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A cult classic that I haven’t seen, and was only just reminded of after I read the obituary of its filmmaker, David E. Durston, who recently passed away (on May 6). The film was released in 1971, becoming a staple of drive-ins, and was the first film ever to be rated X by the MPAA based on violence alone.
Synopsis: A group of satanist hippies descend on a town and terrorize the locals. They rape a local girl and her grandfather goes after them. He fails. To get back at the satanist hippies, his grandson feeds them meat pies he infected with blood from a rabid dog; but the plan backfires, and instead turns them into zombies, who then begin killing and/or infecting everything in their path!
The film is on DVD – a director’s cut. I’m sure some of you have seen it. It’s said to have »
By Harris Lentz, III
Filmmaker David E. Durston was best known as the director and writer of the 1970 horror exploitation film I Drink Your Blood, about a Manson-esque gang of Satanic hippies who become bloodthirsty maniacs after being fed rabies-tainted meat pies. He was also featured onscreen in the cult classic in the role of Dr. Oakes
Durston was born in Pennsylvania on September 10, 1921, and began working in local television in Chicago in the late 1940s. He was soon scripting for such national programs as the early science fiction series Tales of Tomorrow, Kraft Theater, and Danger. He wrote and directed a handful of exploitation films during the 1960s including Felicia (1964), The Love Statue (aka The Love Drug) (1966), and Blue Sextet (aka Leap into Hell) (1970). He produced, directed, and scripted 1972’s Stigma, and was involved in providing commentary for the recent DVD releases of I Drink Your Blood and Stigma. »
- Harris Lentz
David E. Durston had a long career in movies, TV and on the stage, from touring with Bela Lugosi in theatrical productions of Dracula to writing episodes of the early genre series Tales Of Tomorrow, among many others. But the man who died May 6 will always be remembered by fans of ’70s horror as the writer/director of the cult fave I Drink Your Blood. »
- email@example.com (Michael Gingold)
Durston wrote for such ground-breaking TV shows as "Playhouse 90," "Studio One," "Rheingold Playhouse," "Tales of Tomorrow" -- one of the earliest science-fiction anthology shows -- "Kraft Theater" and "Danger."
He also produced the NBC musical variety show "Your Hit Parade" as well as the annual broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade for all three major TV networks during the late 1950s. Durston continued to write and develop original screenplays into his late 80s.
In the mid-'60s, he made the jump into directing his own low-budget, independent features. The first of these was "The Love Statue," a 1966 black-and-white fantasy that explored the effects of LSD on a group of Greenwich Village bohemians.
Later, Jerry Gross of distributor »
- By Mike Barnes
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