Taaffe O'Connell born May 14, is an American actress and publisher , best known by her fans for her performance in cult-classic sci-fi horror film Galaxy of Terror. Her career has seen a rebirth after and has continued to the present day. Canoco is a Los Angeles-based company produced Astro Caster Magazine , which specialized in casting information and advice for actors and actresses.
O'Connell has written numerous articles for the magazine as well as being its owner and publisher. O'Connell was born in Providence, Rhode Island. In she starred in the slasher cult film New Year's Evil. She achieved lasting fame within the B-movie, horror film universe for her role as Dameia in Galaxy of Terror. Released in , it was the second consecutive horror film she had appeared in, having also appeared in the film New Year's Evil. O'Connell's place as a scream queen legend was guaranteed with Galaxy of Terror due to the unique, bizarre, and exploitative scene in which her character is killed.
The human crew unwittingly confront the pyramid, which creates monsters from the fears in their own minds, but the monsters come with more adult, psychological fears attached to them as well. The confrontations generally prove deadly to the crew since most of them are not aware of this and cannot overcome the sense of terror and humiliation generated by their attackers. O'Connell's character, Dameia, reveals at one point she has a significant fear of worms.
Shortly thereafter, she is attacked by a giant foot maggot. The psychological fear that Dameia confronts along with the worm is sexual in nature, because the monster graphically rapes her as it kills her. The scene as it was released contained enough nudity from the buxom O'Connell and a body-double used for various shots and was sexually explicit enough to achieve cult status for the movie and the actress.
According to R. Kizer on the Shout! Factory re-release of Galaxy , it was initially even more explicit; in fact, it earned an X-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America MPAA upon the screening of its first cut.
Kizer had to make a series of small edits to eliminate two things the MPAA gave the scene an X-rating for: some of Dameia's facial expressions as she's raped were too "ecstatic" and deemed suggestive or inappropriate, and some of the motions made by the giant worm and the nude actress entangled in tentacles underneath it simulated sexual intercourse too realistically.
These tiny cuts allowed the film to maintain its desired R-rating, but even so, the sequence was restricted or the movie was banned from cinematic release in several countries for the lewd sexual content of this scene. Over time, the cut sequences were lost and are not on any currently released version of the film.
As a result of this, O'Connell has had cameo appearances in several other horror films in the s and early s, and B-movie print productions like Femme Fatales and Fangoria have done features on her, the scene, and the film. During the s, O'Connell's focus shifted away from acting and into publishing.
Her Canoco Publishing Company has continued operations for 20 years, and produces Astro Caster Magazine , a trade magazine which combines traditional casting for actors and actresses with astrological insights and information.
More recently, O'Connell has begun taking acting parts in films again. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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