Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WOMAN OF THE WEEK: Kyra Schon

For my faithful readers, you should know that one of my childhood fears was the box art on the NOTLD VHS case, so it only seemed right that I'd finally feature the most memorable character from the film.

As her website says, Kyra Schon was the "he cellar dwelling, trowel wielding, mother stabbing, father's arm eating, zombie girl Karen Cooper in the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead." Now, normally my Wednesday Woman of the Week is some bonafide Scream Queen, and Kyra Schon appeared in only one film. However, I'm a firm believer that it is always about QUALITY over quantitiy. Kyra is also the youngest person to be featured on this list. Tatum O'Neil can shove that Oscar nod where the sun don't shine, because I bet she doesn't have a cult following the way Kyra does.

NOTLD is commonly seen as the first zombie film, however...they never use the zed-word in the film. These creatures were flesh eating ghouls...The ACTUAL daughter of fellow NOTLD star Karl Hardman (so yes, that means she got to "eat" her daddy) Kyra was 9 almost 10 years old when she began filming as the most iconic zombie child ever. The film actually premiered three days before her 11th birthday. Kyra has probably some of the most memorable scenes in horror history, probably because audiences were still in the shock of watching a killer kid. There's a reason so many Zombie flicks now-a-days have scenes where people hide out in schools, only to be bombarded by undead darlings, it's all inspired by that one ghoulish girl way back when...
The picture above shows Kyra feasting on her father's arm. Look at all that chocolate syrup! Now, If I got the luxury to play a zombie kid, I would PRAY that the film was in black and white. I'm sure that chocolate syrup tastes so much better than red dyed corn syrup. Watching it all go down the drain in Psycho...makes a chubby child cry in all that wasted chocolate, at least Karen Cooper got a full mouthful :D Sorry, blogging on an empty stomach here...The kills of Karen Cooper are extremely iconic, especially that she used a trowel to kill her "mother". Now, I've seen my fair-share of horror films, but I think what's so frightening about the kill. She doesn't use some powerful gun, or weilds some machete...she uses a household object! Did you know, you can buy your very own Karen Cooper inspired trowel online? Last I checked, these lovelies were out of stock, but lets just say...I know what I'm cutting my wedding cake with...


Now, Freud wasn't around to create some weird complex for her, but I'm sure he could have come up with something. The originator of the Zombie Complex! When there is a zombie infestation going on, the last thing I really want to see is a zombie child, let alone a flesh hungry zombie girl. Along with being the infamous Karen Cooper, she is also that body at the top of the stairs that scared us all so much. Kyra Schon IS the scariest of the little girls, and a true horror icon. She is a living legend and a walking piece of history. In fact, with Night of the Living Dead in the Library of Congress, it shows that even our darling government wants her to remain a part of our history.

6 comment(s):

Andrew Connell said...

Damnit Brittney-Jade! With you not in class who was I gonna make cannibal jokes with today? You just left some solid GOLD get away.

dragonmanes said...

You will be happy to note that Kyra was one of the most sincere and friendly guests at the Fango convention last year. She along with each of the other NotLD surviving cast members are all very appreciative of their fans, so on top of providing one of the scariest and most memorable scenes in horror history, she is also a wonderful person!

BJ-C said...

Sorry Andrew! There's this thing called an alarm clock...Mine didn't go off until 2 mins before the class would have ended...

B-Sol said...

Kyra Schon is one of the most recognizable images in the history of cinema, and whats amazing about that famous picture of her is that its actually just a candid set photo of her, and never appears in the movie.
By the way, Mr. Collins, that is a most excellent and unique picture of Jushin Liger bowling. And Claudio Castagnoli is a great guy and an even better worker, I met him last year at a Ring of Honor show.

Andrew Connell said...

You also missed out on me saying "Sodomy, Sodomy, Sodomy *yaaaaawwwwnnnn*"

gord said...

Great entry. I was actually just thinking about this girl the other day (having shown NOTLD to my GF, her first viewing), and wondered if she ever did any other work. Specifically surrounding the remake and wondering if any '68 stars were in it. She could have presumably played the mother role in the remake....

Though, on a semi-related note, I have never liked the weird screaming/dying whale sound effect that happens in the murdered mother scene. It is so bizarre and wholly unnatural that it always pulls me out of the moment.

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