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B-movie legend Sam Sherman brings horror back to the drive-ins

Monday, April 20, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

With indoor movie houses shut down across the nation, drive-in theaters are the only venues still operating. Now, veteran producer/distributor Sam Sherman, who kept the drive-ins well-stocked with horror and other genre fare from the ’60s through the ’80s via his Independent-International Pictures Corporation, is bringing some of his classic titles back to them.

To reissue newly restored flicks from his B-movie catalog in their natural habitat, Sherman is teaming with longtime exploitation distributor Mel Maron, former AMC programmer David Sehring of Drive-In-Sanity Films, DVDdrive-in.com’s George Reis and Severin Films’ David Gregory, who oversaw the restorations and directed BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON, the new documentary about I-I’s stalwart director. Sherman will kick off a nationwide road show with his most famous production, DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, at Dickson City, PA’s Circle Drive-In on May 26. This fall, Reis, who produces the semi-annual Super Monsterama Show at Vandergrift, PA’s Riverside Drive-In in, will showcase Sherman’s Hemisphere horror titles, including the popular BLOOD ISLAND franchise. More shows will be announced as we get deeper into the drive-in season.

Sherman, who came up with numerous fun and imaginative promotional gimmicks for his movies (like “The Oath of Green Blood” for MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND), will be providing drive-in owners with marketing ideas, nostalgia gimmicks, limited-edition souvenirs and guest appearances. “As an exploitation pioneer, I know how to recapture the magic and campy fun my films brought to drive-ins during their heyday with good old-fashioned ballyhoo and showmanship—something that has been missing for years in the film business,” Sherman says. “I think kids and their folks will get a big kick out of seeing something you rarely see today.”

Sherman is currently wrapping up WHEN DRACULA MET FRANKENSTEIN, his memoir of his long career in the drive-in-movie trenches. Drive-in owners interested in booking his Independent-International flicks can contact Sehring at honk@driveinsanity.com.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.