Monday, September 20, 2010

She Freak ; or The Freak Box Part Deux

A few weeks ago I tried to review Bad Biology, but instead ended up digging out my copy of Basket Case and reviewing that instead. My copy of Basket Case is part of an awesome four disc set from Something Weird called The Freak Box - and let me tell you, all four movies are pretty damn freaky.
   Tonight's selection is a beloved favorite of mine - even if it is a remake of a much better film. Still, it rocks, and it's all kinds of bad in the best possible ways.  It's a David Friedman film, who worked with Herschell Gordon Lewis and produced many of his films.  It kind of even feels like an HGL film, except that it lacks, well, dialogue.

   She Freak is the grindhouse version of Tod Browning's Freaks, but with go-go dancers.

Jiggling and gold digging ensue.  Freaks is a classic film that you definitely need to check out if you haven't.  As much as I love She Freak, it's a movie that benefits from liberal use of the FF button, as I'll soon demonstrate.

Unless you really, REALLY like shots like this one:

Then by all means, watch all 83 minutes.

We start out at a freak show that features, among other things, snakes and the women who love them:

And something so hideous, so awful, that women scream and men look all confused when they see it:

Then, through the miracle of modern film making, we're taken back in time to a small town with a diner and a waitress and a shortage of hats that fit correctly, apparently:

The waitress is named Jade and apparently all the fellas in town like to ask her out, but Jade isn't having it.  Which makes her boss all kinds of happy, because his wife is out of town, and he'd like to spend some quality time with her.


Jade is just biding her time looking for a way out, and she thinks she has a shot if she joins the carnival that's coming to town.

This is another opportunity to hit up the FF button, unless you're dying to know how carnival tents were put together in the 60's.  Or, how women who love snakes give them baths:

Jade hits up the business office and asks about a job:

Or maybe she's threatening to come back later and drink his blood if he doesn't hire her.

I'm guessing because David Friedman didn't see fit to film any actual dialogue for this scene, deciding instead to let the funky 60's jazz lite soundtrack speak for itself.

Apparently either Jade's spunky personality or her deadly fangs do the trick, because Jade immediately finds employment...........

Yep. Movin' on up!
Oh, btw, we're a HALF HOUR into this movie. I told you that FF button would come in handy!

Jade makes friends with the lead stripper, Moon, who asks her to split the cost of a hotel room.

Then Jade takes a tour of the carnival, accompanied by zero dialogue and tons of jazz lite:

Jade is beside herself with the excitement of joining a carnival set up in a dusty field in the middle of nowhere:

Then Jade decides to visit the freak tent, whose inhabitants include:

The sword swallower:

And women who love to love snakes and crochet their shirts:

Well, swords, snakes, and crocheted clothing all prove to be too much for Jade, who runs away to tell Moon (who tells Jade that the freaks are in the best place for them) that she can't understand why the freaks are allowed to be anywhere, EVER!

Well, this riveting discussion will have to wait for now......because it's time for a..

Later, Jade tells Moon how excited she is to stay in her first motel, room, EVER.

Color this woman easily impressed.
Jade also asks Moon to list the most eligible bachelors in the carnival (!) and comes up with a grand total of one:  a Mr. Steve St John , or He Who Just Happens to Own the Freak Show. Jade sets her sights on the dude, and eventually he asks her out- which amounts to a lovely tour of, yes, you guessed it.....the carnival!

Accompanied by the ever present jazz lite, of course:
Only the best establishments.
And, there's this dude:  His name is Blackie and he's a carny, so he must be bad news.

And, of course, Jade continues to date Steve St John, carnival style.

Don't worry, there's still PLENTY of jazz lite to go around. 
And oh yeah, in case you missed it, there's lots and LOTS of footage of the carnival being put up and taken down in between the romance.

Eventually they marry, but Jade still wants to walk on the wild side:

And oh yeah, she still can't stand the freaks:

Eventually, Jade's two lives cross, with disastrous results for Steve:

And Jade is all kinds of crushed when her husband dies before her eyes:

She goes on to rule the freak show with an iron fist, counting her money, and telling her best friend Moon to take a hike when she questions Jade's business style.

You can only treat a midget bad for so long before they break out the switchblades:

And the other freaks get in on the action:

Where were these people for the first 81 minutes of the movie?

Now we understand why women were screaming, because this is the result of retaliation:

    and guess who came to the show:


Monday, September 13, 2010

And the Awards go to....

A few days ago I was fortunate enough to have the Zombie Rabbit award bestowed upon me.......a gift from the very lovely and talented Jinx.   I discovered her blog after she started following my blog, and I'm so glad she did. Not only is she another Foxy Female that loves The Scary, her blog rocks as well. AND she just got a kitten and gave it an awesome name, Bebe Gunns. Kittens everywhere with names like Bootsie and Fluffy are seething with jealousy.  So check out Totally Jinxed.  Tell her Mama sent ya.

As part of this awesome award, I need to pass it on to ten others.  So here goes:

The Deadly Doll's House of Horror Nonsense
   Dust off your trophy shelf, Emily, and make room for this one.  You rock, girl.

Zombie Cupcake
    Two of my favorite things. She doesn't post often but it's always worth a read when she does.

Angry Young Men, Ltd
   The home of the Night of the Living Dead Puppet Show. THE GoTo place for all your news about zombie puppets.  If they don't deserve a Zombie Rabbit award for awesomeness, who does?

Cavalcade of Perversions
     Awesome name for an awesome blog. Jenn is all kinds of righteous.  Plus, she's a little under the weather right now - so go wish her well and check out her place.  You won't regret it.

The Halloween Blues
    Great source for all things Halloween.

Weird Hollow
    I Heart Weird Hollow. Posts tend to pick up around the Halloween season, so mark it now. Plus - Monster Head Races!!!! Go King Kong!!!

Project Blue
   He's my brother, I'm biased, so what?  After months of begging, he seems to be coming around to blogging again.

Strange Spanners
   Lazarus Lupin has one of the most unique blogs I've read. Among the horror movie reviews are art and thoughts of the day.  A favorite :  Demon at Lunch.

Halloween Addict
    HA makes me smile. Nuff said.

Wonderful Wonderblog
   I think Erick and I are from the same generation. He always seems to post things that I'd forgotten about from my childhood. Another participant from the Countdown to Halloween Blogfest.

And there you have it. Ten blogs I love that I'm passing the Zombie Rabbit fun onto.  Love him, give him a home, maybe don't feed him after midnight.

And thanks again, Jinx, if you hadn't already given it to me, you'd be at the top of my list. You rock, lady!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


SO excited I can hardly stand it........

Papa Cash.
Next month.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I'm a day late with this, but I wanted to give a BIG Birthday Shout-Out to the person responsible for bringing yours truly into the world - that's right, I'm talking about...

Grandma Firefly.

I wanted to say Happy Birthday to the person who is almost single handedly responsible for making me the warped freak I am today. And I say that seriously and with all kinds of love.

My mother introduced me to many of her loves, like:

Lon Chaney, Jr.
This may be one of the first actors that I knew by name.  Along with Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and this dude:

Vincent Price:
All thanks to my mom. How many four year olds you know that can say that? 

Bad and possibly dangerous weather:

I can't help it, because of my mom, I get really happy (almost giddy) on overcast, windy days that feel like rain is a' comin. And when the skies get cloudy and black, I'm beside myself with joy. 

Incidentally, this is what I got my Mom for her birthday - the Elvis 75 box set with something like 17 films in it.  Happy Elvis Fights!!!!

Wayne Newton:
I also put this in the category with my love of cheesy things. For who else is the King of Cheese, I ask you?  I also won't rub it in how I tried to get her to kiss him by doing it myself and she refused. Nope, won't tell that story again.

Monkey Movies:


Someday I'll tell you about how my Mom used to work our ASSES off decorating her house for Halloween.  But it must not have been that bad, because it's still my favorite holiday. 

Unidenitfied Flying Objects:

Uh....Just kidding on that last one, lady.  I am eternally creeped out by the thought of little green men making contact. They can be up there in the sky, watching, just stay out of my business and I'll stay out of yours, kay?  I'm pretty sure she passed this one on to my younger brother.

There you are, lady.  I hope you had a FABULOUS day.  Thanks for making me all kinds of weird.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

Love You!
Mother Firefly

Monday, September 6, 2010


Hey, my friends:

A couple of weeks ago I FINALLY had the opportunity to attend an event I'd been trying to get to for months.

Iron Cupcake.

Which was totally awesome and DELICIOUS - and it inspired one of my good friends to enter September's contest as a baker.

Iron Cupcake is way too much fun, and if you're so inclined, check out their blog,
Nobody Puts Cupcake in a Corner. 
IC started in Milwaukee, but it's currently on a mission to spread the cupcake love all over the country.

But what I really want to mention is a couple of people I met at IC, Tim and Jess from

They run a great website selling recycled classic t-shirts.
Well, this last July, parts of Milwaukee had some major flooding, and some homes were severely damaged. I
Among those was the home of Tim, Jess and their daughter Clara.

You can read all about the flood and what happened to their home on the Teecycle blog. 

They need a lot of help and funds to rebuild their home.  If you have some time, check out Teecycle - who knows, you might find some rockin' shirt - and also help a family in need at the same time.

and here's another website, Save TeeCycle, created to help raise money for the family and their home. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Just lookie here at what yer old Mama got today!


It comes courtesy of my Horror Lovin' Sister, Jinx.

Have you read her blog, Totally Jinxed?
Mama F says get on over there and check it out.  You will LOVE it.

Thanks, Miss Jinx -you're way too kind.  Much heartfelt thanks for including me on your list.

(I will be making my own list and passing it on this weekend :)