American Drive-In (1985)
Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which
Besides 1985′s “Hard Rock Zombies,” other horror or comedy films he produced were “Evil Laugh” (1986) and 1991′s “Ted & Venus.” He also directed the comedy “American Drive-In.”
Shah started his career directing Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones and Lou Gossett Jr. in an adaptation of the play “The River Niger” in 1976. He wrote, directed and produced Bollywood pic “Shalimar,” starring Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman, in 1978 and a documentary on Indian movies, “Cinema Cinema” in 1979.
A graduate of UCLA and Yale, the Indian-born Shah co-wrote with Alan Paton and directed the short-lived South African play “Sponano” on Broadway in 1964. Off Broadway he adapted Rabindranath Tagore’s “The King of the Dark Chamber,
In the 80s, rock music and horror movies went together like acid washed jeans and feathered hair. The trouble is, even though many horror movies had awesome rock soundtracks, the movies that specifically featured rock musician characters as heroes or villains varied wildly in quality. Although the rock horror movie has mostly gone the way of the 80s, I’m not sure any other type of music will ever have such a successful love affair with horror. I can’t picture people turning up for a movie called Pop Divas of the Apocalypse, or Death by Dubstep, or even Bloody Pit of Techno Bastards. But what do I know? I’m still stuck in the 80s. Here are 10 of the movies that are stuck with me.
Rocktober Blood (1984)
Billy (Tray Loren) is a rock star, and also kind of an a-hole, so nobody is real
The biopic, titled "Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story," will be released in two parts, a la Steven Soderbergh's "Che" films. Both will be directed by Indian filmmaker Krishna Shah, who last helmed a pair of American B-movies called "Hard Rock Zombies" and "American Drive-In" back in 1985. Since then he seems to have primarily
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