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31 October 2006 (USA) See more »
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Interesting & Entertaining but Flawed Documentary on Vampira(Maila Nurmi) See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
David J. Skal ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrest J Ackerman ... Himself
Zack Beseda ... Tom Mason
Jami Deadly ... Herself

Deborah Dutch ... Herself

Kevin Eastman ... Himself
Danielle Gelehrter ... Penny Dreadful

Sid Haig ... Himself

Lloyd Kaufman ... Himself
Bryan Mathew Kelly ... The Amazing Criswell

Smokey Miles ... Himself (as Count Smokula)

Bill Moseley ... Himself
Matthew Muhl ... Ed Wood
Jerry Only ... Himself

Cassandra Peterson ... Herself

Debbie Rochon ... Herself

Julie Strain ... Herself

Vampira ... Herself
John Zacherle ... Himself

Directed by
Kevin Sean Michaels 
 
Produced by
Kevin Sean Michaels .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ari Lehman 
 
Film Editing by
Alexia Anastasio 
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michelle Osorio .... camera operator
Cristopher R. Spencer .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Cristopher R. Spencer .... production assistant
John Zacherle .... clips provider
 
Thanks
Ramzi Abed .... thanks
Conrad Brooks .... thanks
Ron Chaney .... thanks
Max Allan Collins .... thanks
Dolores Fuller .... thanks
Michael Gingold .... thanks (as Mike Gingold)
Jim Knusch .... thanks
Lynn Lowry .... thanks
Bela Lugosi Jr. .... thanks
Ted V. Mikels .... thanks
Joe Moe .... thanks
George A. Romero .... thanks (as George Romero)
Bob Socci .... thanks
Anthony Timpone .... thanks (as Tony Timpone)
Mamie Van Doren .... thanks
 

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Interesting & Entertaining but Flawed Documentary on Vampira(Maila Nurmi), 13 September 2007
Author: alanbobet from New York, NY, USA

Very interesting and entertaining documentary on the life and career of Maila Nurmi who achieved cult fame as the very first and most famous female TV horror film host, Vampira in the mid 1950's as well as her famous brief appearance as the Ghoul Woman in Edward D, Wood Jr.'s infamous cult movie, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Ms Nurmi appears in a very rare appearance in person talking about her life and career and her associations with acquaintances such as Edward D. Wood Jr., James Dean and Marlon Brando.There is also interviews with Forest Ackerman, TV horror hosts Zacherly, Penny Dreadful and Svenghoulie, horror icons, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig, Bill Mosely and Julie Strain as well as a rare interview with Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira talking about the Vampira-Elvira lawsuit. But despite the interesting material about Vampira in the film, this film has serious flaws especially in the editing and it lacks a strong narrative structure( a narrator like Zacherly himself(as being a TV Horror film host himself) would have done wonders for this documentary although the director in the audio commentary on the DVD of Vampira The Movie disagrees) and there is precious little footage of Vampira doing has her TV 50's show on the documentary( there is one existing kinetescope of one episode of Vampira's show, that could have been used more on this documentary for greater effect, instead of the few seconds that appear in this documentary which the director states that was the only original Vampira material he could get his hands on. But there are video clips on YouTube of Vampira with Liberace on her show that's not on his documentary as well as other Vampira clips.) But the documentary has a satire reenactment of Plan 9 that is hilarious and all in all, this documentary is a good but not great homage that gives much deserved recognition of Vampira, her career and influence on popular culture.

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