BLOOD & FLESH - The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson

Directed by David Gregory

Plus! Screening followed by the World Premiere of Severin Films’ new restoration of Al Adamson’s DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1971) starring Lon Chaney Jr & J. Carrol Naish! // Hosted by Director and Screenwriter David Gregory and Producers Josh Johnson and Nicole Mikuzis

Credits  

Director

David Gregory

Writer

David Gregory

Cast

Al Adamson, Ken Adamson, Stevee Ashlock, Ewing 'Lucky' Brown, John 'Bud' Cardos, Greydon Clark, Robert Dix, Guadalupe Garcia, Gary Graver, Marilyn Joi, Gary Kent, Samuel M. Sherman, Russ Tamblyn, Zandor Vorkov, Vilmos Zsigmond

Producer

Heather Buckley, Carl Daft, David Gregory, Capone Michael, Nicole Mikuzis, David Sehring, Chad Sisneros

Cinematographer

Jim Kunz

Editor

Michael Capone, Mark Hartley

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Severin Films

USA 2019 99 mins OV English

“Horror film director found slain, buried under floor.” This was not the prologue to one of Al Adamson’s microbudget exploitation quickies. The headline of a Los Angeles Times piece in August 1995, it was the epitaph of the maverick indie filmmaker’s life, snuffed out at the hands of a murderous handyman whom he’d shown charity to in his lonely senior years. A final moment of shock and sensationalism made horribly real. The son of a silent-era screen cowboy, Al Adamson existed in a period of American cinema unimaginable to today’s emerging talents. A time when you could shoot just about anything and have a good chance at getting it into a number of major theatres playing opposite mainstream studio fare. If you talked a good talk and delivered things others didn’t — or at least, if you promised to. Adamson and his lifelong friend and producing partner Sam Sherman did just that. And so, moviegoers were treated to the impossible-to-ignore appearances of such films as BLOOD OF GHASTLY HORROR, SATAN’S SADISTS, DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN, BLAZING STEWARDESSES and over 25 others at their local cinemas. Scrappy, kooky productions that often starred figures like John Carradine, Robert Dix, Russ Tamblyn and Aldo Ray, shot on schedules and budgets that made the most tattered Corman pic look over-produced. This is the story of a resourceful band of outsiders, creatives and hustlers during a unique period of filmmaking opportunity. You will react out-loud. It will amaze you.

Brought to life through archival material and the reflections of over 40 colleagues, friends and fans, BLOOD & FLESH is much more than the story of a moviemaking life most unusual. It beautifully captures the worlds of outsider filmmaker communities that existed in California in the ’70s, and the weird ways they intersected with Hollywood mainstream and union indies. On Adamson shoots, regular Orson Welles crew and cinematographers like Gary Graver, Vilmos Szigmond and Lazlo Kovaks worked alongside Bud Cardos — and at one point, Charles Manson! Director David Gregory (founder of Severin Films, director of LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU) spent years making this film, speaking to everyone down to the cops who investigated Adamson’s murder, vividly encapsulating both a bold life and tragic demise, with alien conspiracies, go-go dancers and Colonel Sanders coming in along the way. If you’ve got even a passing interest in cinema, you want to see this. – Mitch Davis