I was thinking about Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985) recently—because I’m always thinking about this movie—and it dawned on me that hardly anyone in cinema history has worn quite as many outlandishly crazy and outlandishly sexy outfits as that film’s star Sybil Danning has. Then of course I started making a list … Continue reading The Greatest Sybil Danning Outfits of All Time
Here in the States it's time to celebrate that colonialist fantasy holiday known as Thanksgiving. Appropriately, I'd like to offer some recommended viewing for you. Ya know, when you're not stuffing your face with turkey, carbs, and pie. Blood Rage (1987) has become a beloved cult classic in recent years, since it started showing up … Continue reading Blood Rage: It’s Not Cranberry Sauce!
Three years ago at the TriBeCa Film Festival, journalist Jesse Kornbluth moderated a panel on Scarface’s 35th anniversary. There, on stage, sat the world's most fabulous actress, a true artist who's crafted an extraordinary career, ostensibly ready to discuss her breakout role as Elvira Hancock in the seminal 1983 film.It was in this venue, in … Continue reading The Good Stuff
There have been plenty of bad girls we secretly/not-so-secretly like throughout the history of horror cinema. Chris Hargensen in Carrie (1976), with her potty mouth, irrational hatred for Carrie White, and the god damn bucket of pig's blood, is probably the gold standard, and rightly so. As much as I absolutely love Nancy Allen's performance, … Continue reading Bad Girls We Love: Wendy from Prom Night
This essay was first published at my old site, in substantially different form, a few years ago. I watched Pieces again recently and felt the need to expand on that post. Few cult films remain as notorious as Juan Piquer Simon's Pieces (1982). It was seized and confiscated in the UK during the infamous video … Continue reading From the Vault: Pieces