Thursday, July 05, 2007

Arch Hall, Jr. and Ray Dennis Steckler Reunion

Other Side Cinema Producers Meet With Arch Hall, Jr., Ray Dennis Steckler

by Mark Terry Number 250

(Vol. 6, No. 1). This edition is for the week of January 3--9, 2005

Other Side Cinema first film in California will be shooting at the end of January. The film is the short super hero comedy "Hooligan's Valley" which shows tribute to the classic Drive-in B Movies of the late 50s and 60s.

From left: Ray Dennis Steckler, Vito Trabucco, Mark Terry, Arch Hall, Jr.

L-to-R: Ray Dennis Steckler and Arch Hall, Jr.

Vito Trabucco and I started the group back in 2002 with our now cult feature "B-Movie: The Shooting of Farmhouse Massacre" a mockumentary poking fun at how poor the B Horror movie market is today. Since that time the group as evolved adding members such as producers, Shelby McIntyre, Lenny Lenox, and editor, Travis Stoffs.

In creating "Hooligan's Valley" writer, Vito Trabucco, wanted to get permission to use the classic song "Twist Fever" from the Arch Hall Jr. movie "Wild Guitar." (1962) The problem for me as a producer is where to begin for a movie that is over 40 years old.

After a three month search and going through a who's who list of Fairway Films members I finally got a hold of Arch Hall Jr. and scheduled a New Year's Day meeting with Arch in Las Vegas. The meeting was more of a reunion as I coordinated the meeting with Las Vegas local Ray Dennis Steckler. Which marked the first time the two had met since the shooting of "Wild Guitar."

Many interesting stories were told including where Arch knocked out Steckler's back teeth in the on screen fight they had at the end of "Wild Guitar." In addition, talks have begun for future projects involving Arch, Steckler, and Other Side Cinema.

Other Side Cinema would like to thank Tom Weaver and Michael Gingold of Fangoria, Elizabeth Snyder and Alan O'Day for all their help in making this possible.

"Hooligan's Valley" is set to shoot in late January and then will play film festivals through out the country. Please visit for more information.

For those who don't know who Arch Hall, Jr. and Ray Dennis Steckler are, google it. I'm just too tired to go into any lengthy explanations. :-)

Also see, Arch Hall, Jr. in The Choppers (1961)

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