Wednesday, May 6, 2015

R.I.P. Alex Stevens

Tim Lucas reports the recent passing of Alex Stevens, best known as the DARK SHADOWS werewolf. Sadly, I was never able to contact him about LET'S GO FOR BROKE. Below is what I wrote on Facebook:

Alex Stevens was also the original, uncredited director of Christa Helm's LET'S GO FOR BROKE, shot in Haiti. He and Christa reportedly met while he was recovering from the major accident he had on the set of NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS. She recommended him to novice producer Stuart Duncan as director but when the production returned to the US, Stevens was replaced by Ron Walsh (a 2nd unit director on GODSPELL). Much of Alex's more serious footage was kept in the film while Walsh's new scenes were more lighthearted, making the whole picture seem schizophrenic.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Photo Surfaces

This actually surfaced a couple of years ago on eBay in a group of negatives of photos snapped in 1973 at a party thrown by AFTER DARK magazine for Bette Midler. Christa had appeared previously in AFTER DARK with Lennie. Described on the back as "New actress Christa Helm (in 'Go For Broke') Not released yet. If this was 1973, however, it wasn't even done shooting yet. Was this perhaps during the holiday break where the cast returned to the US from Haiti before picking up again in Florida early in 1974?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Christa Helm Podcast

Recently Rene and myself, along with our original co-author and researcher John O'Dowd, participated in a podcast regarding the life and murder of Christa Helm for Movie Geeks United. Christa's daughter, various friends and acquaintances also appear and there are some new revelations in the mix. Give it a listen!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jonas (Joseph) Middleton Interview

Thanks to April S on Facebook for bringing to my attention this recent audio interview with Jonas Middleton, director of the X-rated cult classic THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and a figure in Christa Helm's history. Mr. Middleton discusses Christa a bit in the podcast from January of this year.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chitra in The Premonition

Found this still of LET'S GO FOR BROKE villain, Chitra (Neogy) in the 1975 movie THE PREMONITION, probably the first film she did after BROKE. Seen here with actor Jeff Corey (l).