Archive for William Shatner


Posted in FILM, literature, Mythology with tags , , , on November 1, 2014 by dcairns

Sabbat from David Cairns on Vimeo.

Surprisingly raunchy witches’ sabbat from LA LE DESTIN EXECRABLE DE GUILLEMETTE BABIN (1948).

Sadly, I am forced to reflect that a black mass or sabbat would not be as much fun in real life as the IDEA of one is. I can’t even see myself enjoying it as an onlooker. Uncomfortable, draughty, mainly.

An idea: William Shatner must and should record a spoken word album rendering of Rabbie Burns’ immortal witch poem Tam O’Shanter, said product to be called, inevitably but attractively, TAM O’SHATNER.


Happy Day of the Dead!


Your Stars, Today, 08.06.09

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by dcairns


Chalk another one up in my quest to see every film illustrated in Denis Gifford’s Pictorial History of Horror Movies.

From THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, a surprisingly faithful Italian-shot version of Richard Matheson’s classic novel of modern vampirism, I Am Legend. In terms of story and ideas, this would be the version the fans of the book want, except that Sidney Salkow directs with the dynamism of a dehydrated aspidistra, and Vincent Price is the universe’s least physical actor. The shots of him gangling about in the distance are pathetic in all the wrong senses of the word, and the montages of him staking vampires could be used in training films showing how not to swing a mallet. The survivalist protag needs to be played by someone able to suggest swagger and extremism: Shatner would’ve been a godsend.

Nevertheless, some interest is generated by the shambling nocturnal figures, so clearly a big influence on George Romero. He likes to claim it’s the novel that influenced him…