Scarlet Salem In A Haunting Tribute To Vampira

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Scarlet Salem
Photo Credit (s): H Morgen

If you have been visiting Monster Island News for any period of time, you have likely heard me rave on-and-on about the wonderful horror photography being produced by artist H Morgen featuring the lovely actress and model, Scarlet Salem.

Well, over the past few weeks the duo have really outdone themselves with several series of shots the fit right into the Halloween season.

Today I want to focus on a set of photographs that are a tribute to Vampira, the Los Angeles horror hostess that was also the star of Ed Wood's ultimate camp classic "Plan 9 From Outer Space."

Now, it only seems fitting that Morgen And Salem chose Vampira as the theme for this set of pics, due mostly to the fact that this year is the 50th anniversary of "Plan 9" and that there are two remakes of the film in production.

For those of you who don't know, Vampira was played by Finnish actress Maila Nurmi, who first invented the character in 1953 as a costume for choreographer Lester Horton's annual Bal Caribe Masquerade, a Halloween ball for Hollywood "B" movie stars. Nurmi modeled the outfit after Morticia Addams from Charles Addams comic strip, "The Addams Family". The costume caught the attention of KABC-TV producer Hunt Stromberg, who went through a great deal to hire her to host his late-night horror movie program, later called "The Vampira Show".

I kinda have a confession to make. When I was a teen, I had the biggest crush on Morticia Addams, played by the wonderful actress Carolyn Jones, so for reasons that should be obvious to you, I have a real love for these photographs.

That, of course, takes nothing away from the wonderful work of Photographer H Morgen and the stunning Scarlet Salem.

Here is more of Scarlet as "Vampira":

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1 comment:

  1. Very cool. But could you update the photo credit to H Morgen?