Blood Feast Makes the Sceen Drive In – 9-20-67
9-12-67 – Durand, MI – The Sceen Auto Theatre (Formally the Hi-Vie) turned into a controversial spot after Harry Mohney turned into an Adult Drive In in 1966 that was nicknamed the Durand Dirties by locals. At the start, their ads were basic word-only mentions that still had some of the usual hype and hollers which which played it safe with the editors, but that would change through time. Here, the Double Feature was of Barry Mahon’s Fanny Hill Meets Lady Chatterley, one of three films in the low-budget series starring Sue Evans, and David F. FrIedman’s A Smell of Honey, A Swallow of Brine. a serious fan favorite of both Friedman’s productions and the Roughie genre, along with a warning that stood out.
The mention of a film “so horrifying” must have opened some eyes, especially that of the self-appointed “Moral Guardians” of the area. Although the Insurance Policy has been used from time to time in Horror films, and made popular through the classic Night of the Living Dead, this time it was very appropriate for the audiences of the time – sure, by now we seen it all, but you know what I mean.
On the 19’th, this tasty ad campaign made it to the Owesso paper…
Here, the Sceen seriously went over the top with justification, for the double feature was the one that has been causing a controversy for some time. It was also nice to have some visuals for a change as well!
Although the Insurance Policy has been used from time to time in Horror films, and made popular through the classic Night of the Living Dead, this time it was very appropriate for the audiences of the time – sure, by now we seen it all, but you know what I mean. Still, I wonder about who was the company behind this decision…
According to Stephen Thrower’s excellent article in Screem #32, The Battle Against Gore-nography: The American People Vs. Herchell Gordon Lewis, the next day saw a letter of complaint and concern by reader Mr. Rowden about a self-centered society overlooking violence in entertainment. By the next week, things went back to business as usual..
9-29-67 – A Radley Metzger Double Feature was the next show, back to word-only ads, with this one admitting that it was “…above the usual standard” of the films they showed.
10-5-67 – Highlighting two Boxoffice International presentations, the Sceen shows Lou Campa’s Cool It Baby and William Rotsler’s Agony of Love.
With the growth of the Adult Movie Industry in the 70’s, The Sceen turned into one of the several notable Porno Drive Ins of it’s day. Unlike many others, it’s connection to the Harry Mohney story gives it a story to look into.