If you’re a fan of action movies, particularly those that went direct to video in the 1990′s, you might know the name Maria Ford. A recurring co-star of Don “The Dragon” Wilson (she appeared alongside Wilson in four of his films, including Futurekick, Ring of Fire 1 & 2 and Night Hunter), Ford was also a staple performer in many of Roger Corman’s DTV efforts in the same decade…
However for everyone who isn’t a hardcore action movie nerd like myself (or indeed if you didn’t grow up vicariously through VHS rental during the decade), Maria Ford is probably a name you won’t recognise, but a face you will. With over 50 credits to her name, she’s appeared everything from sleazy skin flicks such as The Key to Sex to family-friendly comedies such as Addams Family Reunion and Beethoven’s 5th…
These are 10 of her best films:
1) Angel of Destruction (1994)
When a controversial rock star is stalked by a psychotic fan, undercover cop Brit Alwood is called in to help. But when Brit’s kid sister Jo finds out about the crime, she sets out for revenge. Pulled into the dark, erotic world of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, Jo is forced to confront the crazed mind of a vicious serial killer.
2) Slumber Party Massacre III (1990)
School’s out – everyone heads to the beach – a typical vacation. However, a mysterious murderer armed with a drill is killing people, yet at the beginning nobody notices him ’till it’s too late. Meanwhile, a group of teenage girls decide to have a slumber party, and some of their boyfriends drop by. Soon, people begin to disappear. Then, an all out drill massacre begins…
3) The Wasp Woman (1995)
Once a young, beautiful supermodel, and now the owner of a thriving cosmetics company, Janice Starlin (Jennifer Rubin) finds herself aging, her beauty diminishing and her business failing. Humiliated by being forced off the pages of her own ad campaigns she resorts to desperate measures. A mysterious doctor (Daniel J. Travanti) appears with a new serum promising eternal youth. After receiving the injection of this untested, experimental wasp hormone, she quickly regains her beauty and self-confidence to revive her business. Janice again has everything she could want… but gets far more than she ever bargained for. The serum not only gives her the wasp’s secret for vitality, and the long life, but the instinct to kill.
4) Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls (1989)
When the razor blade slasher begins his reign of terror in the alleys behind the Los Angeles strip clubs, the most famous stripper in the spotlight must walk a tightrope between her own fragile sanity and the inescapable murderer’s blade.
5) Showgirl Murders (1996)
When you’re a natural born Aphrodite on the run from sadistic drug dealers, there’s only one place to hid – the dingiest bar in town. That’s just what luscious, leggy Tamra (Maria Ford) does, but she can’t lay low for long: when the jukebox starts playing she’s got to move to the beat. In the blink of an eye, Tamra seduces the bar owner and turns the joint into the most outrageous strip club this side of Vegas. When her violent past finally catches up with her, you can be sure this modern day Salome stays on top!
6) Night Hunter (1996)
Vampire Hunter Jack Cutter (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) is a man of peace who wished to lead a quiet life of serenity and meditation. But he can’t do so until he fulfills his blood destiny and kills the last vampires on Earth. Leaving a swath of vampire corpses behind him, Jack fins the law hot on his trail. Can he stop the undead assault before the police catch him and the vampires breed out of control?
7) The Haunting of Morella (1989)
Sexy Nicole Eggert (Baywatch, Charles in Charge, Who’s the Boss) stars as Lenora, who must fight being possessed by the spirit of her wicked mother Morella, a satanic she-wolf guilty of witchcraft, adultery and murder! With evil governess Lana Clarkson aiding in the possession, Morella terrifies her husband, David McCallum (N.C.I.S., The Great Escape) his lover, Maria Ford (Stripped to Kill 2, Burial of the Rats) and casts a satanic curse on their newborn baby that lasts an eternity.
8) Future Fear (1997)
The future of humanity looks bleak. A deadly flesh-eating virus is destroying everything in sight. When genetic scientist John Denniel (Jeff Wincott) discovers a cure, he also uncovers the evil truth: the virus was planted by the diabolical General Wallace (Stacy Keach) as an elaborate governmental plan of genocide. Filled with heart-stopping action and sci-fi special effects, Future Fear will have your gripping your seat until the very end.
9) Alien Terminator (1995)
Five miles below the Earth’s surface, a group of scientists is working in self-imposed isolation, perfecting a series of DNA experiments that could literally change the world. But when one of those experiments goes awry, it unleashes a nearly immortal organism – one capable of instant regeneration, and with an insatiable appetite for living flesh. Soon, nothing can contain the creature, and with the lab’s life-support systems quickly shutting down, the scientists grimly prepare for their final battle against the ALIEN TERMINATOR!
10) Death Stalker IV: Match of Titans (1991)
It begins as a contest of strength the challenge of competition luring fighters from far away to a hilltop castle. Deathstalker leads the combatants but only to discover that the winners are disappearing one by one. Now, in his last and greatest battle, Deathstalker must defend his remaining comrades, his life, and his newfound love in battle against an evil army of stone warriors and the wicked queen who created them.