Zohra Lampert (born May 13 1937) is an American character actress, perhaps best remembered for her role in the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death. Born in New York, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, Lampert attended New York's High School of Music and Art, and then the University of Chicago.
After initially working for several years on stage, eventually reaching Broadway in a Tony-nominated performance in 1961's Look We've Come Through, she scored with a pair of small but noteworthy performances in the films Pay or Die and Splendor in the Grass.
Throughout most of the 1960s and '70s she kept busy with a series of mostly supporting roles in film and television, winning an Emmy for her performance as a sinister Gypsy in a 1975 episode of Kojak, and she also costarred with Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes' 1978 film Opening Night. She was a regular in the sitcom The Girl With Something Extra and the medical drama Doctors' Hospital.
During the '80s and '90s,...
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The Exorcist III (also known as The Exorcist III: Legion) is a 1990 horror movie directed by William Peter Blatty and based on Blatty's novel Legion, the sequel to Blatty's original Exorcist novel. It stars George C. Scott, Nicol Williamson, Ed Flanders and Brad Dourif.
The movie is a sequel to The Exorcist and ignores many of the events of Exorcist II: The Heretic. It takes place in Georgetown fifteen years after the events of the first film, in which a young girl named Regan was possessed by a demon.
Tagline:Set 15 years after the events of The Exorcist, Lieutenant Kinderman (Scott) is a philosophical police detective who was briefly involved in the case of Regan's possession. He has to investigate a string of grisly murders that appear to have a satanic motive behind them, and furthermore have all the hallmarks of a serial-murderer known as the Gemini Killer. The most baffling thing is that the Gemini Killer was executed years ago.
The evidence eventually leads Kinderman to the...,
Izzy & Moe is a 1985 made for TV prohibition-era crime/comedy film, starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. It is a fictional account of two prohibition-era policemen, Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith, and their adventures in tracking down illegal bars.During the prohibition era of the 1920s, a gangster named John Vanderhoff, alias 'The Dutchman', was quickly doing away with any competition and setting up his own speakeasys. In order to help fight this crime, the local police need to get some extra men. In steps Izzy Einstein (Jackie Gleason), a man who is desperate to come home with a steady paycheck to support his wife, mother-in-law and four daughters. Izzy is also interested in disproving his mother-in-law's assertion that he's just a 'bum', with the constant refrain that if he ever amounts to anything she'll light his cigar in Macy's Window.When the police chief tells Izzy that there's no job for him, Izzie has a prepared speech for such occasions: "This is America. And I'm proud...,
Opening Night (1977) is a movie written and directed by John Cassavetes. Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) rehearses for her latest play, about a woman unable to admit the she is aging. When she witnesses the death of an adoring young fan, she begins to confront the personal and professional turmoils she faces in her own life. The film costarred John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Zohra Lampert and Joan Blondell.
Let's Scare Jessica to Death is a 1971 low-budget horror film, directed by John D. Hancock, and starring Zohra Lampert in the title role.
In the film Jessica, her husband (Barton Heyman), and a friend (Kevin O'Connor) retreat to a Victorian farmhouse in an isolated part of rural Connecticut, after Jessica's release from an mental institution, following a nervous breakdown. Once there, the trio encounter an enigmatic hippie (Mariclare Costello), and almost immediately, Jessica's madness resumes, though the viewer is never sure whether the subsequent turn of events are all in Jessica's mind, or whether something sinister is truly after her.
The film was similar in tone to Rosemary's Baby and The Haunting, in that its story is told from the vantage point of a female protagonist, whose sanity and good judgment may or may not be in question, and its emphasis on story and atmosphere rather than excessive gore and violence. Also, like those films, the ending is intentionally vague,...,
Splendor in the Grass, an American movie from 1961, tells a story of sexual repression. Written by William Inge, who appears briefly as a Christian minister, the film was directed by Elia Kazan.
Deanie Loomis (played by Natalie Wood), a teen-aged girl living in a small town in Kansas in 1928, follows her mother's advice to resist her desire for sex with her boyfriend, Bud Stamper (Warren Beatty), the scion of the most prosperous family in town. In his turn, Bud reluctantly follows the advice of his father (Pat Hingle), who suggests that he find another kind of girl with whom to satisfy his sexual desires.
Bud's parents are disappointed by, and ashamed of, his older sister—she is sexually promiscuous, smokes, drinks, and has had an abortion—and accordingly 'pin all their hopes' on Bud.
As the story progresses, Deanie is driven close to madness and institutionalized. Bud's family loses its fortune in the Great Depression, which leads to the father's suicide; and Bud takes up farming,...,
Harry Belafonte starred in Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), the first film noir with a black protagonist. Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky, who had written and directed a famous noir, Force of Evil, to write the script. As a blacklisted writer Polonsky used a front, John O. Killens, a black novelist and friend of Belafonte's. (In 1997, the Writers Guild of America officially restored Polonsky's credit.) The film is based on a novel by William P. McGivern. Oscar-winner Robert Wise produced and directed. Composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, contributed the film's jazz score.
French director Jean-Pierre Melville credited this film with being a formative influence on his work and made references to it in his films.
David Burke (Ed Begley), a former policeman ruined when he refused to cooperate with State Crime Investigators, has asked hard-bitten, racist ex-con Earl Slater (Robert Ryan) to rob an upstate bank with him, promising him $50,000 if the robbery is successful. Burke...,
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