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“Achieves the feat of paying tribute to some of the genre’s lesser-known titles superbly…” -A Slash Above
CHEERLEADER CAMP 2 THE DEATH
Written by Christian Sellers & John Klyza. Directed by Dustin Ferguson. Starring Jennifer Banko, Ari Lehman, Julia Farrell.
Welcome to Horizon Fields Cheerleader Camp. After her squad is burned to death in a gruesome sprinkler accident, Tanya Starkman reluctantly attends camp. Joining her are a pack of drop-dead gorgeous mean girls from competing high schools who chafe under the strict rules set by Coach Paddington (Jennifer Banko, LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III). With a lustful caretaker (Ari Lehman, FRIDAY THE 13TH’s Jason) lurking nearby, the team struggle to get along – but soon their life depends on it! When someone in a panda costume begins killing one girl every hour and leaving cryptic letters, it’s up to Tanya to piece together the clues before time runs out.
Lost slasher: THE LAST PROM (1980), 4 minutes of silent outtakes, original teaser trailer.
Now on DVD & Instant Video at Amazon, plus VHS direct from Retrosploitation – www.retrosploitation.
Also just released:
BLOOD DESERT: UNEARTHED & UNCUT
An ancient jinn takes over the minds and bodies of foreigners in the deserts of Arabia and drives them to murder each other. This horror movie was shot in the Kuwait-Saudi-Iraq neutral zone throughout 2004 and was lost to the sands of time – until now. Blood Desert: no one leaves it alive.
Written by James Wagner, from a story by James Wagner and Fred Olen Ray. Directed by G. Manjay. Stars James Wagner, Rose English, Coleen Canavan.
Guest Post by Stegath Dorr, a.k.a. James Wagner: writer & cast member of Blood Desert
With the release of Fred Olen Ray’s SCALPS Blu-Ray through Retromedia and BLOOD DESERT through John’s company I thought I would include a brief biographical sketch for future viewers who might be interested in how SCALPS and BLOOD DESERT wove a thread through an otherwise marginal career.
Now 41 years old, I first began communicating with Fred Olen Ray when I was 25. This was when I first began looking for a way to make a cheap film to break into the industry.
Like Fred, I was born in the Midwest but grew up elsewhere as my father was a German-American commercial fisherman whose work took us to port towns where there was little for youngsters to do but watch horror and action films on VHS lying around the 1980s/1990s shipyards….Most of them Fred Olen Ray films like ARMED RESPONSE and ALIEN DEAD.
After a brief stint in the army I became a typical mid-nineties aimless hippy studying broadcast journalism at a middling college. I dropped out when a high school buddy who had become a photographer in Dubai offered me a job at his magazine, which proved fortuitous.
Aged about 25, I moved to the Arabian Gulf and worked as a staff writer until an argument with an incompetent editor (Sean Mooney now of Australia’s STRATEGARISK business magazine) led me to quite, which again was fortuitous because I began participating in commercials and making documentaries.
Every slacker around then who had seen BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was looking for a way to produce a film that might mimic that success: I saw SCALPS on a double bill with THE SLAYER and decided that it was so obscure I could rewrite it as BLAIR WITCH mockumentary.
This never got off the ground because the BLAIR WITCH fad passed quickly but four years later as a camera assistant in Kuwait I was finally able to get financing for BLOOD DESERT after rewriting as a political satire for a small-time Arab cable company.
I was broke and already 30 by then, so I accepted the offer.
We shot on DV over 6 months in 2004 in Kuwait and Yemen after which the the film went straight to local cable and one film festival.
BLOOD DESERT led to PIRATE’S BLOOD and BLACK SHAMA. I moved from the Arab Gulf to India and then the Philippines to produce these films.
Shooting BLACK SHAMA (A sort-of remake of DEATH CURSE OF TARTU) in the Philippines was a bad dream. I hired Sunny Leone (Then an unknown porn star with VIVID but soon to become a Bollywood star through my contacts in Mumbai). Local crew stole my crane and the production company (HANDRO AND MARCO) attempted to take the actual film hostage in post. I released the film in India to cash in on Sunny Leone’s fame.
Following BLACK SHAMA I moved to Bangladesh where I was hired to film a documentary about human trafficking but by then my health gave out and I moved to Thailand to live modestly.
That might have been the end of it, except that I contacted John Klyza.
It is however interesting to note how SCALPS was the impetus for my career.
-Stegath Dorr, June 27, 2015