Just gotta share this gem of an e-mail with fellow Herschell Gordon Lewis fans! Forty years later, Color Me Blood Red casualty Dan Faulkner remembers his paddle-boat demise:
As I sat reminiscing in front of my computer some 10 days ago, I recalled the movie I had played a part in many years ago -- while a student at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida -- but had never seen. I Googled Color Me Blood Red.
Yesterday's mail included the "time capsule." I watched for the first time as I peddled the waters of the Gulf with that lovely young lady only to be struck down in my youth by the mad artist in his boat.
The special effect props as I most clearly recall were cow lungs from a local butcher which I grasped to my chest wound in feigned agony. It's a wonder I didn't get eaten by a shark! (I still wear the ring that can be seen on my right hand in those scenes.)
I think I received $35 for the work but I remember that I read for the part with my shirt on but when it came time for the shoot my beer gut was revealed much to somebody's dismay.
Everyone on the set was very nice as I recall.
It is one of my favorite memories.
Dan also included a newspaper clipping which I've transcribed:
Film being made on Longboat Key
MOVIE CREW USING 'HAUNTED HOUSE'
By Harris Williams
Sarasota Herald Tribune (February 1964)
At a lonely spot just off Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key stands a ghostly grey house, its sides treated harshly by pounding surf and winds. Trees nearby have been uprooted by the elements but thick undergrowth almost completely hides the house.
Late Monday night there was a shotgun blast inside the house. Screams followed. Not one person, but many. Boys and girls, men and women, all giving off noises associated with a violent death.
Longboat Key's lone policeman drove by -- only a couple hundred yards away -- but smiled and kept going,
A movie was in the making.