Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 18th, 2007
The film was Beast From Haunted Cave, released in 1959, and filmed in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Alexander “Alex” Ward (Frank Wolff), who along with his lover Gypsy Boulet (Sheila Carol), leads a gang of gold thieves (Richard Sinatra, Wally Campo) in pulling off a heist and fleeing into the snowy wilderness. But they find themselves being pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.
For Tony Carras, it would be one of his first bigtime movie jobs, as the editor. Tony Carras came to be known for his beach and monster movies.
Anthony “Tony” Carras was born on November 23, 1920, in Detroit, Michigan, to Greek parents hoping for a new life in America. He passed away August 15, 2007.
Carras was a courageous and patriotic man, serving his country as a B-24 bomber pilot, 8th Air Force, in WWII (35 missions). He returned home to start his career as a film and sound editor, writer, and ultimately producer and director, graduating second in his class from Pasadena Playhouse. Most notably was his mark on Americana with the “Beach Party” movies with Annette and Frankie.
The movies he edited included ones that might even sound familiar, such as A Bucket of Blood (1959) and Tarzan and the Great River (1967). He went on to produce and direct others like Operation Bikini (1963), Bikini Beach (1964), Muscle Beach Party (1964), Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), and Rancho del miedo (House of Fear) (1971).
He is survived by his wife, Catherine, of 63 years; daughters, Diane, Linda, Judy, Catherine, and son, Anthony; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Our condolences to his family.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.