Friday, October 16, 2009

"Gal" Friday! Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek initially made a name for herself on television in Mexico starring in a popular soap opera, and granted she is not known for starring roles in horror flicks.

But, and it's a nice butt, if you know what I'm saying, she did post a singularly impressive extended cameo in 1996's From Dusk Til Dawn, as the star performer at a strip club called the "Titty Twister", in the middle of a desolate part of Mexico.

Prior to her first onscreen appearance Hayek's character is introduced as "The mistress of the macabre, the epitome of evil, the most sinister woman to crawl on the face of the Earth" and then she enters - Satanico Pandemonium - decked out in very little other than a large albino snake where, during an extended solo performance, she seductively entices every person in the club with an alluring dance that is literally smoking hot. Salma did not have a choreographer for her dance moves. Director Robert Rodriguez just told her to feel the music and dance to it and brother, did she ever!

Near the end of her set, Satanico physically transforms and stands revealed as a vampire (as do all of the strippers, bouncers and club employees). Carnage ensues, but as fun as the film gets at this point, it is these memorable few moments in length that earns Ms. Hayek her place in the Catacombs as this weeks "Gal" Friday. Heaven must be missing an angel.

Trivia: Satanico Pandemonium was originally going to be called Blonde Death, but after they decided to go for a Latino/Mexican star, the new character name was taken from the title of a gory Mexican horror movie that Quentin Tarantino had seen on the shelves of the video store he worked at in years past.

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