Author Archives: Nigel Honeybone

Film Review: Cat People (1942)

SYNOPSIS: “When naval construction designer Oliver Reed sees Serbian-born beauty Irena Dubrovna at a zoo, he flirts with her, and soon they fall in love and marry. Complications arise because Irena believes she is the victim of an ancient Serbian curse that causes her to turn into a panther if a man tries to make love to her, and the marriage is not consummated. Oliver sends Irena for treatment with psychiatrist Doctor Louis Judd, and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Red Shoes (1948)

SYNOPSIS: “The successful impresario Boris Lermontov gives an opportunity in the Lermontov Opera to the talented young composer and conductor Julian Craster and to the gorgeous red-haired ballerina Victoria ‘Vicky’ Page, whose greatest passion is to dance. Soon Vicky becomes the lead dancer of his company and a sensation in Europe. Craster composes the ballet The Red Shoes based on the fairy-tale of Hans Christian Andersen and Vicky falls in love with him. The jealous … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Of Night (1945)

SYNOPSIS: “Walter Craig, an architect, is summoned down to a house called Pilgrim’s Farm by a prospective client whom he does not know. On arrival he experiences strongly the feeling that he has been to the place before. He is taken into the house and introduced by his host to a group of people. These also are familiar, though none of them appear to know him. After somewhat constrained greetings he tells them that he … Continue reading

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Film Review: Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

SYNOPSIS: “The year is 1936. Archeology professor Indiana Jones narrowly escapes death in a South American temple with a gold idol – by poison dart, fall, and finally a giant boulder that chases him out the front. An old enemy, Rene Belloq, steals the idol and then orders Hovito Indians after Indy. Indy, however, escapes back to the USA, where Army Intelligence officers are waiting for him at his university. They tell him about a … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

SYNOPSIS: “A young boy in 14th century Cumbria (north of England) keeps getting visions he cannot explain. His village has so far been spared from the black death, but the villagers fear its imminent arrival. With the boy as their guide, a group set out to dig a hole to the other side of the world, so as to fulfill the visions and save the village. At the ‘other side’ is 20th century New Zealand!” … Continue reading

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Film Review: Communion (1989)

SYNOPSIS: “Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurrences, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a horrible dilemma; was I abducted or am I going mad? He sees a psychiatrist who tries to use hypnotic regression to discover the truth.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Best-selling author Whitley Strieber began his career with a bang with the popular horror novels … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Final Combat (1983)

SYNOPSIS: “In the post-apocalyptic future, only a few humans are left. No one is able to speak; the film contains no dialogue, and characters communicate non-verbally. A determined loner befriends a reclusive older man and these two battle against vicious thugs for food, shelter and life itself.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Luc Besson has been involved with the making of more than fifty films spanning over a quarter of a century as writer, director, producer or … Continue reading

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Film Review: La Jetée (1962)

SYNOPSIS: “In a devastated Paris in the aftermath of World War III, the few surviving humans begin researching time travel, hoping to send someone back to the pre-war world for food, supplies and maybe a solution to their dire position. One man is haunted by a vague childhood memory that will prove fateful.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: The idea of ‘underground’ cinema is largely an American construct, a consequence of the establishment of the ‘studio’ system … Continue reading

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Film Review: I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958)

SYNOPSIS: “Bill Farrell marries lovely Marge Bradley, but almost from the start he is acting strange. For one thing he doesn’t drink any alcohol and even more peculiar, he almost acts like he doesn’t have any emotions. A year into their marriage, Marge still feels that there is something strange about him. The thing that really disturbs her is the fact that after a year of marriage, she can’t seem to get pregnant. One night … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beauty And The Beast (1946)

SYNOPSIS: “AdĂ©laĂŻde, Belle, FĂ©licie and Ludovic are young adult siblings who once lived in grandeur until their father’s merchant ships were lost at sea. The family is now near ruin, but AdĂ©laĂŻde and FĂ©licie nonetheless still squander away the family money on themselves and keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house, doting on her father. Ludovic detests his two spoiled sisters, but is protective of Belle, especially with his friend Avenant, a handsome scoundrel … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strait-Jacket (1964)

SYNOPSIS: “When Lucy Harbin arrives early from a trip, she sees her husband with his mistress sleeping in her bed, so she kills them with an ax. Her little daughter Carol witnesses the murder. After twenty years in an asylum, Lucy is released by her Doctor Anderson and her brother Bill Cutler brings her back to her farm where he lives with his wife and Carol. Lucy meets her estranged daughter and she learns that … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

SYNOPSIS: “When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog Toto, to run away. A cyclone appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Giant Spider (2013)

SYNOPSIS “When radiation left behind by atomic weapons testing creates a gigantic killer mutant arachnid, it’s up to a trio of scientists, an Army general, and a newspaper reporter and his fiancĂ©e to figure out how to stop the hungry beast from devouring the entire county in writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s ode to the giant bug films of yesteryear!” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW I have a confession to make: I hate spiders. They have more legs, … Continue reading

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Film Review: 13 Frightened Girls! (1963)

SYNOPSIS: “Candace Hull, the sixteen-year-old daughter of American diplomat John Hull in London, is a classmate and friend of many other daughters of diplomats from various countries, and gets invited to lots of social affairs. While visiting Mai-Ling, niece of the Red Chinese ambassador she stumbles into a major political secret, involving a murder. Secretly,she passes this information to a CIA agent, Wally Sanders, on whom she has a crush. Candy gets into playing secret … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stalker (1979)

SYNOPSIS: “Near a grey and unnamed city is The Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife’s objections, a man rises in the early morning and leaves her with their disabled daughter to meet two men. He’s a Stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into The Zone to The Room, a place where one’s secret hopes come true. His … Continue reading

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Film Review: Zotz! (1962)

SYNOPSIS: “Jonathan Jones, a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription, which gives him three powers: to inflict pain, slow down time or kill. Soon, he’s pursued by enemy spies who have learned about the magic coin.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: United States naval captain Walter Karig was also a prolific author, writing a number of reference books about naval operations during World War Two, as well as … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sisters (1973)

SYNOPSIS: “Grace Collier is a columnist with the Staten Island Panorama. She generally works on fluff pieces, but on occasion is allowed to do hard hitting stories which she prefers. From her apartment window one morning, she sees what she is certain is the stabbing murder of a black man by a white woman in an apartment across the way, the black man, seeing her, who tried to scrawl the word ‘help’ in his own … Continue reading

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Film Review: Homicidal (1961)

SYNOPSIS: “Miriam Webster is happy when her half brother Warren and their childhood nanny Helga, now partly paralysed and unable to speak, return to the United States after a lengthy stay in Europe. Warren will soon turn twenty-one and will inherit their father’s $10 million estate and although she will get nothing – their father’s will specified that only a male heir could inherit – she’s happy in her circumstances. One person she doesn’t like … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mad Max II The Road Warrior (1981)

SYNOPSIS: “Roaming the highways of post-apocalyptic Australia, years after he avenged his wife and son and his partner who were murdered by the motorcycle gang led by the evil Toecutter. Burnt out former Australian policeman Max Rockatansky, now known as ‘The Road Warrior’ searching for sources of fuel, stumbles upon a gasoline refinery home to a community of survivors who are struggling for survival and finds the community is being terrorized by a band of … Continue reading

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Film Review: 13 Ghosts (1960)

SYNOPSIS: “Cyrus Zorba works at a local museum but is having trouble providing for his wife and two children. Their furniture has just been repossessed and they’re not too sure what they’re going to do when lawyer Ben Rush tells Buck his late uncle, a Doctor Zorba, has recently died and left him his house. The doctor, they are told, had perfected a way to collect ghosts. There are currently twelve living in the house, … Continue reading

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Film Review: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: “Two fugitive brothers at gunpoint get an ex-minister and his two children to take them across the border into Mexico. They drive to a Mexican biker bar to rendezvous with other crooks. While at the bar, a few unusual things happen.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: On the lam from the law, ruthless desperadoes Seth and Richie Gecko (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino) coerce an ex-preacher (Harvey Keitel) and his kids (Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu) … 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)