Vampira And Me – The DVD Review

Review by Sam Moffitt

Being the first is not always a good thing. Many ground breaking artists who introduce something new into the cultural mix do not always fare well after they have changed the rules and the game. Take, just as one example, Orson Welles who changed forever how movies were made as well as radio drama and stage productions. Although Welles made out better than Maila Nurmi, also known as Vampira, the subject of the incredible and unforgettable documentary Vampira and Me.

H Greene first got to know Maila Nurmi when he interviewed her for a documentary called Schlock! The Secret History of Hollywood, (a good documentary in its own right.) Nurmi had grown distrustful of just about everyone, and with good reason. Yet for reasons Greene doesn’t even speculate on she trusted Greene and gave him almost two hours of interview time and discussed every last moment of her bizarre,
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Ed Wood Personal Items Hit the Auction Block

Ed Wood Personal Items Hit the Auction Block
Here is your chance to own some of the best personal items belonging to arguably cinema's worst director: A collection of notebooks, candid photos, press clippings and more amassed by infamous B-movie extraordinaire Ed Wood, the filmmaker responsible for the critically reviled cult classics Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen or Glenda and the inspiration behind the Tim Burton biopic of the same name, has hit the auction block.

Rr Auction in Boston is selling the contents of a leather briefcase and two trunks that Wood used to store his "various publicity-related ephemera,
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Was Horror Icon Vampira the Inspiration for Disney's Maleficent?

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Was Horror Icon Vampira the Inspiration for Disney's Maleficent?
Set for release on May 30th is Disney's Maleficent, which stars Angelina Jolie as the evil villainess. Maleficent was first brought to the screen in 1959's animated film Sleeping Beauty, the very same year that horror hostess Vampira appeared as a zombie in her most iconic film role, in Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. What do Maleficent and Vampira in common? Well, not only do they look pretty similar, as many fans have pointed out over the years, but new evidence that's come to light suggests that Vampira was actually the basis for the legendary Disney villain.

In a lengthy but fascinating piece posted over on Salon this past weekend, writer R.H. Greene - who also directed the 2012 documentary Vampira and Me - reveals that the late Vampira (Maila Nurmi) donned the iconic Maleficent headdress and flowing robe on the Disney back lot in 1956, three years before
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On This Day in Horror Movie History October 10th

On this day in 1924 the worst filmmaker the American Film Institute ever encountered Ed Wood was born. Like many filmmakers that cant get adequate backing for their work Wood began by making many microbudget horror movies. Those that became prominent only after his death include Bride of the Monster (1955) starring Bela Lugosi Plan 9 From Outer Space (1956) starring Lugosi and Vampira (Maila Nurmi) Night of the Ghouls (1958) The Sinister Urge (1960) and Necromania (1971).
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FM Exclusive: Notes On “Vampira And Me”

Notes on Vampira And Me

By R. H. Greene

[We’ve just become aware of what sounds like a fascinating new documentary on the life of Vampira actress Maila Nurmi titled Vampira And Me and coming out on DVD and VOD just in time for Halloween. We’ll have more to say soon, but meantime, here’s the film’s director, R. H. Greene, telling you about his movie. You can pre-order it on Amazon - watch this space for details.—Editor]

When my remarkable friend Maila Nurmi died in 2008, she hadn’t achieved one of the principal goals of her later life, which was to tell her own story fully, sympathetically and in a manner that acknowledged the distinctions between the cult icon Vampira and the complex and in some ways more fragile revolutionary beneath. At the height of our friendship during the 1990s, I captured much of her story, both during our extensive luncheon conversations and in a long and extraordinarily intimate on camera interview covering her life and career.

The film is my attempt to honestly show Maila’s life both as she wanted it displayed and also from my own close but alternate perch of observation. It’s a work of love, and I hope also a work of honesty and clarity.

Vampira And Me contains a wealth of
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This Week in Horror: 'Scream', 'Little Shop of Horrors' and Vampira

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This Week in Horror: 'Scream', 'Little Shop of Horrors' and Vampira
This week in horror history saw the birth of two modern movies classics and one evil seductress. Vampira, born Maila Nurmi changed the face of TV as the hostess of the ‘50s cult and sci-fi series, The Vampira Show. She boasted two-inch nails, a micro waist, and a feline face.

Movie-wise Wes Craven’s 1996 film Scream introduced us to the “rules” of horror with a tongue-in-cheek look at the slasher genre that Craven was integral in creating more than 20 years earlier. 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors was Frank Oz’s musical adaptation of Roger Corman’s 1960 low-budget traum-com. It includes Steve Martin playing the most true-to-life dentist in movie history. Watch Clips below.

Title: Scream

Released: December 20, 1996

Tagline: Don't Answer The Phone. Don't Open The Door. Don't Try To Escape.

Title: Little Shop of Horrors

Released: December 19, 1986

Tagline: A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist.
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Vampira and Me (2012)

Written and Directed by: R. H. Greene

Featuring: Maila Nurmi

These days, a lot of people know Vampira, the acerbic 1950s proto-goth horror hostess who briefly turned popular culture on its ear in Eisenhower America. But very few know Maila Nurmi, the actress who portrayed her. Now, filmmaker R. H. Greene seeks to remedy this sad situation with his absorbing new documentary, Vampira and Me, which screened last night as part of the Austin Film Festival.

For a woman who spawned a whole subculture, Nurmi flew under the radar for far too long. Born Maila Syrjäniemi, she grew up in Oregon before heading to Hollywood to find fame and fortune. She worked as an actress, showgirl and cheesecake model, and she made some powerful friends. But she never found a way in until she was spotted by a producer at a masquerade ball while dressed as the character who came
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Today (12/11/10) is Vampira's Birthday; Watch an Exclusive Music Video Premiere

As promised, on this most auspicious date of December 11th, Dread Central has a gloomy birthday treat for fans of the first horror host, the one-and-only Vampira: the exclusive premiere of the first video off the Vampira: The Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD.

Decades before waves of hundreds of "horror hosts," Vampira ruled the airwaves for one glorious year in 1954. Actress Maila Nurmi would have been 87 years old today. Inspired by Charles Addams' drawings for New Yorker Magazine, the Vampira character had its beginnings in Los Angeles, CA on April 30, 1954 on Kabc-tv. "The Vampira Show" was a surprise hit, but the plug was pulled due to creative differences and Nurmi didn't work again until November, 1956 for only one day for director Ed Wood Jr. The result was Plan 9 from Outer Space, released in 1959, but found its audience at the end of the 1970s when the movie
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Celebrate Vampira's Birthday Right Here on Dread Central

In our never ending quest to bring you every damned thing that's cool imaginable, we're proud to help celebrate the birthday of great and forever sexy Vampira along with a lot of familiar faces -- right here on DC!

That's right, kids! On December 11th Dread Central has a ghoulish birthday treat planned for fans of the first horror host -- the one and only Vampira.

This year Vampira, aka actress Maila Nurmi, would have been 87 years old. Nurmi is best known as the corset-waisted host named Vampira that had its beginnings on a popular West Coast TV show which aired on April 30, 1954 on Kabc-tv and lasted for only a year. "The Vampira Show" was covered in Life Magazine, and the show got fan mail from around the world although no one was able to view it outside the Los Angeles area. Nurmi was the Godmother of Goth before it existed,
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HorrorHound Weekend Festival Details

The HorrorHound Weekend takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana beginning March 26th and the festival will have several films showing, along with a tribute to Vampira. Some of the films that will be shown include Girl Number Three, Parasomnia, Smash Cut, Nightbreed and others. The Weekend will also host guest appearances from George A. Romero, Clive Barker, Elvira, Ms. Vampy aka Brooke Lewis and dozens more.

The Vampira Weekend will also feature a tribute to Maila Nurmi, the Queen of the Damned during the same weekend. Ms. Vampy, seen left, will be on hand, with support from Muscle Wolf Productions and The Dark Carnival Film Festival, to meet and greet fans. Ms. Vampy could be in a biting mood, so watch out! Have a look at the promo for the Vampira Tribute below along with a few other guests attending the HorrorHound Weekend.

Other Special Guests: Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Simon Bamford
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Trinity of Terrors: Meet Mister Sam Shearon

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One of the coolest things about Fangoria's 30th anniversary Trinity Of Terrors in Las Vegas was an impressive poster depicting every guest of the blood-soaked weekend.  Besides classic covers and various personalities including Slipknot, there were various monsters and creatures.  It also served as the cover of the event's program.

That central image was created by talented British artist, Sam Shearon. The illustrator sat down to discuss his work for Fangoria and his other horrifying imagery.  The cheerful bearded Brit talks about his influences and inspirations.

Pat Jankiewicz: How did you come up with the impressive painting for Trinity of Terrors?

Sam Shearon: Initially Scott Licina asked whether I'd be interested in creating a peice of dark-art for the front cover for the official programme to the event. It would be printed up as a limited edition comic sized souvenir to the Halloween weekend at the Palms to celebrate
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Forrest J Ackerman estate auction begins today

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The most impressive science fiction collection in the world-- and yes, I say it's even more impressive than the one at Skywalker Ranch-- will be going on the auction block today starting at 12 noon Pacific time, and continuing tomorrow, May 1st, at 11am Pacific time.

How impressive is it? Look at that photo to the right, which is lot #660 in the auction..

That's a first edition of Dracula. Not impressed? It's a first edition signed by the author, Bram Stoker.

That would be enough for most people-- but not Forry. He went farther and got it autographed by Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Bill Obbagy, Ingrid Pitt, Karl Freund, Donald A. Reed, Barry Atwater, Maila Nurmi a.k.a. “Vampira”, Carla Laemmle, Carroll Borland, John Carradine, Raymond McNally, Ferdy Mayne, Paul Naschy, Barbara Leigh... and Bela Lugosi.

Take a look.

You can bid by phone or online. Or you can just
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Joe Moe: Horrorwood Babbles On: Frights! Ephemera! Auction!

When I began contributing to Dread Central, I was eager to reminisce about the never to be forgotten, Forrest J Ackerman and his astounding legacy. But who has time to look backwards when Ack keeps going “forry-ward” in the here and now? Case in point? In a matter of weeks Profiles In History will hold the greatest genre auction in history, offering prized objects from the collection of the Grand-daddy of all collectors. Gosh! Wow! (Dang)! It’s the Forrest J Ackerman Estate Auction!

Over the years, hardcore collectors have snatched up every existing morsel, crumb and Blob of memorabilia associated with our classic genre heritage. Sure, there’s no shortage of Terrorific collectibles in the form of model kits, prop-copies and photos. But just try and find anything “original” from the golden, silver or, hell - even aluminum-foil era of Imagi-movies? Try finding it for less than a Kong’s ransom!
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Before the Oscars, They Belonged to Us, Part 3

Disclaimer: This article may contain sarcasm; irony and “LOLs” proceed with caution.

The Final Chapter (read Part 2 here)! We have Howard the Duck, Freejack and Shyamalan flicks on the list; these are never good signs. Nonetheless we are bringing it all to you in full-color and in 3-D. (Ed. Note: Due to the economy, 3-D has been dropped and will be replaced by Smell-o-vision — check for your scratch and sniff cards in about 4-6 weeks.) Best Sound went to rage-zombie veterans Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke, leaving Mark Weingarten who worked on Rejuvenatrix in the dust. The Sound Editing section contains one too many references to Ron Silver, and at least two references to a Roger Corman film.

The visual effects category pulled on our heartstrings this year due to the loss of Stan Winston, who was noted en memoriam along with other heroes, Vampira, Leonard Rosenman and Charles H. Schneer
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Latest South African Horrorfest details

Fango got the details on the fourth annual South African Horrorfest, which gets underway October 30 and stretches until November 6 at The Labia Theatre (68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town). As always, the fest (organized by Fango scribe Paul Blom) is a mix of old, new, rare, indie and cult films, many of them making their debuts on African screens.

Yearly traditions remain intact, as there will be a silent classic with live concert accompaniment, a Halloween dress-up and the Shadow Realm short film collection. While screening times and exact dates have yet to be announced, the full lineup consists of:

• Shadow Realm Short Film Collection: A variety of horror minimovies from all around the globe, screened in three feature-length blocks on Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 6.

Last House On The Left: The infamous Wes Craven shocker about two girls kidnapped and tortured to death in the woods and the violent justice that awaits their killers.
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