Kiss of Death

On April 30th, 1988 Terry R. Wickham directed his 9th production as a director, a music video called “Kiss of Death.”  This happened during a real prolific spurt, as it was the 2nd of 4 music videos Terry directed on 4-consecutive weekends (April 23 thru May 16, 1988).

DP/Editor William Gross, star Madison Di Loren and James Daniels get ready for a night of music video fun @ Wickham's residence outside Fort Polk, Lousiana.
DP/Editor William Gross, star Madison Di Loren and James Daniels get ready for a night of music video fun @ Wickham’s residence outside Fort Polk, Louisiana.

 

Eric Schumaker & Madison Di Loren @ Wickhams.  Eric not only appeared in this music video, but was in "One Shot One Kill" and later co-starred with Madison in the last music video Terry made while in the Army, "Voyeur (I'm Watching You"
Eric Schumaker & Madison Di Loren @ Wickham’s. Eric not only appeared in this music video, but was in “One Shot One Kill” and later co-starred with Madison in the last music video Terry made while in the Army, “Voyeur (I’m Watching You”

The song was chosen from German metal band Warlock,  headed by female vocalist Doro Pesch.  This tune inspired Terry to write a gory tale of two promiscuous female vampires (Madison Di Loren & Helen Pappas) savagely murdering three guys one night.

Long time pals Helan Pappas & Madison Di Loren glamed up as the bloodsucking vamps @ Wickham's residence outside Fort Polk, Lousiana.
Lifetime pals Helen Pappas & Madison Di Loren glamed it up as the bloodsucking vamps @ Wickham’s residence outside Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Kiss of Death is particularly memorable for Terry but exactly for the most pleasant reason.  The filmmaker had wanted to shot a scene of the sexy vamps strutting their stuff in a sleazy  part of town.

Madison Di Loren & Terry Wickham in their modest abode outside Fort Polk, Lousiana.  The couple had been married only 1-month earlier in New York.
Madison Di Loren & Terry Wickham in their modest abode outside Fort Polk, Louisiana. The couple had been married only 1-month earlier in New York.

Someone recommended what they felt would be perfect in the small town of Leesville, Louisiana.  What the director didn’t realize is the stretch of road they started shooting on had a unmarked nightclub for young teenagers.  When the concerned guardians saw the two hooker-like gals walking before this establishment, it forced one of them to call the police.  Since Terry was in charge, he got arrested and taken to the police station.  It ended up not being a real arrest, but rather a show of sorts to appease the irate mother and fathers.

Madison Di Loren with James Daniels, who played a victim in the video, here preparing @ Wickham residence.
Madison Di Loren with James Daniels, who played a victim in the video, are prepared for the shoot @ Wickham residence.

The video was shot @ 400 Block CIF, Michigan Avenue and on Exchange Street outside the Bayou Theater on Fort Polk, Louisiana in 6-hours.   Terry’s Army buddies James Daniels and Eric Schumaker played the willing victims and Terry made a cameo as the first guy to bite the dust.

Helen Pappas dressed and ready to go @ Wickham's place.
Helen Pappas is dressed and ready to go @ Wickham’s place.

Madison’s long-time friend Helen Pappas was visiting from New York and was quickly put to work as one of the seductive ladies of the night.

DP/Editor William Gross and James Daniels.  William shot & edited not only Kiss of Death, but Terry's music videos for "No One Is To Blame" and "Voyeur (I'm Watching you)" the two weeks following this shoot.
DP/Editor William Gross and James Daniels. Bill shot & edited not only “Kiss of Death”, but Terry’s music videos for “No One Is To Blame” and “Voyeur (I’m Watching you)” the two  consecutive weekends following this shoot.

Kiss of Death was the first of three music videos William Gross acted as Director of Photography & Editor.

Lifelong pals Madison & Helen had fun in the deep south, playing sexy vamps.
Madison & Helen had fun in the deep south, playing sexy vamps.  One month prior,  Helen was Madison’s maid of honor.
Terry and DP William Gross on Exchange Street outside the Bayou Theater (Fort Polk's movie theater).  Terry laughs at his stern look as he was anything but angry.  Terry says, "For some reason I felt the need to always look serious, kind of like those heavy metal guitarists when they would solo.  It's silly looking at it now."
Terry and DP William Gross on Exchange Street outside the Bayou Theater (Fort Polk’s movie theater). Terry laughs at his stern expression as he was anything but angry. Terry says, “For some reason I felt the need to always look serious, kind of like those heavy metal guitarists when they would solo. It’s silly looking at it now.”
Helen Pappas really sunk her teeth into the role of bloodsucker.  Eric Schumaker was her more than willing victim outside the Bayou Theater on Fort Polk, Louisiana
Helen Pappas really sunk her teeth into the role of bloodsucker. Eric Schumaker was her more than willing victim outside the Bayou Theater on Fort Polk, Louisiana
"Kiss of Death" cast & crew front to back/left to right: James Daniels w/slate, Helen Pappas, Madison Di Loren, Eric Schumaker, Terry R. Wickham, DP/Editor William Gross on Exchange Street outside Bayou Theater on Fort Polk, Louisiana
“Kiss of Death” cast & crew front to back/left to right: James Daniels w/slate, Helen Pappas, Madison Di Loren, Eric Schumaker, Terry R. Wickham, DP/Editor William Gross on Exchange Street outside Bayou Theater on Fort Polk, Louisiana