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Al Adamson



Director/producer Al Adamson was famous for making low-budget exploitation and horror films during the 1960s and 1970s. The son of longtime director Denver Dixon, Adamson made his directing debut in 1964 with Two Tickets to Terror. Subsequent films usually came with more than one title, including Psycho-a-Go-Go/Blood of Ghastly Horror/The Fiend With the Atomic Brain/The Love Maniac, a horror film described in author Michael Weldon's The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film (1983) as "an amazingly incoherent mess." The incoherence of many of the director's films came from his tendency to add new or old footage to existing films, then change their titles. His Dracula Vs. Frankenstein (1970) featured the final performances of internationally famous horror veterans Lon Chaney Jr. and J. Carrol Naish. Adamson's exploitation films include Blazing Stewardesses (1974) and Angel's Wild Women (1972).

The circumstances surrounding his death were as lurid as his fllm titles. In 1995, he had been having his Indio, CA, home remodeled by live-in contractor Fred Fulford. According to police estimates, Adamson disappeared sometime in mid-July, that year. The director's mysterious disappearance concerned Adamson's brother and he called the police. The case was solved on August 2, 1995, when investigators discovered Adamson's body in a whirlpool tub beneath a thick layer of tiled-over concrete. An autopsy revealed he had been killed by a blow to the back of the head with a large blunt object. The contractor Fulford was the prime suspect in the case. He was later convicted of murder.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Blood of Ghastly Horror
  • Producer
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Jessie's Girls
  • Director
  • Producer
1983
No Score Yet Lost
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Carnival Magic
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Doctor Dracula
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Death Dimension
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Beyond the Living
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Black Samurai
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Doctor Dracula
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Black Voodoo
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Black Heat
  • Director
  • Producer
1976
No Score Yet Blazing Stewardesses
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet The Naughty Stewardesses
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet I Spit on Your Corpse
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Dynamite Brothers
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Mean Mother
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet The Creature's Revenge
  • Director
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Hammer
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Angel's Wild Women
  • Director
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Brain Damage
  • Director
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Doomsday Voyage
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Dracula vs. Frankenstein
  • Producer
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Five Bloody Graves
  • Director
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet Horror of the Blood Monsters
  • Director
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet Hell's Bloody Devils
  • Director
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet Blood of Dracula's Castle, (Castle of Dracula)
  • Producer
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Satan's Sadists
  • Producer
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go
  • Director
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go
  • Producer
  • Director
1965

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