Vampira fans and film lovers check this out/From Odd Ball Films in San FranciscoWed, October 24, 2007 - 5:15 PM
>> Hello film lovers:
>> This Friday, October 26th we'll be screening
>> "Vampira: The Documentary" by NY ilmmaker
>> Kevin Sean Michaels.
>> We'll also be screening a offbeat gems from
>> notorious cult film director
>> J.X. Williams.
>> Info is below and attached.
>> We hope to see you here.
>> Best regards,
>> Stephen Parr
>> Oddball Films
>> 275 Capp Street
>> San Francisco, CA 94110
>> p 415.558.8117
>> f 415.558.8116
>> For Immediate Release
>> Event: Oddball Film+Video presents the West Coast
>> premiere of "Vampira:
>> The Movie" a documentary profile of B-Movie "glamour
>> ghoul" Maila Numi
>> directed by Kevin Sean Michaels. "Vampira" features
>> fetish queen Julie
>> Strain, Forrest ("Famous Monsters of Movieland")
>> Akerman, "Elvira" Peterson
>> and more. Plus "The Virgin Sacrifice", cult director
>> JX Williams
>> sex/gore/horror short and "The Haunted Mouth"
>> starring the late Caesar ("The
>> Joker" on TV's Batman) Romero and horror trailers.
>> Date: Friday, October 26th at 8:30PM
>> Venue: Oddball Film+Video, 275 Capp Street, San
>> Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating, RSVP Only.
>> RSVP: email@example.com or phone the archive at
>> "Vampira: The Movie"
>> Premieres at Oddball Films
>> Get ready all you gothic horror hounds! On Friday,
>> October 26th Oddball
>> Films Presents Kevin Sean Michael's West Coast
>> premiere of "Vampira: The
>> Movie" a documentary profile of "glamour ghoul" and
>> B-Movie star Maila
>> Nurmi. Also screening will be legendary filmmaker JX
>> Williams's sex
>> cult/horror short "The Virgin Sacrifice"(1965) and
>> "The Haunted Mouth",
>> starring Caesar ("The Joker" on Batman) Romeo.
>> Showtime is 8:30PM,
>> Admission is $10.00. Limited Seating. RSVP Only to:
>> firstname.lastname@example.org or
>> call 415.558.8117.
>> >From pin-up to TV star to B-Movie icon, Maila Nurmi
>> has been to hell and
>> back. Kevin Sean Michaels' new documentary
>> documents a classic 15 minutes
>> of fame story as it chronicles the pitfalls of Maila
>> Nurmi living on the
>> edge of show business to her rise to celluloid
>> cultdom 50 years later.
>> Her big break came in 1954 when she played the
>> "glamour ghoul" Vampira,
>> wandering through a hallway of mist and cobwebs to
>> great her weekly viewers
>> on the new medium called television.
>> Her newfound fame led her to pal around with
>> Hollywood's bad boys including
>> Marlon Brando, James Dean and "Psycho" star Anthony
>> Perkins. After her show
>> was abruptly cancelled she appeared as Vampira again
>> in the 1956 low-budget
>> horror/sci-fi film. "Plan Nine From Outer
>> Space"(dubbed the "Worst film of
>> all time") directed by Ed Wood. But you can't keep a
>> good vampire down and
>> Nurmi's character rose from the dead again in 1993's
>> "Ed Wood", directed by
>> Tim Burton. The movie renewed interest in her and
>> she has achieved a Betty
>> Page-like cult status ever since.
>> "Vampira: The Movie" features interviews with Maila
>> "Vampira" Nurmi, Sid
>> Haig, cult siren Julie Strain, Kevin Eastman,
>> Forrest ("Famous Monsters of
>> Movieland") Ackerman, Fangoria TV's Debbie Rochon,
>> Zacherley, Troma's Lloyd
>> Kaufman, Bill Moseley, Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson,
>> Jerry Only of the punk
>> rock band The Misfits, Count Smokula, horror
>> historian David J. Skal and
>> other horror hosts. The film's score was written and
>> performed by Ari
>> Lehman, the first Jason of "Friday The 13th".
>> Plus: A rare screening of cult/gore/schlockmeister
>> J.X. Williams feature
>> fragment "The Virgin Sacrifice" (Color, 1969). "Shit
>> happens. With 'Virgin'
>> you could just feel the vapor of evil clouding the
>> set. It didn't help that
>> our chief investor was a ranking member of the
>> Church of Satan, In the end,
>> we tallied three OD's, a maimed-for-life set
>> designer, bankruptcy, and a car
>> bombing (sort of). Even the film disappeared. Not
>> just the prints. The film
>> lab burnt down and we lost the negative. All I've
>> got is the nine minute
>> opening and the sound-sync is fucked."
>> -J.X. Williams* (from his forthcoming biography "The
>> Big Footnote")
>> Also: "The Haunted Mouth", a creepy kids film
>> starring Cesar (The Joker on
>> TV's "Batman") Romeo in which the spirit of plaque
>> warns children against
>> the dangers of not brushing and flossing.
>> *Read the J.X. Williams piece in the New York Times:
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