We wrap up our look at 1970s BoxOffice magazine covers with two of my favorites -- Horror High and Creature From Black Lake -- as well as non-horror offerings from Alaska's Chuck Keen (Timber Tramps), North Carolina's Earl Owensby (Seabo), Arkansas legend Charles B. Pierce (The Norseman), and Florida fave William Grefe (The Godmothers, complete with a staged shot of Grefe and producer Socrates Ballis with the cast in gangster drag).
A selection of BoxOffice magazine covers featuring regional horror releases. Tomorrow, I'll post a few more goodies, in addition to covers featuring some more esoteric, non-horror releases from regional directors/producers.
If regional horror has an unheralded genius, then that man is probably S.F. Brownrigg, the Texas director who gave us Don't Look in the Basement (1973), Don't Open the Door (1975), Scum of the Earth (1974), and Keep My Grave Open (1976). High on style (but sometimes low on action), Brownrigg's films ooze atmosphere, and are heavy on overly theatrical acting, seedy locations, low lighting, and sweaty close-ups of shady characters staring bug-eyed at the camera. With the promised release of Scum of the Earth on DVD soon (How soon? Someone needs to harass Brownrigg expert Dave Szulkin about this!), his entire horror output will soon be available for home consumption.
Take the release dates above with a grain of salt. All four films were shot between 1972 and 1974 (again, according to Texas horror historian Dave Szulkin); both Door and Grave languished for several years before they were originally released.
Michael de Gaetano's Georgia film UFO: Target Earth boasted some early computer-generated special effects, but I'm more impressed with the decidedly low-tech giveaway the local radio station came up with -- a 10-speed bicycle.
The Dead Next Door is a blog about regional or "backyard" horror and science fiction films made from the late 1950s to the earlyl 1990s (and beyond). These films were released during the peak years of independent film production, created by a motley crew of seasoned pros, gifted amateurs, and enthusiastic genre fans, along with dozens of eccentric dreamers -- doctors, lawyers, insurance salesmen, publishers, commercial filmmakers, TV production crews and moonlighting pornographers -- all looking for their big break or a fast buck or both.