Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ken Russell

Happy Birthday Ken Russell, director of some of the most influential horror films of the 70’s and 80’s, most notably the sex crazed demon possessed nun classic The Devils (’71) which launched a whole new wave of countless nunsploitation… also Altered States (’80), Gothic (’86), The Lair of the White Worm (’86), and of course the popular rock musical Tommy (’75.) Born this day in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1927.

9 comments:

Tenebrous Kate said...

Happy birthday, Mr. Russell!

"The Devils" angles for a top spot on the Tenebrous Top Ten Movies list. I will pour one out on the curb for his Ken-ness this very evening.

wolfkahn said...

I love his twisted films, especially "Lair of the White Worm." He had far too much fun with Freudian Symbolism.

Anonymous said...

Cinema has been blessed by his mad and glorious visions. A TRUE original!

The Vicar of VHS said...

Ken Russel--artist, visionary, thumbsucker.

Happy birthday to the father of Nunsploitation. Where would we be without it?

Anonymous said...

LOVE HIS FILMS.....YOU FORGOT TO MENTION WHORE WHICH IS ALSO ONE OF HIS BEST

Karswell said...

Is he sucking his thumb or giving the Italian equivalent to the finger?

Glad to see we have some Ken Russell fans here. I insist that tonight at midnight everyone simultaneously shoot a moutful of venom onto a wall crucifix in celebration!

The Vicar of VHS said...

Venom? :)

wolfkahn said...

lol, great LotWW reference. Sadly, I have neither venom nor a wall crucifix. Can I just devolve after mixing drugs ans sensory deprivation?

Karswell said...

>Can I just devolve after mixing drugs ans sensory deprivation?

Yes. Devolve... you've actually proven your de-evolution with your words about Creepshow over at Quasar Dragon. A most wise place to admit such a thing as here you would likely not survive the night.

>Venom?

Vicar, thou can shoot whatever thou wishes upon thy wall cross, the dirtier and more blasphemous the better actually...