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August 2007  #104


TABLE OF CONTENTS
 

CLUB NEWS

JUST READ ALL THE CLUB NEWS!
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TV NEWS/MOVIE NEWS

TRY YOUR LUCK – 
TRIVIA QUIZ

MEMBERS LIKE US
Regina Vallerani

MOVIE MUST SEES

Tasty Tidbits and Leftovers

FAREWELLS
 

THE LAST WARD
 

ICS CALENDER
See what’s happening!
Put this up on the Fridge!

Editor-Betsy Childs 
Staff Writers- Regina Vallerani, 
Mike Laird, Sam DiBlasi
John Ward, Joe Plempel, 
Dava Sentz

 

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FANTASY AND TRIVIA SHOULD NOT BE MIXED
      John Clayton did an excellent presentation on fantasy films and just what the definition of is of a fantasy film. He had also prepared some trivia questions on fantasy films. There was a good mix of easy and tough questions that confounded. Club members voted to watch Roger Corman’s 1963 production of THE RAVEN, with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre.

PIZZA NIGHT A SUCCESS
      The club staged its annual “Pizza Night” as members gorged themselves on pizzas from Great American Sandwiches. There were all the usual varieties – cheese, pepperoni, mushroom and sausage.  This event always seems to fall on the night that John Clayton is presenting.  Maybe he plans this since he knows there will be a crowd there!

AN ICS WELCOME!
      The ICS warmly greeted its two newest members, Nina Hawes and Darrel Chase. Welcome, Nina and Darrel! 

NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING –LAST SATURDAY IN AUGUST
 Our next meeting will be held on Saturday AUGUST 28th at 5:30 P.M. at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road.  Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road.  Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot.  If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities.  If you get stuck, call 443-570-6455.  That's Dave Willard’s cell phone.  He'll talk you in. 

AUGUST PRESENTATION –FEMALE VAMPIRES
  Dave ‘Hendo’ Henderson is going to give us a thrill ride with a presentation on Female Vampire Movies.  This will be a meeting not to miss.  Hendo and female Vamps.  What a combo!  It will be interesting to see the movies that he chooses for us to pick from.  This may just be one of the more interesting presentations of the year.

ICS MEMORIAL
     Club member Jim Childs, who had recently passed away, was fondly remembered by all. The crowd enjoyed a re-screening of “The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Professor,” an affectionate tribute to the George Reeves “Superman” TV show, with Jim as Clark Kent and fellow club member John Weber as the titular Professor. 
There were personal memories were shared by Dave Willard, Charlie Wittig, John Weber, Mike and Lisa Schilling, Gary Roberson, Andrew Kent, John Ward, Skip Phillips, and Betsy Childs. Jim was remembered as being a ‘giving guy’ ‘someone that could always make you laugh’ and a ‘man with a smile’.
 

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HEROES CHEERLEADER TO TEST HERSELF
     Hayden Panettiere, who plays indestructible cheerleader Claire Bennet on NBC's Heroes, said that the upcoming second season will find her character's pushing the limits of her ability to heal herself. 
     "I think this season she's really looking to figure out more about her powers, more about what she can do, how far she can push it, what happens when she does it," Panettiere said. "And there's still some unanswered questions for her about her ability, how far her pain tolerance can go or if she can actually die if something happens." 
     Following the events of the season finale, in which the main characters came together to fend off the villain Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and stop Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimigila) from becoming a human bomb, Claire and her adoptive family will go into hiding. 
      But as Claire become more used to her powers, she will start to use them unconsciously, which leads to more of the kind of gore that was seen in early episodes of season one. 
       Panettiere also explained that she sees her character's struggles as a metaphor for the issues many teenagers deal with as they test the limits of their freedom. 
     "[Teens] are constantly trying to push their parents away," she said. "They're constantly trying to test the limits of their freedom and how far they can push things. And that's sort of the same thing with Claire. She's just doing it in a different way, not to go to the mall with her friends [but] more to learn more about herself and this ability and what she can do. I think in that way it's definitely a teenage universal message. All teenagers will understand that one. But I think that'll still continue to be a battle for her until she's an adult, and even then, her dad's going to want to protect her." 
     Heroes returns on Sept. 24 and will air in the same timeslot, Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 

SF's DENTON MEETS A MASTER
     James Denton, the Desperate Housewives star who appears in ABC's anthology series Masters of Science Fiction, saids that he was excited to work with legendary SF writer Harlan Ellison both in front of and behind the camera. 
     "I'm not really familiar with the genre, but I knew who Harlan Ellison was," Denton said. Denton not only talked to Ellison as the co-writer of the episode, but also dealt with him as a fellow performer. "It was a real bonus to be in something that he wrote and [to] hear him in the makeup trailer telling stories." 
     Ellison appears in the segment of the series called "The Discarded" and plays one of the misfits who are banished on a satellite in space. "It's very dark and very sad, about a group of discarded people on a satellite shot up in outer space," Denton said. "They were, I guess 'defective' is the term, with different kinds of diseases. It was 'the Satellite of Misfit Toys.’... My character is sent from Earth, healthy and normal for lack of a better term, and the Earthlings need something from them." 
 
 

BATTLESTAR’S MOORE SIGNS 
     Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore has signed a two-year deal with Universal Media Studios. 
     Under the deal, Moore will continue on Battlestar, which will wrap its run on SCI FI Channel next year. Moore will simultaneously begin developing projects for the studio, with a fall 2008 series a possibility, the trade paper reported. Getting a Moore-created series on SCI FI's sister broadcast network NBC is a top priority. 
      Moore's feature work will also include the sequel to me, Robot for 20th Century Fox and an update of The Thing for Universal Studios. 

EX-SUPERGIRL VISITING SMALLVILLE
      Former Supergirl star Helen Slater will appear in an episode of The CW's Smallville next season. Slater is set to guest-star in the sixth episode of the season as the aunt of the show's Supergirl, played by Laura Vandervoort. 
      Smallville has a history of bringing in actors associated with other adaptations of the Superman comic. Dean Cain, who starred in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, will also appear as a villain in the fourth episode of the season.

O'BANNON PENNING FARSCAPE WEBISODES
      Brian Henson, executive producer of the upcoming Farscape "mini-isodes" that will debut on SCI FI.COM's SCI FI Pulse broadband network, revealed that series co-creator Rockne S. O'Bannon will collaborate with him on the scripts for the revival. 
    "Rockne and I are back together to work on the beginning of the next generation of Farscape," Henson said.
     SCI FI has ordered 10 webisodes of Farscape, to be produced by Brian Henson and Robert Halmi Jr. and produced by The Jim Henson Co., in association with RHI Entertainment. 
     The series will expand the Farscape universe. Henson was tight-lipped with details. "As for the project, we're not allowed to actually tell you anything about it," Henson said. "What we are doing with Farscape is having a lot of fun and in the experimental media of webisodes; it takes Farscape to its next chapter. There's very little we can say creatively, other than I'm sure there will be characters there that you all know, and I'm sure there will be characters that will be new." 
      Henson said that each webisode will run between three and six minutes in length. "We are very excited about it, and, as is tradition, we are very secretive about it," he said. "But it's also very early. We only just decided to do this very recently, so it's still in its creation state." The Farscape series aired on SCI FI Channel starting in 1999. No premiere date has been set for the upcoming webisodes. 

SKINWALKERS’ WEREWOLVES ARE HUMAN
     Stan Winston, the special-effects wizard who designed the werewolves in the upcoming horror thriller Skinwalkers, said that it was important for him to create the creatures using makeup effects rather than computer-generated images in order to let the performances of the actors shine through. "When you take the performance away from an actor, I think it's a mistake," Winston said, "So that was my big deal with this. I wanted to give it all back to the actor. We wanted to cast good actors who could create great performances, who would bring their beast to the screen, and never hide them and never take it away from them." 
     Skinwalkers centers on two clans of werewolves, one that embraces their blood lust and the other that sees it as a curse. Jason Behr (Roswell) stars as Varek, the leader of the more bestial clan, while Elias Koteas (Zodiac) plays Jonas, the protector of a half-werewolf boy who may fulfill an ancient prophecy when he comes of age. Rhona Mitra, Kim Coates, Natassia Malthe and Matthew Knight also star. 
     Winston, best known for his work on the Terminator films, said that although the werewolves in the film weren't wholly digital, that doesn't mean he didn't employ some effects to enhance them. "That is not to say that the skinwalkers in this movie don't have every trick in the book," he said. "Not to say that we have not used state-of-the-art makeup effects, prosthetics, contacts, teeth, everything. Not to say that we have not used digital effects. We have. I've tweaked them. I've taken them further than we could just do with makeup effects. But only so far as you couldn't tell. Only so far that you don't know, that for you, it's just going to look cool." 
     Still, Winston wanted to make the creatures in Skinwalkers different from others in recent films, and that could only be achieved through the actors themselves. "You see Jason, boy, when that guy is a werewolf he loves it, and that's obvious," he said. "And that's his character. And he truly could not wait to get into that makeup. And he couldn't wait to be a werewolf. And it shows when he is a werewolf. He's relishing it. Elias Koteas hated the idea of being a werewolf, and his character doesn't want to be a werewolf, but he is. And you can see the pain. You can see the conflict. And it comes through because the guy's a wonderful actor. And you see that with all the characters, they're all very specific. They're all delineated. The story is very clean and simple. And I'm very proud of it. If you want to see Underworld, don't go see this movie." 

V OLTRON TO BE ON FILM
      New Regency has partnered with the Mark Gordon Co. to adapt Voltron: Defender of the Universe, the 1980s Japanese animated SF TV show, into a possible franchise. 
     Producer Mark Gordon has been developing the movie, with Justin Marks writing the script. Interest in the property hit a high after Transformers turned into a box-office juggernaut, raking in nearly $300 million to date. 
     Marks' take is described as a post-apocalyptic tale of survival set in New York City and Mexico. In the animated series, five Galaxy Alliance pilots control vehicles shaped like lions that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron robot in order to battle an evil menace. 
    Marks is also adapting He-Man and the Masters of the Universe for Joel Silver at Warner Brothers and the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow for Supermax.

GUGINO IS WATCHMEN’S SPECTRE
     Carla Gugino has joined the cast of Watchmen; the upcoming film based on Alan Moore's seminal DC Comics series, as Sally Jupiter aka The Silk Spectre. She joins Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman in the film, which is set in an alternate America that has passed a law banning costumed crime fighters. When one is murdered, the remaining members set out to solve the mystery. 
      Sally Jupiter is a burlesque dancer turned costumed heroine and sex symbol who was once a part of the Minutemen, a group of heroes who preceded the Watchmen. She is also the mother of Laurie Juspeczyk (Akerman), who has reluctantly taken on her mantle as The Silk Spectre II. Sources said Gugino will portray Jupiter in varying eras, playing different ages throughout the movie. 

MILLINNIUM AND CONAN
      Millennium Films has acquired the rights to make a new series of movies based on Robert E. Howard's mythical conqueror Conan the Barbarian. 
     Paradox Entertainment president and chief executive officer Fredrik Malmberg chose Millennium after extricating the rights from Warner Brothers last spring. 
     Malmberg will produce, with Millennium's Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Joe Gatta and George Furla. The company's aim is to start production by next spring.The new version will be more faithful to Howard's original creation than were a series of films that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, the trade paper reported.

VINCENT PRICE CELEBRATION
     Fox and MGM Home Entertainment are celebrating the work of Vincent Price with the DVD releases of nearly a dozen classic films starring the horror legend. The list of releases, all available on Sept. 11, includes The Fly Collection, MGM Movie Scream Legends: Vincent Price and Witchfinder General.

TRIVIA QUIZ

I.C.S. TRIVIA QUIZ #3
by Carl Denham, Quizmeister
1. Which character is more annoying? Jar Jar Binks in STAR WARS or Short Round in Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom? 
2. Finish this line, "Save the Cheerleader, ____ __ ____!" which comes from _______? 
3. In comic book lore, which character has shown to be faster in a race - Superman or The Flash? 
4. Name this 70's disaster film, where the lead actor, played by who, sacrifices his life to attempt to save his wife, played by who, from drowning in the Los Angeles drainage system? 
5. Who said this in what film? "Bats frighten me. It's time my enemies share my dread." 
6. A character named Stephen says this in what film? "Were still pretty close to Johnstown. Those rednecks are probably enjoying this whole thing" 
7. "Goodnight you princes of Maine. You kings of New England" was spoken by Michael Caine as Dr. Wilbur Larch in what film
8. A man controlling a steam shovel battles a T-Rex. What movie? 
9. Why did the octopus in IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA only have 5 tentacles? 
10. Who plays the roles of Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster in THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987) ? 

GOOD LUCK, FOLKS!
 

MEMBERS JUST LIKE US – ICS Members answer ‘5 in a Row’

There will be a brief, one page 5 question interview each month with and ICS member. 
This month’s Guest is Regina Vallerani. 

1. Do you remember the movie that got you 'hooked' on movies of an offbeat style? 

When I was younger and lived at home, my family would watch Channel 45 when they showed old 50's and 60's horror and sci-fi films.  Some of the films were televised more than once and there is one movie that alternately terrified and amused me upon different showings.  I remember bits and pieces from it - I have not seen in about 30 years.  It involved something about injecting people and cows (?) with alcohol, and in the ending, all of the teenagers formed a circle with their cars and flashed their high beams at the aliens.  One ICS'er was able to identify it from my vague description as INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN, which unfortunately I cannot find on any official DVD releases.

2. Who is your favorite director? (and why?)

I have two favorites - David Cronenberg and Dario Argento (no surprise).  Cronenberg's body of work has remained consistently good during his career whereas I have been critical of Argento's work since PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 1998.  Argento's best films were a product of the time.  I feel certain nostalgia when I watch his 60's, 70's and 80's movies, but as I watch them, I also see them as raw and original.  Many times I will watch them and imagine that I am seeing them for the first time and try to let them unfold without anticipating what's coming next (as best as I can), and I become enthralled by the story, the setting, the actors, the wardrobes, even the old cars.  His most current attempts to reinvigorate his career were to bring back the giallo.  I have found these modern ones (SLEEPLESS and THE CARD PLAYER), while still good, to be a little too pretty and polished and not original.  Of course, I am still going to see his newer films when possible, but I do not feel an urgency to do so.

Cronenberg on the other hand has produced a very diverse body of work - everything from straight horror (THE BROOD) to classic remakes (THE FLY) to Broadway adaptations (M. BUTTERFLY) to modern mafia films (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE).  What I like about Cronenberg is that I enjoy his films on different levels.  The basic level is the one where I just enjoy how the plot develops and how the story progresses.  He tends to choose subjects and themes that I find interesting, perhaps because many of them contain subversive elements.  Another level is trying to figure out on my own what Cronenberg elements, like duality and body horror, were the in the film.  When he strays from the horror genre, the Cronenberg trademarks become less obvious and I have to look or research deeper.  In addition, another level of appreciating his films is reading Cronenberg's views on what he tried to create in his film, which are always fascinating - he is a very intelligent and articulate director.

3. If you had to pick 3 movies to take to the desert island and would have to watch over and over, what would they be? 

SCANNERS, TAXI DRIVER and CABIN BOY

4. Who would win in a battle, Mexican wrestler or Mall Zombie?

Unless the battle was fixed ahead of time, my vote is on the Zombie.  All the Zombie would have to do is take a small bite out of Santo, then he would turn into a Mall Zombie too and the odds on a Zombie winning the fight would improve greatly.

5. What do you take in your coffee - and if you don't drink coffee, what do you drink?

Milk, sugar, vanilla, and lots and lots of crushed ice.
 
 

MOVIE MUST SEES

Aug 17th        INVASION 
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam
Premise: The latest “Body Snatchers” remake.  Need we say more?  A mysterious epidemic is sweeping the world, but it takes one Washington DC psychiatrist to discover that the disease is extraterrestrial in origin. 
 

Aug 24th         WAR 
Cast: Jet Li, Jason Statham
Premise: Li is an infamous assassin setting off a crime war, and Jason Statham is the obsessed FBI agent determined to bring him down. The revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal...
 

Aug 31st        DEATH SENTENCE 
Cast: Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Kelly Preston
Premise: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.
 

Aug 31st            HALLOWEEN 
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Sheri Moon
Premise: A remake of the classic horror film – one of the ones that started it all off in the 80’s. After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, is mistakenly released from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger. Sound familiar?
 

Ginger Diamond's Tasty Tidbits and Leftovers
By Ginger Diamond

As usual - I Am Curious: Robin 

I believe curiosity is the most important quality for human beings to possess.  Webster's Dictionary defines being curious as having the desire to learn and know.  From this one attribute, all other character traits can evolve.  The realization that there's so much more to life beyond your backyard fence just stimulates the mind.  Muscling your way into the novelty of it all, and leaping into the unknown with abandon is exhilarating! 

So, with this grandiose introduction, what could this column possibly be about today? 

How about:  Are you a FILM GEEK FILMGOER, or what?  True, Film Geeks have many qualities, but I'm zeroing in on the FGF's out of the house, and into the other world experiences.  What are their theater habits and comments?  And for quality assurance, I've interviewed hundreds (OK, maybe about ten) fellow FGF's.  Are you as curious as I am?  Check it out! 

1. Do you avoid going to a movie's opening weekend, because it's like being in Coach on a 747? 
2. Are unisex restrooms okay - so women don't have to wait in those loooong lines? 
3. Should popcorn be pre-chewed and candy unwrapped before patrons sit down? 
4. Should crying babies be drawn and quartered on the spot? 
5. Kan u reed (meaning - subtitles don't bug you)? 
6. Do you miss the Orpheum Theatre in Fells Point? 
7. Do you clap at the Senator's pre-screen recording about cell phones? 
8. Do you change your seat, at least once, before the movie begins? 
9. Have you ever thought about zombie entrails when you're watching the concession goodies advertisement? 
10. Have you ever waken a snoring patron during an Ingmar Bergman film at the Charles? 
11. Have you ever waken two snoring patrons during an Ingmar Bergman film at the Charles? 
12. Have you ever wondered what the hell you're doing at an Ingmar Bergman film at the Charles? 
13. Finally, do you sit in the front row so you can kiss the screen? 

If you answered a resounding "yes" to most of these questions, congratulations!  You're my doppelganger (scary stuff, I know).  Even if you answered "yes" to any of these questions - Say it loud! I'm an FGF, and I'm proud! 

Your prize knows you are not alone in your I.C.S. membership. 
 

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Ingmar Bergman, the master writer-director who influenced several generations of filmmakers with films that showed bleakness and despair as well as comedy and hope in his constant explorations of the human condition, has died. He was widely considered one of the greatest directors in motion picture history. For much of the second half of the 20th century, he stood with directors like Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa at the pinnacle of serious filmmaking. 
He made about 50 films over more than 40 years. He centered his work on two great themes — the relationship between the sexes and the relationship between mankind and God. 
Some of them include CRISIS, NIGHT IS MY FUTURE, TO JOY, SUMMER INTERLUDE, SAWDUST AND TINSEL, JOURNEY INTO AUTUMN, THE SEVENTH SEAL, WILD STRAWBERRIES, CRIES AND WHISPERS, PERSONA, HOUR OF THE WOLF, SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, THE MAGIC FLUTE, THE SERPENT’S EGG and THE BEST INTENTIONS. He won Academy Awards for THE VIRGIN SPRING, THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY and FANNY AND ALEXANDER (Best Foreign Film).
“Bergman was the first to bring metaphysics — religion, death, existentialism — to the screen”, said French director Bertrand Tavernier. Woody Allen, once said of Mr. Bergman that he was “probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera”. He was 89.
 
 

Fred Saberhagen, the author of over 65 historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy novels, including such series at the DRACULA and BERSERKER series, has died. 
His first published story was VOLUME PAA-PYX, which appeared in the February 1961 issue of Galaxy, and his first published novel was THE GOLDEN PEOPLE in 1964. 
Before starting his writing career, Saberhagen served in the US Air Force, worked as a civilian electronics technician, and wrote and edited articles on science and technology for the Encyclopedia Britannica. He was born and raised in Chicago, moving to Albuquerque in 1975. He was 77.
 
 

Laszlo Kovacs, the Hungarian-born cinematographer who found international fame after his acclaimed work on the landmark 1969 movie EASY RIDER, has died. He was 74.
Kovacs, a former Budapest film student, arrived in the United States as a political refugee of the Hungarian Revolt in 1957.
He had been in America for a decade and had shot a number of low-budget biker movies such as HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS and THE SAVAGE SEVEN when Dennis Hopper asked him to shoot his film EASY RIDER, a portrait of America that starred Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson. At first he didn’t want to do it since he had already done biker movies, but after Hopper explained the film and he realized he could make the landscape another character in the drama, he agreed.
He went on as cinematographer or director of photography on such films as THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK, FIVE EASY PIECES, POCKET MONEY, WHAT’S UP DOC?, THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS, STEELYARD BLUES, PAPER MOON, SHAMPOO, INSIDE MOVES, FRANCES, THE TOY, MASK and MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING. His genre film included THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES, BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE, SLITHER, GHOSTBUSTERS and JACK FROST.
 

THE LAST WARD . . .

THE TWELVE PACK
By John Ward
 

TWELVE MEMORABLE HUNCHBACKS

12.  Tom Hulce as Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, 1996
 Yes, I know the damn thing’s a Disney cartoon, and not an especially good one, at that.  Plus, it has talking gargoyles.  But this whole coming-up-with-twelve thing turned out to be a lot harder than I thought, so I had to start somewhere.  Sorry.
11.  Ron Perlman as Salvatore, THE NAME OF THE ROSE, 1986
 Another one of Perlman’s patented weirdo roles, up there with Hellboy and the Beast.
10.  John Cater as Professor Grost, CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER, 1974
 Cater’s character was the helpful sidekick to Horst Janson’s Kronos, always coming up with just the right weapon, helpful hint, or witty remark.
9.  Jane Adams as Nina, HOUSE OF DRACULA, 1945
 At the tail end of Universal’s ‘40s monster mash, along came Adams as the cinema’s only cute-but-tragic hunchbacked nurse.  She bravely donated her time and curative medicine so Lon Chaney Jr. could kick his hairy habit, and wound up getting strangled by her mad doctor boss for her trouble.
8.  Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes, 300, 2007
 This guy was the traitor who gave up King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, and according to historical evidence (admittedly, I didn’t consult with Mr. Wittig), he wasn’t a hunchback.  But damn, he sure looked traitorous.  It’s amazing what CGI can do to a guy.
7.  James Cagney as Lon Chaney/Quasimodo, MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES, 1957
 This one’s a bit of a cheat, since it’s a biopic about the greatest actor of the silent movie era, and Quasimodo was only one of Chaney’s most famous roles.  Cagney is under the makeup for a very brief time, but it’s perfectly hideous and sufficiently frightening.  Even if he didn’t do it himself.
6.  J. Carrol Naish as Daniel, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, 1945
 Now we’re talking.  Naish played a great psycho, doing the bidding of Karloff’s mad doctor, until he falls for gypsy Elena Verdugo and turns on his boss.  He had a great death scene, too:  the Frankenstein Monster tosses him through a skylight like he was back in gym class playing medicine ball.
5.  Charles Laughton as Quasimodo, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, 1939
 One of Laughton’s most memorable roles, even though he didn’t do it first, but he had a very young Maureen O’Hara backing him up as Esmeralda the gypsy girl.
4.  Bela Lugosi as Ygor, SON OF FRANKENSTEIN and GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN 1939 and 1942
 One of Lugosi’s last great roles.  He was so good in the first one, nearly upstaging Karloff as the Monster, that they brought his character back for an encore, proving you can’t keep a good man down.

3.  Dwight Frye as Fritz, FRANKENSTEIN, 1931
 After playing Renfield in DRACULA, Frye became Universal’s go-to guy for creepy sidekick supporting performances.  He tortures Karloff’s Monster with a flaming torch and ends up at the business end of a noose.
2.  Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, 1923
 The first “Quas” is still the best.  Chaney filmed this two years before his masterpiece, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, but Quasimodo put him on the map.

1.  Marty Feldman as Igor, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 1974
 “Igor, would you give me a hand with the bags?”
 “Certainly.  You take the blonde, and I’ll take the one in the turban.”
 “You know, at times like these, I remember what my dear old Dad used to say to me:  What are you doing in that bathroom all day, anyway?  Why don’t you get out of there and give someone else a chance?”
 “Igor, could you tell me whose brain I did put in?”
 “Abby Someone.”
 “Abby Someone?”
 “Abby…Normal.  I’m almost sure that was the name.”
 And, of course…
 “What a dirty, filthy job.”
 “I dunno.  Could be worse.”
 “How could it possibly be worse?”
 “Could be raining.”
 I mean, come on!  You gotta love this guy!
 
 

ICS CALENDER OF EVENTS

Aug 17th        INVASION 

Aug 24th        WAR 

Aug 31st         DEATH SENTENCE 

Aug 31st          HALLOWEEN            
 

LOOK AHEAD - 2007 SCHEDULE
August 25  Female Vampires
September 30  Easy Rider 
October 27 (*)  Greg Mank Returns
  Halloween Potluck Dinner
  All-Nighter
November 17 
December 29 Yankee Swap