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Snake Woman
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I remember when Vampire Circus was released the ‘Snake Woman’ character featured quite heavily in the publicity.  I guess since body painting was featured in many films of that era, Hammer Horror thought they might as well get in on the act.  Well it got me interested, but oddly enough I didn’t see the film until quite a few years later.


I was a bit disappointed in the end to discover that the Snake Woman was only featured briefly, and had no relevance whatsoever to the rest of the film.  It is (more by accident than design I think) a wonderful film.  Definitely much better than the other films they were making at the end (especially those featuring Joan Collins).


Being interested in body painting, and given my love (from an aesthetic perspective) of shaved heads, I was pleased to discover the Snake Woman dance on Youtube.



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Awwwww......Are you picking on Joan Collins!?!

Not entirely. I think even JC would agree that she appeared in some pretty bad films in the 1969s and early 1970s. Hammer Horror definitely produced some bad films before they eventually went bust, and if my memory is not playing tricks on me then Joan Collins did appear in one (or more) of the duff Hammer Horror films. Some of their later films contained a series of separate stories, told by people who just happen to meet in odd circumstances (ie sitting in a railway carriage & the train breaks down, so they tell stories to pass the time). They all end up dead at the end by the way, because one of them is The Devil.

Anyway in one of these JC plays a woman who’s murdered by her husband, who cut her up into small pieces… She gets her revenge by coming back to life, but in small pieces of course, all wrapped up with brown paper! There is a hysterical scene where a JC shaped torso is chasing after him. Not exactly ‘The Bitch’.

LOL @ the JC torso. I would pay money to see that ;)

There is a large part of me which is trashy. Thats probably why she appeals to me :)

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