Thursday, October 29, 2020

Favorite Pic of the Day (2) for October 31st

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Christopher Atkins in Dracula Rising

'Fear Awakens in the Dark of the Night'

Witness the romance and tragedy of one man's undying passion that led him to sell his soul. In this epic horror, Vlad Dracula exchanges salvation for immortality so that he may avenge the brutal death of his true love. Now he journeys to the twentieth century to lay claim to the woman he so desperately loves.      

FH readers are aware of actor Christopher Atkins role in my sexual awakening.  I've written before about seeing The Blue Lagoon on VHS in the late 80's and it's lasting impact. (HERE:)  Although I was only a kid when I saw the flick, and as drawn as I was to Atkins looks, I remember thinking he wasn't that great of an actor...

Now, my attraction to the blonde beauty did have me catching some of his other projects, especially when I learned he showed a little skin.  I've seen most of his Dallas episodes, and of course, like very lover of the male form in movies, have seen A Night in Heaven, several times.  Well, I've seen his nude scenes several times....

Sadly, his acting never really improved.  Although there's a sort of naive innocence to most of his performances that sort of works, it also wears thin pretty quickly.  I'd never seen his appearance in 1993's Dracula Rising, but given today's theme, I thought it was time to check it out.

Atkins is pretty bad, but to be fair, so is the film.  Doing a little research, I'm not the only one who thinks so.  The film made more than few 'worst' horror film lists.  The film also has one of the most frustrating 'nude scenes' I've ever seen.  By this point in his career Atkins had already been in Playgirl and shown it all on screen.  Why then oh why, would director Fred Gallo work so hard to ensure we saw absolutely nothing.  

If you squint, you might catch some of Atkin's body in the underwater scenes, but it's so dark and badly edited, it's as if they purposely tried to 'promote' a nude scene, without actually following through by letting anyone see anything.  Atkins still looked hot, clothed or not, and his appeal not dampened by the story.  I noticed checking out his IMDB page that he has a half dozen films due out in the near future.  I'll be curious if his acting chops have improved all these decades after first jumping into the water.

Joe Dallesandro in Blood For Dracula

'An ailing vampire count travels to Italy with his servant to find a bride.'

You can't be a site focused on the male form without returning again and again to the iconic Joe Dallesandro.  Whenever I see a project of Joe's I haven't seen, I share my findings on the site.  For some reason however, I thought I'd already seen 1974's Blood for Dracula.  I had it confused with another film in the in the series directed by Paul Morrissey. I featured Joe in Morrissey's Flesh For Frankenstein a few years ago, (HERE:) and until last week, thought Blood For Dracula was just another version of that film.  I glad I got it straightened out1 

Joe plays Mario, the servant of the Dark Lord, but he's not really the most loyal.  Dracula wants to suck the blood of young virgins, but Mario's usually a few steps ahead, bedding a set of sisters, ruining their blood for his boss.  Mario isn't the best of servants, nor the nicest of guys to the sisters he sexes up.

Joe is delicious as always, and although there are not frontals in this particular Morrissey film, there are plenty of juicy views of Joe's ass in spectacular motion. 

'Adding to the sleazy charm is Dallesandro's servant character, who manages to be the most outrageous of the bunch (even more so than the title character himself!). When he's not trying to sex the family daughters (not always consensually), he spouts Marxist theory that adds an interesting, if not heavy-handed, dimension to the film. This further demythologizes the Dracula character by reducing the story as an allegory for class struggle.'

'Dracula, the aging aristocrat, symbolizes the preying of the rich on the weak--that is, unless Dallesandro has something to say about it. It's an interesting little turn that separates this film from other Dracula films, but I'm still pretty sure it's ostensibly about Dracula and a bunch of whores above all, with Dallesandro there to save the day.'
Via Oh The Horror

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Old Legend, New Blood

'If there's one thing I've learned in all of my years, in all of my journeys, is that when it comes to dreams, one may falter, but the only way to fail is to abandon them.'

When I was searching for sexy Draculas, I came upon a few images of Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role. I sort of have a vague memory of seeing promos for this NBC television series, but I never actually watched an episode.  I haven't seen it all, but I did check out the first episode when putting together this piece.  

The series only lasted one season, but from a little research, it did seem to have a devoted fan base.  I've always liked Rhys Meyers as an actor, but he's especially seducing as the The Dark Prince in the little that I've seen.

Dracula (2013)

Although Rhys Myers was shirtless a lot, given Dracula was on NBC, there really wasn't any nudity of note.  But... I couldn't do a piece on the hot Irish actor without a quick quick and dick from 2001's Tangled.  Thanks to Scenes From Male Skin for the clip!  The site may be down, but the site owner remains a gift that continues to give!

Tangled (2001)

'The best of friends make the worst of enemies.'

Embodying the Undead: Cal by Lights On Studio

'This man belongs to me, I want him!' 
Bram Stoker, Dracula

Lights On Studio's Tom Nakielski always goes full planning his shoots, even more so when it's a holiday theme. I love the look, lighting and gothic vibe he created for Cal's Dracula, and the incredible wardrobe and props he pulled together.  I especially love the inclusion of Cal's candelabra.  I have been using a couple of images as my screen saver this week, and in a dark room,  the candelabra shines brightly through the darkness.  

Cal embodies the Prince of Darkness in every image and in every frame.  From his beautifully dark and sinister eyes and facial expression, through his tempting, but ultimately dangerous poses.  He lustfully lures you in, and you reluctantly, but willingly surrender.   Although Tom had impeccably planned the shoot, Cal's skills and background beautifully enhanced the creative process.

'I had Cal get changed into his outfit while I set of the backdrop and would then proceed with the makeup. Shortly later he came out in the costume and had done his makeup himself. And it was a great makeup job at that. Certainly made things easier for me which gave me more time for actual photographing.'

'Once on the set he began posing. I was in heaven. He knew what to do and was aware of the what the adjustments I needed to make throughout the session. And an added plus, he was eager to help me move props and help setting up the background. His acting skills were evident when he began posing. A perfect Dracula.'

'Cal was very comfortable throughout the entire session. Clothed and nude. He was also find showing Dracula's derriere, and felt it was one of his better physical features. I like all of his physical features and well as his laid back friendly personality. I would love to work with him again. We also did some non themed shots in street clothes and nudes. Got some beautiful figure studies.'

'Tom at Lights On was a pleasure to work with; truly a master of his craft. He's professional, kind, and committed. I love the work he's produced and the fun we had creating the ultimate vampire. Thank you, Tom!'