Monster Love

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In a falling down cabin overhanging Topanga Creek, 75 year old Jackie Boyle Blaisdell lived alone without heat, electricity, plumbing or phone guarding the memory of her late husband, Paul Blaisdell, 1950's B-movie king Roger Corman's brilliant, forgotten monster maker. Jackie and Paul's love was immense, defying Hollywood's betrayal of Paul and his death from cancer at 53. This is her story. More

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About Vincent Sassone

Wrote and directed "A TALE OF TWO PIZZAS," four time Audience Award winning film starring Frank Vincent, Vinny Pastore and Patti D'Arbanville. Released theatrically in 2005, it is currently available on and Netflix.

In development: "MODERNISM," a mocumentary set in present day Palm Springs about the wealthy and not so wealthy set who worship mid-century modern architecture.

Other screenplays: "MONSTER MAKER," the "almost" true story of Paul Blaisdell, the eccentric designer who made and played the monsters in Roger Corman's 1950's B horror movies; "ITALIAN LESSONS," about a beautiful Italian widow who teaches Italian to a seventeen year old boy in Yonkers, NY; "SUMMER OF LOVE," about a thirty year old divorcee from a strict Italian-American family who takes her two kids to spend a summer a San Francisco in 1975.


Strange Creatures
B-movie monster maker Paul Blaisdell's work and life with wife Jackie in Topanga Canyon, California are expolred in this eight minute mini-documentary shot and edited by Vincent Sassone. The importance and legacy of Blaisdell's work is made clear with stills and video of his work with commentary by Blaisdell friend and protege, Bob Burns and his wife Kathy.

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Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Oct. 7, 2013 :
I looked forward to reading this book about Paul Blaisdell and his wife, Jackie. I had hoped to see some interesting insights into Blaisdell's inspiration.

What I got instead was a journal and the transcript of some letters between the author and Jackie. They were interesting, and sometimes a trifle surreal. The author's prose is elegant, but I didn't see a lot of insight into Blaisdell's work.

What I did see was a blossoming friendship between two correspondents -- one enthusiastic and the other reluctant. The letters were the most entertaining part of this short book for me, and they were few and far between.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
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