Tony Carras Dies

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 18th, 2007

Beast From Haunted Cave

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 About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

5 Responses to “Tony Carras Dies”

  1. Grant responds:

    Beast From the Haunted Cave is a very good, underrated monster movie (which unfortunately, I only became familiar with about two years ago). And, to many of us, there is NOTHING quite like the Beach Movies. And even though what a film editor does is largely Greek to me, I’m afraid, I hate to hear this about anyone involved in those particular movies. (Thanks to them, I’ve seen the name Anthony Carras countless times, so that’s certainly a kind of familiarity with his work.)

  2. Ceroill responds:

    Dang. One after another. Rest in peace, and my best to his family and friends.

  3. twblack responds:

    I love all the Beach Movies. Sorry to hear this.

  4. captiannemo responds:

    Thank you for everything!

  5. kohirihiri responds:

    Thank you very much for posting this about my grandpa. I’m sure he would love to know that people are still talking about him.


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