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Friday, April 10, 2009

Extra Special TCM Movie Alert for early Saturday morning: Blood Feast, and Two Thousand Maniacs!

Last year I happened to see two films on Turner Classic Movies that I'd never heard of or seen before and they were being played back-to-back: Blood Feast, and Two
Thousand Maniacs!

After I finished watching the videotape I'd made of them the following day, because they were aired overnight, I promised myself that if I ever heard they were going to be shown again, I'd do a blog post about them to give you all a head's up. 
 Well, here it is.

Blood Feast was filmed in Miami Beach and in North Miami Beach, and what's now considered the City of Sunny Isles Beach, the latter at The Suez Motel, the site of Trump Royale.
See photos of the Motel and their famous entrance with two sphinxes at http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/commerce/c025170a.jpg

Other info on iconic Motel Row Sunny Isles hotels of the '50's and '60's at

(Before they moved to Hallandale Beach, my father and late step-mother lived for years near the southern tip of Sunny Isles before it was incorporated, while I was living up in Arlington. Their south-facing high rise apt. gave me a great view at night when I'd come down for a visit or for Orioles spring training, since I had an unobstructed view of the ocean, Haulover Beach, and downtown Miami and the Bay in the distance. It was really something to behold!)

If you look closely you'll notice certain tell-tale signs, which I first observed when I watched a tape of this after TCM premiered this film last year, paired with the same book-end film, Two Thousand Maniacs, a very different sort of spring break film, which is really jarring the first time you see it.

In the first film, the police cars used have an old NMB logo on them: North Miami Beach, Gateway to Interama.
In the final climactic scene, filmed on what was scheduled to be the future site of Interama, the Inter-American Center Authority

but which is now the FIU Bay Vista campus, pay attention to what's looming in the distance of the city dump during the chase scene.
It's the large gas tanks on W. Dixie Highway and N.E. 159th Street.

As someone who grew-up in NMB from 1968-'79, and who spent lots of time on W. Dixie Highway as a kid, especially at the Aqua Bowl playing baseball (for Harry Rich Carpet)
and the Bowling Alley and the Holiday Theatre on NE 159th Street -second-run films for only $2- I'd know that anywhere. 

The settings are so 1960's Miami, especially the front yard and back yard scenes, that you'll almost find yourself constantly looking for familiar landmarks every time there's an exterior
scene, and wondering what street it was filmed on.

Each film has the same lead actor and actress William Kerwin and Connie Mason, who were married fro 25 years until his death twenty years ago.

The second film was filmed in Florida near Orlando, but is set near Augusta, GA, and coincidentally, this is Masters Week at Augusta. 
Now that's timing!

Per the theme of the second film, that reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw on an older car when I came back down here. 
Under a drawing of a giant mosquito, it says,
"Keep sending Northeners, they're delicious!"

2:00 AMBlood Feast (1963)
An Egyptian priest uses human sacrifice to bring back his goddess. Cast: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason. Dir: Herschell Gordon Lewis. C-67 mins,
See http://www.tcm.com/2008/underground/movies/index/?cid=209058 and
http://www.tcm.com/2008/underground/movies/index.jsp?cid=209110 and http://www.aycyas.com/bloodfeast.htm

Video at:

3:15 AMTwo Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
Travelers stumble on a Southern town out for revenge for losing the Civil War. Cast: William Kerwin, Connie Mason, Jeffrey Allen. Dir: Herschell Gordon Lewis. C-84 mins,


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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.

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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.

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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!