Friday, June 29, 2018

Ready, Set, Gofer!

The Bride needs a functioning ticker
To provide, here's a punk who's much sicker
Send Karl off at once
He's a gnarly old dunce
Played by Frye, finest flunky of flicker.

David Cairns

Dwight Frye, Colin Clive, and Ernest Thesiger in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale; 1935).

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Too Darn Thoth

His wrapping in tatters a-dangle,
He's happy to batter and mangle.
Exposed and half-dressed,
She shows off her chest,
Which flaps at a flattering angle.

Eddie Powell carries Maggie Kimberly in The Mummy's Shroud (John Gilling; 1967). Title by that darn David Cairns.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A May-Dismember Relationship

His bones creak and crack when he walks
His moans freak the stacked one he stalks
When he gropes for a clinch
He needs ropes and a winch
So, alone, wrapped in sack-cloth, he gawks.

 David Cairns

Maggie Kimberly and Eddie Powell (as the Mummy, right) in a lobby card for The Mummy's Shroud (John Gilling; 1967).

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Sewer Thing

Down the drains is a shade who's gauze-wrapped
When this ancient sees ladies he's rapt
He's no catch, to be sure
Down the hatch, in the sewer
He's all stained cause he wades where we crapped.

David Cairns

Dickie Owen and Jeanne Roland in The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (Michael Carreras; 1964).

Monday, June 25, 2018

Flushed With Passion

He flees with this dish in the sewer
He sees she's delish, thinks he'll do her
But he's terribly old
His scarab's grown cold
And, wheezing, he'll wish he was newer.

Dickie Owen as the Mummy Ra-Antef, carries Jeanne Roland in The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (Michael Carreras; 1964). Title by four-flusher David Cairns.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Dwight Hand Man

Mad medics in need of a limb,
Hire ready men, greedy and grim
This loser, a brute
Is gruesome, not cute
Incredibly seedy and dim.

Dim-witted Karl (Dwight Frye) is startled in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale; 1935). Title by Dwight-handed David Cairns.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Bum, Wrapped

Back from death comes a creaking old mummy
Looking weathered, it's reeking and scummy
Shorn of tongue, never talks
While a young maid it stalks
Spewing breath that's unspeakably crummy.

Surly Hack with Donald B. Benson

Yvonne Furneaux is carried away by Christopher Lee in The Mummy (Terence Fisher; 1959), the first of four Mummy films from Hammer Films.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Crypt Peeper

He's ragged and musty, unspeaking
She gags in disgust then starts shrieking
The Mummy in gauze
Keeps coming, won't pause--
Her magnified bustline he's seeking.

Eddie Powell pursues Maggie Kimberly in The Mummy's Shroud (John Gilling; 1967).

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Pharaoh Lady

Never plunder sarcophagi rooms
Such a blunder most often spells doom
Refrain from a break in
Or ancients awaken
Like these wondrous and boffo bazooms.

In Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (Seth Holt; 1971), Valerie Leon is endowed with dual roles.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Pyramid Screams

Near Luxor, a burial scene
Dumb schmucks there would dare intervene
They pry into tomb,
And cry "Va va voom!
A buxom and scary old queen!"

Surly Hack and Donald B. Benson

Valerie Leon as Queen Tera in Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (Seth Holt; 1971).

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Thin Dwight Crook

When the gallows is robbed in the night
And the hallowed earth's lobbed out of sight
There's one creep, lame and halt
That's to blame and at fault
It's that callow and hobbling Dwight!

David Cairns

Colin Clive and Dwight Frye excitedly eye the hanged man in Frankenstein (James Whale; 1931).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Olfactory Workers


Dead stagger like well-sozzled drunks 
Each rag-wearing fellow spelunks
Confined in the mine
You find you're not fine
You gag on the smell--then blow chunks.

The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rotten to the Pores

Its pace is more laggard than zippy,
Its face far too haggard and drippy.
Undead and unthinking,
Unsteady and stinking...
Disgracefully shaggy...a hippie?
No, it's not the Hippy Drippy Weatheredman. It's a walking corpse from The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Living Death Certificate


In declaring them dead I was hasty
Now their bearing's unsteady, skin pasty
Though I'm chilled to the marrow
Unlike films of Romero
I'm not scared that my head will prove tasty.

Doctor Peter Tompson (Brook Williams) is threatened by The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966. Title by certifiable David Cairns.

Monday, June 11, 2018


They're laid in the ground, but arise
Be afraid! From their mounds they surprise
Then, roused from their slumber
They drowsily lumber
Degraded, surrounded by flies.

David Cairns

Up from the grave comes The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966).

Friday, June 8, 2018

Henry and Goon

My irksome assistant's complaining
The jerk seems resistant to training
A bent-over fool
Demented and cruel
From work he's dismissed for bad-braining.

Dwight Frye, Colin Clive, and Boris Karloff or his stand-in in Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931).

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Working Dead

Were they dead, or indifferently dozing?
These much-dreaded big stiffs, so imposing
They've strayed from their graves
And been made into slaves
Now they headily whiff, decomposing.

David Cairns

The dead rise up--right up into the nostrils. The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Minimum Wage Slaves

They're common folk, working class slobs
Embalmed, but still lurking in mobs
These louts on the dole
Crawled out of a hole
Though zombified jerks, they need jobs.

The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966) is all about class and capitalism.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Working Stiffs

Once buried in graves, boxed in pine,
They make very good slaves in the mine.
Living dead, they don't shirk,
But come ready to work.
They don't scare during cave-ins, or whine.

Villagers are turned into a living dead labor force in The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966), recalling the sugarcane mill in the 1932 film White Zombie.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Out With the Old, In With the Nubile

On screen they've dispensed with restraint
Now clean gals and gents just seem quaint
Each sequence a quest
To peek girls undressed
The Breen era censors would faint!

Vampire Ingrid Pitt puts the bite on Madeline Smith in The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker; 1970), the first part of Hammer Films' so-called 'Karnstein Trilogy', gothic horror films which explicitly depict lesbian vampire themes.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Tease Play


This fright film is morbid and haunting
Its lightning-fueled horror most daunting
The "it" they create
Grows bitter, learns hate
Or might just be sore from the taunting.

Colin Clive and Dwight Frye face the off-camera Monster of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931).