Tag Archives: Damsels in Distress

Art of Bondage

In a scene cut from the movie The House of Usher, Roderick Usher, played by Vincent Price, shows his guest portraits of two of his lady friends. The portraits are actually of women who appeared in movies with Price, The painting on the left is from The Haunted Palace and the one on the right is of Barbara Steele, who appeared with Price in The Pit and the Pendulum. This would have been a great little in-joke had the producers been able to secure permission to use the images. For chronological reasons this proved to be impossible and the scene was cut from the film.

Discipline Day at the Clinic

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Dr. Craig’s Psychiatric Hospital for Troubled Women is noted for the humane treatment of its inmates. Thus we employ female guards orderlies for the comfort of our prisoners clients. Our treatment is firm, but fair. In the photograph above you see one of the more troublesome inmates being firmly but fairly disciplined for an infraction of the rules, all under the watchful eyes of two members of our staff.

Buffy Meets Elvira

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My favourite episode of Buffy the Vampire Killer was the one in which Elvira made a guest appearance as the horror hostess whom Buffy mistakes for a genuine witch. This, I believe, was the first episode revealing that Buffy had converted her basement into a torture chamber where she would extract information from captive vampires in her ongoing fight against the forces of evil.

Dunking for Donuts

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Jasmine Sinclair is usually a good sport about being chained up, but when she saw the biohazard symbol on the wall by my swimming pool she got a bit nervous. I assured her that she had nothing to worry about: all the bacteria must have been killed when I accidentally spilled some radioactive waste in the water a week earlier. “Look,” I said, “you can still see the glow in some spots.”