THRILLVILLE: Will "the Thrill" Viharo's weird, wild world of Pulp Fiction, B Movies, & the Lounge Lizard Lifestyle.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Shooting a pulp book trailer; Mourning a B movie goddess

Yvette finally succumbed to the leeches of Hollywood
"Lobby card" created by Rick Lucey
Yvette Vickers in a Playboy layout by Russ Meyer, 1959
 May 2 was one weird, wild, wonderful and ultimately woeful whiplash of a day. Not only was the world still abuzz about the death of Osama bin Laden the previous night, but I was at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda filming the live action segment of a tiki-noir-grindhouse style "book trailer" for The Thrillville Pulp Fiction Collection, now being edited by filmmaker Christopher Sorrenti. The vignette we shot will be incorporated into images of book covers mixed with recordings of me reading juicy bits from each book. When I got home, I was hit with the news that the Sahara in Vegas, one of the last of the original Sin City resorts, once home base of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, is closing down, probably to make way for another family friend monstrosity, meaning I have pretty much no reason to ever visit Disneyland in the Desert again (Viva Palm Springs!). From the Rat Pack to the Mickey Mouse Club: the degeneration is  now compete. And, much, much worse: I learned of the tragic demise of legendary "scream queen" Yvette Vickers, best known as the "bad girl" in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) and Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), whom I met once years ago at a celebrity convention. She was a very warm, wonderful woman in my brief experience with her, autographing several photos and the independently produced CD she recorded in honor or her jazz musician parents. I will always cherish our conversation, honored to have had the opportunity to meet and converse with someone I've always admired, but I will be forever saddened by her incredibly lonesome, lurid death scene, described in this tribute column I wrote for Cheers to Yvette, forever enshrined as a drive-in diva, but also greatly loved by all of her fans, even if she died alone.
Yvette: farewell my lovely

With trailer director/editor Christopher Sorrenti at Forbidden Island
Thrillville Noir
Monica Tiki Goddess is the "femme fatale" in this still from the forthcoming book trailer for the "Thrillville Pulp Fiction Collection" 
Cover boys: with artists Rick Lucey (left) & Rich Black
With my pals Jessica and Mel, two of the "extras" in the trailer
My buddy Molokai Mike, owner of Forbidden Island, has a cameo in the book trailer
"From one goddess to another..." Aloha, Yvette