With a Vampire" (1994)
With a Vampire is probably the most elegant,
intelligent and sensitive vampire film ever made.
The sets are lavish, the photography a little
dark, but lush, the acting is top notch, and it
is very well received. The only problem for me is
that it put me to sleep. Much of the story is
voice-over, and it is very talky. The premise is
that a vampire is relating his story from the
time he first became a vampire to the present to
a journalist. His story reminds me of an Old
Flanders and Swann song titled "The
Reluctant Cannibal or I Won't Eat People."
Basically, even after 200 years, he is not
comfortable killing people. The exposure comes
from Laure Marsac, who is forced to be the victim
at a vampire play. She has 18 credits at IMD -
mostly French films - but I have never seen her
in anything else. It was impossible to tell from
this brief role if she can act or not.
Laure Marsac (1,
Sixteen Candles is one of John Hughes best.
All of the acting is competent, the characters
are zany, although a little exaggerated and it
has some of the funniest lines ever on film. It
also stars a VERY young Molly Ringwald, who was
very appealing in this John Hughes directorial
debut. She was also wonderful in Breakfast Club.
I have not enjoyed her nearly as much since.
Ringwald wakes up at the start of the film on her
16th birthday. Her sister is getting married, and
not only does her whole family forget her
birthday, but so do her grandparents. ("I
can't believe my grandparents forgot my birthday
-- they live for that shit.").
Sam is in love with a senior who is going with
the prom queen -- Haviland Morris -- who looks
like she stepped off of a centerfold. This
provides the only nudity in the film. Sam and her
best friend are watching Haviland in the locker
room shower, and talking about how impossible it
is to compete with her. The girl in the shower is
actually body double Pamela Elser. I find the
film a complete delight, with a feel-good ending,
and suggest it to anyone who hasn't seen it. I
have also included a few head shots of Ringwald
(she looked just like the kind of girl I should
have chased in High School), and a few of
Haviland Morris (1,
Molly Ringwald (1,
This movie has very little
to do with any of the other Bluebeard movies and
legends. It is about a guy who kills a bunch of
wives, but it's basically a Dr Phibes movie,
except that Dr Phibes is named Bluebeard, and is
played by scenery-chewing Richard Burton instead
of scenery-chewing Vincent Price. Burton kills
his wives one at a time, in different ways,
because they somehow offend his moral code. There
is some kind of bizarre subtext in that Burton is
a pseudo-Nazi luftwaffe hero who preserves his
mother's corpse ala Norman Bates, but none of
that is really interesting. Come to think of it,
the rest of the movie isn't much interesting
either. The premise is silly, the execution
siller still. BUT ...
the film has some very strong positives. The
sets are beautifully designed and photographed,
and the DVD transfer is gorgeous. The director is
Edward Dmytryk. Yes, he's the same guy who
directed The Caine Mutiny and Raintree County.
Heaven only knows what he's doing with this
stinker, but he sure brought a lavish look to it.
Each of the rooms of Burton's castle has a
different dominant color and a different theme
decor. Although the colors are more saturated,
and Dmytryk prefers bright primary colors to
subtle shades, it reminded me a lot of the color
schemes that Kubrick used in Eyes Wide Shut,
especially when the door of one room would be
open to another room and the basic color scheme
would be interrupted by the other room's palette.
The women are luscious. There is a lot of nudity.
In fact, I think all the wives except Raquel
Welch and Virna Lisi (drat the luck on Raquel!!)
got naked before they were killed. You see,
Burton kills women when they try to seduce him,
because that defiles the purity of womankind, or
something like that. One of them manages to stay
married to him for two years because they never
have sex, but when she demands her conjugal
rights, Burton has to dispose of her. In addition
to his wives, he also kills Sybil Danning because
she is a prostitute who seduces one of his wives.
(The wife asks for love-lessons, thinking that it
is her fault that Burton won't sleep with her)
Summary: forget about what goes on, or the
caliber of the performers. It's high camp all
they way, and the movie would be about one star
based just on acting, action, and plot. But you
should see this movie just for the beauty of the
women and the the beauty of the sets in which
they are photographed. It looks spectacular.
Nathalie Delon (1, 2)
Marilu Tolo (1, 2) Karin
Schubert Agostina Belli (1, 2)
Sybil Danning (1,
Gracen in "Final Mission".
One of her best nude exposures caught on
film (not counting the bunny mag stuff)
Jessica Parker from "Sex and the
City". Sarah showing off a bit
more than usual, but still hiding the
|Comments by Oz
I'm not sure where Tushka comes from. She has
starred in both Australian and British shows.
first movie is an Australia movie, Hurrah. Tushka
turns up at a run down homestead in the middle of
the outback, seemingly out of the blue. The owner
is just getting over the death of his fiancee. As
you can see in the collages they become lovers.
An enjoyable movie with a quirky and unexpected
The second movie is Voices From a Locked Room.
Not my type of movie but Tushka has a lovely
||Urban Cowboy doesn't have a lot
of nudity but Jerry Hall gives a brief flash in
what must have been one of her first movie roles.
|Lori has kept her clothes on for
most of her movie and television career, and
these collages are no exception. She does,
however, run around in her very bright underwear
for quite a while in "The Night
|WhyScan's Page Three
|If Page Three is unfamiliar to
link describes the Page Three tradition.
|Today's Page 3 girl....Jakki, 20,
from Staffordshire. (1, 2, 3, 4)
|Stephanie McMahon from WWF Fully
|Comments by Unique 1
Vidcaps from "I'm Losing You".
I recapped these because the first time I capped
the Video release, the lower body shots were
missing, but they're in the Cinemax or HBO
version. Usually it's the other way around.
tips: Try #s 7-12 not only for the recently
discovered lower body shots, but also to see the
least of one time Brat Pack member, Andrew
|Comments by Unique 1:
Stephanie McMahon takes a load off at "WWF
While trying to stop
Jericho from inflicting pain on Triple H, Steph
gets her own Walls Of Jericho Treatment, and the
result is a split second nip slip and looky at
the bottom of her puppies(TM Jerry Lawler a.k.a:
the King). It's very subtle but in a couple of
frames, they're visible. Anyway, The Walls of
Jericho has finally accomplished something that
will immortalize it in the annals of Celebrity
||Vidcaps from a behind the scenes thing on E!.
Looks like Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Love
Hewitt may have switched butts.
||Wow! I can't believe I missed this episode of
Voyager! Once again Bobdfish impresses me with
ability to capture from VHS. That and the fact
that it's Seven of Nine helps too!