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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Interview with Caroline Williams, "Blood Feast" (2017)

    Caroline Williams needs no introduction. She has been identified as a horror “iconess” (which is probably not even a real word), and indeed she is one of the few who could really wear such a badge without debate. Beyond being a “scream queen”, she has been a champion of the horror genre for three decades (and counting). Although perhaps best known for playing “Stretch” in the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise, she has made many other appearances as well ,working with such current notables as Rob ...
  2. Mink Stole talks "Serial Mom" and more!

    If you know the name Mink Stole, it is most likely in connection with John Waters. As of 2017, she has appeared in every single one of his feature films, going back to “Roman Candles” in 1966. She is perhaps best known for “Pink Flamingos”, simply because that is Waters’ most notorious film. But over the years she has had many memorable roles, both with Waters and outside the “Dreamland” troupe he cultivated. She has also appeared on the stage throughout the country, and even had her own band for ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "How to Make a Doll" (1968)

    A nerdy professor who has no luck with women builds beautiful female robots to satisfy his sexual desires.

    Herschell Gordon Lewis made 12 movies between 1967-1968, and this is not one of the better-known ones, for good reason. "Rosamond Chudnow, who was David Chudnow's wife, had the idea to shoot a picture called How to Make a Doll," reflected Lewis. "She just loved that title." Lewis reflected years later that the film was a mistake, primarily because of the lack ...
  4. Blu-ray Review: "The Gruesome Twosome" (1967)

    Mrs. Pringle (Elizabeth Davis) owns a wig shop in a little town in Florida, but she is a demented woman who lives with her mentally disabled son, Rodney (Chris Martell), in a home where she rents rooms to young co-eds attending the local university.

    "Gruesome Twosome" was developed in part because exhibitors were telling H. G. Lewis that his films did not have enough blood, leading him to make this gory film. This request is ironic in that "Blood Feast" (1963) ...
  5. Blu-ray Review: "A Taste of Blood" (1967)

    A Miami businessman, John Stone (Bill Rogers, "Santo Versus the Vampire Women"), receives a parcel from England containing two old bottles of Slivovitz brandy from his recently deceased ancestor, and after drinking both bottles, becomes a vampire.

    The story started from a screenplay by Donald Stanford (his only credit), who claimed to Lewis that he intended this film to be a vehicle for Frank Sinatra. Originally, the film had a title referencing "Dr. Alucard", ...