Filmmakers Steve Latshaw & Fred Olen Ray

Air Date: Oct. 18, 2013

Show #140

 

Steve Latshaw was born in Decatur, Illinois, Steve began his film career in a distinctly Corman-esque style, directing a string of successful B movies in Florida in the early 90s. 296660_2655691310213_900939588_nThese included the home video/cable hits Dark Universe (1993) (V) and Jack-O (1995), as well as the cult classic Vampire Trailer Park (1991). Relocating to Los Angeles, Steve continued his career as both writer and director, though on markedly larger budgeted projects. With a filmography well into the double digits, Steve’s recent screenwriting credits have included the family adventure _American Black Beauty (2005), starring Dean Stockwell and the upcoming Sci Fi Channel superhero adventure, _Stan Lee’s Lightspeed (2006). He and his former wife Patricia (divorced 2003) have a son, Ryan Thomas, born 5 June 1986. Steve wrote and directed the squeal to the 1959 film THE KILLER SHREWS called the RETURN OF THE KILLER SHREWS, starring James Best who was in the original in 1959 returning as the same character 50 years later. Also, in the film is Sean Flynn the grandson of the late Errol Flynn in his first feature film.

 

 

Fred Olen Ray spent most of his childhood in Florida, where he was always a fan of horror 68356_10151075209530885_251119837_nmovies on TV. He collected autographs of many of the actors in those films and met ‘Peter Cushing (I)’ and Christopher Lee. His early career was filled with low-budget horror and science-fiction films, but the market eventually dried up and he switched to producing softcore “T&A” videos of the type shown late at night on Showtime and Cinemax. His films rarely cost more than $500,000, he has written under at least 30 different pen names and he was one of the first to fill time at the end of his films with outtakes, now a common practice in other comedy films. The outdoor sets are often CGI backdrops and many sets are in his own home or near it. Ray often can share credit for his softcore film success with the late cinematographer/director Gary Graver, big shoes for him to fill while working with an excess of tattooed and body-beaded new performers in this genre

 

Steve Latshaw & Fred Olen Ray’s Interview

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