THE MONSTER WAS BEHIND THE CAMERA
The Creep Behind the Camera was an actual filmmaker named Vic Savage; a real scumbag whose only real skill was in his uncanny ability to convince the residents of 1960 Glendale, California that he was making "the biggest, the BEST monster movie ever made!"
The true story of Vic Savage, aka AJ Nelson and the making of his monster opus The Creeping Terror (1964) is told in the narrative dark-comedy The Creep Behind the Camera. Psychopath director AJ - with his battered wife Lois in tow - travels from a bakery in Connecticut to sleazy underground Hollywood with the dream of making monster movies... encountering desperate actors, drugs, prostitution rings lead by old ladies, murder and even Charles Manson along the way. A hilarious and wholly disturbing look at human nature and delusional demagoguery, The Creep Behind the Camera is a rollercoaster ride that takes a nostalgic but cautionary look at the era of drive-in cinema at its very worst.
"The story must be told. The Creep Behind the Camera promises to be a fascinating journey into the twisted mind behind what many believe is the worst movie ever made." - Harry Medved, co-author of FIFTY WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME and THE GOLDEN TURKEY AWARDS
In contemporary film, it's easy to see the technical prowess and abundant talent that goes into any given production. As a counterpoint to today's advanced film culture, both the hilarious back story behind The Creeping Terror and the twisted level of AJ Nelson's depraved existence dovetails perfectly and provides some incredibly entertaining insight into the bottom of the barrel of the filmmaking process.
The Creep Behind the Camera is a comedic and satirical look at the movie making process with keenly strong focus on the human element surrounding those caught up in that process as well as a biographical glimpse into the creep himself, Art Nelson.
The target audiences of The Creep Behind the Camera are movie buffs and b-movie fans, though all viewers will discover a wholly entertaining film sure to be a favorite.
The documentary style interviews seen in the film comprised the first stage of production, when it was thought that The Creep Behind the Camera was to be a documentary feature. They include historical figures and industry insiders such as: William Thourlby, star and financier of The Creeping Terror who finished the film when Nelson disappeared; Richard Edlund, special visual effects supervisor on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Ghostbusters and designer of the titles for The Creeping Terror; Harry Knowles, creator and film critic of Ain’t It Cool News; Byrd Holland, star of The Creeping Terror; Allan Silliphant, screenwriter of The Creeping Terror; and Lois Wiseman, director Art Nelson’s first wife.
The Creep Behind the Camera is a film rich with visual style, and one of the highlights is an animated episode that recounts the original script written by Allan Silliphant and his 1959 vision for The Creeping Terror. In the animated sequence, artist Langdon Foss and director Pete Schuermann bring to life the monster described to have tentacles with eye-stalks at the end and the destruction that follows its arrival. An interview with Allan provides vibrant commentary that overlaps with the artwork, as he continues his recollection of the script.
Locations for shooting included Hollywood, California, Manhattan and Colorado. Post production services are being facilitated by advanced production facilities in the Denver area.
Viable outlets for such a project include the film festival circuit, art house cinema runs, cable television and eventual DVD distribution.