Sinister Image

David Del Valle explores the depths of all things dark and demented in the crypt of Hollywood horror.

Sinister Image: The Horrific Moods of Les Baxter

Sinister Image: The Horrific Moods of Les Baxter

A personal look back at the composer whose tintinabulations brought Poe to the big screen with a big scream
It was the mid 1980s, and I was sitting in a screening room in Hollywood, trying to watch a preview of John Boorman’s THE EMERALD FOREST. Sitting next to me was composer-conductor Les Baxter. The reason I [...]

Sinister Image: Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled - Richard Stapley, RIP

Sinister Image: Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled – Richard Stapley, RIP

It is always somewhat of a shock to hear of the passing of any of the actors we have come to know from endless reruns of old movies and vintage TV shows, yet the death of Richard Stapley (who changed his name to Wyler mid-career in Italy after signing to appear in a few Spagetti [...]

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Sinister Image: “Konga, put me down!” – A Chat with Michael Gough

For this installment of his recurrent Sinister Image column, David Del Valle recounts a long-ago encounter with English actor Michael Gough, a versatile character actor known to most audiences as Alfred the Butler in the BATMAN films of the ’80s and ’90s, but remembered by horror fans for his many appearances to British thrillers from [...]

Robert Quarry Remembered: The Deathmaster Knocks at the Madhouse of Dr. Phibes

Robert Quarry Remembered: The Deathmaster Knocks at the Madhouse of Dr. Phibes

During the past year, I have been following the online the trials and tribulations of actor Robert Quarry, from being victimized by a con artist poising as a fan to being rescued by caring admirers into the safety of the Motion picture home. Thanks to the personal generosity of men like producer Fred Olen Ray (whose [...]

Sinister Image: The Karnstein Ultimatum

Sinister Image: The Karnstein Ultimatum

BLOOD AND ROSES remains unavailable on DVD, in either its American or original French versions.
I first saw BLOOD AND ROSES at the Crest Theater in Sacramento in the summer of 1960. The city was suffering from a month-long heat wave the afternoon I entered the well air-conditioned theater to sit alone in the darkness and [...]

Sinister Image: The Rocking Host Winner - Bob Wilkins 1932-2009

Sinister Image: The Rocking Host Winner – Bob Wilkins 1932-2009

As a baby boomer pushing sixty, it is difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that nearly four decades have passed since I did my first on-camera interview as a “film expert”. The first person to ever refer to me in those terms recently passed away, on January7th.
Bob Wilkins was a slightly built man [...]