Anyone who’s a SOV horror fan knows the name Chester Novell Turner. Back in the mid-80s, Turner wrote and directed two no-budget films that have gone on to become somewhat renowned in the underground. Black Devil Doll From Hell (1984), about a good-natured woman molested by a jive-talking ventriloquist’s dummy, and Tales From the QuadeaD Zone (1987), an anthology featuring a family of starving hillbillies and a killer clown, became infamous essentially through word of mouth and bootlegs. One VHS copy of QuadeaD Zone sold for $700 on eBay and recently, that same copy was sold for $1,300. Someday that copy may end up in the Smithsonian, but for now, there’s thankfully the more affordable DVD box set.
Despite having a cult following, Turner himself had been silent about his films. Even during this information age we’re living in, finding any information on the filmmaker was nearly impossible. Rumors even circulated online that he had died in a car accident. Then Louis Justin of Massacre Video managed to track him down in Chicago and the filmmaker (now in his 70s) agreed to sell him the rights to his two films. Now the films are touring select theaters and a 2-disc box set packed with features is available on the cheap. READ MORE