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29th September 2014

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The original sketch of #AprilAshley by #benyoudan - #portrait now hangs in #museumofliverpool but I did always love the sketch #trans #icon #lgbt #60s #glamour #Liverpool #queericulum #transsexual #model #gay #queer #art

The original sketch of #AprilAshley by #benyoudan - #portrait now hangs in #museumofliverpool but I did always love the sketch #trans #icon #lgbt #60s #glamour #Liverpool #queericulum #transsexual #model #gay #queer #art

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27th September 2014

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Emergency supplies for tonight #Kylie #Madonna #therapy #kissmeoncetour #unapologeticbitch #rebelheart #gay cure for everything

Emergency supplies for tonight #Kylie #Madonna #therapy #kissmeoncetour #unapologeticbitch #rebelheart #gay cure for everything

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27th September 2014

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Dead Famous #glitter #skull welcoming them in at #evilshop #Liverpool #artist #benyoudan #punk #glamour #sequins #collage #art #artforfreedom

Dead Famous #glitter #skull welcoming them in at #evilshop #Liverpool #artist #benyoudan #punk #glamour #sequins #collage #art #artforfreedom

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27th September 2014

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#leather #queen flyers have arrived! Prepare to find them in #gay #bars and #clubs across the land! #evilshop #punk #queer #art by #Liverpool #artist #benyoudan

#leather #queen flyers have arrived! Prepare to find them in #gay #bars and #clubs across the land! #evilshop #punk #queer #art by #Liverpool #artist #benyoudan

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24th September 2014

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THE DARK ASCENDING

Every now and then I like to step away from the flesh-ripping gore of modern horror, the tits and ass sleaze of the 70s, and venture back to a time when horror was something deeper. I’m not saying there aren’t layers to today’s horror offerings - well, most of them are one note but there are gems to be found. But nothing gives you that little chill, that little bit of unsettling under the skin like the (mainly British) ghost stories from the 50s and 60s.

This week I found myself watching Night of the Demon and The Innocents.

Night of the Demon (1957) offers Dennis Wheatley-style tally-ho thrills that immediately made me think of my dad. As a burgeoning horror nut and writer I was allowed to watch certain films before even puberty. Hammer horror, Universal monster movies and a couple of haunted house shockers. The Devil Rides Out was one of them and Night of the Demon reminded me much of that. Satanism in the upper echelons of countryside society, races against time to cast the devil out, you know the drill.

Afterwards I asked my Dad and he’d seen it, as expected, and loved it.

Not even the ‘of its time’ superimposed demon floating through the night sky after our heroes could take me out of the film’s grip. “IT’S IN THE TREES! IT’S COMING!” A line actually used by Kate Bush in Hounds of Love. And boy was it in the trees. Fans of Sam Raimi’s roller coaster frightener ‘Drag Me To Hell’ could do well to look this one up - clearly he watched this and paid a LOT of attention.

I got my hands on an Italian Blu Ray version and it was glorious to watch. There’s something about that monochrome mist that makes you shudder and this one had it in spades.

Even more chilling was The Innocents (1961). I’d seen this one years ago but this viewing felt like my first time. And it sounded that way as a certain scene made me shriek and scare the other half out of his skin. Governess Deborah Kerr thrown in at the deep end in a haunted house with two VERY creepy charges playing in the night with an unseen force. Only it doesn’t stay unseen for long and what this film does really well is deliver on the creaky pre-amble. Faces at the window, figures floating on reedy marshes, and not a spot of CGI to be had (or invented for a good 40 years).

There’s something about these films that’s as British as Vaughan Williams. Maybe it’s the settings - the foggy streets of London, the rolling countryside tinged with haunted melancholy, the stiff upper lip gumption of the characters. The Innocents in particular is the kind of haunted house movie you couldn’t set anywhere but old Blighty.

I was disappointed to find out the location - a rambling country manor - was actually a set. My hopes of swishing around the place in a nightgown with a candelabra were cruelly dashed. Sigh.

If you haven’t seen Night of the Demon OR The Innocents I heartily recommend them both. Sometimes you can’t beat a good old fashioned romp or ghost story with the lights out, the candles lit, and a cup of tea dangerously close to being thrown over your lap in a moment of unexpected terror.

It is the season for it. Roll on Halloween!

Tagged: Horror moviesHorrorFilmReviewFilm ReviewClassicHalloweenGhostsSatanGhost storiesGothic

23rd September 2014

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Now that’s what I call a party #books #literature #lgbt #gay #trans #history #queericulum

Now that’s what I call a party #books #literature #lgbt #gay #trans #history #queericulum

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23rd September 2014

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My portrait of Joan Collins as Alexis Colby - now seen and loved by the lady herself!

benyoudan:

My portrait of Joan Collins as Alexis Colby - now seen and loved by the lady herself!

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23rd September 2014

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#JoanCollins herself saw this #portrait by #benyoudan at #evilshop and loved it! #art #camp #gay #glamour #80s #soap #star #icon commission your own email evilshopliverpool@gmail.com

#JoanCollins herself saw this #portrait by #benyoudan at #evilshop and loved it! #art #camp #gay #glamour #80s #soap #star #icon commission your own email evilshopliverpool@gmail.com

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21st September 2014

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In the #gothic #horror #classic #movie mood tonight. But which one shall I watch? Decisions…

In the #gothic #horror #classic #movie mood tonight. But which one shall I watch? Decisions…

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21st September 2014

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#evilshop #artist #benyoudan and his hot #lesbian #harem THEY WILL CUT A BITCH #gay #punk #queer #art #design #photography #Liverpool #artforfreedom

#evilshop #artist #benyoudan and his hot #lesbian #harem THEY WILL CUT A BITCH #gay #punk #queer #art #design #photography #Liverpool #artforfreedom

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