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November 17, 2008

Posted by Jim Macdonald at 06:46 PM * 25 comments

I am stunned into near-silence. Nudist Colony of the Dead is a musical.

Comments on Amazement:
#1 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 06:57 PM: that OUR Forrest J. Ackerman as Judge Rhinehole?

This actually sounds like it might be fun.

#2 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 07:04 PM:

That is, indeed, our 4E as Judge Rhinehole.

It actually is fun.

#3 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 07:30 PM:

Based on The Naked And The Dead?

#4 ::: sabrina ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 09:32 PM:

It's also the single weirdest wedding present we received.

My boyfriend from back in high school found our wedding registry (on Amazon, natch) and I think set out to buy the strangest thing on it. Let's just say he succeeded. It's predictable, low-brow, and horrendously racist in bits, and kind of hilarious anyway.

#5 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 09:53 PM:


#6 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 10:05 PM:


#7 ::: HP ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 10:35 PM: that OUR Forrest J. Ackerman as Judge Rhinehole?

Actually, I think it's probably MY Forrest J. Ackerman.

There are in fact two Forrest J. Ackermen, who occupy the same space simultaneously -- there's 4E, the Ackerman of Science Fiction Fandom, and then there's Dr. Ackula, of Famous Monsters of Filmland, beloved of Monster Kids everywhere, the Ackerman of Horror Movie Fandom.

I find it amusing, as someone who occasionally traverses the rift between discrete fan continua, that there are two distinct, non-overlapping fandomains who both regard Forrest J. Ackerman with the same mix of awe and shame, while being largely unaware of his significance to other fandoms.

#8 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 11:25 PM:

In my youth I used to read Famous Monsters of Filmland, and I had his how-to movie monster makeup book.

This is also the second (or perhaps third) Mark Pirro movie that I've seen. I've know I've seen Curse of the Queerwolf (again featuring 4E). (Plot summary: Raging homophobe Larry Smalbut is bitten by a queerwolf and thus becomes gay every month when the moon is full.)

It's entirely possible that I also saw Death Row Game Show back when I was in the Fleet. The year is right, and the production values are right, for a Fleet Flick. It's just ... well, memory fades.

#9 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2008, 11:59 PM:

Forry came here to KC at least twice and made many great and steadfast friends here.

Due to a last minute glitch at our SF Film Festival several years ago, I even got to drive him to an event. (Rush hour, person who was to pick him up and deliver him in a loaned hearse has the hearse crap out seriously.)

We had a nice car--Bonneville, and the person in our household who drove it to work and back got home just as I got the call. I picked Forry up from the hotel that was close to our house in Midtown and took him out to the festival theater in Independence, MO.

He is a very gracious, pleasant person.

#10 ::: Tom Barclay ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 12:02 AM:

The question must be asked; is 4E in SAG or in AFTRA?

#11 ::: Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 12:07 AM:

I met Forry because Jim Daugherty used to give me duplicate copies of his Famous Monsters and so introduced me.

I met Jim Daugherty because of SF Fandom.

So I straddle those two worlds. Because of Forrey, Bob Clampett used to play babysitter for me when there were public functions at which my folks wanted to go to events I didn't (this is not as cool as my ex-girlfriend who used to have Danny Thomas as her babysitter, but we can't all be that special.

It was a good time to be a nine-12 year old in LA area fandom.

#12 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 04:01 AM:

And there I was thinking my NaNoWriMo efforts were weird.

#13 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 10:52 AM:

HP, #7: What in the world makes you think that we're ashamed of Forry, to any degree at all?

#14 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 11:19 AM:

If I haven't mentioned it before, I highly recommend Cannibal: The Musical, about the life and times of Alferd Packer. Written and directed by Trey Parker, and featuring such great songs as "Let's build a Snowman!" and "Hang the Bastard High".

#15 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 11:39 AM:

The differences between Cannibal: The Musical and this effort are a) Cannibal has much higher production values, and b) Trey Parker is actually talented.

#16 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 11:58 AM:

"Hang the Bastard High" is also a song from Candide, I think...

I choose to read JDMcD's original post in the sense of "HOW could anyone RUIN this GREAT WORK OF TRAGIC THEATRE by turning it into a MUSICAL??"

#17 ::: Ken Brown ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 02:08 PM:

Lee #13: "What in the world makes you think that we're ashamed of Forry, to any degree at all?"

Oh we're not ashamed of Forry. But we don't want our elderly, frail, respectable, Presbyterian aunts to know what we read about him in those, er, novels by Phil Farmer. Or that we were reading them at all. Certainly not at THAT age.

#18 ::: Jamie ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 02:15 PM:

Cannibal: The Musical is a Troma production. The same people who did The Toxic Avenger movies, for certain values there of.

#19 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 03:05 PM:

Ading to the amazement...


46400 words


“Helen...” She noticed the change “I'm talking like it's all settled.”

“Charlie...” She paused. “It is settled.” She twisted around and kissed him.


But there are clowns.

#20 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 06:21 PM:

But where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year.

#21 ::: Cowboy Diva ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2008, 07:12 PM:

don't bother; they're here.

#22 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: November 19, 2008, 05:35 AM:

The chase sequence is going to involve an impromptu flying trapeze act.

#23 ::: raindog ::: (view all by) ::: November 19, 2008, 06:15 PM:

The quality of this production all depends on the hotness factors of the actresses.

#24 ::: Lenora Rose ::: (view all by) ::: November 21, 2008, 01:14 PM:

23: Unless, as it happens, you are of a persuasion where it is dependant on the hotness of the male actors....

... or both.

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