In Memoriam: Hazel Court

Hazel Court passed away Tuesday at the age of 82. She starred in Hammer Studios’ groundbreaking The Curse of Frankenstein as well as several of Roger Corman’s Poe flicks – Premature Burial, The Raven, and The Masque of the Red Death. She also starred in Dr. Blood’s Coffin. Additionally, she did a lot of TV work in things like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Boris Karloff’s Thriller, and The Twilight Zone. Her last role, that I am aware of, was an uncredited part in Omen III: The Final Conflict.

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China Bans Horror Movies

Although I don’t write about it much, I am a fan of the old black and white horror movies. I don’t much care for the modern gorefests. At any rate, I was surprised to see this story on Reuters. Apparently, China has banned horror movies:

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Spiders and Mummies

First the spiders, courtesy of Eight Legged Freaks. What can I say, I love this song…

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Dinosaurs in Hollywood

This is one from May 2005

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The Biology of B-Movie Monsters

John Hawks points us to something near and dear to my heart. Monster movies and Science. More specifically, The Biology of B-Movie Monsters. Where we learn, for example, that the ants in Them were sporting some mighty serious bling:

These giant bugs have a problem, and I can think of only one way out for them. The joints must be made of some very hard material (to minimize wear) with good mechanical properties, and only one material will fit the bill–diamond. You scoff? Diamond is only carbon, and living things have a lot of experience in manipulating carbon. So why didn’t the characters in Them! notice that the giant insects had diamond-lined joints? In Them!, you’ll remember, the giant ants are finally defeated by burning out their nest with flamethrowers. As I said, diamond is just a form of carbon, and like the more prosaic forms will burn quite nicely. The evidence literally went up in smoke.

I love it!

Did Someone Mention Horror/Science Fiction Movies?

Actually it was Chad over at Uncertain Principles who mentioned Jurassic Park and Tremors and links to an excellant discussion of the first Tremors movie (at last count there are four Tremors movies). Minor quibble the line uttered by Rhonda “…so maybe they predate the fossil record…” is total BS, but other than that Jennifers’ analysis is on target. What about the second and third movies in the series?

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In Memorium: Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling had a wide and varied career. He played Topper George Kerby in the 1950’s TV series Topper, was in Showboat and even made a Blondie movie (Blondie Meets the Boss 1939). I am most familiar with him through his turn as Capt. Lee Crane (lucky dude got to smooch on Barbara Eden) in the 1961 movie “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”
That’s him next to Walter Pidgeon…
Mr. Sterling passed away yesterday at the age of 88.