ;)).
It’s also time to celebrate the Birthaversary of that gentleman creep, Mr. Boris Karloff. (November 23,1887 – February 2, 1969)
It’s quite impossible for me to overstate my love of Mr. Karloff. The role of the monster in Frankenstein would be enough to declare him a film legend, but Mr. Karloff has a gaggle of ghouls to his kreepified kredit. Karloff has portrayed Dr. Fu Manchu, Dr. Jekyll, and Imhotep the Mummy, to name but a very few. In addition to all these rotten roles, he also lent his titanic talent to the role of the Grinch in the beloved Ho-rrorday special.
Ho-nor the Great One’s memory by watching as many of his fright films as possible and help keep his lurid legacy alive… Hail to King Karloff, baby!