Stealing My Thunder

I don’t know who these bozos think they are, but there is only ONE Shade Rupe. You can go ahead Mr. Neil “betcha didn’t know it was a guy” Jordan and Mr. Emin “I know I ain’t black but you all is buyin’ it anyway” em and steal my first name from me like you’re some kind of dope fresh original, but I’m all mad props with the Shade Lewis Rupe tag. Yo!

HWA Halloween Party Pics

A few HWA-NYC people got together Halloween night at the Aegean restaurant to celebrate the evening. Mr. Dallas Mayr took us on a great walk on 69th Street where hundreds of dressed-up children trick-or-treated on this amazing block with several of the homes dressed up for the holiday, including some who even opened their lobbies with witches and dark cauldrons and a special effect or two.

While I sadly didn’t get any pics of the greatly decorated street, Mr. Nick Kaufmann took a few photos at the restaurant before we went out. Here, Mr. Lee Thomas, dressed as Shaun from Shaun of the Dead, whacks Zombie Shade but good.

More of Nick’s shots are here.

I sorta wish I chose to dine with my friends but I had a buzz on to go to Jekyll & Hyde restaurant for Halloween. It sadly was the least interesting time I’ve had there. A few people dressed up, but the energy level was really low. Fun to walk in with a bunch of screaming girls though. Then I ran over to the Walter Reade theater to catch the 9pm show of Halloween, in a gorgeous print, then down to the Pioneer for the last half of Kung Fu Cannibals, then back over to the Halloween Adventure Haunted House on Suffolk for a second walk-through (they did a good job), then over to the west village to watch the late-night revelers, had a beer at Duplex where I had never been before (what a small place!), then on home.

Bravo’s 100 Scariest Moments in Horror

Premieres October 26th, 9pm EST, Bravo.

Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movies Moments was produced throughout the early part of the year and includes over 100 interviews with various filmmakers, writers, actors and others associated with the horror genre.

Interviewees include Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Jackson, Wes Craven, Stephen King, John Carpenter, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, and many more, including your pal Shade Rupe!

I haven’t seen the final cut so I couldn’t tell you how often I appear in the doc (I discussed six films in my interviews), but with such a great line-up, and clips from all 100 films discussed, it should be a worthwhile show.



Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments

Scarecrow Video Movie Guide Out Now

Sasquatch Books has just released the Scarecrow Video Movie Guide. I’ve got about 40 reviews in here, from Performance, The Devils and Driller Killer to Ms. 45, The Changeling, All That Jazz, The Night Porter and Liquid Sky, and more!

Available now from Scarecrow Video, Amazon, and better bookstores everywhere.

Boy, I really need to keep this better updated. Sorry, folks!

Lately been seeing a lot of movies and having a lot of fun. Saw three of the films in the John Boorman series at BAM Cinematek. Would’ve been smart to at least go to Hope and Glory to meet the guy, but the film’s poster turned me off. Dumb, but true. Now I hear the movie is great. *sigh* Still, I did make it to Exorcist II, Zardoz and Deliverance. Pissed me the fuck off that the crowd at Zardoz, pretty packed really, decided it was a ‘camp classic’ and decided to laugh during the whole movie. They raised their arms in the air when the Etnernals went into second level meditation, etc. Totally stupid.

Beginning September 28 and through the weekend I attended three of the films during the Loews Jersey 75th Anniversary. Tuesday’s screening was Mr. Smith Goes to Washintgton. A little long, but has a lot to to do with even today’s politics, which is kinda sad. Spartacus looked great, but I missed the first hour for some reason I forget now. I was doing something else, seeing another movie, I forget. It’s okay. I’ve seen this restored version at least once, at the King Cinema in Seattle, many moons ago. But I did catch all of Superman, which was great good fun. Sadly, a small child behind me cecided it was Talk Time and also Cough Time. This child was right behind my right ear coughing and coughing and coughing in this repetitive hack. Really sucked. I finally just moved over, but I shouldn’t have had to. I turned to offer the child some water but the women next to the child said, “the parents are over there.” Just too much work.

Saw Tarntaion at the New York Film Festival and am happy to report that Jonathan Couette is a super-nice guy. Interesting how this film moved from playing the MIX Festival to being sold to 20 territories. Amazing how this stuff happens.

One thing that was fun over these last couple months was going to see a Godzilla movie at Film Forum that just happened to be the same night at Bruce Weber showing his new film. He’s a big yummy bearman and had a lot of friends visiting. After the Godzilla movie I met my friend Ian to check out with this Black Book magazine show with art by our mutual friend Sue de Beer and original commissions by Floria Sigismondi. Floria’s pieces easily dominated the show. She’s a complete genius. And she really is pregnant in the pics. The kid’s coming out next month.

After the Black Book show I went back to Film Forum to catch the first few minutes of the Godzilla movie’s second showing (I had missed the first few) and Bruce Weber was doing his thing in the lobby and I walked right past Isabella Rossellini. Wow. She is really beautiful. What a neat lady. I’ve noticed her before and thought she was cool, but live in person is something else.

Also went to the Stephen King talk with Charlie Rose on 9/19 at the 92nd Street Y. I sorta wish I had made plans to go to Connecticut because I ended up not being able to say hi. I guess he poked his head out the exit door but then later chose to just go out the front door. Would’ve been nice to say hi, but it was fun to hear him talk.

Ugh. I know there’s more and I’ll try to type as I remember it.

‘Psycho’ Actress Janet Leigh Dies at 77

NEW YORK (Oct. 4) – Janet Leigh, the wholesome beauty whose shocking murder in the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller ”Psycho” was credited with making generations of film fans think twice about stepping into a motel room shower, has died. She was 77.

The actress’ husband, Robert Brandt, and her daughters, actresses Kelly Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis, were at their mother’s side when she died Sunday at her Beverly Hills home, said Heidi Schaeffer, a spokeswoman for Jamie Lee Curtis.

”She died peacefully at home,” Schaeffer told The Associated Press on Monday. Lee had suffered from vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels, for the past year.

The stunning blonde enjoyed a long and distinguished career, appearing in such films as the 1962 political thriller ”The Manchurian Candidate” and in Orson Welles’ 1958 film noir classic ”Touch of Evil.” But she gained her most lasting fame in ”Psycho” as the embezzling office worker who is stabbed to death in the shower by cross-dressing madman Anthony Perkins. The role earned her an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress.

Hitchcock compiled the shower sequence in 70-odd takes of two and three seconds each, for which Leigh spent seven days in the shower. Rumors circulated that she was nude, but she wore a flesh-colored moleskin.

Although tame by today’s standards, the scene was shocking for the time for its brutality.

Leigh wrote in her 1995 book ”Psycho: Behind the Scenes in the Classic Thriller” that the filming was easy until the last 20 seconds when she had to express total horror as her character was being slashed to death.

She often said she hadn’t been able to take a shower since the movie. ”It’s not a hype, not something I thought would be good for publicity,” she insisted. ”Honest to gosh, it’s true.”

Loews Jersey Celebrates 75th Anniversary, September 28th, 2004

Loews Jersey

Russ Meyer R.I.P.

I had called Tura Satana tonight to let her know the Black Dog Press book of Harold Lloyd’s 3-D nudes was coming out soon (Bruce Goldstein showed some of Harold’s slides last night at the Film Forum screening of the 3-D film Gorilla at Large) and she called me back (at 5:30 am…) to let me know Russ had passed away on Saturday at age 82.

There will be a private service this Friday and Ms. Satana will be there.

Next year is the 40th anniversary of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Russ Meyer – March 1, 1922 to September 18, 2004.

Roger Ebert Remembers Russ Meyer

Fay Wray – That Delicate Satin-draped Frame

‘King Kong’ Star Fay Wray Dies

Actress Fay Wray, best known for her role in 1933 movie King Kong, died on Sunday. She was 96. Born Vina Fay Wray in Alberta, Canada, on September 15, 1907, she was one of six children. Her family moved to the United States when she was three years old. Wray was barely in her teens when she began her silver-screen career as a extra. She went on to be regularly cast as a heroine in silent movies, scoring her breakthrough in 1928’s The Wedding March. In the early 1930s she made a number of horror movies, including Doctor X and The Vampire Bat, and became known as Hollywood’s first “scream queen”. After those movies, Wray won praise for her King Kong character’s combination of sex appeal, vulnerability and lung capacity as she was stalked by the beast to the top of New York’s Empire State Building. But her career fell into decline following King Kong and she retired from movies in 1942 after her second marriage. In 1953, she made a comeback in character roles and made movies until 1958 and worked in television into the 1960s. Wray had a daughter, Susan, by her first marriage to John Monk Saunders, and two children, Robert and Vicky, with Robert Riskin.

St. Louis’ The Fabulous Fox celebrates 75th Birthday

Oh, man! I can’t believe I didn’t know about this until just today! This event is so tailor-made for me! We can only hope the Loews Jersey has a similar event for its 75th Anniversary this September.

*sigh* I sure wish I could be in St. Louis on Sunday! An all-day motion picture cathedral event, and all for 75 cents!!!

St. Louis Fox Parties Like it’s 1929 on 75th Birthday

ST. LOUIS, MO — To celebrate its 75th birthday, the “Fabulous Fox” in St. Louis is recreating, as nearly as possible, its opening night program on January 31, 1929 this coming Sunday, August 1st.

The huge C. Howard Crane-designed palace on Grand Boulevard is showing the first movie it played, the silent Janet Gaynor film “Street Angel”, accompanied by the Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. The stage acts which preceded and followed the movie, including a “living tableau” of St. Louis’ history, a chorus line, opera, ballet and even a “Neapolitan festival”, will also be put on again, by local celebrities and talent.

Furthermore, during the festivities, from 2 to 7 pm, the price for admission will be the same as in 1929, 75 cents at the box office. Mary Strauss, the Fox’s owner, will be an “extra” in the stage show, and is encouraging visitors to dress up in 20s-style clothing for a parade onstage before the show.

More here in the River Front Times.