'A twisted mind snaps, and a wave of terror begins.
Like so many of the movies I feature on FH, my introduction to the 1971 cult film Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things comes via the late night drive-in themed series on Turner Classic Movies. First off, the only nudity in in Martha is female, but I did find myself crushing after the screwed up Stanley and the mostly shirtless performance of actor Wayne Crawford.
Written, produced, and directed by Thomas Casey, Aunt Martha Does Some Dreadful Things is a Miami based low budget film shot at the now closed Moberly Studios in Hollywood, Florida. The characters and the plot are both odd, perfect for a good Halloween 'so bad it's good' night of 70's horror.
Stanley and Paul (Abe Swick) have a criminal history which caused them to leave Baltimore and create new identities in a quiet Miami suburb. Paul poses as Stanley's Aunt Martha, and when not inside the house wears women's clothes. I don't even want to say he dresses in drag as there is no way anyone, outside of the dim characters in the film, would actually believe he's a woman.
It's clear Paul loves, or is at least obsessed with Stanley. I don't think homosexuality is ever mentioned, but Paul is very hands on and dominate with Stanley and extremely controlling, especially with the women Stanley likes to hang around.
Although Stanley likes the company of women, he can't stand them touching his crouch. Every time a female character tries to get in Stanley's pants, Stanley freaks out and they up dead. The movie takes a bit of a downward turn in the last quarter, I thought the first part was more interesting than the last, but overall, I'm glad I pressed record on the DVR to catch this fun 70's comedy/horror mash up.
If you want to check out a more current horror hunk, in a movie still playing in theatres, head on over to PAGE 2 HERE:
Maleficent: Causing or capable of producing evil or mischief
Although most of us know Maleficent in the form of Angelina Jolie, the dark fairy who protects the magical creatures of the Moors, for many of us, the connection goes back much further. Sixty years before the current on screen sequel, many of us were introduced to the evil Maleficent while watching our VHS copies of the 1959 Disney classic Sleeping Beauty.
Although tagged as 'evil', like most powerful women, Maleficent is much more complex and misunderstood. Maleficent does what she does for a reason, and is heroic in her own way, even if not appreciated by those around her.
I can't think of a better representation of beauty and power than Maleficent, making her the perfect character for Sergey to inhabit next. In this new series, photographer Richard Rothsteincelebrates the mistress of Evil as she looks over the kingdom and forest she's responsible to protect.
Sergey put together the costume himself, and with a little help from Richard, along with make-up artist Nicky Whitten, Maleficent hit Manhattan. Sergey seems right at home in his feathers and tight leather pants and perfectly channels all of Maleficent's power and wicked wicked ways.
Maleficent is one of many characters Sergey and Richard have brought to life through costume and creativity over the last couple of years. From Maleficent to Mermaids, check out Sergey's many alter egos on PAGE 2 HERE:
Mark from MW Photo MD believes in being prepared, especially when it comes to his shoots. Mark knows even the smallest item, dash of color or prop can bring so much to image. When Dylan contacted Mark about working together, neither intended to make Halloween one of the themes. But, given Halloween is one Mark favorite holidays, I think spotting that skull was more than just pure happenstance.
Not only did Mark utilize the skull, he also had a role of 'caution tape' among the many props he brought along in his backpack. This isn't the first time a holiday themed prop has led to emergence of a theme, and not the first time I've bugged Mark to showcase them on FH. Many of you might remember the Autumn leaves that cascaded over Andrew's naked body, or the Autumn wreath and pumpkin nestled beside a Jonah on the bed. (After the Fall)
'I'm always looking for something unique that might add to the shoot and I think the idea worked fine for the intended purpose of something a little different and to celebrate my favorite time of the year. I was born on the 25th but my first day home from the hospital was Halloween Night so that day has always met a little something extra for me.'
Before I knew about the holiday themed shots, I'd noticed the shots of Dylan that Mark had posted. I was hoping to get a chance to feature their work together. Dylan has a strong, sexy and confident look which comes through not just with his great face and beautifully expressive eyes, but also in his stance. I use stance instead of pose as poses are something created in studio, for the photographer and camera. I've seen so many models who struggle to appear natural, especially with stance and arm placement. Dylan' body stance seems so naturally confident, not just created for the shoot, but simply a part of who he is.
'None of this makes any sense! They're all like bad dreams.'
Young Stanley Uris
I loved the 1990 TV adaptation of Stephen King's It. ( HERE:) The cast was amazing and Tim Curry gave me nightmares for years. I found the book hard to get into, but the mini series sucked me right in. No so, with last years big screen re-make. Although I love me some Bill Skarsgård, I didn't find the re-make nearly as compelling of the 1990 version.
I am however, looking forward to seeing part 2, featuring the characters as adults. Although the scenes of the characters as children were crucial to set the story, it was once they became adults, the horror became real. The previews look frightening, and the adult cast impressive. One of the most fascinating characters from the original was Stanley, played in 1990 by the great Richard Masur. I won't give away his story, but some may remember a bath plays a crucial role in his story.
Given this is the big screen, Stanley takes a bath, but this time it's actor Andy Bean and we get a brief steamed up butt shot as he enters the but. Some of you may have read there has been some criticism about some of the scenes involving the gay characters. I haven't seen the film yet, so will reserve judgement, but I do know King is a strong ally. That's not to say there haven't been a few gay stereotypical gay characters in King's novels, but I cut him some slack given the context and worlds in which King sets his stories, and that I believe King's writing reflected the times, more than the writer's personal feelings.
Sergey doesn't need a costume to get into a character or to let his imagination fly. If you've checked out any of his work with Richard Rothstein, you know, that even without a prop, or a stitch of clothing, Sergey's creativity sours.
Sergey creates his characters with pose and movement, with his abounding energy and the enthusiasm for the creative process. When in costume, whether wrapped in chiffon, or bound by a mermaid's tail, Sergey inhabits his costumes as the character. they never look like someone playing dress-up, but someone who belongs in whatever fabric adorns his body. When it touches his skin, it belongs to him and it shows in the way Sergey celebrates the costume, and the character.
Over the last couple of years, Sergey had stepped into the clothes of many character, some original, and some very well known characters from classic stories and fairy tales. I have especially loved the many characters Richard asked Sergey to inhabit in theme celebrating his personal homonormative narrative for many classic fairy tales and legends, Belle
Sergey's characters blend strength and elegance, innocence and sophistication, masculinity and femininity, all without ever relying on stereotypes, gender or otherwise. Sergey's costumes and characters are rooted in celebration and Richard captures the erotic core of the stories, fairy tales and characters that he captures.