Two Versions Of The Most Notorious Blaxploitation Shocker Of Them All…
And The Most Insane Backstory Ever.
On May 30th, Severin Films, in association with Xenon Pictures and Vinegar Syndrome, invites you to experience Mary Shelly’s horror classic through a Vietnam-shattered, micro-budget, entrail-smothered lens. Or as BleedingSkull.Com put it: “Not just a horror picture, not just Blaxploitation, something greasier!” After years of lifeless home video presentations, Severin is proud to re-animate this lumbering monster with an immaculate transfer of the rarely seen original theatrical cut AND a new assembly of the home video release version, Frankensteined together from the best existing elements!*
You may have heard of this infamous Blaxploitation/Horror hybrid, but the real story is even more bizarre: In 1973, criminal-lawyer-turned-wannabe-monster-movie-mogul Frank R. Saletri wrote and produced this grindhouse hit about a Black soldier mortally wounded in Vietnam transformed into a rampaging monster by an L.A. mad scientist. Almost a decade later, Saletri himself would be murdered gangland-style in a crime that remains debated – and unsolved – to this day. John Hart (TV’s “The Lone Ranger”), ‘40s Hollywood starlet Andrea King (THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS) and even former mob moll/stripper Liz Renay (DESPERATE LIVING) star in this jaw-dropper directed by William A. Levey (THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON), now with all-new Special Features that spotlight the entire twisted saga!
*The home video version has been the most widely seen version over the past few decades. It’s entirely possible that the original video master was created using a longer, unfinished cut of the movie, with the producer’s tighter edit being the version that was officially released to cinemas in the 70s.
*Theatrical Release Version (78 Mins.) and Video Release Version (87 Mins.)
*Monster Kid: Interview with Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri’s Sister, June Kirk
*Archive News Broadcast On The Murder Of Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
*Producers / Directors / Actors Ken Osborne And Robert Dix Remember Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
*Bill Created Blackenstein: Interview With Creature Designer Bill Munns