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Friday, October 26, 2007

Glamour Ghoul: Vampira film Friday at Oddball Film+Video

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 8:01 AM

Vampira was a woman ahead of her time. Back in the 1950s, when many a gal was still kitchen-bound (not that there's anything wrong with that!), the TV horror hostess and B-movie legend had already discovered the joys of vamping it up. She sauntered through smoky hallways, sipped bubbling cocktails, and belted out one of the most legendary screams of all time.

Thank goodness the scream queen has finally found a man who can truly appreciate her. That would be New York filmmaker Kevin Sean Michaels, whose film Vampira: The Movie screens tonight at Oddball Film+Video.

His documentary offers a rare and intimate view into the life of Maila Nurmi, tracing her rise to fame to the sudden (and totally sketchy) decision to cancel her show, to her performance in Ed Wood's cult classic, Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Vampira: The Movie screens with a feature fragment by another cult legend, J.X. Williams and others at 8:30 p.m. on Friday (tonight) at Oddball Film+Video, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco. Admission is $10.00, and it's RSVP Only (try info@oddballfilm.com or phone 415.558.8117.)

-Mary Spicuzza

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