Friday, February 4, 2011

R.I.P. Charles E. Sellier, Jr.

I recently learned that Idaho-based producer/director Charles E. Sellier, Jr., died unexpectedly on Monday. He was 67.

Sellier is best known for writing the original novel The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams in 1972, which he later adapted as a film and a TV series starring Dan Haggerty.

But for horror fans, he's even better known for his long association with the Utah-based Sunn Classic company, producing oddball films and documentaries (mostly for television) like The Mysterious Monsters (1976), In Search of Noah's Ark (1976), The Bermuda Triangle (1979), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1982).

He also directed the notorious Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), and served as a producer on The Boogens (1981). In more recent years, he had focused on Christian-themed films and TV programs, and he maintained a Web site at

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