Introduction to the Ray Dennis Steckler Interview
The article being posted this week on Crazedfanboy.com could have almost been titled “The Lost Ray Dennis Steckler Interview”! I met with Ray Steckler, face to face, for the second time in April of 2004. The interview I conducted then was combined with earlier ones and was intended as the first of a two-part PCR exclusive feature called “Velveeta Las Vegas”. While Ray was in the middle of approving the finished piece, he suffered a major coronary episode that left him hospitalized for several weeks. Ray was literally in the middle of recording the commentary track for the DVD of “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies” when he was rushed to the hospital and if you listen to the track you can tell the changes in his voice from before and after the attack. I kept in touch with Ray after he was released from the hospital and we continually discussed the interview but it had to take a back seat to both his recovery and several other projects he had in the works. During this time, I completed the second part of the feature, an interview with cult movie legend Ted V. Mikels, and released it first. Finally now after close to a year, the interview, which I consider to be one of the most comprehensive ever published on Mr. Steckler, is ready to face the world with Ray’s blessing. Please note that after the completion of this article, Media Blasters released several more of Ray’s films on DVD including “Strange Creatures”, “Blood Shack”, “The Thrill Killers”, and “The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher”. Every one of these titles is a must have for any fan of cult films and the feature length commentaries by Ray are the worth the retail price alone. Also, pay close attention at the end of the interview for a special offer, exclusively for PCR readers, and some previews of possible coming attractions. Enjoy!