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The King Baggot Tribute will take place Friday, November 14th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium beginning at 7pm as part of this year’s St. Louis Intenational FIlm Festival. The program will consist a rare 35mm screening of the 1913 epic Ivanhoe starring King Baggot with live music accompaniment by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Ivanhoe will be followed by an illustrated lecture on the life and films of King Baggot presented by Tom Stockman, editor here at We Are Movie Geeks. After that will screen the influential silent western Tumbleweeds (1925), considered to be one of King Baggot’s finest achievements as a director. Tumbleweeds will feature live piano accompaniment by Matt Pace.
Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.
King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot »
- Tom Stockman
Today sees the release of Zombeavers, in which a group of spring breakers are terrorized by a horde of killer beavers. It’s sounds ridiculous (because it is, of course) but these bloodthirsty little buggers continue a long tradition of awesome animals on the big screen. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a countdown of some of cinema’s greatest ever beasts.
10. Flying Monkeys – The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
What’s more terrifying than an evil pointy-nosed witch? Try an evil pointy-nosed witch with an army of flying monkeys! In the original Oz books, the winged simians were mischievous but intelligent creatures, but by the time they received their big screen debut they’d mutated into the stuff of nightmares.
As Dorothy and her gang find themselves in a darkened forest, the Wicked Witch of the West sends her sinister army to monkey-nap them, and they are returned to the Witch’s castle pronto. »
- David Agnew
What would the horror genre be without scream queens? Dead. From Fay Wray's flailing helplessness in the 1933 classic "King Kong" to Milla Jovovich's steely-eyed determination in the long-running "Resident Evil" series, the definition of "scream queen" has broadened considerably over the last several decades - and with Halloween right around the corner we thought we'd highlight a few of the greatest examples from every era (and budget level). The final list of 13 (fortuitous!) isn't meant to be an exhaustive list - notable omissions include "A Nightmare on Elm Street" star Heather Langenkamp, Troma icon Debbie Rochon and "Halloween" actor Danielle Harris - but rather to highlight a few of our favorite female genre icons from years past. After checking out the list below, let us know who your favorite scream queens are by voting in the poll further down the page. »
- Daniel Fienberg, Katie Hasty, Chris Eggertsen, Dave Lewis
One of the women who co-starred with King Kong in his iconic scene atop the Empire State Building has passed away at age of 103.Pauline Wagner is the actress who stood in for the legendary Fay Wray during key reshoots for the 1933 classic. Wagner died last month outside Los Angeles. Her manager confirmed the death to the Hollywood Reporter today. 'Kong' producers needed to reshoot the climactic finale, but Fay was already in England working »
- TMZ Staff
Her friend and manager Steve Vilarino confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that she passed away on May 2 in Montrose, California.
Wagner worked as a contract player at Rko Radio Pictures, when she was approached by producers and asked if she would help reshoot the crucial scene, as Wray was then working on another film in England.
She admitted in an interview that she was unaware of her part in the film until she watched King Kong ten years after its release.
The actress went on to have a variety of small and often uncredited roles in movies in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Wagner is survived by her two sons, Mike and Bruce, »
Actress Pauline Wagner, who as Fay Wray’s double can be seen writhing on the ledge of the Empire State Building in the climax of the 1933 film King Kong, has died. She was 103. Wagner died May 2 in Montrose, Calif., her manager and friend, Steve Vilarino, told The Hollywood Reporter. Wagner was a contract player at Rko Radio Pictures and wandering around the lot when she was approached by a group of men, she recalled in a 2011 interview with Filmfax magazine. They were working on King Kong and needed to reshoot the finale, in which the big ape
- Mike Barnes
Many monster movies work as an analogue to a widespread traumatic event. The original Godzilla was implicitly about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Bong Joon-ho’s The Host was explicitly about a specific incident involving the American military at the turn of the millennium, which can be directly tied back to the U.S.’s presence in South Korea since the 1950s. There is no shortage of monstrous figures in the history of American film, but usually they incarnate a broader social anxiety rather than a collective once: Dracula is fear of sex, fear of the vaguely Eastern European other. While Frankenstein’s monster is the fear of progress and, yet again, fear of the other.
With the exception of Pearl Harbor and 9/11, the United States has never really been on the receiving end of a massive, all-encompassing national trauma perpetrated by an outside force. »
- Derek Godin
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