Oh. My. God. Someone needs to release this film in theaters and on DVD. Now. The Cinefamily in L.A. is presenting this movie and from the looks of this 2-minute clip, it may be life-altering.
This is a G-rated weirdie from exploitation master Al Adamson who is, unfortunately, probably more famous for how he died than for what he directed. Carnival Magic is one of Adamson’s last efforts. He retired from filmmaking in 1983 to pursue real estate development, which he was successful in. A dozen years later, after a resurgence of interest by cult movie fans, he planned to return to making movies. However, the dream was short-lived. Adamson was reported missing for five weeks in 1995. His live-in contractor at the time, Fred Fulford, murdered him and buried the body underneath the hot tub on his property in an end that seemed to parallel the strangeness of Adamson’s own classics like Dracula vs. Frankenstein and Satan’s Sadists. Fulford was found on the run in Florida impersonating Adamson and using his credit cards. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced 25 years to life.