Friday, February 12, 2010

Some Of My Favorite People!

Thom Mathews

I have had the biggest crush on Thom Mathews since I first laid eyes on his majestic visage in Alien from L.A. (a movie I mentioned in “For the Love of Boring Movies Part One”). One of these days there will be a Part 2 when I get the urge. Till then, back to Thom! My crush grew even larger when I realized that the cute and loveable character Freddy in both Return of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead 2 is Mathews! I thought my crush could not exceed its level until I saw…… Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. He plays Tommy Jarvis, who accidentally raises Jason from the grave. Although Part VI doesn’t come nearly close to being the best movie in this series, Jason is the most “zombie” in this one. And so my crush is boiling over at this point and Thom Mathews is my hero.

Melanie Griffith

Yeah, I have a crush on Melanie. We are on a first name basis. We are tight like that. As in, if she saw this write-up she would probably get a restraining order against me. Anyway, she plays the porn star Holly Body in my beloved Body Double, a bad ass tracker in Cherry 2000 (awesome and silly sci-fi flick), a misfit on the run in Something Wild, and a working girl in Working Girl (which I haven’t seen, but I just know it is good!). She is so spunky and fun. Her voice has an innocent but bad girl whisper - crisp and pouty. She is also the daughter of Tippi Hedren, one of Hitchcock’s famous blonde actresses whose films include Marnie and The Birds (one of Hitchcock’s most famous horrors, which made history for the genre)!

Margot Kidder

Ok, I guess I have a crush on all of these people. Can you blame me though? Margot Kidder has the kind of face that I want to draw over and over again! She is also a great actress and one of the great “scream queens,” if you could call her that. One of her first roles was in a Brian De Palma film called Sisters. Yeah, the same director as Body Double! Also one of De Palma’s first films, Sisters is a murder mystery/slasher about French twins, one sickly and evil, the other, good. Margot Kidder plays the twins with a sultry and sleepy French accent. Definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it. Another early film was a very popular classic horror film called Black Christmas. One of the most solid and effective slashers ever, this film has been the influence of almost every slasher flick ever to grace the screen! Oh yeah, I guess you might also remember her as Lois Lane in the Superman series.

I mean, could she be any cooler?

Jamie Lee Curtis

What can I say about this ultimate lady? Let me start with some titles. The Fog, Halloween, Halloween 2, Terror Train, Prom Night. That’s right, she is one of the greatest “final girls” or “scream queens” ever and all before her later films of a lighter but comically genius fare, which include A Fish Called Wanda (wonderful comedy from writer John Cleese of Monty Python) and True Lies (with Arnold Schwarzenegger). I love True Lies and I don’t feel guilty about it; Everyone should come ‘on out and confess their love for this movie. Like Melanie Griffith, Curtis’s mom was also a Hitchcock blonde: the famous Janet Leigh, best known for her role as Marion Crane in Psycho. As a side note, I just re-watched Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (a redundant title if there ever was one). Curtis’s character, Laurie Strode, finally faces her fear, The Shape, and man she kicks ass! This is one of the most empowering horror movies I have ever seen! As another side note, I didn’t mean to give her really tiny hands in the drawing of her. I assure you, the real Curtis has normal size hands….. I think.

This is just a sample of some of the people that I really love. I could go on and on and on and could list thousands or maybe tens of thousands more, so let’s stop here!