Harold Haxton: A Life In The Can
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Hollywood: 1947-1953
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I was born the year Harold Haxton made his last film and disappeared from the Hollywood scene. Nevertheless, years later, I discovered his work while watching late-night TV.

The movie I saw that night was The Mummy's Foot (1950), and it had me checking all the shoes in my closet very carefully to make sure they were empty! Thankfully, I never found the Mummy's foot, but I did discover a new appreciation for really bad horror movies.

Haxton's "big monster, little budget" movies are my favorites. Newtrino: The Atomic Newt (1968) and Newtrino vs. Etcetera (1969) rivaled Godzilla in cheese factor with his black and orange city-crushing lizard. Sure, most of the time you can see the zipper -- but you can also see the genuine love and enthusiasm for the audience that went into these movies. Who didn't cheer on The Gob, and empathize with the 52-Foot Woman's phenomenally bad hair day? After witnessing the terrifying giant cuttlefish of 1961's The Wet Ones, could anyone suggest apres-theater sushi?

One of the greatest B-movie directors that never lived, Harold Haxton's twenty years of "killer b"s are an inspiration to all misunderstood artists, late bloomers, and those people who always open the milk carton from the wrong side.

This web site is dedicated to Harold Haxton, wherever you are.

Note: As I get it together (literally and figuratively), I'll be adding more stuff here in weeks to come, so stay tuned.

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