Posts Tagged ‘Linda Blair’

32-ogWhile this piece is going to be an opinion piece, I always remind you the Readers to take my opinion for what it is, but I have been too plenty of conventions to form this opinion. I have been going to Rock and Shock, a horror convention in Worcester, MA since 2015, I have been to two Rhode Island Comic Cons, and Three Super Megafests. I have spent plenty of money meeting all the movie stars, wrestlers, comic book artists, and everyone in between to form this opinion and this year’s Rock and Shock has been the best convention I have ever been to. This year’s Rock and Shock featured stars like Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks/The Wraith), Ray Wise (Cat People/Twin Peaks), Adrienne King (Friday The 13TH), Edwin Neal (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), John Dugan (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Bill Moseley (3 From Hell), Bill Johnson (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Derek Mears (Friday The 13TH 2009), Kane Hodder (Friday The 13TH Parts 7, 8, 9, 10), Adam Green (Hatchet), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), and so many more. With so many big names of the genre, it was hard to gauge coming in how everyone would react to the stark raving mad horror fans like me.

72070314_10217302401245635_7744229040059318272_nOne name on the list gave me hope for the rest of the show and that was original final girl Adrienne King who first gained fame as Alice in the original 1980 Friday The 13TH. The moment I approached her table, she was the sweetest woman on the planet who gets her fans 1000% and she was just a joy to talk to. I was feeling good about myself after meeting her that I made my way to Edwin Neal’s table who first appeared to us as The Hitchhiker in the original 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and we had a great conversation about the power the film had in its time and for years that followed. I couldn’t believe it, two for two, this had to be some odd anomaly because you never get two sweet people in a row. I then made my way five feet over to John Dugan who made his debut in the horror world alongside Neal as Grandpa and what an amazing gentlemen he was and Dugan was so knowledgeable that he has made me a fan for life. The one thing that we both could agree on is that Hollywood does not truly care about the horror genre otherwise we would have a category at the Oscars for it if they did. At this point, every has been great to my friend and I and it was smooth sailing from that point on as every one was amazing. Dan Yeager was amazing, Sherilyn Fenn was amazing, and Adam Green and Felissa Rose were always the nicest people to meet at a convention. A certain head spinning, green vomiting, cross shoving in the crotch area legend who appeared last year could learn a thing or two about humility. I want to thank the organizers of this convention on a job well done and I hope that there will be more to come next year.

the exorcistBack in 1973, one single film scared the living daylights out of people and it certainly pushed the boundaries in the world of Horror with some of it scenes. Of course, the film I am talking about is the 1973 classic by William Friedkin (The French Connection) in The Exorcist. For actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), everything is going great in Georgetown as she is working on a new film and enjoying time with her daughter. For Father Karass (Jason Miller) things are not going so great as his faith in God has been tested to it’s limits. What both of those people don’t know is that there paths are about to cross when Chris’s daughter Reagan (Linda Blair) becomes possessed by a demon. With the help of Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), they will attempt to ave Reagan from the demon before it’s too late. The film also stars Lee J. Cobb (12 Angry Men) as Lt. Kinderman, Kitty Winn (The Exorcist II: The Heretic) as Sharon, Jack MacGowran (The Fearless Vampire Killer) as Burke Dennings, William O’Malley (This Christmas) as Father Dyer, Peter Masterston (The Stepford Wives) as Dr. Barringer, and Barton Heyman (Dead Man Walking) as Dr. Klein.

reaganThis film definitely pushed the boundaries back in it’s day so I can see why it was so controversial especially with the language and some of the imagery. Think about it for a second, she is vulgar especially towards the priest, she is jabbing a cross into her you know what, and the head spinning scene was pretty amazing as well. The makeup work for this film was also very incredible especially with Reagan whether it be the scars on her face or the green stuff that she constantly spews at the priests. Now I remember a friend of mine’s mother wouldn’t allow us to see the film when I was a kid because she said it scared the living daylights out of her, but by the time I was actually able to see it didn’t phase me at all. Unfortunately, I failed to put myself into their shoes in order to understand how this scared everyone, but I can definitely see it now. This is definitely one of the most incredible horror movies of its time and if there was a hall of fame for horror, I would definitely include this one. The film has it all from a great story (The film is based on the story of Roland Doe), great acting (Linda Blair was just absolutely terrific in this film), and even some amazing cinematography with some amazing shots (like the shots in Iraq when Father Merrin is there). If you have not had the pleasure of watching this film in your life, then you need to put this one on that list because it’s a classic. That is why I am going to give The Exorcist an A for a final grade and it’s a well deserved A.

Savage StreetsFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I’ve been foaming at the mouth to be able to get a chance to see some of Linda Blair’s 80’s films since I had a huge crush on Linda Blair (Chained Heat) at one point in my life after seeing some pics of her in the 80’s. I’ve been waiting a long time to see the film Savage Streets which is a typical 80’s style vigilante action film that stars Linda Blair as the beautiful, but tough chick named Brenda. Brenda is just as caring as she is tough after all she has to constantly look out for her deaf sister Heather (Linnea Quigley) who was almost hit by some idiots in a gang called The Scars. After pissing her off over this, Brenda and her friends decide to get some revenge on the guys by stealing their car and trashing it which royally pisses off their leader Jake (Robert Dryer). In retaliation, Jake and the gang rape Brenda’s sister Heather and they kill her pregnant friend Francine (Lisa Freeman) which sets off a chain of events causing Brenda to declare war and revenge on the gang. The film also stars John Vernon (Fraternity Vacation) as Underwood, Johnny Venocur (Lord Of Illusions) as Vince, Sal Landi (Bulletproof) as Fargo, Scott Mayer as Red, Debra Blee (The Beach Girls) as Rachel, Ina Romeo (Escape From LA) as Stella, Luisa Leschin (Rain Man) as Maria, Mitch Carter (American Beauty) as Greg, Kristi Somers (Rumble Fish) as Valerie, Rebecca Perle (Not Of This Earth) as Cindi Clark, and the film was directed by Danny Steinmann (Friday The 13TH Part V: A New Beginning).

Linda Blair Savage StreetsI truly feel that ever since Death Wish with Charles Bronson was released in the US in 1974, that a lot of filmmakers felt that they could make some money with the Vigilante Action genre especially in the 80’s. You have to also remember that Class Of 1984 was released in 1982 and that was an amazing film that made the same kind of impact as Blackboard Jungle in 1955 and so you can see why Savage Streets was made. On of the things I always notice when watching a film for Cheeseball Cinema is the acting because it’s either too cheesy or just good enough and this film has to land in between both of those. Linda Blair tried to play this tough, bad ass bitch that you don’t mess with in this film while when her deaf sister shows up, you instantly see her soft side. Her character made more sense at times if the film was based in New York some where in the five boroughs. Other than that, the acting was actually pretty decent and the cinematography wasn’t too shabby either. One thing is for sure and that there is plenty of T&A and a really long scene that features a lot of ladies in the showers so you’ll be sure to enjoy it, but again I was more concerned in seeing the beautiful Linda Blair. The film does of course feature the scream queen herself right before what I consider to be her best role in The Return Of The Living Dead in Linnea Quigley and her world famous graveyard scene, but she does an amazing job in this movie playing the deaf and mute Heather. You can find this film on Youtube if you really want to check it out for yourself. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film a 2.4 for a final grade.


zapped againFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema entry, I was looking through IMDB when this film came up in the suggestions and so I took a look at what the synopsis was. The cool thing about this film is that they don’t forget about the original film and the idea behind it. Todd Eric Andrews (The Diamond Trap) plays Kevin Matthews, a kid that has been moved around from school to school to unknown reasons other than he says his move moves a lot. All he wants to do is fit in at his new school, Ralph Waldo Emerson High School, but he immediately makes enemies when he hits on the popular kid Wayne’s (Reed Rudy) girlfriend Amanda (Maria McCann). So without the chance of joining the key club, he joins the science club where he discovers some sort of drink hidden within a wall that all of sudden gives him telekinetic powers. With his new found powers, Kevin will stop at nothing to change the way things are going and bring the science club the prestige it once lost after an incident with Barney Springboro years before. The film also stars Kelli Williams (The Practice) as Lucy, David Donah (Roseanne) as Cecil, Ira Heiden (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors) as Elliot, Linda Larkin (Aladdin) as Joanne, the late Lyle Alzado (Ernest Goes To Camp) as Coach Kirby, Sue Ane Langdon (UHF) as Ms. Burnhart, and cameos by Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and Karen Black (House Of 1000 Corpses) as teachers.

Linda Blair's butt is the first picture

Linda Blair’s butt is the first picture

Before I get into the details of what was good and what was bad about this film  I have one thing to say. All I know is that Linda Blair was an absolute fox back in the day and she looks incredibly sexy in this film even though it’s only a brief cameo. I also wanted to say that the overall acting was good, but the real stars of the film were Todd Eric Andrews and Kelli Williams. Those two made a perfect onscreen pair and the chemistry and acting chops were definitely there as they carried the film. There is not a crap ton of T&A in this film, but believe me there is plenty of it in small doses. You have to remember that he has the ability to lift clothing with his mind and it pays off at times. One of the other great things about this film is that it was released in 1990 which meant that people were still in an 80’s frame of mind when the film was made. So, you still get a little bit of that 80’s cheesiness like the jerk off bully who doesn’t like you main character which was a must have in raunchy 80’s teen comedy films. This was definitely one of my favorite films to watch and I actually sat through the whole film unlike the first one which I’m not going to take anything away till I view the whole film.On a scale of 1 being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am going to give this film a 2.2 for a final grade.