I do that pretty much every morning… but it’s usually while I’m reading my Facebook news feed.
Why… yes. Yes I do. Thank you for noticing.
Rest in Peace, Marilyn Burns
I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Marilyn Burns, best known for her role as Sally Hardesty in Tobe Hooper’s horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A true horror icon and one of the greatest scream queens to ever grace a screen. She will be missed.
Here’s the report from TMZ:
The heroine of the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” … Marilyn Burns was found dead today at her home in Texas… TMZ has learned.
Burns was found by a family member in Houston, according her rep … who adds they don’t know a cause of death yet.
Burns became a cult superstar after the release of the 1974 horror flick. Her character, Sally Hardesty, is the sole survivor of Leatherface’s bloody rampage.
Burns also had cameos in the 1994 and 2013 reboots … but didn’t act in a ton of other films. She did have a role in the 1976 TV movie “Helter Skelter.”
The Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston confirms they have Marilyn’s body … and an autopsy will be performed.
She was 65 years old.
AnonymousThank you for that amazing answer. You know your stuff better than most people Ive messaged on here. I'm loading up those trailer comps on Netflix right now, but can you give me some of your favorite grindhouse flicks? Not the usual stuff like Halloween or Friday the 13th, but some of the lesser known ones that are extra brutal and gory? Are any of them on blu ray?
As far as ‘brutal and gory’ is concerned, the films of Lucio Fulci and Herschell Gordon Lewis are, in my opinion, the goriest films of that era, possibly of all time. Check out Blood Feast, The Wizard of Gore, The Gore Gore Girls, Color Me Blood Red, The Gruesome Twosome and Two Thousand Maniacs by HG Lewis (scroll down a bit to see GIFs of some of these films). For some of Fulci’s most graphic and gory flicks, check out Zombi 2 (aka Zombie), City of the Living Dead (aka The Gates of Hell), The House by the Cemetery, The New York Ripper, and The Beyond. I’d also recommend Dario Argento’s Deep Red, Suspiria, and Tenebre. A hugely underrated slasher flick of that era is Silent Night, Bloody Night which you can watch for free on various websites due to it being in the public domain.
Most of these movies are on Blu-Ray. In fact, I just picked up Herschell Gordon Lewis’ ‘blood trilogy’ (Blood Feast, Color Me Blood Red and Two Thousand Maniacs), as well as the Wizard of Gore/Gore Gore Girls double feature on Blu-Ray from Amazon for around $10 each.
This should get you off to a good start. Enjoy the violence.
AnonymousSo I just saw that you blogged something from "Grindhouse". I recently saw that movie and loved it and I love your blog because it's pointed me in the direction of alot of the original grindhouse films that movie was based on (yes, I'm a horror newbie, I admit it. Your blog has helped me discover some really great movies though, so thank you). I wanted to know how authentic was Rodriguez/Tarantino's movie in relation to those types of films? Do you think it represented them correctly?
There’s nothing wrong with being a ‘horror newbie’ - we all started out that way. I’m just glad that my blog could point you in the direction of some really amazing films and give you a nice head-start on what will quickly become your biggest obsession.
The one thing that you have to realize about the term ‘grindhouse’ is that it refers to a type of movie theater that would show all manner of ‘exploitation’ flicks, not just horror movies, and isn’t a genre of film. For instance, Reefer Madness and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are two completely different types of films, but both earned their initial reputations by being shown in theaters that were considered grindhouses. Grindhouses would show films that featured explicit nudity, violence and other bizarre themes that the mainstream theaters didn’t want to touch. Believe it or not, films such as Halloween, Night of the Living Dead and Friday the 13th started on the road to becoming horror classics at those very theaters.
As for the Tarantino/Rodriguez film… I’m a fan of it. More specifically, I’m a fan of the overall experience it provides. I’m in the minority that thinks Death Proof is better than Planet Terror, and a large part of that has to do with Tarantino’s flick being the more authentic throwback to the exploitation films that would be shown in grindhouses. Planet Terror, though I do like it as an overall film, was a CGI-fest, and the exploitation films it paid homage to relied more on practical effects due to the limitations of the times (conversely, Death Proof was CGI-free and Tarantino has been very vocal about his disdain for the technology). Some of the most authentic moments of the film were the fake trailers that played before each installment, and my preferred home video release of Grindhouse is the theatrical version which pieces the two films together with the trailers in between them as originally intended. Sadly, it doesn’t feature the unrated version of Death Proof.
If you have Netflix and want to find out more about the horror films of that era, check out Mad Ron’s Prevues From Hell and Celluloid Bloodbath. Both are movie trailer compilations that feature previews of horror films that ran the grindhouse circuit, and will further point you in the right direction. Keep in mind that not every film is great (most aren’t), but they do tend to provide you with an overall unique experience for many, many different reasons.