Tag Archives: Damsels in Distress

The Evil Queen

Rehearsals on Snow White and the Huntsman were often done on cheaper sets before the costuming for the minor characters had been finalized. Hence we see in this rare still the actress Charlize Theron in full costume on a cheap wooden set, the extra behind her not yet outfitted. The poor girl was sweating so profusely under the hot studio lights she opted for nearly the minimum clothing possible (keeping the panties was a wise choice given the cheap scratchy brown rope). By the time shooting began, the scene was cut from the script, whence this photo has not been published until now.

The Black Cat

Another never finished production was an R-rated version of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat starring Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet fresh from their appearance in Titanic. The advertising campaign was all laid out: “The Titanic stars of the screen now appearing in a Titanic tale of terror by the Titan of Terror himself.” Unfortunately, an earthquake destroyed the sets and the production company could not raise enough to rebuild them and the film was never completed. Winslet acquired the only footage of the scene pictured here and destroyed it, feeling that her writhing was more erotic than horrifying.

Andromeda in the Black Lagoon

At last it can be revealed: Here is a still from the never finished production of Andromeda in the Black Lagoon, which was to star Tuesday Weld. Legal difficulties with Universal over the appropriateness of the Creature from the Black Lagoon being seen with a topless actress eventually halted the production. A remake of The Creature from the Black Lagoon is planned and we hope the new version will not be so shy when it comes to the female form divine.

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.”