A newlywed couple check into an old hotel, and soon the wife finds herself having hallucinations and wandering the halls aimlessly. It seems a voodoo priestess has placed a curse on her in ... See full summary »
When a rich man dies, some items from a collection of his are stolen- an ancient Egyptian gold amulet and the mummy that was wearing it. The police consult scholars from the local ... See full summary »
George Ellis, the star of this movie, is fondly remembered as the host of Big Movie Shocker, a Friday night late show in Atlanta during the 1960s, performing under the name Bestoink Dooley (the same as the character in this film). George styled himself to look somewhat like a hobo, and his character spoke in a wonderfully droll manner, pretending he was bored and he didn't know why his audience bothered watching the "old movies" he had to present. See more »
The version released on video by Cult Video in 1988 seems to be missing an entire reel of film and only runs 65 minutes. See more »
I was the Special Assistant to the Director for this movie!
I was a student at Georgia Tech when a fellow Photography Club member told me that he had shot stills for this movie company. I went with him one day to see what goes into making a movie and started helping out with the filming chores on Stone Mountain (outside Atlanta, GA). Asked if I would like a job, I quickly accepted and spent all my spare time on the film for 6 months. I organized the rushes (16mm version of each roll of film shot with each frame numbered) and learned how to assemble the scenes into a rough cut movie. I also worked with the music library (350 hours of music themes) to add background music to the film (I had specialized in recorded sound during my high school years). After the film was roughed in, we went to Master Recording Studio for about a month to record the dialog for the film. Using the preliminary movie print and the tinny sound recorded on site as a guide, we had the original actors come into the recording studio to rerecord their voices to match the image. These rerecorded dialog tapes were synced to the movie print at this point. Later, when the first review print was ready, we viewed it at the Paramont (I think) studio in downtown Atlanta. This was a 30 seat theatre with a 35mm projector and communication with the projectionist so that we could tell him when to start, stop, rewind, etc the film as we made comments on continuity, color balance, voice, and music.
This film was made to show in the Saturday morning movie circuit of about 450 "hardtop" theatres. Comedy/horror was a popular movie type at the time that almost guaranteed one showing in each theatre. As I recall the economics, the movie cost about $750,000 and would gross $1.25 million in one pass through the 450 theatres.
Bestoink Dooley (played by Gregory Ellis) was a "character" that had a Saturday morning kids program in the Atlanta area. He brought the exact character to the film that he used on his weekly show.
I would love to get a video of this film ... my four children have never see it (and wonder if Daddy really did this).
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