OUCH! by MR.E.

OUCH! by MR.E.

Monday, May 18, 2015


the maid and butler

a bust of Beethoven

a female wolf in heat

the Picasso

your stamp collection

a mop

bear sh*t


eye makeup

tiara and feathered boa; high-heeled “f-me pumps”

a French poodle

anyone named “Zsa Zsa”

                    Scott Thompson "Buddy Cole" The Kids in the Hall


Friday, April 3, 2015

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE: HEAD (1968) THE MONKEES Mike Nesmith Mickey Dolenz Davy Jones Peter Tork Timothy Carey Victor Mature

HEAD is a 1968 American adventure comedy film musical starring The Monkees (Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork), and distributed by Columbia Pictures.  Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson wrote and produced, and Rafelson directed.

During production, the working title for the film was Changes, which was later the name of an unrelated album by the Monkees.  A rough cut of the film was previewed for audiences in Los Angeles in the summer of 1968 under the name of Movee Untitled.

The storylines and peak moments of the film came from a weekend visit to an Ojai, California resort where the Monkees, Rafelson, and Nicholson brainstormed into a tape recorder, reportedly with the aid of a quantity of marijuana.  Jack Nicholson then took the tapes and used them as the basis for his screenplay which (according to Rafelson) he structured while under the influence of LSD.

When the band learned that they would not be allowed to direct themselves or to receive screenwriting credit, Dolenz, Jones, and Nesmith staged a one-day walkout, leaving Tork the only Monkee on the set the first day.  The strike ended after the first day when, to mollify the Monkees, the studio agreed to a larger percentage share of the film's net for the group.  But the incident damaged the Monkees' relationship with Rafelson and Bert Schneider, and would effectively end their professional relationship together.

A poor audience response at an August 1968 screening in Los Angeles eventually forced the producers to edit the picture down from its original 110-minute length.  The 86-minute Head premiered in New York City on November 6, 1968; the film later debuted in Hollywood on November 20.  It was not a commercial success. This was in part because Head, being an antithesis of The Monkees sitcom, comprehensively demolished the group's carefully groomed public image, while the older, hipper counterculture audience they had been reaching for rejected the Monkees' efforts out of hand.

The film's release was also delayed (partly because of the use of solarisation, a then-new technique both laborious and expensive) and badly under-promoted. The sole television commercial was a confusing minimalist close-up shot of a man's head (John Brockman); after 30 seconds the man smiled and the name HEAD appeared on his forehead.  This ad was a parody of Andy Warhol's 1963 film Blow Job, which only showed a close-up of a man's face for an extended period, supposedly receiving 'head.'

In her scathing review, Renata Adler of The New York Times commented: Head "might be a film to see if you have been smoking grass, or if you like to scream at The Monkees, or if you are interested in what interests drifting heads and hysterical high-school girls."  She added that the group "are most interesting for their lack of similarity to The Beatles.  Going through ersatz Beatle songs, and jokes and motions, their complete lack of distinction of any kind... makes their performance modest and almost brave."

Daily Variety was also harsh, stating that "Head is an extension of the ridiculous nonsense served up on the Screen Gems vidseries that manufactured The Monkees and lasted two full seasons following the same format and, ostensibly, appealing to the same kind of audience."  But the review applauded Rafelson and Nicholson, saying that they "were wise not to attempt a firm storyline as The Monkees have established themselves in the art of the non-sequitur and outrageous action.  Giving them material they can handle is good thinking; asking them to achieve something more might have been a disaster."

When asked by Rolling Stone magazine in March 2012 if he thought making Head was a mistake, Nesmith responded by saying that "by the time Head came out the Monkees were a pariah.  There was no confusion about this.  We were on the cosine of the line of approbation, from acceptance to rejection...  and it was basically over.  Head was a swan song.

We wrote it with Jack and Bob... and we liked it.  It was an authentic representation of a phenomenon we were a part of that was winding down.  It was very far from suicide- even though it may have looked like that.  There were some people in power, and not a few critics, who thought there was another decision that could have been made.  But I believe the movie was an inevitability- there was no other movie to be made that would not have been ghastly under the circumstances."

 reunited in 1989

THE CAST included:  Victor Mature, Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Logan Ramsey, Vito Scotti, Percy Helton, Sonny Liston, Ray Nitschke, Carol Doda, Frank Zappa, Teri Garr, Toni Basil; and both Nicholson and Dennis Hopper (straight from the set of Easy Rider)


Monday, March 30, 2015


the law

high school outcast with automatic weapon and ninja throwing stars

Sadie Hawkins

waitress waving unpaid dinner check

escaped tiger

irate cuckold husband

the truth


Friday, March 20, 2015

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE: THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973) Vincent Price Diana Rigg

Edward Kendall Sheridan Lionheart (Vincent Price) had thought he was the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day. Abetted by his daughter Edwina (Diana Rigg), Lionheart sets about murdering, one by one, a group of critics who had both ridiculed his acting throughout his career and declined to award him their "Critic's Circle Award for Best Actor", which Lionheart felt was merited by his final season of performances in various Shakespearean plays.

Humiliated in the aftermath of the awards ceremony, he attempts suicide and is presumed dead. Unbeknownst to the critics and the police, Lionheart survives the suicide attempt and is adopted into a community of meths-drinking vagrants who do his bidding.

The manner of Lionheart's revenge on each critic is inspired by deaths of characters in the plays of Lionheart's last season of Shakespeare.

In most cases the critic is first duped by Lionheart's acting initially to "play the part" before Lionheart's murderous intentions are revealed, followed by a forced recantation and an ironic, humiliating and grotesque dispatch of the critic.

The All-Star British cast includes: 

Ian Hendry

 Harry Andrews

 Coral Browne

 Robert Coote

Jack Hawkins

Michael Hordern

Arthur Lowe

Robert Morley

Dennis Price

Milo O'Shea

Eric Sykes

Madeline Smith

Diana Dors

The film was Directed by Douglas Hickox; who also directed Sitting Target (1972) starring Oliver Reed, Brannigan (1975) starring John Wayne, and Sky Riders (1976) starring James Coburn. The Screenplay was written by Anthony Greville-Bell; who also wrote Perfect Friday (1970) and The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie (1972).

Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice as well as his serio-comic performances in a series of horror films made in the latter part of his career.  The actor, writer, and gourmet was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles, he began to perform in low-budget horror movies such as House of Wax (1953), achieving his first major success with House of Usher (1960) directed by Roger Corman. Known for his distinctive, low-pitched, creaky, atmospheric voice and his quizzical, mock-serious facial expressions, he went on to star in a series of acclaimed Gothic horror movies, such as Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). He abandoned films in the mid-1970s, going on to present cooking programs for television - he wrote "A Treasury of Great Recipes" (1965) with his second wife, Mary Grant - but had two final roles in The Whales of August (1987) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). He also recorded many Gothic horror short stories for the spoken-word label Caedmon Records. Vincent Price died at age 82 of lung cancer and emphysema on October 25, 1993.  

Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, DBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for the role of Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers, which she appeared in from 1965 to 1968. She has also had an extensive career in the theatre both in Britain and America.  Rigg made her professional stage debut in 1957 in The Caucasian Chalk Circle and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959. In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Abelard & Heloise. She played Medea in 1992 at the Almeida and Wyndham's in London and again in New York, where she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.  On television, she starred in the 1989 BBC miniseries Mother Love, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress and the 1997 adaptation of Rebecca, which won her an Emmy Award. Her film roles include, Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968), Countess Teresa di Vicenzo in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) opposite George Lazenby, Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and Arlene Marshall in Evil Under the Sun (1982).  Rigg was made a CBE in 1988 and a Dame (DBE) in 1994.

This film was reportedly a personal favourite of Price, as he had always wanted the chance to act in Shakespeare, but found himself being typecast due to his work in horror films.  Before or after each death in the film, Lionheart recites passages of Shakespeare, giving Price a chance to deliver choice speeches such as Hamlet's famous third soliloquy ("To be, or not to be, that is the question..."); Mark Antony's self-serving eulogy for Caesar from Julius Caesar ("Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears...");

"Now is the winter of our discontent..." from the beginning of Richard III; and finally, the raving of the mad King Lear at the loss of his faithful daughter.


Monday, March 16, 2015


movie star / tv star / department store greeter

sex symbol / model / beautician

film maker / film critic / film viewer

super spy / policeman / mall cop

novelist / journalist / newspaper hawker

pro athlete / minor league player / sport card collector

race car driver / limo chauffeur / grocery cart wrangler

wife / girlfriend / prostitute


Friday, January 2, 2015


Zontar, the Thing from Venus also known as Zontar: The Invader from Venus is a 1966, made for television, science fiction film, directed by Larry Buchanan and based on the teleplay by Hillman Taylor and Buchanan. It is a low budget color 16mm remake of Roger Corman's It Conquered the World (1956) which also featured an alien invader from Venus.  This remake of Roger Corman's low budget It Conquered the World (1956) was one of a series of films shot in 16mm and color and was used to pad out one of American International's television syndication packages.

At a dinner party with their wives, NASA scientist Dr. Keith Ritchie (Tony Huston) reveals to his colleague Dr. Curt Taylor (John Agar) that he has secretly been in communication with a three-eyed, bat-winged alien from Venus named Zontar who he claims is coming to Earth to solve all of the world's problems. However, as soon as Zontar arrives on Earth via a fallen laser satellite it quickly becomes obvious that the skeletal black creature has a hidden agenda as it begins causing local power outages that stop telephones, automobiles and even running water from working and it starts taking control of people's minds using flying lobster-like "injecto-pods" that sprout from its wings. Only after his wife is killed does Ritchie finally realize that Zontar has come not as a savior but as a conqueror, and he goes to confront the hideous alien in the sulfur spring-heated cave that it has made its secret base.

John George Agar, Jr. (January 31, 1921 – April 7, 2002) was an American actor. Agar made six movies with John Wayne: Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Undefeated, Chisum, and Big Jake. In his later career he was the star of B movies, such as Tarantula, The Mole People, The Brain from Planet Arous, Revenge of the Creature, Flesh and the Spur, and Hand of Death. He was the first husband of Shirley Temple.

Agar's sister was a schoolmate of Shirley Temple. In 1944 Agar escorted Temple to a party held by her boss at the time, David O. Selznick. The two fell in love and were married in 1945. Selznick signed Agar to a five-year acting contract starting at $150 a week, including acting lessons.  Agar and Temple had a daughter together, Linda Susan Agar (who was later known as Susan Black, taking the surname of her stepfather Charles Alden Black). However, the marriage foundered, in part because of Agar's drinking (he had been arrested for drunk driving) and in part because of pressures of their high public profile. Temple sued for divorce on the grounds of mental cruelty in 1949.

Agar's career suffered in the wake of his divorce, but he developed a niche playing leading men in low-budget science fiction, Western, and horror movies in the 1950s and 1960s. John Wayne gave him several supporting roles in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In later years he worked extensively in television.  "I don't resent being identified with B science fiction movies at all," Agar later said. "Why should I? Even though they were not considered top of the line, for those people that like sci-fi, I guess they were fun. My whole feeling about working as an actor is, if I give anybody any enjoyment, I'm doing my job, and that's what counts."

John Agar     ...     Dr. Curt Taylor
Susan Bjurman     ...     Anne Taylor
Tony Huston     ...     Keith Ritchie (as Anthony Houston)
Pat Delaney     ...     Martha Ritchie (as Patricia De Laney)
Neil Fletcher     ...     Gen. Matt Young