Tomorrow, February 9th, I’ll be seeing Don Coscarelli in person at Retr-O-Rama. Don is the producer/director of the Phantasm movies, as well as The Beastmaster, and my favorite of his films, Bubba Ho-Tep! Also appearing tomorrow will be actress Suzanna Leigh (Lust For a Vampire), Michael Weldon (author of the Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film), and David Polk (Scream Farm). I will return with a full report.
Ed Tucker is an aficionado of classic and vintage science fiction & horror films and memorabilia. He wrote the liner notes for the ZAAT 2-disc combo DVD. The official ZAAT website features an excerpt from an interview with Ed Tucker that first appeared in the April 2001 issue of Scary Monsters Magazine. Tucker begins:
I suppose being born in Ocala, Florida in the 1960’s in some way predestined me to my love and appreciation of motion pictures. The small town of Silver Springs is located so close to Ocala that, today, it is almost considered a suburb of it, but in the 1950’s and 60’s, it was a booming conglomeration of widely varied tourist attractions. Chief among these was Silver Springs itself, with its glass bottom boats, jungle cruises, and wildlife exhibitions. Hollywood often utilized the spring’s clear waters and jungle-like settings for every manner of production. From installments in the Tarzan film series to episodes of Sea Hunt and I Spy. But in my mind it will always be remembered for the underwater footage filmed for the 1957 3-D horror icon, Creature from the Black Lagoon.