Maverick, indie filmmaker Al Adamson’s real life was a lot crazier than anything that made it into one of his 30+ sex ‘n’ schlock drive-in flicks during the 60s & 70s. Adamson is probably best known for directing biker pic “Satan’s Sadists” and sexy “Stewardess,” but he also made countless popcorn movies with multiple titles to dupe audiences into repeat viewings. Director David Gregory (founder of Severin Films, director of LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU) returns to Beyond Fest with his latest and greatest, which just about out-gonzos his previous work!
Gregory expertly uses archival footage of the man himself, and a slew of interviews with those who knew and worked with him, to paint a portrait of a moviemaker’s life imitating art imitating life and chronicles a community of outsider filmmakers working during a weird, wild, never-to-be-duplicated period in movie production history. You get the sense of a man that loved movies so much he would make them at any cost (or little to no cost, if the budgets are to be believed).
BLOOD & FLESH is an entertaining look at a past long gone and will leave you nostalgic for the bygone era of drive in’s and dives. Your jaw will drop and shatter on the floor as you learn about this mad visionary who thought nothing of shooting a movie at Spahn Ranch while Charles Manson and the Family were still in residence or who made a documentary on UFOs (“Beyond This Earth”) that took years to film but never got completed (possibly due to Adamson meeting a half-alien being) and the web of conspiracy theories surrounding it. Or the insane tale of his friend Fred Fulford, who started dressing like Adamson and used his credit cards. Or the tragic, bizarre and shocking murder of Adamson himself, who was found buried under his own house.
Paired with a rep screening of DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, join us as we honor the life and times of the one, the only, Al Adamson.
Director: David Gregory
Huluween Theatre @The Egyptian