Here's a California regional, Nick Millard's San Francisco-lensed masterpiece of gluttony-driven homicidal mania. Crazy Fat Ethel returned in a 1987 sequel, and there's even a remake planned. Could there be a more American horror film?
A few months ago I received a call from a Chicago Tribune reporter named Chris Borrelli. He wanted to ask me a few questions about Chester N. Turner, the director of the notorious shot-on-video oddity Black Devil Doll From Hell, for an article he was preparing in anticipation of Turner's appearance at Lincoln Hall.
The Dead Next Door receives a very brief mention in this very long overview of Turner's career. Who would have thought, given how much mystery surrounded Turner and his films for so long, that we'd see the man and his film's be the subject of stories in the Tribune and the New York Times?
Chester Turner signing autographs at Lincoln Hall. (Image: Chicago Tribune)
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.