“Vincent Price” One of my favorite working artists is SHAG (aka Josh Agle) and he’s created some wonderful retro style pieces inspired by various movies over the years. A lot of his best work takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to horror and sci-fi films so I thought I’d share some of my favorite SHAG pieces during the Countdown to Halloween. Please visit SHAG’s official site for … Continue reading A Retro Night Gallery
Just a quick note to let readers know that I have a short piece on Tura Satana in the new issue of Paracinema #11. It’s the “Women’s Issue” coinciding with Women’s History Month and all of the content was provided by female writers. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the articles featured in issue #11: – Frankenhooker: Titular Commodification of Women by Lisa Cunningham … Continue reading Paracinema #11
Tura Satana in Irma La Douce (1963) “The one thing you’ve got to remember is that you just never accept defeat. Remember to never let life get you down, because there is always something new to learn tomorrow. Life is to be lived, and lived well.” – Tura Satana 1938-2011 From the Cinebeats’ Archives: Tura Satana – An American Icon Continue reading Goodbye, Tura!
I’ve expressed my admiration for B-movie maestro Ted. V. Mikels before when discussing the life of Mikels’ starlet Tura Satana as well as Mikels’ ode to go-go dancing, Girl in Gold Boots (1968). He’s my favorite purveyor of American no-budget movies and if you haven’t experienced a Mikels’ film yet you should stop reading this and go visit his official website the Wild World of Ted V. Mikels. At age 80 Mr. Mikels is still going strong and you can find autographed DVDs of many of his films for sale there.
So why this sudden outburst of love for Ted. V. Mikels? Today is the final day of The Spirit of Ed Wood Blogathon and Mikels career as a director, cinematographer, writer, producer and actor is comparable to Ed Wood’s. Mikels even worked with Wood on the film Orgy of the Dead (1965). So I thought I’d share a trailer from Mikels’ film The Astro Zombies (1965) as a reminder that The Spirit of Ed Wood Blogathon ends today. If you haven’t contributed yet you still have time (at least according to the West Coast clock I’m on) or if you just want to check out the final results you can find them at Cinema Styles.
Trailer for The Astro-Zombies (1968)
More words of wisdom from Mr. Mikels:
The easiest thing is making the film. The toughest thing is getting the money, the second toughest is getting it back. – Ted V. Mikels
It takes your guts and your entrails and your soul to make a film. It takes everything you possess within you! – Ted V. Mikels
In recent years US DVD companies like Media Blasters, Panik House and Discotek Media have introduced American audiences to the amazing and controversial world of Japanese “Pinky Violence” (or “pink violence”) cinema. Before these companies started subtitling films and making them easily available to American audiences on DVD, Japanese cinema obsessives like myself had to make due with bad VHS bootlegs bought in Chinatown or … Continue reading Rica is Coming – Pinky Violence is Here!
Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) Real bad girls who are beautiful as well as dangerous, are hard to come by. There are plenty of attractive and talented actresses who “play” action heroines in the movies but few seem like they can really hold their own off the set. They use stunt doubles for their action scenes and special effects to cover up … Continue reading Tura Satana – An American Icon