Al Adamson: Know the Hollywood Director Before ID’s People Magazine Presents: Criminal Activities of the 1990s
Al Adamson, a director of B-grade horror films, was killed in 1995 and the crime will be revisited in ID’s upcoming episode of People Magazine Presents: Crimes of the ’90s. The episode, titled Death’s Final Cut, airs August 8, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The son of early silent film industry pioneers Victor Adamson and Dolores Booth, Adamson entered the film industry at a young age and has reportedly directed 33 feature films over the course of his career.
Adamson entered real estate after retirement and later married veteran American actress Regina Carrol. He spent time moving between his three-state homes after his wife died of cancer in 1992 before going missing.
The B-grade director was later found dead at his California home, his partially decomposing body buried under four tons of cement – a stunning recreation of the precise grisly method he is occasionally fond of portraying in his horror/thriller films.
About the late B-movie director Al Adamson
American actor and director Albert Victor Adamson Jr. was famous for directing several B movies in the 1960s and 1970s. He was born in 1929.
His compelling horror and exploitation films such as Psycho A-Go-Go, Blood of Ghastly Horror, Satan’s Sadists, and Dracula vs. Frankenstein, all of which became cult classics, helped him make a name for himself in the entertainment industry.
Adamson left the film business in the early 1980s to pursue a career in real estate. He was murdered in 1995 at the age of 66 by a contractor hired on the project named Fred Fulford and buried under the floor of his California home.
Adamson’s murder and subsequent trial generated widespread interest in the case, which eventually became the subject of numerous true-crime television programs.
Films directed by Al Adamson
After helping his father film the 1961 western film Halfway to Hell, Al Adamson made the decision to pursue a full-time career in the film industry. In September 1962, his father introduced him to Sam Sherman, a young aspiring film distributor. They collaborated on a variety of film projects throughout the 1960s.
In 1969, with Samuel M. Sherman, Adamson co-founded Independent-International Pictures, a distribution company (in association with Dan Kennis). Many of Adamson’s films, including Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Satan’s Sadists, and Blood of Ghastly Horror, were distributed by this company.
Adamson created films in every imaginable genre. Some of his creations are:
Sadists of Satan
Destruction of the criminal syndicate
An angel of wild women
Five murderous graves
The mischievous stewardesses
Stewardesses on fire
Insufferable mother-black heat
The horror of the blood monsters
dimensions of death
Frankenstein versus Dracula
2000 Nurse Sherri Cinderella
Watch Investigation Discovery’s People Magazine Presents: Crimes of the ’90s this Monday to learn more about the late filmmaker’s life and murder investigations.