I Got Carried Away!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re all keeping cool through this awfully hot summer. I’ve been busy with family matters, but I managed to have a little time to make a new collage.

This one is called “Carried Away” and I’ve been meaning to create it for a long time. It’s based on one of the oldest tropes in sci-fi/monster movie history – the damsel being carried away by the monster! In my research I wasn’t too surprised to see how often this trope was used in advertising — sometimes even when it doesn’t happen in the movie! But when you consider the audience of mostly young men, it’s not too surprising!

I had fun finding variations of the theme too – men carrying women, monsters carrying women, robots carrying women, women carrying women and sometimes women carrying men! I included many classics (King King, of course) as well as horror, sci-fi, some obscure movies, and even romantic comedies!

See how many you can find on the list below the picture! Enjoy and stay cool! – Therese

  1. King Kong
  2. Superman and Lois (2)
  3. Tarzan and Jane (one is very tiny)
  4. Mummies carrying Women (2)
  5. The Colossal Man
  6. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
  7. Fly Man
  8. Cary Grant (3)
  9. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (4)
  10. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  11. A Headless Robot carrying a Woman
  12. This Island Earth Creature
  13. Women carrying Women (2)
  14. Wonder Woman (3)
  15. Dracula
  16. Snow White
  17. Jaws
  18. Sea Creature with Scuba girl
  19. Barbarella and the Angel
  20. 3 characters from The Philadelphia Story
  21. Martians carrying Women (2)
  22. Rhett Carrying Scarlet
  23. Wasp Woman
  24. The Mysterian
  25. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin
  26. Mandingo
  27. Indiana Jones and Marian
  28. Gorilla Robot with Woman
  29. Green Dude with Sunglasses carrying Woman
  30. Werewolf carrying Woman
  31. James Cagney and Betty Davis (the Bride Came COD)
  32. The Swamp Thing carrying Adrienne Barbeau
  33. Gene Kelly (2)
  34. Red Helmet Guy
  35. Errol Flynn in San Antonio

Hey, That Guy Was on Star Trek! (Halloween Edition) Blacula! (Gallery/Video)

Happy Halloween everyone! I’ve been saving up screencaps off of my TV whenever a Trek guest star appears in a different movie or TV Show, and what could be better for this season than the classic Blacula which featured four Trek guests!

Blacula was one in a series of ‘Blaxploitation’ films in the early seventies. Movies like Shaft and Foxy Brown may have seemed a bit over the top, but that was the point! These thrillers also helped to open more film opportunities for writers, actors, producers, and directors of color in the United States. 🙂

Blacula is a slightly goofy take on the original, although it alternates between low seriousness and high camp. It’s quite good, and sometimes touching.

It begins with the most used lightning flash special effect in all of Hollywood, then informs us that this is Transylvania in 1780.

Which is a bit surprising since the fine Prince Mamuwalde (William Marshall, whom we know as Dr Daystrom in The Ultimate Computer) and his beautiful wife Luva, (Vonetta McGee) look like they just stepped out of 70s fashion magazine.

They are greeted and wined by Count Dracula played by Charles Macaulay, who was Landru in Return of Archons and Jaris in Wolf in the Fold! You man have noticed that Dracula is wearing Trelane’s fancy coat! (I think Trelane wore it better!)

Prince Mamuwalde is hoping that Count Dracula will help him end the slave trade in Africa, but Dracula won’t bite — at least not that! He summons his vampire wives, kills Luva, and bites the poor prince Mamualde, making him into a vampire forever.

Jump ahead to the 1970s, where a painfully stereotypical gay couple buy an ancient coffin for their interior design business. Little do they know what cargo they have unearthed…

Drac is back, baby! But in a much cooler flavor-Blacula!! He makes quick work of the couple, and discovers Lisa, who is the spitting image of his beloved wife, Luva.

Now everyday Blacula by day is quite a suave charmer, but when he transforms he gets extra fuzzy. Paging Lieutenant Gordon Thomas (Thalmus Rasulala), who would later play Capt. Donald Varley in the ST:TNG episode Contagion. (He kept the funky mustache)

From here, all hell breaks lose, as Blacula feeds his cravings while denying how much he wants Lisa; creating more vampires along the way. At one point we end up in a mental asylum where Sam works. Sam is no other than veteran character actor Elisha Cook Jr., whom Trek fans will remember as Samuel Cogley, Defense Lawyer, in Court Martial. What could possible go wrong? Oh…right.

So… Will Blacula find true love and survive the LA police? Well, there were a few sequels…For now, here’s a great interview with William Marshall. How I love his voice! Enjoy!