The Curse of the Werewolf will be coming on Svengoolie again this week. First movie for Oliver Reed.
Header poster link. A six sheet.
Reed died of a heart attack in 1999 at age 61 while drinking in a bar during the filming of Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator.” The end went badly, and even star Russell Crowe — himself known for bad behavior — saw nasty full-moon fever in the soon-to-expire elder actor.
Crowe recalled later: “I never got on with Ollie. He has visited me in dreams and asked me to talk kindly of him. So I should … but we never had a pleasant conversation. I have seen him walk down the street in Malta drunk as a lord and just hit anybody he got near to — even a man walking with his children. I just found that to be — not impressive. He drank himself to death. He sat on a bar stool until he fell off it and carried on drinking … lying in his own piss and vomit he continued to drink till he passed out. What did the tabloids say he drank on the day he died? Something like 30 beers, eight or 10 dark rums and half a bottle of whiskey. In the end, he created such a weird energy around him that no one drinking with him cared.”
John Landis on Trailers From Hell.