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Forrest J. Ackerman

Forrest J Ackerman (born Forrest James Ackerman; November 24, 1916 – December 4, 2008) was an American magazine editor, science fiction writer and literary agent, a founder of science fiction fandom, a leading expert on science fiction and fantasy films, and acknowledged as the world's most avid collector of genre books and movie memorabilia. He was based in Los Angeles, California. This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Forrest J Ackerman", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. Born : 24th-Nov-1916

Movie Credits

Vampira: The Movie

Vampira The Movie chronicles the story of Malia "Vampira" Nurmi living on the very edge of show business and her rise to celluloid cultdom 50 years later. Her big break came in 1954 when she played the "glamour ghoul" Vampira, emerging from the mist to greet viewers of obscure horror movies on the new medium - television. Her newfound fame led to friendships with Marlon Brando, James Dean and Anthony Perkins. But Vampira's show was abruptly cancelled. Nurmi appeared as Vampira again in the 1959 low-budget horror / sci-fi film, Plan 9 from Outer Space, directed by Edward D Wood Jr. and often dubbed "the worst film of all time." But you can't keep a good vampire down and Nurmi's character rose from the dead again in 1993's Ed Wood, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The movie renewed interest in Maila Nurmi and she has since achieved a Bettie Page-like cult status.
Released : 31st-Oct-2006

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Hollywood Rated 'R'

A roller-coaster ride through the history of American exploitation films, ranging from Roger Corman's sci-fi and horror monster movies, 1960s beach movies, H.G. Lewis' gore-fests, William Castle's schlocky theatrical gimmicks, to 1970s blaxploitation, pre-"Deep Throat" sex tease films, Russ Meyer's bosom-heavy masterpieces, etc, etc. Over 25 interviews of the greatest purveyors of weird films of all kind from 1940 to 1975. Illustrated with dozens of films clips, trailers, extra footage, etc. This documentary as a shorter companion piece focusing on exploitation king David F. Friedman.
Released : 19th-Jun-1997

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait

A documentary about the classic 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' film, including interviews with Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal, John Dugan and Jim Seidow.
Released : 1st-Jan-1988

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Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The 'Plan 9' Companion

A documentary detailing the making of the cult favorite "Plan 9 from Outer Space," featuring interviews with cast members and prominent filmmakers about the film, its lasting legacy, and its creator, Edward D. Wood Jr.
Released : 1st-Jan-1992

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Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills

A look behind the scenes at Cortlandt Hull's "The Witch's Dungeon," a movie-themed Halloween attraction in Bristol, Connecticut -- now the longest-running show of its type in the United States.
Released : 1st-Jan-2006

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Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story

Chronicles the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks.
Released : 8th-Nov-2007

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Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies

Hollywood is a town of tinsel and glamour; but there is another Hollywood, a place where maverick independent exploitation filmmakers went toe to toe with the big guys and came out on top.
Released : 2nd-Apr-2001

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Skinned Deep

The horror film Skinned Deep begins when a family suffers a flat tire on a barren stretch of road with only a diner dotting the landscape. They meet Granny, the seemingly nice old woman who runs the establishment, but they soon find that she is the leader of a deranged clan. The family is slain, with the exception of their teenage daughter, Tina whom one of the sons in the family, Brain (a boy with an externalized brain much larger than his head), takes a romantic interest in. Soon a group of bikers show up, forcing the girl to figure out which group of crazies she should throw in with in order to stay alive.
Released : 14th-Feb-2004

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American Scary

A fond remembrance of and tribute to the uniquely American institution of the horror movie host.
Released : 21st-Oct-2006

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Nudist Colony of the Dead

Judge Rhinehole orders the Sunny Buttocks Nudist Camp closed down as an affront to the community. The members of the camp enter into a suicide pact, but vow to return for vengeance. Five years later, a group of campers on a retreat argue with each other about religion and sing big production numbers as the group begins experiencing an attrition problem.
Released : 5th-Aug-1991

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Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman

Famous Monster takes a fast-paced, colorful look at the life of science fiction's greatest fan - Forrest J. Ackerman, whose 85 year love affair with the genre helped bring it into the mainstream and shape the way we view science fiction today.
Released : 16th-May-2007

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Jack Parsons: Jet Propelled Antichrist

Jack Parsons: Jet Propelled Antichrist is a story about one of the fathers of modern rocketry and a founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) which as part of NASA still leads the way in the development of rockets and the exploration of space. He was also an occultist, a sorcerer and a magus. The infamous magician Aleister Crowley the self-proclaimed Great Beast called him son. He called himself ‘The Antichrist’ and was repeatedly investigated by the FBI. At the age of 38 Parsons died in a mysterious explosion that made headlines around the US. Officially it was a tragic scientific accident — other interpretations of the event persist to this day.
Released : 1st-Jan-2006

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Hooray for Horrorwood

Forrest J. Ackerman styles himself as the number-one fan of science fiction and horror movies, and he has the collection to back it up: more than 350,000 books, publicity stills, lobby cards, props, posters and paintings related to his obsession.
Released : 15th-Nov-1991

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Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors

Actors, directors and special effects technicians are interviewed at a horror-film convention.
Released : 1st-Jan-1986

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Visions from the Edge: The Art of Science Fiction

Science-fiction art is spotlighted in this documentary.
Released : 18th-Nov-2005

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Second Unit

The second unit crew of a low budget action film bicker over a woman while shooting benign establishing shots in Hollywood.
Released : 31st-Jan-2011

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Working with a Master: John Landis

Short documentary about John Landis and his horror works.
Released : 27th-Jun-2006

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Lugosi: The Forgotten King

A one hour documentary on the life of one of Hollywood's neglected horror icons, hosted by fear fan extraordinare Forrest J Ackerman & interviews with Hollywood legends John Carradine, Ralph Bellamy, Carroll Borland and B-movie producer Alex Gordon.
Released : 1st-Jan-1985

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Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me

Documentary about the life and work of Ray Harryhausen.
Released : 1st-Jan-1983

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Frazetta: Painting with Fire

A documentary on the life of painter Frank Frazetta, who revolutionized science fiction, fantasy and comic art with breathtaking realistic paintings of fantastic heroes, most famously Conan the Barbarian.
Released : 1st-Jan-2003

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Shock Cinema: Volume Two

Hour long documentary features interviews with filmmakers, actors and others who work low budget movies.
Released : 1st-Jan-1991

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Drive-In Madness

A compilation of trailers and previews from classic low-budget sci-fi and horror films.
Released : 2nd-Jan-1987

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The Life After Death Project

A fascinating quest for proof of life after death -- a true-life enigma that begins with one small, odd incident and mushrooms into a huge scientific inquiry into apparent messages from the 'Other Side.'
Released : 15th-May-2013

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Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man

A documentary about one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 1950s and 1960s. Charles Beaumont was responsible for penning some of the most memorable Twilight Zone episodes before his untimely death at age 38.
Released : 27th-Mar-2010

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The Devil Ant

A barrel of radioactive waste dumped by a careless mad scientist turns an ordinary ant into the Fearsome Formicid... The Devil Ant! Will David The Rock Nelson and his twin brother Detective Rock defeats this vicious monstah, before all the innocent victims are wasted?
Released : 1st-Jan-1999

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The Life After Death Project 2: Personal Encounters

Spellbinding accounts of personal encounters with life after death from people of all walks of life including doctors and nurses who have seen spirit visitations and related strange phenomena. Also updates the Forrest J Ackerman case.
Released : 16th-Jul-2013

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My Lovely Monster


Released : 1st-Jan-1990

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Hollywood Dinosaur Chronicles

Documentary showing how dinosaurs have been used in films. Trailers and scenes from moving about or with dinosaurs are shown.
Released : 1st-Jan-1987

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Dinosaur Movies

Dinosaurs Vs. Apes: DINOSAUR MOVIES and HOLLYWOOD GOES APE! have been hailed as the definitive documentaries on the prehistoric and anthropoid creatures that have appeared on the silver screen. Filled with rare movie clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
Released : 1st-Jan-1993

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Ceremony

An angel was cast out of heaven and dispatched to Earth 1400 years ago. The angel was made a slave of the devil and was sent forth to terrorize mankind. To rid the world of this evil threat a "device" was erected to imprison the angel. Now the "device" is about to open. The Ceremony must be performed to keep the angel imprisoned or evil will rule the Earth.
Released : 4th-Jun-1994

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Sleazemania Strikes Back

A compilation tape featuring trailers for and footage from low-budget sci-fi and exploitation films. This entry features Forbidden Adventure, Marihuana, The Gorilla Woman, Teenage Cruisers, College Girl Confidential, numerous H.G. Lewis and Ed Wood films and others. It also includes test footage from Fred Olen Ray's unfinished Beach Blanket Bloodbath project, which was based on a script (again, unfinished) written by Wood shortly before his death.
Released : 1st-Jan-1985

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Sex, Death & The Hollywood Mystique

Larry Wessel presents darkest Hollywood and explores some of tinsel town's most grisly tragedies, including the murders of Sharon Tate and The Black Dahlia.
Released : 2nd-May-1999

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Pumpkinman

I did "5" PUMPKINMAN movies between 1991-2004. Enjoy! Your "Fiend", David Rock Nelson, B-"Monster" Moviemaker.
Released : 1st-Jan-2004

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The Vampire Hunters Club


Released : 1st-Feb-2001

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Red Velvet

A man and a young woman have a chance encounter at a laundry mat which leads to a story about a birthday party where everyone has been killed by a madman in a white jumpsuit.
Released : 28th-Aug-2009

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The Double-D Avenger

Three of the biggest and bustiest Russ Meyer stars - Kitten Natividad, Haji, and Raven De La Croix - make a comeback in 'The Double-D Avenger,' the first in a series of sexy action/comedy feature films by William Winckler Productions. Big, busty Chastity Knott must use her new amazing abilities as the super-stacked costumed crime fighter, the Double-D Avenger, to stop villainous bikini bar owner Al Purplewood and his sexy, murderous strippers.
Released : 17th-Sep-2001

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The Sci-Fi Boys

Legendary all-stars of cinema bring to life the evolution of science-fiction and special effects films from the wild and funny days of B-movies to blockbusters that have captured the world's imagination. This is the story of the Sci-Fi Boys, who started out as kids making amateur movies inspired by Forrest J Ackerman's FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine and grew up to take Hollywood by storm, inventing the art and technology for filming anything the mind can dream.
Released : 27th-Apr-2006

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Hollywood Goes Ape!

A documentary covering the history of Apes in the movies. Written and Directed by Donald F. Glut.
Released : 1st-Jan-1994

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Werewolf & The Witch

A witch has a werewolf. She wants him to track down people who have given David 'The Rock' Nelsons movie's bad reviews. It's up to Detective Rocky Nelson to stop him.
Released : 1st-Jan-2007

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Beach Blanket Bloodbath


Released : 1st-Jan-1985

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Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania

Hosted by everyone's favorite vamp, Elvira, this program is a lighthearted look back at the monster movies of the '50s. All the monsters that scared your parents make appearances here including Godzilla and King Kong. Also included are many interviews with the men behind the monsters including special effects wizards and directors. A special look at the monsters of Japan and Great Britain are included as well.
Released : 1st-Jan-1999

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That Little Monster

A young teenage girl is hired by a strange couple to watch their baby for the night. What the babysitter doesn't know is how strange the couple is, and exactly what kind of baby she is watching over.
Released : 19th-Apr-1994

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Keepers of the Frame

An exploration of film preservation and restoration in the United States.
Released : 1st-Mar-1999

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Lon Chaney: Son of a Thousand Faces

Born Creighton Chaney, this is a biographical documentary on Lon Chaney Jr, the only star to play all four of the classic monsters: the Mummy, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein and Dracula.
Released : 25th-Oct-1995

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King Kong! The Living Legend

Documentary special to promote the release of King Kong Lives, the grand opening of the King Kong attraction at Universal theme park, as well as a look back at the history of King Kong in the movies.
Released : 1st-Jun-1986

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The Aftermath

After a lengthy space mission, two astronauts (Steve Barkett and Larry Latham) return to an Earth transformed by nuclear war. As renegade gangs and mutants rule Los Angeles, the astronauts join two pretty women and a couple of kids in a growing resistance movement. This sci-fi adventure follows the men as they battle bell-bottomed biker leader Cutter and his brutal gang.
Released : 22nd-Mar-1982

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The Alien Within

After having a feud with director Kenneth J. Hall, producer Fred Olen Ray hired Ted Newsom to shoot brand new footage (on video) to weave in with scenes from Hall's film Evil Spawn (1987).
Released : 1st-Jan-1990

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Hard to Die

While doing the inventory for a lingerie outlet in a high rise office building, five attractive women are terrorized by a series of bizarre killings. They suspect that the strange janitor, who witnessed another series of killings years back, is at the bottom of the whole thing. Little do they know the real horror that they face in the end.
Released : 1st-Jan-1990

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Universal Horror

A documentary about the era of classic monster movies that were made at Universal Studios during the 1930s and 1940s.
Released : 8th-Oct-1998

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Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society

The story of the Cacophony Society. This documentary follows their evolution from the San Francisco Suicide Club - 1977, the exploits of SF Cacophony, their nexus creating the Burning Man Festival, to the irreverent Los Angeles Cacophony and beyond. This is the history of the most significant American underground cultural movement of our time! 'The Cacophony Society is, 'a randomly gathered network of free spirits engaged in the pursuit of experiences beyond the mainstream.' The credo is 'You May Already be a Member!' It's a non-religious, non-political, non-commercial disorganization of Dada klowns rewiring the neuro-circuits of humanity. The heart of Cacophony is deeply routed in kitsch, weird and nihilism.. It's subversion by way of absurdist pranks and fire!
Released : 29th-Oct-2012

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Amazon Women on the Moon

Acclaimed director John Landis (Animal House, The Blues Brothers) presents this madcap send-up of late night TV, low-budget sci-fi films and canned-laughter-filled sitcoms packed with off-the-wall sketches that will have you in stitches. Centered around a television station which features a 1950s-style sci-fi movie interspersed with a series of wild commercials, wacky shorts and weird specials, this lampoon of contemporary life and pop culture skewers some of the silliest spectacles ever created in the name of entertainment. A truly outrageous look at the best of the worst that television has to offer.
Released : 18th-Sep-1987

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TV Credits

Prisoners of Gravity

- Prisoners of Gravity was a Canadian public broadcasting television news magazine program that explored speculative fiction — science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books — and its relation to various thematic and social issues. Produced by TVOntario, the show was the brainchild of former comic retail manager Mark Askwith and writer Daniel Richler, and was hosted by Rick Green. The series aired 139 episodes over 5 seasons from 1989 to 1994.
Released : 21st-Aug-1989

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Cult Movies TV

Self - In 1999, Cult Movies TV was inspired in part by two earlier video documentaries that Copner and Barnett produced, Bela Lugosi Then And Now and On The Trail Of Ed Wood.
Released : 2nd-Jan-1999

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