Paul Bearer

Paul Naschy, prolific horror movie actor, died, age 75.

I haven’t seen a film of his for a dog’s age  But I remember staying up late, huddled in front of the old black and white Zenith, to catch severely edited and poorly dubbed versions of his movies, such as House of Psychotic Women, Orgy of the Dead, The Monster that Devoured Cleveland, or my favorite, Dr Keepzenfromfloppin’s Haunted Orgy.

His stuff was bloody and violent, sometimes so cheesy it made me laugh.  But the real reason I watched was the fabulously exotic women, their shredded clothes revealing sweating thigh and cleavage, the stuff of pre-adolescent fantasy.

Looking back, it was all rather tame.  That’s what time does.  Last decade’s unthinkable sin is this year’s nursery rhyme.  * sigh *

S’long, Paul.  Sleep well in your shroud, and thanks for the mammaries.

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12 Responses to Paul Bearer

  1. Maynard G. Krebs says:

    I saw The Monster That Devoured Cleveland about 500 times, and all I got was this seedy goatee.

  2. Gen-Xer says:

    Man, you’re old …

  3. Old Timer says:

    Did his movies ever make it to first-run theaters in this country? I can’t remember ever seeing one, except in underground film festivals, or late-night tv specials.

    They are rather tame by today’s twisted standards, but some of them, like the one that photo is from, could be graphic and upsetting. He also did quite a few where he was brutalized himself, like when he played a werewolf or vampire.

    Fun stuff.

  4. Barbara Ganousch says:

    I never heard of this guy, but he looks a lot like one of my uncles who used to creep me out when I was growing up.

  5. You May Call Me Pierre says:

    He was a great favorite in Europe. It surprises me that anybody here, especially in Florida, would even know his name. Many of his movies, while exaggerated and exploitative, reflected genuine European fears and sensibilities in a way that silliness that Hollywood produced — Dracula, Frankenstein — did not. He was a better actor and deeper thinker than your Karloffs and Cheyneys. (I will make an exception for Legosi, but of course, he was European.)

  6. Gen-Xer says:

    Gen-Y, you all are spoiled brats … I grew up with frickin’ ATARI . . . you little shits have X-Boxes …

  7. Gen-Xer says:

    Update: Anal Roberts died! We should have sent him money …

  8. Neil, A Christian Soul says:

    You note this pornographer’s passing, but not one word about Dr. Oral Roberts, one of the greatest and most influential men in the 20th Century. You’re going to hell.

    • squathole says:

      Thanks for the good wishes, Neil. I’ve been real busy at work, so I didn’t have a chance to post about Anal Bobs or I would have — and it wouldn’t have been to your liking, so count your blessings. Best thing I can say about the old money-grubbing fraud is that he managed to keep the hatred out of his message and his dick out of his supplicants, unlike a lot of the other ass-grabbing pulpiteers people like yourself look up to.

      The bigger bother, as far as I’m concerned, is that I didn’t have a chance yesterday to wish Beethoven a Happy Birthday. Belated wishes, Ludwig!

  9. Old Timer says:

    Look at Gen-X calling Gen-Y a spoiled brat. X-Box vs Atari. My high-tech toy was the cardboard cylinder from the toilet paper toll. I was spoiled–my parents wiped their asses with corncobs. It goes on.

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