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Oct 312012
 

It’s Halloween once again. Since I started blogging, I always make a special post for this time of year. First it was about Dangerously Seductive Vampire Women. Next was Creepy Exploration Video Games. Then came most favorite Werewolves.

This year it’s an Actor Spotlight on scream queen Rose McGowan, who was a thrill to meet at Spooky Empire 2012. She has had many great roles over the years, but here are some of my most favorite characters.

Paige Matthews from Charmed: After Prue Halliwell gets killed, there was one last hope for the Charmed Ones and Paige was it. She is half-witch and half-white lighter, which means she can orb anywhere and can fight evil with an active power. All Paige has to do is say the name of an object and she can either grab it or deflect it. Paige can be rebellious at times, but her heart is always in the right place.

Tatum Riley from Scream: She’s a spunky teenager who tries to protect her best friend Sidney Prescott from the media after a series of murders begin. Tatum is definitely not afraid to retaliate with a witty remark when angered. Unfortunately, her demise was brutal after being crushed in a garage door and she was never mentioned again in the sequels as other murdered characters were.

Miss Kitty from Monkeybone: This sexy feline is a waitress and one of many figments in the realm Stu Miley gets trapped in while he’s in a coma. Miss Kitty is a very helpful ally, but can also be real fierce when it comes to her appetite for the talking rats.

Cherry Darling from Planet Terror: Now here’s a sexy stripper with an edge. After losing her leg during a zombie outbreak, Cherry gets a machinegun as a replacement. Then uses it and her other “useless talents” to become an ultimate zombie killing machine. She also has a witty sense of humor, which also makes her a big favorite.

Pam from Deathproof: She was merely an innocent bystander at a bar looking for a ride home and eventually gets one from Stuntman Mike, only to end up as his first victim. How I remember Pam best was when she was jamming to the music while Stuntman Mike was getting his lap dance.

 

 

Jan 202010
 

Directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have outdone themselves with this double feature. It starts with Grindhouse Presents, Planet Terror – Extended and Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition) which stars Rose McGowan as Cherry, the comedic stripper. I mean, go-go dancer. And Marley Shelton as Dakota, the sexy nurse.

I can remember Rose McGowan back in the 90s when she used to date Marilyn Manson and starred in dark films like Jawbreaker and Devil in the Flesh. But it wasn’t until Rose McGowan joined the cast of Charmed when she started to show a more comedic and lighter side to her character persona.

Unlike other zombie viruses, this one causes massive pimples and skin disfiguration. I don’t think there’s enough acne cream in the world to clear that up. And then there are the testicle collectors. Now that’s just disturbing. Not even Rob Zombie’s films would use such an item. And that’s saying a lot.

The zombie fights were awesome. They remind me of that shooter video game, House of the Dead Overkill. Especially the ones in the hospital. Cherry’s skill with that machine gun for a leg makes it look a whole lot smoother.

I met Elise and Electra Avellan, who played the Babysitter twins in this film, at Spooky Empire 2009. They were both really nice and sweet. It was their first time in Florida and they loved it. Now I can’t wait to see Elise and Electra in the upcoming film Machete, which they play sexy nurses with sharp tools. Very sharp.

What really stuck out was how the double feature was set up. Among the special features was a Q&A at Comic-Con 2006. The two directors wanted to make a more 70s retro look with old “Feature Presentation” rating bumpers, low film quality, and a “missing reel”. All of which was done on purpose. It was so cleverly done. And was all topped off with two great new films, back to back. Check my blog to see my review on the next one real soon.