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Joy N. Houck Jr

  • Highest Rated: 90% Down by Law (1986)
  • Lowest Rated: 85% Tightrope (1984)
  • Birthday: Jan 26, 1942
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Joy N. Houck, Jr., was a writer, producer, and director specializing in B-pictures. The son of Joy Newton Houck, Sr., the founder of Howco International -- distributor of such fare as Blades of the Musketeers (1953) and Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s Jail Bait (1954) -- he came to the field of B pictures virtually as a birthright. The younger Houck began his career in his late twenties as a writer/director on the movies Women and Bloody Terror and Night of Bloody Horror (both 1969), both starring a young Gerald McRaney. He went on to make at least one film with a lingering cult following, The Creature from Black Lake (1976), which was quite possibly the first feature film ever to play off of the "Bigfoot" legend, co-starring screen veterans Jack Elam and Dub Taylor. Houck also did occasional acting work in pictures ranging from the 1964 remake of The Shepherd of the Hills to the Clint Eastwood psychological thriller Tight Rope, and also worked with Dennis Hopper in the HBO movie Double-Crossed. He also appeared in episodes of Hill Street Blues and Highway to Heaven. Houck died of a heart attack in 2003, at age 61.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet El Milagro de St. Tammany Director 1994
No Score Yet Doublecrossed Turks DEA 1991
89% The Big Easy Sgt. Guerra 1987
90% Down by Law Detective Mandino 1986
85% Tightrope Swap Meet Owner 1984
No Score Yet Soggy Bottom U.S.A. Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet Creature From Black Lake (Demon of the Lake) Director 1976
No Score Yet Bootleggers Bobby Joe Woodall 1974
No Score Yet Night of Bloody Horror Producer Director Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet Night of the Strangler Director 1973
No Score Yet The Brain Machine Director 1972
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills Ollie Stewart 1964

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Skipper
  • 1988

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