B-Sides: These Freaks Got Personality
“Personality” was first performed by Dorothy Lamour in the 1946 film Road to Utopia. That’s not why it’s this week’s B-Sides. Being sung by a busload of human oddities in a Frank Henenlotter flick is the reason why this freakish take on “Personality” made the B-Sides.
Actress-singer Annie Ross has had a storied career that began with an “Our Gang” short and near its end saw her cast as the freak-loving “Granny Ruth” in the 1992 threequel Basket Case 3: The Progeny. A nutzoid mother hen to a gaggle of freaks similar to the franchise’s star mutant, Belial, it’s her love for these freaks of nature that leads to this amazing big band, bus-bound musical number from the most insane entry in Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case franchise – and that’s saying something.
This scene is also a little depressing because looking at the wonderfully imaginative make-up designs on the various freaks serves as a sad reminder of modern cinema’s over-reliance on computer effects over practical effects.
Along with Ross, the flick also stars Kevin Van Hentenryck, Denise Coop, and Gil Roper.
Got news? Click here to submit it!
Rock out in the comments section below.