WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-APRIL, 2015-SARAH FRENCH

Photo by Cory Willaby

Photo by Cory Willaby

You know what makes it so easy to write about this month’s featured Scream Queen, Sarah French? I mean aside from the obvious fact that she’s drop-dead gorgeous with a side order of sexy to go with it; it’s because she is a 100% Bona Fide Scream Queen and that is the facts. I don’t have to include a line that says something like “outside the horror, thriller or fantasy genre her credits include…”-nope, none of that. When speaking with Sarah to ask about what photo I could use for this article she said to me-and I quote-“I live for horror!” Yes ma’am you do!

Sarah French (with Sara Paxton) in Killer Biker Chicks

Sarah French (with Sara Plotkin) in Killer Biker Chicks

Sarah French was born in Melrose, Minnesota on April 22, 1982. She got into modeling after being discovered at a metal concert and began using the stage name Scarlet Salem. As Scarlet she has appeared in the short films You’re Next 3: Pajama Party Massacre (2007) and The Alphabet of Sex (2008) as well as Tales of the Dead and Trinity (both from 2008). She went back to short films for Higher Purpose (again from 2008) before appearing in Killer Biker Chicks, The City, Unholy Reunion, Terror Overload, Living Arrangements, Incest Death Squad and Camp Kill in 2009. 2010 saw her take it a bit easy by only appearing in two films released that year, Strip Club Slasher and Night on Has Been Mountain. In 2011 she starred in In Harm’s Way and Shriek of the Sasquatch. In 2012 she starred in Dropping Evil and her final appearance as Scarlet Salem was in 2014 with The Half-Life Horror from Hell or: Irradiated Satan Rocks the World!

Under her real name Sarah has kept herself as busy as ever by starring in Necrostalgic, Opposite Blood and the short Daddy-O Died So That Love Could Live (all 2012 releases). Taking a break in 2013 she was back with a vengeance in 2014 with Zombie Pirates, Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead and The Bitch That Cried Wolf. The year 2015 sees her in American Rescue Squad, the short Twiztid: Boogieman and Insectula! Bad Habit, Chainsaw Maidens, A Cursed Coven and Zombie Dolls are in post-production; Bite School is filming and Beautiful Nightmare, Marilyn: Zombie Hunter and Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead 2 have been announced. In between this busy schedule Sarah has found the time to do the little things like eating, breathing and sleeping. Holy Horrors, Batman! This girl has been busy!

It is with great pleasure that I present to you the Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month for April, 2015: the beautiful Sarah French!

Sarah French (with Joe Knetter) in Terror Overload

Sarah French (with Joe Knetter) in Terror Overload

FRENCH KISSES

Her nickname is Frenchy

She’s 5′ 4″

Loved metal music since she was in eighth grade.

Doesn’t have any piercings or tattoos because she’s afraid of needles.

Started making home movies (horror mainly) with friends when she was age 15.

Has two bunnies, Zeus(Dutch) and Cadbury(English).

Is in a relationship with author, actor, screenwriter Joe Knetter who played the killer in her first movie Pajama Party Massacre.

Sarah (as Scarlet Salem) as a redhead.

Sarah (as Scarlet Salem) as a redhead.

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ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Easily one of my favorite movies of all time. I also am a huge fan of Hannibal the series which stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. In fact, I may do an A-P-S on that show one of these days.

As for now rub some lotion on your skin and enjoy the posters. Don’t make me get the hose.

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

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We Buy Your Kids

We Buy Your Kids

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Ken Taylor

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ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

This weeks APS is by request of darkenwulfbytes. Although the request was for alt-posters from the original Tobe Hooper classic; I threw in a few from some of the other films in the franchise as well. As always I hope you all enjoy them.

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Adam Rabalais

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Alisdair Cassells

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Bernie Wrightson

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Creative Sparks

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Crystian Aguilar

Florian Bertmer

Florian Bertmer

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Huston

Jason Edmiston

Jason Edmiston

Jason Edmiston

Jason Edmiston

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johnnymex

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COLD PREY IS A HOT LITTLE ADDITION TO THE SLASHER GENRE

COLD PREY-Norway-97 Mins. 2006

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Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Jannicke; Rolf Kristian Larsen as Morten Tobias; Viktoria Winge as Ingunn: Tomas Alf Larsen as Eirik; Endre Martin Midtstigen as Mikal in Cold Prey

Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Jannicke; Rolf Kristian Larsen as Morten Tobias; Viktoria Winge as Ingunn: Tomas Alf Larsen as Eirik; Endre Martin Midtstigen as Mikal in Cold Prey

Directed by Roar Uthaug.

Story by Thomas Moldestad, Martin Sundland and Roar Uthaug.

From an idea by Jan Eirik Langoen and Magne Lyngner.

Five friends on a skiing excursion to the Jotunheimen Mountains in southern Norway are slaughtered one by one by a relentless killer. After a member of the quintet is injured they take refuge in a ski lodge that, at first glance, hasn’t been used in 30 years. Appearances, as it is said, can be deceiving as they soon realize that they are not as alone as they are lead to believe.

The first thing that I noticed about Cold Prey was that it plays out like any typical slasher film: take a mix of young people, drinking, sex/making out and throw a masked/hooded silent killer into the mix to pick them all off in ‘And Then There Were None’ style until it is down to the final girl and her brave battle with the brute.

The second thing that I noticed was that I was reminded a lot of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Perhaps it was the snowy, isolated setting and that the killer wields a pickaxe similar to the way Jack Nicholson swung that axe. It certainly doesn’t help that the number on one of the rooms in the lodge is 237. I can assure you that this was not accidental.

The third and final thing that I noticed was that, despite an overused plot, Cold Prey is filled with good acting and characters that, for the most part, are surprisingly intelligent in their way of figuring out a chance for survival. Cold Prey may play out like a typical slasher movie but I will guarantee you that it is a damn good typical slasher movie. Leave it to those crazy Norwegians.

NO TRIVIA

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Ingrid Bolsø Berdal also appears in Chernobyl Diaries and Hercules.

Tomas Alf Larsen also appears in Trollhunter and It’s Only Make Believe.

Rolf Kristian Larsen also appears in Max Manus: Man of War and I Travel Alone.

Viktoria Winge also appears in Reprise and Scratch.

Endre Martin Midtstigen also appears in Cold Prey 2.

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ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

It’s always fun to add a film I remember seeing as a kid and then loving as an adult to the ever-growing ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT. Creature from the Black Lagoon is that type of movie. Enjoy.

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

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Rocket57

Richey Beckett

Richey Beckett

Nathan Watson

Nathan Watson

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Laurent Durieux

Laurent Durieux

Laurent Durieux

Laurent Durieux

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor

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Jay Shaw

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Francesco Francavilla

Francesco Francavilla

Don Ramos

Don Ramos

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Christopher Franchi

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MISS MEADOWS PUTS A GUN IN THE HAND OF A BLISSFUL KATIE HOLMES

MISS MEADOWS-United States-88 Mins. 2014

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Katie Holmes as Miss Meadows in Miss Meadows

Katie Holmes as Miss Meadows in Miss Meadows

James Badge Dale as Sheriff in Miss Meadows

James Badge Dale as Sheriff in Miss Meadows

Jean Smart as Mother Meadows in Miss Meadows

Jean Smart as Mother Meadows in Miss Meadows

Written and Directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins

I bought this movie on DVD and to be honest I can’t put my finger on any one particular reason as to why. I’m not a Katie Holmes fan. I don’t dislike her; I have no opinion one way or the other about her. She was okay in Batman Begins and slightly better in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the two films that I saw her in before Miss Meadows. What that means is that I don’t have very much to judge her performance in the film by. That’s okay because I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that her role as Miss Meadows may very well be the best role of her career.

Miss Meadows, a substitute schoolteacher by trade, is a woman of proper manners and style. She wears dresses in the fashion of a little girl and taps on the bottoms of her shoes. She walks the streets of her neighborhood reading poetry and breaking into dance as the birds chirp, the squirrels eye her with curiosity and deer run along in the grass beside her. However, to quote an 80’s hair metal band “every rose has its thorn” and Miss Meadows is no exception; upset the peacefulness of her neighborhood or bring harm to the children in her care and she will not hesitate to whip her cute little gun out of her cute little purse and blow your ass away. Just ask the guy that tries to force her into his truck at gunpoint or the guy that robbed the Top Dowg and killed everyone inside or the child-molesting priest what she is capable of. Oh, wait; you can’t because they’re dead and she killed them.

Miss Meadow’s perfect world as a gun-toting Miss Manners begins to slowly unravel when she meets and falls in love with the sheriff and it becomes abundantly clear to him that she is not the woman that she appears to be. Love is grand and so what’s a poor boy to do; marry her or arrest her? It is also noteworthy that filmmaker Karen Leigh Hopkins has the good sense to peel back the curtain on Miss Meadows childhood so that we may see what events have shaped her life.

I previously stated that the role of Miss Meadows may be the best role of Katie Holmes career and I stand by that statement. Holmes brings a gleeful mischief to her part that I found to be a delight to watch. My question is was she thinking of ex-husband Tom Cruise when she was filling bad guys with bullets? It would have been a good motivation. Also let’s not forget James Badge Dale as sheriff. Since his role as Trooper Barrigan in The Departed he has proven time and again that he can play both sides of the law effectively.

Is there a message to Miss Meadows? Beats me; if there is perhaps it is that no one is what they seem or maybe even that there is a thin line that separates vigilantes from criminals. Then again maybe it’s not about either of those things at all. Maybe it is merely about a proper woman (who I must admit being somewhat turned on by; there, I said it) who wants to make a difference in the world-one bullet at a time.

TRIVIA

The cat at the end of the movie is named Yeppers. She lives in the Tremont Historic District of Cleveland where a lot of the movie was filmed.

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Katie Holmes also appears in Batman Begins and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

James Badge Dale also appears in The Departed and World War Z.

Jean Smart also appears in Youth in Revolt and Sweet Home Alabama.

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ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: PSYCHO

How could I not have a Hitchcock film featured on ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT? How could that film not be Psycho? We all go a little mad sometimes; mad for awesome alt-posters, that is.

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: PSYCHO

Adam Rabalais

Adam Rabalais

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Alain Bossuyt

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Benedict Woodhead

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David O’Daniel

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Edward J. Moran

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Laz Marquez

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Matt Guillen

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Screech-Primus

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