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Started by Liz E. Last reply by Liz E Nov 18, 2013.
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 4, 2013.
Started by Steph S. Feb 13, 2012.
Dear Mr. James M. Martin, I need to contact you about Tod Slaughter. I tried to send you a MP, but without success...
Jean-Claude Michel, France
Hey, I thought I'd mention that I have a vampire short story book on Kindle. There's also one Lovecrafty tale thrown in there, too.
Here it is if you want to take a look at it.
To me, the zombie thing is sort of like Invasion of the Body Snatchers on steroids, only it isn't the same McCarthyite aliens planting seed pods that serve as exotropic foetuses in vegetative states; no, today, it's zombies. And the message would seem a lot more nihilistic. One might see the zombies as religious fanatics, one supposes, but in any case they are a troubling trend in American thought.
Todd Slaughter as Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Not exactly, Steph. The first filmization of the popular melodrama, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was with Todd Slaughter, a beer and onions road show actor who chewed up scenery with greatest glee, always the villain, waxy mustache and all. His movies only showed up at 3 a.m. and I rented 35mm prints of such as Maria Marten and Murder in the Red Barn and screened them at Royce Hall, UCLA. That was how I met Dr. Reed. The Depp was the musical version with Sondheim lyrics, but there is a non-musical version out there, too. But the one I mean was made in 1936 and was titled Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
This would be as good a place as one might find to relate my memories of The Count Dracula Society, the late Forrest Ackerman and other incidents. I have wanted to write a memoir of Los Angeles in the 60s. I may still do it. I've only today begun to appreciate some of the people I met through the CDS, including Harlan Ellison. Dr. Donald Reed steered the group toward giving me a special honor one year for the revival of the films of melodrama genius Todd Slaughter. Lo and behold, Mr. Sondheim realized the potentialities in Todd's signature picture, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Todd was high camp.
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