The rumors have been confirmed. This is your opportunity to meet the legendary and mysterious man behind two of the most valuable and bizarre shot-on-video trash-horror movies ever released on VHS -- Chester N. Turner.
Until recently, it was widely believed that Chester Turner died in a car crash in 1990. But he is still alive, and he will be in-person at the Marchesa to present his two films -- "Black Devil Doll From Hell" and "Tales From The Quadead Zone".
Link to Tix: https://www.austinfilm.org/arthouse/film-chester-turner-overdrive
These movies are absolutely ridiculous. Here are some reviews from IMDB.
"Black Devil Doll From Hell"
I used to always pass this box at the video store and, after over a year, I decided to rent it. I can't remember when I laughed so damned hard in my life! There are some legitimate comedies that haven't tickled me this much, definitely a "So-Bad-It's-Good" classic. The story concerns one Shirley Black (Shirley L. Jones), a deeply religious woman who stops at a thrift shop and buys a doll that looks a lot like Webster with French braids. The woman running the store tells Shirley that the doll was the property of an East Indian gentleman with strange powers (although the doll has a West Indian hairstyle, but, never mind) and that it always returns to the store under its own power. Hearing that should put anyone off of purchasing the doll, but not our intrepid and spiritual Shirley (so brave and righteous is she that she preaches to men trying to sell her stolen merchandise on the street). She buys it and even tells it "You'll be the only man to see me naked other than my husband" before taking a shower. She then has visions of being attacked by the doll.
Once again, anyone else would be getting rid of the doll at this point. But Shirley hangs on to it. The next day, it jumps out of a closet and knocks her unconscious. It then ties her to the bed and has its way with her before running back to the thrift shop. Shirley is then sent into a downward spiral of sexual degradation as she looks for the thrill that her "little woodenheaded b*****d" has given her with mere mortal men. Let's face it, once you've gotten it on with a doll that looks like a cross between "Lester" of Willie Tyler & Lester fame and Stevie Wonder on the HOTTER THAN JULY album cover, well, no flesh and blood piece will do (Meshach Taylor's line from MANNEQUIN comes to mind: "I would never interrupt you while you were getting a piece of wood."). Other people I know who have seen BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL have also had the same reaction: Utter hilarity! Especially at the Mr. T-sounding voice of the doll ("B----, b----, I said wake up, b----!").
If you're looking for a coherent, competent piece of cinema, you'll be disappointed by THE BLACK DEVIL DOLL. But if you're looking for something in the PLAN 9/ROBOT MONSTER ouevre, by all means, check THIS out. By the way, LOVE that cheesy organ music.
"Tales From The Quadead Zone"
After searching high and low I was finally able to procure a copy of this remarkable film. I have to say, it was worth the trouble. As bad movies go, this is the cream of the crop. Though not as wonderful as the splendidly terrible "Black Devil Doll From Hell", "Quadead" does manage to reach tremendous heights of amusement. Bad movie lovers everywhere should track down this film and marvel at its splendor.
"Tales from the Quadead Zone" is an ultra-cheap horror movie/oddity shot on video from Chester Novell Turner, the man behind "Black Devil Doll from Hell". Turner is an enigmatic man. He was born in 1950, made his first feature film "Black Devil Doll from Hell" in 1984 (possibly in the Philadelphia area), made "Quadead Zone" three years later and supposedly died in a car crash in 1996. "Black Devil Doll" star Shirley Jones reads her deceased son Bobby creepy tales from the book called "Tales from the Quadead Zone". The first one involves mass murder in the family of rednecks and the second one involves ghostly clown. After bloody shooting spree fat redneck dies on a gas chair(?)." Tales from the Quadead Zone" is gorier than "Black Devil Doll from Hell",but no less amateurish. There is pretty gory stabbing and suicidal throat slashing.Unforgettable and absurd "Tales from the Quadead Zone" is a must-see for fans of Z-grade trash. 6 out of 10.