Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Incredibly Strange Creature Stopped Living

Crap cinema lost one of its most charming underdogs recently. On January 7th of this year, Ray Dennis Steckler, director and star of many, many no budget films including The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies, passed on to the spooky land of Lucio Fulci and Amando de Ossorio. Steckler who acted and directed under the pseudonym Cash Flagg made films that came to typify a sort of filmmaking known as Psychotronic, a phrase coined by Michael Weldon, whose book of the same name focused heavily on movies that mixed horror, painfully outdated zeitgeisting, and rock and roll. He was 70 years old and he will most certainly be missed. Incidentally, George A. Romero, director of Night of the Living Dead, was born today.

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