Hello my Little Monsters, and thank you for joining me once again. As you may well know, it’s Women in Horror Month. And while it’s great that women heave a month during which we celebrate their substantial contribution to the horror genre, I truly believe that they should always be celebrated. So going forward on Wednesdays I will throw a spotlight on one of our wonderful women of horror.
Today I’m going to start with my first ever TRUE crush – Dee Wallace (swoons). For me the spring of 1982 was when I first became aware of Ms. Wallace. Granted the summer of this year would also be when she unknowingly harbored a alien being in her home in a little movie called E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. And even though this is when I first started crushing on her, it wasn’t the movie I first had seen her in. Actually, I was in second grade, and during spring break while watching horror movies on cable, I saw her in The Hills Have Eyes and The Howling. You have to understand, I was seven years old, lived in a podunk rural area, and cable TV had just finally become available in our teeny tiny town, so cable became a big time killer. OK, enough of that.
Ms. Wallace may very well be best know for her role as Mary in E.T., but she cut her feature film teeth with a small part in Bryan Forbes’ 1975 science fiction horror thriller, The Stepford Wives. But it was in Wes Craven’s 1977 cult horror classic The Hills Have Eyes that Wallace really got to showcase her talent. She has gone on to star in other classics within the horror genre such as The Howling, Cujo, Critters, Popcorn and The Frighteners. Some of the more contemporary horror films she has appeared in include Rob Zombie’s 2007 re-imagining of Halloween, House of the Devil, Lords of Salem, Red Christmas and Death House.
With nearly 230 on screen credits in TV and film, she has shown her versatility with roles that span across many genres. So whether it’s horror, drama, thriller, family, comedy or what have you, Dee has the ability to shape her characters accordingly. It’s due to this adaptability that Wallace has enjoyed the kind of career longevity she has. Another fortunate part of her career is that she got to work on many projects with the man that she loved, her husband Christopher Stone, before his tragic passing in 1995. And now Dee and Christopher’s daughter, Gabrielle Stone, has created a nice resume for herself carrying on in the family business.
But wait there’s more, Ms. Wallace is also an author, who so far has three books to her credit: The Big E, Conscious Creation and Bright Light. She is also the host of the Conscious Creation Radio Show, a call in show that airs every Sunday.
I had the opportunity to meet Dee in September of 2014 at HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis. She had the sweetest disposition and was just incredibly kind. She was also just as adorably beautiful as when I had first seen her on screen. And for somebody who played the incredibly ditzy character of May in one of my favorite movies from when I was a little bloke, Jimmy the Kid (starring Gary Coleman), she is actually wicked smart. And yes, for the record, I totally geeked out like a lovesick puppy when I met her.
Well, I’m going to stop fawning all over Ms. Wallace…for the time being that is. There is still so much I could tell you about this lovely and talented actress, but I’m going to let you do some legwork for yourselves, My Little Monsters. To find out more about Dee, you can visit her pages at IMDb, Twitter and Facebook or head on over to her official website.