The History of SINISTER FLESH
Shot as a silent film, SINISTER FLESH marked the directorial debut of Stanley Sheff, who later went on to direct the cult classic
LOBSTER MAN FROM MARS.
The production of SINISTER FLESH was personally supervised by the famed showman and impresario Maxwell DeMille
The original musical score was lost,
along with the camera negative during a fire. A new score is performed by Dean Mora,
known to many as the founder of the popular swing orchestra Mora's Modern Rhythmists. Mr. Mora
plays the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, located at the Old Town Music
Stanley Sheff behind the camera as he directs Don
Based on the famous Ogo Moto
character created by music legend Don Preston, SINISTER
FLESH was a bold venture. No one had attempted to make a
silent film for over 40 years. Sadly.
when the film
was initially released in 1974, the movie
going public showed little interest in silent
Five years later, as part of a
KROQ-FM radio station promotion, a special screening was held
at the Pickfair Theatre (no longer in existence) in Los
Angeles, California. Over 2,000 eager patrons were in
attendance that evening, and the film met with great
success. In the audience was the film's
star S.D. Nemeth (Zit, The Hunchback) who was escorted onstage by
two lovely starlettes. Writer-Director Stanley Sheff made a short
speech thanking Maxwell DeMille for his great inspiration.
Today SINISTER FLESH is considered
a cult classic, yet with
original running time of three hours
and forty minutes, only 27 minutes currently exist. Fortunately this
remaining footage has been carefully reconstructed and is
now available for viewing.
Lackluster box office returns for
SINISTER FLESH marked the end of Maxwell DeMille's cinema
career. Today the ever young Mr.
DeMille devotes his time to live stage productions and
Original Release Date: June
Original Running Time: 221 mins.
Release Date: January 2004
Restoration Running Time: 27
B&W with Sepia Tint
Silent with Musical