At one point in the 1950's, there numbered hundreds if
not thousands of Drive-In movie theaters. Catering to a baby
booming audience, enraptured by their cars and enamored by the
open road, Drive-In movie theaters were aptly named. By bringing
cars directly into the viewing space, Movie-goers could partake
in cinematic entertainment and still enjoy their vehicle's plush
vinyl interiors. Yet the advent of video, followed by laser disc,
DVD whatever-format-is-next, sounded the death knell of the Drive-In.
Though the uniquely American
institution of the Drive-In is fading faster than Ronald Reagan's
recollection of who Bonzo was anyway, the movies that were featured
at the Drive-In live on. Also known as B-movies, these are flicks
that never made it near the Academy awards ceremony, not even
in the same state. Horror was the typical subject, and what better
example than the horrible burn scars of Freddy Krueger from the
"Nightmare on Elm Street" series. Freddy's scars are
very realistic, though burns this extensive usually result in
death. Come to think of it, Freddy himself was dead, haunting
teenagers in their dreams.
made on a shoestring budget, usually starring nubile teens and
buckets of red paint, Drive-In movies have lived on, championed
by their very own Drive-In movie critic, Joe
Bob Briggs. It so happens that Joe Bob was kind enough to
invite Skinema web master Dr. Vail Reese on his cable television
show, "MonsterVision" on the TNT cable network. In
return, to insure Joe Bob and network owner Ted Turner the best
ratings possible, we have decided to feature skin conditions
found on the Drive-In screen.
We at Skinema reiterate that
most of the films featured on this web site are mainstream releases
of Oscar caliber. However, B-movies contain some of the most
wacky and outrageous skin findings, such as the hideous burn
scars and hair loss from the above "Phantom of the Opera"
knock-off, "Phantom of the Mall." The above character
is living proof that scalding Star Bucks cappuccinos should be
carried carefully! Some of the following scenes have never made
it out of the Drive-In--until now. Many of the spotlighted images
were kindly submitted by a recent visitor to the site. She wishes
to remain anonymous--but the entire Skinema crew sends you its
Parental advisory: Some of the following images are from
flicks which would be rated "R" and therefore may not
be suitable for minors. That said, let the Drive-In live again...
The "Evil Dead" series
is known by B-movie afficionados for impressive special effects
despite tiny budgets. This poor fellow is from the third and
final of the series: "Army of Darkness." Having been
transported to the Middle Ages to fight for his life as clearly
stressed him out, resulting in a flare of acne. Acne is common
and makes many adults feel like characters in a horror flick.
Stress is a factor, as well as changing hormone levels and a
familial predisposition. Dermatologists have many ways to control
acne, depending on type, severity and frequency of flares.
Everyone has to start
somewhere. Before gaining the admiration of his peers in the
title role of "Schindler's List," this actor portrayed
the badly burned lead in "Dark Man." Yes, it is none
other than Liam Neeson, who is not likely to return to the Drive-In
screen soon. Burn patients are usually treated in hospital burn
units involving specially trained internists and plastic surgeons.
Systemic infections and complications of fluid loss can be life
threatening. Some actors surely wish their early B-Movie roles
would die, or at least fade from memory.
conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. Here one of the classic
horror movie characters, the "Bride of Frankenstein,"
shows off her white patches of hair. Known as poliosis, white
hair can be seen in vitiligo, a condition where pigment of the
skin and hair fade in patches. In many people, vitiligo affects
only limited areas. Rarely, it can spread to extensive areas
of the skin. Poliosis can also can also develop early in life,
as a form of a birthmark. The most common variation of this is
the white forelock seen just above the central forehead. This
type is in no way related to vitiligo.
In the remake of the
50's thriller "The Fly," Jeff Goldblum plays a scientist
whose genes get mixed with a housefly. To cop an expression from
Homer Simpson: "Doh!" One of the first signs that something
is dreadfully wrong is that his fingernails begin to break and
fall off. Having abnormal nails is very disturbing, even if you
are not turning into an insect. Fungus is the most common cause
of abnormal nails and can be treated with antifungal pills. Psoriasis
and reactions to medications can also affect the nails. There
is not current cure for having one's genes mixed with those of
a household pest, but new medical breakthroughs happen daily!
in "As the Sea Rages"
? portraying ?
It doesn't take a PhD in Drive-In-ology to see
that burn scars are a favorite of B-movie producers. Our question
to the World Wide Web: Does anyone know the identity of either
the actress or the character shown on the right above? An official
dermatology in the cinema prize and YOUR NAME listed on this
spot will be yours, should you provide this information. Leave
it to Skinema to put the INTERactive in INTERnet. E-mail
us with the answer at your convenience.
We end this discussion
with another notable Drive-In movie villain. Most know him only
by his hockey mask. Underneath this cold facade lurks a scarred
and twisted killer. Yes, it's Jason, the serial killer from the
record-breaking "Friday 13" series. Word has it that
production has begun on a new film, "Freddy vs. Jason,"
pitting Krueger against the villain above. Though the Drive-In
is fading fast, Drive-In movies, like horror film sequels, never
seem to die...