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Sunday, October 5, 2008

..and the winner is...

Phantom of the Paradise.. and YOU!

Yes.. I'm giving in and giving you all a treat this time - a brief respite from the usual jumping-out-of-your-seat frights that accompany a visit to Madblood Manorette with a thoroughly entertaining and all fun movie to eat your popcorn and drink your Sangre de Locos to. So sit back and relax (for the moment!) and marvel at the spectacle being served up in this razor-sharp (had to get a horrific image in there somehow) satire of the music business: it's an hilariously choreographed dance of music and mayhem as Paul Williams' impresario goes head-to-ummm.. mid-torso (?) with the always inspired William Finley as the sensitive artiste of the singer-songwriter variety.. stolen music, rigged contracts, true love, disfigurement and DEATH are all part of the toe-tappinest terror-show you'll ever see... And, actually - as horrific images go - you can't really discount the sight of Paul Williams rolling around on satin sheets with a bevy of beauties that include none other than the wonderful Cheryl 'Rainbeaux' Smith ! Now that's pretty scary to be sure (as illustrated in the fine lobby card seen above - which some lucky viewer will be taking home as a Mad-Raffle prize)...

You'll get all of this - and more - at tonight's Episode of The Son of Madblood!
(Including - but not limited to - the above lobby card and the below soundtrack.. don't miss the Mad-Raffle!)

2 comments:

SeMeN SPeRmS said...

Was the Paradise the same theater from the Styx album 'Paradise Theater' also referenced on 'Kilroy Was Here'?! The theater was a metaphor for the glory that was once Rock 'n Roll. Heavy.

I am The Son of Madblood said...

Although they are different theaters (Styx's being Chicago's Paradise Theater - closed and demolished in the late 50's - while the Paradise Theater of the movie was 'played' by Dallas, TX's Majestic) they are linked thematically: just as your stated Styx metaphor; similarly the idea for DePalma's Paradise was his experience of hearing a Beatles song transformed to muzak in an elevator and his sadness over the buying/selling/stealing of originality.. I would imagine DeYoung and Shaw being fans/followers of the movie..

Styx's "Paradise Theater" with it's laser-etched second side (such extravagance!) and "Kilroy was Here" were the last two Styx records I also signaled the end of me buying Styx records..

For us here at Madblood Manorette, however, Phantom of the Paradise is a metaphor for the glory that IS the Son of Madblood - because it's such an awesome movie..

(also - the electronic keyboard/studio where the Phantom records his opus is the TONTO!) more "fun facts" to follow...