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Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019)

Maverick indie filmmaker Al Adamson's real life was even crazier than one of the 30-plus sex 'n' schlock drive-in movies he made in the '60s and '70s.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Adamson Al Adamson ... Self (archive footage)
Samuel M. Sherman Samuel M. Sherman ... Self
Chris Poggiali Chris Poggiali ... Self
Ken Adamson Ken Adamson ... Self - Al's Brother
Ewing Miles Brown Ewing Miles Brown ... Self (as Ewing 'Lucky' Brown)
David Konow David Konow ... Self
Michael J. Weldon Michael J. Weldon ... Self
Robert Dix ... Self
R. Michael Stringer ... Self
Michael Ferris ... Self
Gary Kent ... Self
Ken Osborne Ken Osborne ... Self
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Self
Greydon Clark ... Self
Fred Olen Ray ... Self


'Horror Film Director Found Slain, Buried Under Floor,' screamed the August 1995 headline in the Los Angeles Times. But the whole truth behind Al Adamson's strange life and gruesome death reveals perhaps the most bizarre career in Hollywood history. From his early years as the son of a silent screen cowboy, through the production of some 30 lurid low budget pictures including SATAN'S SADISTS, DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN and THE NAUGHTY STEWARDESSES, to his grisly demise, the Al Adamson story remains wild beyond belief. Told through over 40 first-person recollections from friends, family, colleagues and historians, plus rare clips and archival interviews with Adamson himself, BLOOD and FLESH: THE REEL LIFE and GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON is the delightful, dirty and deadly documentary of bikers, go-go dancers, aging Hollywood actors, porn stars, freak-out girls, Charles Manson, Colonel Sanders, alien conspiracies, bad contractors and "scenes so SICK the Movies could never show them before... Written by Severin Films

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25 June 2020 | by johannataylor-11047See all my reviews

I knew nothing about Adamson before watching the film, but found this documentary highly entertaining. From Al Adamson's outlandish exploitation films to the mystery surrounding his grizzly end, his unique character is lovingly portrayed in this well constructed documentary.

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29 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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