Silent Movies

Redheads Writing In Cafes: B-movie Makers Who Inspire Me

I have always been madly in love with b-movies. Especially, 1950s b-movies. I’m extra in love with bad b-movies. The badder the better and especially in times like this. We need something fun to distract ourselves.

Prior to pandemic jail my husband and I ran a monthly b-movie night called Killer B Cinema. We were trying to figure out how to keep it going on YouTube, but they make it incredibly hard for you to do that. So, we are on hiatus until we figure something else out. We are praying that our venue (See-Scape in the Junction) continues to be ok, so when we get out of jail we can continue on. In the meantime, we are working on another way to show our movies.

The movies themselves are a lot of fun, however, for me anyway, there is something about the determination and passion of the people behind the movies that truly inspires me. Makers, writers, directors and producers such Ed Wood Jr., Roger Corman, William Castle, and Herman Cohen are tops for me with extra fondness for Ed Wood.

Why Ed Wood Jr.? Why not Ed Wood Jr.! To me, he was a genius. Not only was he a genius, he has a determination and passion that is beyond inspiring. Ed Wood Jr., would do anything and everything it took to get his movies completed and to the big screen. Many considered his films laughable, and critics panned him, but he never, ever stopped. Every once in a while, when I’m feeling discouraged and on the cusp of quitting, I remind myself, that Ed Wood Jr., never gave up. If he has no money, he would find ways to build his sets. Couldn’t afford actors, he’d cast friends, heck most of the actors who worked for him, were in several of his movies and continued to work with him knowing they may never get paid. They wanted his movies to succeed just as much as he did. Those same actors often helped to build sets, do make-up, wore their own clothing and even helped finance when they could.

Roger Corman is another film maker who got his movies done the same way. The 1960 version of Little Shop of Horrors, has many of the actors doing lighting, sets, make-up and wardrobe. Actress Jackie Joseph, who played Audrey (the human) wore her own clothing for the movie.

On a rainy or snowy day, it’s comforting to have a marathon of these kinds of movies, it has also inspired my husband and I to start making our own b-movie. If we follow the lead of those who inspire us, if we have a camera, the world is ours! If you remember your own passion, the world can be yours too!

Below are a few of their movies for you to watch (YouTube). Enjoy!

Redheads Writing In Cafes (except when it’s from my bedroom) Why I Love Vamps

No. No. No that kind of vamp. Not a vampire. The silent film vamp! Ok. Ok. Let me explain.

The term vamp (for a woman) originated in during the silent film era. Prior to that it was generally a short form for the word vampire. In the 1920s A Vamp was the combination of the Flapper and the now more public erotic behavior of women. It might have also been used toward a woman who was a tease. Vamp gained even more popularity when silent films began.

Along with my love of silent film, I absolutely a more interesting characters, clothes and their make up was always way over the top. They were saucy. They were seductive. They were sassy. They definitely were bolder, braver and stronger. These were women I would have looked up to if I was around in the 1920s.

Theda Bara was probably one of the most famous vamps or at least a name that is recognizable to most. But… there were more. So many more.

Olga Petrova, Nita Naldi, Pola Negri, even Hedda Hopper (aka Hollywood gossip column queen), and Virginia Pearson, were also incredibly popular vamps, but somehow their names don’t come up as often. Some of these actresses went on to have long careers on stage and screen while others were not able to make it past these roles.

Olga Petrova

Nita Naldi

Poala Negri

Here are a few other great articles on Vamps in the Silent Movies.

https://silentology.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/vamps-your-great-grandfathers-femme-fatales/

Stay The Fuck Home The Things I’m Going To Do When I No Longer Need To Stay The Fuck Home Edition!

Many are beginning to go a bit stir crazy now that we are 3 weeks into this pandemic, especially for you extroverts! I personally, am doing ok. I’m an introvert and have always been ok with spending time at home. There are things I do miss, I do enjoy being outside in the big blue room, over the last few years I’ve come to realize that my little goth heart actually does need some sunshine. Along with continuing to do creative and household things to stay busy, I’ve started creating a list of the things I want to do once we are on the other side of this thing.

See friends and family One of things I do miss is seeing my friends up close and personal. These friends are also considered my family. We have been having virtual phone dates, but it isn’t quite the same. One of the first things I hope we can do is get together for dinner and drinks!

Buy fabric! In order to keep busy, I’ve been finally finishing off a few sewing projects I had started, along with continuing with the Sew A Vintage Dress A Month Challenge. By the time this is all over, I will have sewn through my entire fabric stash. I’m actually getting close to the end of it, as I write this. I know I can order online, but I need to see and touch the fabric before I buy it.

Yoga in the park Last summer when we were walking through High Park, I noticed that there was a large group of people doing yoga. It is a weekly event. I have googled it and unfortunately can’t find any info, but as soon as the park opens again, I’m sure they will be back at it. Once I find out more, I can add it info here.

Eat out at my favourite places I have a bunch of places in our hood and around the city that I love to eat at. Some of my absolute favourites in my hood are See-Scape, Curry Twist, La Rev, Whelan’s and Thai by the Park. Close to me is the Skyline. In the west end of Bloomers, Machino Donuts and Discgraceland. I can’t wait to get back out and support them!

Killer B Cinema We’ve really been missing hosting our monthly event at See-Scape! In the meantime we are working on launching a YouTube Channel.

Walk through High Park I love that we are only minutes away from this park. In summer I love walk there, sitting somewhere to write or sketch, have lunch at the restaurant or take photos of all of its beauty. I’m also determined to go swimming in the pool this year.

Silent Movies I miss going to the monthly Silent Revue at The Revue and was looking forward to The Silent Film Festival that was happening in April. It’s ok though, all of these things have been rescheduled.

Long Walks through the city I love going on long walks. I love going on long walks through Toronto, stopping for lunch and taking in the hustle and bustle of the streets. Once we are able to, we will be taking the longest walk we have yet!

Go to the Island It’s been TWO YEARS since I have been to the island. Spring/Summer flooding has stopped most of use from going there. I’m hoping when all of this is over, the island will be an option for us this year!

Visit my parents My usual spring visit to my parents has to be put off due to the pandemic. Every few months I try to get up to their place and stay for a week. Am hoping by summer I can actually do this.

Picnic I’ve been craving a picnic! Anywhere!

Finally wear all of the lovely clothing I’ve been making As I’ve mentioned a few times in the blog, I’ve been sewing and knitting up a storm. I can’t wait to finally wear all of these lovely garments.

Have a BBQ with friends Last but not least, once we are out of this, we will be having friends over for a BBQ! Oh yes we will!

Day 18

Day 18! Today was a harder video, but… I LOVE the harder videos that challenge me. Though there were some poses I couldn’t do or hold fully, I’m a lot stronger than I was 18 days ago. One day… I will be able to hold all of the poses and for the amount of time that they need to be held.


One of my all-time favourite silent films is the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. I’m also a sucker for any and all German Expressionist films of that period. Other titles you may recognize are Der Golem, Nosferatu, Metropolis, M, Asphalt and The Hands of Orlac. Fritz Lang, Paul Leni and F. W. Murnau are two of my favourite directors.


Which German Expressionist films are your favourite. Who is still doing the 30-day yoga challenge with me?


If you want to learn more, here is a great article.


https://www.movementsinfilm.com/blog/german-expressionist-films-1919-1931

Addition: I forgot to add, the last few days I’ve walked 10K+ steps (am trying to achieve this as often as possible) AND since starting yoga, my hips don’t hurt the next day!

Day 14

Day 14! Almost halfway. I’m really learning where my body needs help. Though… my left side isn’t as tight as it was 14 days ago, it is still tighter than the right. I will see where I’m at for day 30.


Anyone recognize the photo? It’s from one of my favourite pre-code movies Three on a Match. Along with wanting to be a Flapper (and I still don’t know how I was able to get away with it) I grew up being allowed to watch pre-code movies along with horror movies. This also makes sense why I loved Clara Bow and Jean Harlow so much. Give me all of the precode movies! I want to see them all!


Both my father-in-law and friend Heather Babcock also have the same passion I do and we talk about them and often. Want to make me happy, give me movies and books about silent and precode movies!


Not sure what a precode movie is, here are a few articles.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Code_Hollywood
http://pre-code.com/
https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/women-pre-code-hollywood-movies-before-hays

Day 2

Day 2!!! Not gonna lie, my butt muscles were sore by end of day yesterday. Even though day 1 of the series wasn’t intense, I was using muscles in a way I hadn’t in a long time. It also showed me, I’m actually doing something for my health and well being.

Who else has or is doing the challenge today? Are you also on day 2 or what day are you on?

Clara Bow. Sassy, sexy and super talented. As a kid I was already in love with Silent Movies and one of the first actresses I was introduced to was Clara. She played by her own rules. She reminds me that we all need to as well.

Killer B Cinema Presents: Don’t Open Till Christmas and Turkish Wizard of Oz

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Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/818261015187264/

December Killer B Cinema has a special Christmas double bill because … tis the season for killing!!! Don’t Open Till Christmas and Turkish Wizard of Oz will not disappoint! AND Turkish Wizard of Oz is a Killer B Cinema exclusive! We are showing the only known copy with subtitles. The perfect double bill and all for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes! Audience Participation approved!

Doors (back performance space) open at 8 pm and the movies begin at 8:30 pm.

Don’t Open Till Christmas is a 1984 British horror film directed by Edmund Purdom. It was written by Derek Ford and Alan Birkinshaw.

Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde (Little Ayşe and the Magic Dwarfs in the Land of Dreams) is a 1971 film by Turkish film director Tunç Başaran, an uncredited and very close adaptation by Hamdi Değirmencioğlu of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film was produced by Özdemir Birsel for Hisar (Citadel) Film.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a double bill of B-moves from the 1930s to 1980s!

Thank you to the Imperial Pub and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at The Imperial!

Interview with Foote and Friends on Film

Hello!

Please check out our recent interview with Foot and Friends on Film. The interview was by the multi-talented Heather Babcock!

http://footeandfriendsonfilm.com/2018/08/18/interview-with-killer-b-cinema/
Please also check out our next show on September 1st!

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Killer B Cinema: Battle in Outer Space & Turkish Star Trek

killer-b-cinema-postcard__sep-2018September Killer B Cinema has an outta this world double bill!!! Battle in Outerspace and Turkish Star Trek will not disappoint! The perfect double bill and all for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes! Spacesuits are optional! Audience Participation approved!

Doors (back performance space) open at 8 pm and the movies begin at 8:30 pm.

Imperial Pub

54 Dundas St E, Toronto, Ontario M5B1C7

Battle in Outer Space is a 1959 Japanese science fiction film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Ryo Ikebe, Koreya Senda and Yoshio Tsuchiya.

The film was released theatrically in the United States in the summer of 1960 by Columbia Pictures.

Turkish Star Trek is a 1973 Turkish cult comedy/drama science fiction film, produced and directed by Hulki Saner, featuring Sadri Alışık as a Turkish hobo who is beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a double bill of B-moves from the 1930s to 1980s!

Thank you to the Imperial Pub and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at The Imperial!

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/456204541455651/

Killer B Cinema: Santo & Blue Demon vs The Monsters and Kilink

June is International Fight Club Month and do we have some monsters for you for you. Kilink and Santo & The Blue Demon vs The Monsters will not disappoint! The perfect double bill and all for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes! Lucha Libre masks are optional! Audience Participation Approved!

Doors (back performance space) open at 8 pm and the movies begin at 8:30 pm.
Where: The Imperial Pub Performance Space, 54 Dundas Street East
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/158830411451532/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/killerbcinema/

Kilink: Strip and Kill! (1967 — 93 minutes running time) Kilink is between 2 rival gangs and manages to turn one against the other. All of them are after a precious microfilm and a big foreign treasure. Kilink proves to be the most perfect Fantomas of them all, changing disguises more often than he changes socks.

Santo & The Blue Demon vs The Monsters (1970 — 85 minutes running time) To foil his plan for world domination, wrestling superheroes El Santo and Blue Demon battle the mad Dr. Halder and his army of reanimated monsters.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a double bill of B-moves from the 1930s to 1970s!

Thank you to the Imperial Pub and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at The Imperial!