I am shocked and amazed that I am just hearing about this new book and am eternally thankful to my friend Gavin Schmitt for putting it on my radar, which I quickly ordered!
So … not sure who Sam Sherman is? If you’ve ever seen any of the classic Al Adamson flicks, like Satan’s Sadist, Dracula vs Frankenstein, Blood of Ghastly Horror, or the Blood Island movies from the Philippines, such as Mad Doctor of Blood Island or Beast of Blood, then you at least know the work of Mr. Sherman. Or should I say, a small part of Sherman’s work. In the world of low-budget filmmaking, Sherman was involved in pretty much all aspects, especially when it came to promoting and distributing. He would help come up with the lurid titles, help with the ad campaign, and so much more.
Now, thanks to Murania Press, you’ll get to read all the juicy bits from his career, working with Independent International Pictures, Al Adamson, and much more. In this 378 page trade paperback book, you’ll read along as Sherman “revisits those halcyon days and reveals the behind-the-scenes story of IIP’s rise and fall.” But he also goes into the entire drive-in era, having to deal with independent producers and distributors, trying not to get ripped off, and all the other fun things you had to do when you were working well below the major studios.
I’ve been a long time fan of the work of Al Adamson. I know, some say that would be on par with being a fan of Larry Buchanan, but as I’ve said many times before, if you’re entertained by their work, then they can’t be bad movies! And I still stand by that statement! Adamson made some of the best in low budget horror and exploitation films, such as titles like Satan’s Sadist (1969), Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970), Brain of Blood (1971), Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), The Naughty Stewardesses (1975) and Blazing Stewardesses (1975), and so many more. But Adamson’s ending was right out of one of his movies.
Now thanks to David Gregory and Severin Films, you’ll be able to learn more about this man than you ever thought possible. Maybe afterwards you’ll have a little more respect for this underrated filmmaker.
We don’t have a release date yet, but the documentary will be making its debut at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Stay tuned for more information.
Welcome to our latest installment for our Turkey Day Marathon recap. For our 9th year holding this little festival, it has grown quite a bit over the last few years. At one point during the marathon, we had 8 people here, all eyes glued to the amazing film that was coming our of the TV. Well, maybe not amazing, but definitely entertaining. In fact, not one of the 7 films that we got through this year was one of those that we were just waiting for the end to come. So that really was a first for our T-Day viewing party. Usually there is at least one title that makes us just hate life in general. Not to say we didn’t have our fill of Turkeys. We had quite a few gems in here.
But before we get to the films, lets get to the victims. As always, Dr. AC (aka Aaron Christensen), my Turkey Day co-pilot since 2005 was there. As well as Craig Clark, making another long journey to take part in the marathon. Last year, Joe Wallace and his girlfriend Jen had stopped by near the end. But this year, they were here right from the start. And our newest victim was another Chicago horror regular, Jason Coffman. He is no stranger to movie marathons, so we knew he was a would have no problem joining our cinematic shindig. My son Nick had to work for most of the day, but was back in time to catch the last couple of flicks. And while not in the kitchen making copious amount of food for the gang, my wife Dawn came down for a couple of the films as well. I mean, she’s married to me, so it can’t be too much of a surprise for her to see these kind of flicks….just saying! But let’s get on to this years movies.