Author Archives: Nigel Honeybone

Film Review: Independence Day (1996)

SYNOPSIS: “On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Amateur Monster Movie (2011)

SYNOPSIS: “After a group of boy scouts are mysteriously killed by a wolf-like creature on Cadaverous Island, Walter Romero, whose best friend was among the killed, sets out to find exactly what happened. In order to reach the island, Walter teams up with Johnny Mason, neighborhood stoner, to smoke up Ashley Valinski, neighborhood hottie, and get her to take them out on her father’s boat. But soon after arriving on Cadaverous Island, a horde of … Continue reading

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Film Review: King Kong (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: “The owner of the oil company Petrox Corporation, Fred Wilson, invests all his possessions searching oil in an unexplored island. The vessel leaves Surubaya, in Indonesia, with the stowaway Jack Prescott, who wants to protect an ape called Kong. While traveling, they find the castaway Dwan in the middle of nowhere in a rescue boat in the ocean and bring her on board. The group finds that the island is inhabited and the local … Continue reading

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Film Review: Martin (1976)

Martin (1976)

SYNOPSIS: rge Romero does for vampires what he has already done for zombies – an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be eighty-four years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburgh to stay with his uncle, who promises to save Martin’s soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin’s loneliness finds other means of release.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Night Of The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mad Love (1935)

SYNOPSIS: “In Paris, Doctor Gogol is infatuated with theater actress Yvonne Orlac as he returns to his same box seat for her every performance. Yvonne is married, however, to concert pianist Stephen Orlac. They plan to move to England. When Stephen’s talented hands are crushed in a train wreck, Yvonne asks for Doctor Gogol’s help by operating to save them. Although the doctor can’t save Stephen’s hands, he will do anything to help Yvonne. His … Continue reading

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Film Review: Open Your Eyes (1997)

SYNOPSIS: “The handsome and wealthy CĂ©sar is very successful with women and is having difficulties getting rid of Nuria, his last affair. His best friend, Pelayo, is unlucky with women and jealous of CĂ©sar. At his birthday party, CĂ©sar meets the gorgeous and sexy Sofia, currently dating Pelayo, but they are immediately attracted to each other and spend the night together in her apartment. The next morning, CĂ©sar finds Nuria outside of Sofia’s building, and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Black Cat (1934)

SYNOPSIS: “Honeymooning in Hungary, Joan and Peter Allison share their train compartment with Doctor Vitus Werdegast, a courtly but tragic man who is returning to the remains of the town he defended before becoming a prisoner of war for fifteen years. When their hotel-bound bus crashes in a mountain storm and Joan is injured, the travelers seek refuge in the home, built fortress-like upon the site of a bloody battlefield, of famed architect Hjalmar Poelzig. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)

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SYNOPSIS: “At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What’s his goal? What’s his secret?” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: This week I’m extremely pleased to discuss a film that is good – mostly – sometimes. This is the first film version … Continue reading

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Film Review: Congo (1995)

SYNOPSIS: “A megalomaniac CEO sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters (or is it laser weapons?). When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter-in-law is sent after them. She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher … Continue reading

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Film Review: Frenzy (1972)

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SYNOPSIS: “In London, a serial-killer is raping women and then strangling them with a neck tie. When the reckless and low-class with bad temper bartender Richard Blaney is fired from the pub Global Public House by the manager Felix Forsythe, he decides to visit his ex-wife Brenda, who owns a successful marriage agency. Her secretary Miss Barling overhears an argument of the couple, and Brenda invites Richard to have dinner with her in a fancy … Continue reading

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Film Review: Spriggan (1998)

SYNOPSIS: “Yu is a young man who has a past he desperately wants to forget. At present he is a superhuman top agent for ARCAM, an organisation dedicated to protecting ancient artifacts to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. However, he receives several bloody messages, culminating in the suicide of a friend, stating that Noah would be his death. In response, Yu travels to Turkey to visit the ARCAM dig at Mount Ararat, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

SYNOPSIS: “Shipping magnate Karl Stromberg has employed two brilliant scientists to develop a submarine tracking system. Once it is finished, he assures them of multi-million-dollar payouts to their Swiss bank accounts, but not before ruthlessly murdering his young assistant by dumping her into a tank inhabited by a man-eating tiger shark. Shortly afterward, British and Soviet submarines vanish while on routine moves, and Bond is called into action. Also called to duty is his Soviet … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Fall Of The House Of Usher (1960)

SYNOPSIS: “After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick’s senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mesa Of Lost Women (1953)

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SYNOPSIS: “A mad scientist named Aranya is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: This week’s endearing endurance test is set south of the border – not Melbourne but Mexico – where a scientist and his diminutive dwarves are super-sizing spiders in their spare time. The rest of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Zombie Brigade (1986)

SYNOPSIS: “When an amusement park is built on the grounds of an old cemetery, the dead rise to take revenge.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Zombies! The flesh-hungry undead have been a mainstay in mythology dating back to the original epic of Gilgamesh, in which Ishtar threatens to open the gates of the Netherworld releasing the dead to eat the living. The first film to exploit the word was White Zombie (1932), starring my favourite Hungarian ham … Continue reading

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Film Review: Just Imagine (1930)

SYNOPSIS: “New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced – well, you get the idea. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in 1930 and he is rechristened ‘Single O’. He is befriended by J-21, who can’t marry the girl of his dreams because he isn’t ‘distinguished’ enough, until he is chosen for a four-month expedition to … Continue reading

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About Nigel Honeybone

Wee Willie"Nigel Honeybone's debut was as Hamlet's dead father, portraying him as a tall posh skeleton. This triumph was followed in Richard III, as the remains of a young prince which he interpreted as a tall posh skeleton. He began attracting starring roles. Henry VIII was scaled down to suit Honeybone's very personalised view of this famous king. Honeybone suggested that perhaps he really was quite skeletal, quite tall, and quite posh. MacBeth, Shylock and Othello followed, all played as tall, skeletal and posh, respectively. Considering his reputation for playing tall English skeletons, many believed that the real Honeybone inside to be something very different, like a squat hunchback perhaps. Interestingly enough, Honeybone did once play a squat hunchback, but it was as a tall posh skeleton. But he was propelled into the film world when, in Psycho (1960), he wore women's clothing for the very first time. The seed of an idea was planted and, after working with director Ed Wood for five years, he realised the unlimited possibilities of tall posh skeletons who dressed in women's clothing. He went on to wear women's clothing in thirteen major motion pictures, including the Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Star Wars (1977), heartbreaking as the remains of Aunt Beru. With the onslaught of special effects came the demise of real actors in these sorts of roles. After modeling for CGI skeletons in Total Recall (1990) and Toys (1992), the only possible step forward for a tall posh skeleton was television, imparting his knowledge and expertise of the arts. As well as writing for the world's best genre news website HORROR NEWS, Nigel Honeybone is currently signed to star in a new series for television presenting the finest examples of B-grade horror. THE SCHLOCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is seen on Friday nights at 10.30pm on TVS Television Sydney, and where ever good Youtube downloads are available." (Fantales candy wrapper circa 2007)