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B-MOVIE HORRORS: A PHOTO-FILLED JOURNEY INTO THE HORROR AND SCI-FI FILMS OF DIRECTOR DON DOHLER
Author John Thonen examines the career of the cult movie auteur.
By Dan Cziraky
February 16, 2000
Baltimore-based filmmaker Don Dohler is probably best known for 1977's THE ALIEN FACTOR, a no-budget sci-fi flick that was sold to TV in a syndicate package on the heels of STAR WARS and ran for years on late-night television and cable. Dohler was also the founder of CINEMAGIC, an amateur special-effects magazine that he edited and self-published from 1972-79, before selling the title to STARLOG (which continued it until the late '80s). Dohler's other films, FIEND (1980), NIGHTBEAST (1982), GALAXY INVADER (1984), and BLOOD MASSACRE (1987) are lesser known, but have gathered a cult following over the years. Film scribe John Thonen (CINEFANTASTIQUE, AMERICAN FILM, FILMFAX, FANDOM.COM) has compiled an extensive look at Dohler's life and films. Each film is covered in detail (including an aborted 1979 version of NIGHTBEAST), with quotes from Dohler's cast, crewmembers, and partners, as well as his family, friends, and backers. While not exactly a how-to book on low-budget filmmaking, there is plenty of useful information for aspiring directors.
Profusely illustrated, B-MOVIE HORRORS is an entertaining trip back through time when, if you truly had the drive, just about ANYBODY could make a movie and get it exhibited. Horror-science fiction buffs and cheesy movie addicts alike will enjoy this book.B-MOVIE HORRORS: A PHOTO-FILLED JOURNEY INTO THE HORROR AND SCI-FI FILMS OF DIRECTOR DON DOHLER, by John Thonen. Movie Club, Inc. (4504 Hershey Way, Baltimore, MD, 21236), May 1999, 96 pp, $14.95.