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Old movies, fresh takes. Tweeting film history with a twist. Writer, ranter, maker of GIFs. nitratediva@gmail.com

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FYI, if you don't know WHERE to drop off your ballot, or where to vote in person early, this is an amazing resource… https://t.co/6siPem8YAU
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃One witchy ride! Tarot cards, zodiac signs, and a black cat on Diana Dors's Hillman in NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1973). https://t.co/yBSKhynAAY
10/27
2020
Have you really lived if you've never heard William Shatner speaking Esperanto? https://t.co/9ifk9x1yNKLeslie Stevens's cult horror film INCUBUS, with dialogue entirely in Esperanto—yes, ESPERANTO—opened in theaters on… https://t.co/oY9yFLBUlP @mercurie80 What a meme! Thank you! @selfstyledsiren Thank you so much! ❤️Sylvia Sidney is annoyed that I'm late in wishing a happy birthday to @NitrateDiva, goddess of nitrate, knitting, a… https://t.co/PckSHY5L8G
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @SabinaStent Thank you! I love this picture of Veronica! @NitrateDiva Happy belated Birthday, Nora! 🌺 https://t.co/kkWN4RmKSp
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @CitizenScreen Thank you! Yes, I hope we'll get a TCMFF/Capitolfest gang reunion before too long. ❤️Time for that solemn yearly birthday tradition: tweeting this picture of Abel Gance on a floaty horse. https://t.co/heHNFj7GXs
10/26
2020
The screencaps are from: STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940) CAT PEOPLE (1942) THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946) OUT OF THE PAST (1947)#Bornthisday in 1892, Nicholas Musuraca, described by @AmericanCine in 1948 as RKO's "mood expert," shot some of th… https://t.co/L81HRiPgHWHappy birthday, @NitrateDiva! 🎉🥳 Celebrate w/ a donation to the Film @NoirFoundation! https://t.co/b8QGyivQiw Y… https://t.co/SOCpYYF0k0
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃A Few Classic Horror Favorites to Stream Before Halloween https://t.co/4Vu3f6odJ3Going to chat for a few moments on Periscope about some classic horror favorites to stream before Halloween. @joelrwilliams1 @FussyFilm Thank you so much, Joel! https://t.co/HuEtV2aaEKOctober 25 marks the birthday of Henry Van Cleve from Lubitsch's HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1943). Mine too! Have a slice of… https://t.co/PiNThI3xy6Yikes. Silent movie star Martha Mansfield also died at 24 after her period costume for THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA caug… https://t.co/3VaDN401Ax🎶 These are a few of my favorite things... 🎶 #NoirAlley https://t.co/1RIMWCnFrtDon't mind me. I'll just be here coveting every sparkly embroidered thing Gloria Grahame wears in MACAO. #NoirAlley https://t.co/qlKussBmjSGloria Grahame's embroidered gloves/bolero jacket in MACAO (1952). Costume design by Michael Woulfe. #NoirAlley https://t.co/8zXS8TU5xE @willmckinley You're an influencer! I hadn't seen HOUSE since I streamed it on Warner Archive Instant (RIP). It was… https://t.co/U26qfwOyzwThe majesty of Joan Bennett in HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) 🖤🖤🖤 https://t.co/Ob3MhAMg36"Do you remember the fun we had when you poisoned me?" THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (William Castle, 1959) https://t.co/8sEFaLg0Dp
10/25
2020
The "spook show" movie that the kids are watching in THE BLOB is DAUGHTER OF HORROR, a grimy, dialogue-free low-bud… https://t.co/hwZeU29KHO @marccold TBH I hate how they marry her off to Frank McHugh in the last seconds of MYSTERY too! @carolineavenue You bet it is! MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM is streaming on the TCM app and her armload of whisky bott… https://t.co/k6yZL8iv9PHow it started / How it's going https://t.co/eiJESHy1LMOrry-Kelly designs in two-color Technicolor >>>>>>>> https://t.co/3hRTJuUcrb @thehardmenpath It's two-color Technicolor.Our fast-talking queen Glenda Farrell in THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933): https://t.co/BubQvOahaKTHE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (Michael Curtiz, 1933): https://t.co/XRV3crYM3uThis MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) restoration is so glorious that we can now truly appreciate Glenda Farrell's… https://t.co/nwV7REuYD7Putting in a good word for William Wyler's lovable melodrama THE SHAKEDOWN (1929), a Blu-ray that I had the honor o… https://t.co/0OCP5WUxUSGlenda Farrell strolling into the police station in THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) and dropping this line is… https://t.co/PUFZbKQ50i
10/24
2020
Happy Scorpio season from Norma Desmond and me! (And by "happy" I mean obsessive and vengeful as hell.) https://t.co/0lQH0R7AGV
10/23
2020
Joan Leslie tripping over her soon-to-be-nemesis's suitcase while carrying a bouquet of roses in BORN TO BE BAD (19… https://t.co/y8uwyUoInW"You love only one person in the world, Christabel, and it's the love of a lifetime." Joan Fontaine #bornthisday a… https://t.co/RqHBSxiHki @thebasementtan Yes, at TCMFF in 2018. @thebasementtan Marsha Hunt didn't know Cohn personally, but I wrote up this comment she made about his gutsy choic… https://t.co/WQ108z4fZ2 @thebasementtan Joseph H. Lewis's reminiscences of Cohn were generally fond, from what I've read. Phil Karlson had… https://t.co/6b0U0BC1oJ"We picked up a flock of platinums" is an amazing phrase. https://t.co/9nXd9KmUdtSince there's no in-person TCMFF next year, @FussyFilm and I have time to recreate the elaborately matching mother-… https://t.co/rxeYEi7NFeI was unprepared to see so much of Jimmy Cagney's thighs in HARD TO HANDLE (1933). https://t.co/cfjXbdOhOmThere's no tough dame like a pre-Code Warner Bros dame.Ruth Donnelly as the formidable stage mom in HARD TO HANDLE (1933). 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/FMBIT0u6HK
10/22
2020
Come for the movies, stay for stories about the wild lives of Hollywood screenwriters! Excited for TCM's pre-Code a… https://t.co/DIOCW2lwqMScrewball whodunit THE MAD MISS MANTON opened in theaters on this day in 1938. Cinematographer Nicolas Musuraca was… https://t.co/CKMQ3jTasJ @TurnbullMartin I believe so. Allene Roberts, a rare non-smoker in Hollywood, remembered everybody smoking on the s… https://t.co/Cr8MMUeO1V
10/21
2020
Today is the day to return that ballot 🗳 https://t.co/0Gs3k8S4d0
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃MY ADVICE TO EVERYONE IN PENNSYLVANIA IS TO VOTE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY MAIL OR TO VOTE IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY.… https://t.co/1K2fLf56bD
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃HORROR OF DRACULA editor Bill Lenny recalled that his smash cut from Dracula poised to bite Mina to the shrieking o… https://t.co/nN3AX6HJF8Christopher Lee's bloodshot Dracula contacts were painful. He could barely see while wearing them. During the first… https://t.co/dlbT9EWg5C @uncle_miles Yes, the Hammer adaptation of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.I'd forgotten what a gift the Hammer version of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is. These two look so young and dashi… https://t.co/Mokm4gN29ahttps://t.co/eTkBwx15BGYou know its a Hammer film as soon as you see the blood - it has a particularly fake, shiny, bright red quality to… https://t.co/FxOCv2xwwU
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10/20
2020
@willmckinley @FussyFilm https://t.co/A36BBRS7DzOut tomorrow: Scott Eyman's new Cary Grant biography! I'm only partway through, but there are plenty of firsthand q… https://t.co/HdLpc1672z @willmckinley Actual footage of me and my stans. @FussyFilm is holding the camera. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/bcZm9ClnNb"Oh, you mean there's a ghost as well as a skeleton in everyone's cupboard?" DEAD OF NIGHT (Cavalcanti, Crichton,… https://t.co/RWPZxIOT0pWake up on Monday like: https://t.co/VoHsjGfDgu @wilkiedesk @JamalBloodhound Yes, Marshall was wonderful as the host of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. He set the t… https://t.co/QpbDVQXCtW @willmckinley That's really interesting! I had no idea. I've listened to a lot of CBSRMT but never in any particular order.There's a splendid over-the-top ending in the grand tradition of "villain brings the Gobelin tapestry down on his h… https://t.co/2FiavVnsbUDig that movie theater Christmas decoration in the upper right corner. From DESTINATION MURDER (1950), partially sh… https://t.co/8dLU3dhsY4Never before have I seen a movie in which a GOOD seductress and a BAD seductress are working so hard on the same tr… https://t.co/kgf3xcL4d6—He never bothers you. —That's what bothers me. DESTINATION MURDER (Edward L. Cahn, 1950) #NoirAlley https://t.co/tDq3FzYD9hJust how devilishly bizarre is LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM? Let this thread of screencaps give you an idea. https://t.co/Z5Zt9midk1 @TheLittleFoxes1 Thanks! I had a lot of fun working on it. @Kathy__Gee Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy this next one. @DishonoredLady Thank you! DETOUR's Nevada Diner makes an appearance, of course.And The Nitrate Diva nailed it. One of my favorite pieces to ever run in @noirfoundation’s NOIR CITY e-magazine. Co… https://t.co/rfVlkJ92lH
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @EddieMuller Thank you! I hope the gang has as much fun reading it as I had writing it.My TV was on the fritz this morning so I couldn't watch #NoirAlley. I suspect Claude from MURDER BY CONTRACT. https://t.co/VZioucyghz
10/19
2020
Oct. 29: free virtual screening of THE VAMPIRE BAT (1933), a “Poverty Row” film that capitalized on the horror craz… https://t.co/K5piX97GDS
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃Snakes and Ladders: endorsed by British horror movie cult leaders since 1957. NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1957) LAIR OF TH… https://t.co/M3HzW3XMWX @MWKronenberg @noirfoundation Thank you! So excited to see the layout!What if a Charles McGraw character wrote Yelp reviews? That's the question I tried to answer... https://t.co/vLqvxc7AYdHalloween season style goals: Amanda Donohoe serving Couture Aristocratic Snake Lady looks in THE LAIR OF THE WHITE… https://t.co/1xu0qWBx0VOne of my favorite CBSRMT episodes. Creepy and ambiguous. https://t.co/OUQXK6fFXO(GIF is from CRY 'HAVOC', which is worth seeking out for Hunt and one of classic Hollywood's greatest women ensembles.)Happy 103rd birthday to the courageous and versatile Marsha Hunt! A marvelous actress, a wise woman, and an interna… https://t.co/mh5KqqlYsl
10/18
2020
In honor of her *103rd* birthday today, please take a few moments (ok, many) to celebrate extraordinary human Marsh… https://t.co/xiNGm0Dlgx
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @szacharek @themediawitch That's impressive though! Sweaters are still a major weak spot for me. My equivalent has… https://t.co/2R7zDircfL @szacharek Thank you! I am a chicken about colorwork but this pattern was so pretty I couldn't resist. https://t.co/wIC5hiNdST(The pattern is the Lunar Spine shawl. The yarn is from the Farmer's Daughter Fibers.)Did I buy pumpkins today and do a mini photoshoot with the shawl I'm knitting? You bet I did. AUTUMN, BABY! 🌛🎃🧶 https://t.co/TqtcT7jH0URIP Rhonda Fleming, 97. What a career! Acted w/ Peck, Mitchum, Ethel Barrymore, Bing, Lorre, Sanders, Lupino. Direc… https://t.co/dOOE8dYfSm
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃Rhonda Fleming was the last star from OUT OF THE PAST (1947) and CRY DANGER (1951). Seems like a couple years ago w… https://t.co/nPdkdN04kL
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃Fleming is perhaps most memorably loathsome as the passive-aggressive bombshell sister from hell in HOME BEFORE DAR… https://t.co/e8unLiQRgpThe screenshots here are from: SPELLBOUND OUT OF THE PAST CRY DANGER SLIGHTLY SCARLET All recommended. Fleming is g… https://t.co/1JghM4qac2RIP Rhonda Fleming. Technicolor loved her, but so did black-and-white. Especially tempting, elusive, and fascinatin… https://t.co/Hp4nOCH1kFRIP Rhonda Fleming, the Queen of Technicolor https://t.co/MrZRTjOW3M
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @FancyNotions There's a similar haunted mirror segment in FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974).Douglas Slocombe, cinematographer of DEAD OF NIGHT, THE SERVANT, and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, had a long and advent… https://t.co/IG7B0CRvqNPSA: British horror anthology film DEAD OF NIGHT is on TCM right now. A rich tapestry of the uncanny with a few chu… https://t.co/ow1dE1nQr4
10/17
2020
Much of THE RAVEN's absurd humor reportedly arose from Peter Lorre and Vincent Price ad-libbing. Sam Arkoff said, "… https://t.co/dISEKQchT7This moss green velvet gown with the aqua lining 😍 https://t.co/YmKsCcnGBV
10/16
2020

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