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Nigel Honeybone

"Rondo Award Winner 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 also presents the finest examples of B-grade horror on THE SCHLOCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW seen every Friday night on TVS Television Sydney." (Fantales candy wrapper)

Video Nasties: The Darkest Films of Yesterday

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‘Video Nasty‘ was a term coined in Britain around 1982 which applied to certain films distributed on video cassette that were criticised by the media and various religious organisations for their violent content. While cinema violence had been regulated by the British Board of Film Censorship for many years, the lack of regulations for video sales (combined with the claim …

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Film Review: The Brain Eaters (1958)

SYNOPSIS: “Strange things are happening in Riverdale, Illinois. A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth. Sent to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, Senator Walter Powers discovers that parasites from the center of the earth have infiltrated the town, taking control of the authorities and workers, making communication with the outside world impossible, …

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Film Review: Dressed To Kill (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: “While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Doctor Robert Elliott about her husband’s pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue …

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Film Review: The Fiendish Plot Of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: “Fu Manchu’s 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu’s age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, starting with the Star of Leningrad diamond, nabbed from a Soviet exhibition in Washington. The FBI sends agents Capone and Williams to England to confer with Nayland Smith, an …

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Film Review: Trans-Atlantic Tunnel (1935)

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SYNOPSIS: “An engineer is hired to plan and oversee the construction of a undersea tunnel between Europe and the US. However, certain interests don’t want to see the tunnel built and use every means at their disposal, including sabotage and murder, to stop its construction.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: During the early thirties, German filmmakers seemed desperate to devise effective ways …

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Robby The Robot

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For over fifty years Robby The Robot has remained one of the most famous and widely recognised movie robots of all time. Making his film debut in Forbidden Planet (1956), he went on to star in The Invisible Boy (1957) and later forged a lengthy career in television, guest starring in The Thin Man, Lost In Space, The Twilight Zone, …

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Book Review: Arkham Asylum – Author Grant Morrison

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Since his creation, the Batman has undergone a variety of radical reassessments. From the camp parody version of the sixties, to the dark vigilante of the seventies, to the big-budgeted merchandising exercises of the nineties, finally to arrive in this new century with a film adaptation that seems to please both Batman fans and mainstream audiences alike. But the character …

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Film Review: Onibaba (1964)

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SYNOPSIS: “As a feudal war rages in 14th-century Japan, those left behind are struggling to survive. The wife and the mother of a soldier make their meagre living by preying upon hapless samurai who come their way, killing them and selling their armour for food. When a friend of the soldier returns to the women’s hut, they learn the fate …

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Film Review: House Of The Living Dead (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: “A mad scientist (Mark Burns) is conducting hideous occult experiments at the family estate of Brattling Manor, monkeying about with things man was not meant to know, including the transfer and containment of living souls. It’s only a matter of time before he begins to experiment on the souls of human beings – including his own family.” (courtesy IMDB) …

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Film Review: Pitch Black (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: “The space transport vessel Hunter-Gratzner carrying forty people on-board crashes on a desert planet when the ship is struck in a meteor storm. There are only twelve survivors, among them are pilot Carolyn Fry (who has assumed command after the ship’s captain is killed), bounty hunter William J. Johns, religious man Abu Al-Walid, Antiques dealer Paris P. Ogilvie, runaway …

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Film Review: Repo Man (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: “Frustrated punk rocker Otto quits his supermarket job after slugging a co-worker, and is later dumped by his girlfriend at a party. Wandering the streets in frustration, he is recruited in the repossession of a car by a repo agent. After discovering his parents have donated his college fund to a televangelist, he joins the repossession agency (Helping Hand …

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