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.
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.
Last weekend Felix and his friend Hywel Phillips from Restrained Elegance dropped by my farm with their respective models Paris and Jasmine Sinclair. Felix and Hywel tied the girls up and took a few pictures before deciding to take a short break to scout locations. Being bored sitting around bound, the girls agreed to come with me out to the milk shed. Apparently they thought I had milk cows. I don’t, but I do have the equipment and proceeded to demonstrate its use. I don’t know about Paris, but Jasmine did not at first seem entirely enthusiastic. I, on the other hand, found it quite enjoyable.
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.
It is funny how some women are deathly afraid of spiders—even little ones. One of my patients had such a fear of them that I decided to cure her of it once and for all. I took her to the “Big Spider Cave” near my clinic and left her there overnight. The name is a misnomer: the cave isn’t really all that big.
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.”
One of my favourite films is the classic noir Laura in which a lovely lady named Laura is reported murdered and a detective (played by Dana Andrews, perhaps best known for the classics Crack in the World and Night of the Demon) sent to investigate falls in love with her from staring at her portrait. Here you can see exactly what it was about her portrait that affected him so strongly.