In 1990, the founders of Cult Movies
magazine, Michael Copner and Buddy Barnett, produced a one-shot magazine called Bela Lugosi Then And Now
. That magazine was a big success and morphed into Cult Movies
magazine, which ran for a total of 41 issues. Cult Movies
magazine covered many topics, including classic horror, Karloff and Lugosi, Harry Langdon, Korla Pandit, Ed Wood, Godzilla films and many other modern, classic and obscure movie-related subjects. The word "Cult," when used in this context, refers to the enthusiasm and devotion some have to the film genres of Horror, Sci-Fi, B-movies, art-films, comedies and silents.
In 1999, Cult Movies TV was inspired in part by two earlier video documentaries that Copner and Barnett produced, Bela Lugosi Then And Now and On The Trail Of Ed Wood.
The popularity of the magazine peaked in the late 90's and culminated with this companion TV series and the well-attended Cult Movies Convention at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in October, 2000. The television episodes produced at Pasadena Community Access Corporation in Southern California by Kathe Duba-Barnett and Kevin C. Brechner were repeated frequently for several years, in Pasadena as well as other cable stations throughout the United States.
Starring Forrest J Ackerman ("Famous Monsters of Filmland"), Brad Linaweaver (Award winning author), Verne Langdon (Make-up wizard, Don Post Studios), Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Sheba Baby, Coffy), James Keane (actor, Apocalypse Now), John La Zar (actor, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls), Ron Ford & Randal Malone (director & star of Hollywood Mortuary), Titus Moody (Rat Pfink and Boo Boo), Yvette Vickers (Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman.) Hosted by Michael Copner and Buddy Barnett with Marta Dobrovitz ("Marta's Movie Minute.")