Sunday, March 26, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #70

Primary DANIEL BALDWIN acted in VAMPIRES and in one episode of GRIMM.


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Primary JANIT BALDWIN (not shown) has one credit on an episode of POWERS OF MATTHEW STAR.



Primary STEPHEN BALDWIN acted in a few TV shows, including BATMAN BEYOND (character on the left).









Friday, March 24, 2017

MONSTER MASH IMAGES #6

An episode of SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, "Good Will Haunting," features a real Frankenstein Monster, mummy, werewolf and killer doll, but I can't find any good screenshots to swipe on Google. Here's some of the actors in the approximate costumes.


And here's the creepy doll.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #69

Primary SCOTT BAKULA starred in ENTERPRISE and seven episodes of CHUCK.

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Primary BOB BALABAN (not shown) acted in two episodes of the sci-fi western LEGEND.

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Primary ADAM BALDWIN acted in INDEPENDENCE DAY, SERENITY, PREDATOR 2, and in TV shows like ANGEL and CHUCK, as well as voicing several comics-character, notably Superman in SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY.


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Primary ALEC BALDWIN was not to blame for the failings of THE SHADOW (though he did a very weak Shadow-laugh).



Monday, March 20, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #68

Peripheral KRISTEN BAKER acted in FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 with--



Primary AMY STEEL (left), who amassed three relevant credits, making the most impact in THE POWERS OF MATTHEW STAR.



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Primary RICK BAKER, principally renowned for his makeup work, also racked up minor credits in films like MEN IN BLACK 3, the 2010 WOLFMAN, and the 2005 KING KONG.


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Primary STANLEY BAKER (right) has just one superhero-like credit, playing the adversary to the 1975 ZORRO.

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Primary TOM BAKER, best known as the non-superheroic "Doctor Who," also racked up credits in STAR WARS REBELS, DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS, and his second best-known role, the villain in THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD,

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Primary WILLIAM BAKEWELL starred in the serial HOP HARRIGAN and appeared in an episode of the 1950 DICK TRACY teleseries.

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Primary BRENDA BAKKE acted in many relevant TV shows, with the most well-known part being that of "Rivan" in STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION.

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Primary BRIGITTE BAKO acted in assorted relevant TV shows, with her standout role being "Angela" on GARGOYLES.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #67

Peripheral CARROLL BAKER acted in THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS with--



Primary LYNN-HOLLY JOHNSON (left). whose only relevant credit is FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.



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Primary DIANE BAKER (not shown) enjoys just one credit in the teleseries MANN AND MACHINE.

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Primary JOE DON BAKER acted two separate roles in the Bond-films GOLDENEYE and THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS,   not to mention (as I'm sure no one likes to mention) LEONARD PART 6.

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Peripheral KATHY BAKER acted in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS with--


Primary JOHNNY DEPP, who gets his second tracing with the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series.


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Primary KENNY BAKER for STAR WARS of course. though he also has small-- uh, tiny-- uh, not so primary-- roles in WILLOW and FLASH GORDON.


MONSTER MASH IMAGES #4



Foreign VHS box (I think) for the forgotten/forgettable 80s cartoon THE MINI-MONSTERS.

MONSTER MASH IMAGES #3



War is monster-lovin' hell with THE CREATURE COMMANDOS.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #66

Peripheral ROBIN BAILEY (right) acted in JANE AND THE LOST CITY with--


Primary SAM J. JONES of FLASH GORDON fame.



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Primary BARBARA BAIN acted in an episode of GET SMART and did voice-work on BEN 10: OMNIVERSE.


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Peripheral CONRAD BAIN acted in CHOMPS with--


Primary RED BUTTONS (left), who has one credit: the pilot film for WONDER WOMAN.


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Peripheral JIMMY BAIO (left) acted in an episode of FANTASY ISLAND with--



Primary RICARDO MONTALBAN, aka "Khan" from the "Star Trek" episode SPACE SEED.

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Peripheral SCOTT BAIO (left) acted in the same episode, also with MONTALBAN--


Whom this time I link to his work as the adversary (the Roarke-looking figure at left) of the first TV WONDER WOMAN.

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Primary HARRY BAIRD (left), in addition to minor roles in a TARZAN and a SAMSON picture, got to be one of the headliners in both TAUR THE MIGHTY and its sequel-with-distorted-name THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN.

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Primary RICHARD (or DICK) BAKALYAN registers a few credits on shows like BIONIC WOMAN and MONSTER SQUAD, but manages four separate roles on the 1966 BATMAN teleseries.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #65

Peripheral PEARL BAILEY voiced a role in THE FOX AND THE HOUND alongside--


Primary KURT RUSSELL in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and ESCAPE TO L.A.

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Primary RAYMOND BAILEY (center), a.k.a. "Banker Drysdale" in THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, deposits one credit in the serial DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE.












Saturday, March 11, 2017

LIGEIA (1838)

In my review of MORELLA, I remarked:

The story has been adapted to the cinema much more often than "Berenice," but to make the narrative work in a film, it's usually dumbed down into a story of a dead mother's spirit possessing the living body of her daughter, which isn't even close to what happens.

I didn't mention that one major reason for this dumbing-down: that cinematic adaptations of "Morella" are almost certainly drawing upon the model of the later "Ligeia," in which possession is nine-tenths of the story. "Morella" is extremely oblique about whether anything supernatural takes place after the unnamed narrator gives his equally nameless daughter the name of his late wife. Poe is philosophically cagey in this story, suggesting only that two entities cannot share the same identity.

In contrast, "Ligeia" is a more outright "ghost story," though still told in a more indirect than most works in the subgenre. In contrast to "Berenice," the narrator can't even remember when he first met the beautiful Ligeia, though as with "Morella," the thing the male character holds most in common with his lady fair is their mutual interest in occult studies. Yet this time Poe devotes a lot more time to discussing the many beautiful features of the mysterious female-- eyes, nose, chin-- and relates the total effect of Ligeia's loveliness to a quote by Francis Bacon that defines beauty in terms of its
"strangeness."

Like both Morella and Berenice, Ligeia sickens and dies. However, like Berenice Ligeia has a conduit that will return her to the mortal world, and it's not anything as earthbound as mere catalepsy. Rather, her knowledge of occult philosophy suggests that she may be able to keep herself-- or maybe her spirit-- alive beyond death, or, as she calls it in her poem-within-the-story, "The Conqueror Worm."

Ligeia's body at least perishes in an unnamed city on the Rhine, after which the narrator-- who has inherited her great wealth-- travels to England and buys a deserted abbey, which he restores to become his new home, as he is taken with the "gloomy and dreary grandeur of the building." Where Poe devotes one long paragraph to descanting on the beauty of Ligeia, the abbey gets four full sections, suggesting that Poe is almost more interested in the tomb than in the womb.

Then, in what sounds very much like an arranged aristocratic marriage, the narrator marries an Englishwoman, Rowena. The two don't get along, and soon Rowena too is stricken by some unnamed illness. She comes near death, but rallies. It may be at this point that Ligeia's spirit-- at least in the more traditional ghost story-- begins to get a new toehold in the mortal world. After much buildup, Ligeia makes her presence known in one of the odder manifestations in horror-fiction, which may be something Poe derived from a secondary source.

 It was then that I became distinctly aware of a gentle
footfall upon the carpet, and near the couch; and in a second
thereafter, as Rowena was in the act of raising the wine to her lips,
I saw, or may have dreamed that I saw, fall within the goblet, as if
from some invisible spring in the atmosphere of the room, three or
four large drops of a brilliant and ruby colored fluid. If this I saw
-- not so Rowena. She swallowed the wine unhesitatingly, and I
forbore to speak to her of a circumstance which must, after all, I
considered, have been but the suggestion of a vivid imagination,
rendered morbidly active by the terror of the lady, by the opium, and
by the hour.
Yet I cannot conceal it from my own perception that, immediately
subsequent to the fall of the ruby-drops, a rapid change for the
worse took place in the disorder of my wife; so that, on the third
subsequent night, the hands of her menials prepared her for the tomb,
and on the fourth, I sat alone, with her shrouded body, in that
fantastic chamber which had received her as my bride.


And then follows the big climax, in which Rowena's dead body comes to life, taking on the very appearance of Ligeia-- and there the story ends.

It's been suggested that the opium-addled narrator may be just imagining the whole thing. I can't deny that Poe leaves himself this "out." But prior to "Ligeia" the author shows no bashfulness in portraying the "real marvelous" in his tales: he's no Ann Radcliffe, seeking to dispel the fancies of ghosts and demons from spooky tales. I also think the average reader, both in Poe's time and this one, is likely to take the narrator as reliable on this score, given that the recrudescence of Ligeia is a thing about which said narrator is justly ambivalent.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #64

Primary CAROL BAGDASARIAN racked up one credit in THE OCTAGON.

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Peripheral LORRI BAGLEY (not shown) appeared in THE STEPFORD WIVES remake with--




Primary GLENN CLOSE in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

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Primary BLAKE BAHNER (not shown) acted in WIZARDS OF THE LOST KINGDOM II and WIZARDS OF THE DEMON SWORD.




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #63

Primary JANE BADLER enjoyed some fame as the evil "Diana" from the V telefilms and series, and had a support-role on the short-lived HIGHWAYMAN show.

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Peripheral ERYKAH BADU acted in BLUES BROTHERS 2000 with--



Primary DAN AYKROYD for GHOSTBUSTERS 1`-2.

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Primary BUDDY BAER acted in 1950s TV shows like SUPERMAN, SHEENA, and THE LONE RANGER.



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Peripheral MAX BAER SR (not shown) acted in AFRICA SCREAMS with--



Primary CLYDE BEATTY (right), who played "himself" in two fantasy-serials.


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Primary PALOMA BAEZA (left) acted in A KID IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT and the 1997 adaptation of THE ODYSSEY.