"Northville Cemetery Massacre"
Director William Dear may be best known for such family-friendly films as Harry and the Hendersons, Angels in the Outfield, Wild America, Santa Who?, The Sandlot: Heading Home, and The Perfect Game, but in 1976 he stuck it to the man with the ultraviolet biker movie Northville Cemetery Massacre, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Thomas L. Dyke. In Northville Cemetery Massacre, a law-abiding biker gang comes under attack when some of its members are framed by a small-town police officer for the rape of a young girl. While Northville Cemetery Massacre didn’t boast a high-profile cast, an uncredited, pre-Rich Man, Poor Man Nick Nolte provided the voiceover for the film’s lead actor, David Hyry. Former Monkee Michael Nesmith composed the film’s soundtrack—for free! William Dear maintained his relationship with Michael Nesmith by directing the 1980 prototypical music video TV program PopClips for him and the 1981 music video and comedy sketch collection Elephant Parts. William Dear eventually followed up Northville Cemetery Massacre with 1982’s Timerider before directing his signature film, 1987’s Harry and the Hendersons, for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Dear’s other films include the Ryan Reynolds TV film School of Life, the 2006 Fantastic Fest entry Simon Says, the George Lopez TV film Mr. Troop Mom, and Corbin Bleu’s motocross drama Free Style. Northville Cemetery Massacre will screen 9:45 p.m. July 30 at the Alamo Ritz as part of the Weird Wednesday series with director William Dear in attendance.
Aired: July 24, 2014
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