Joel M. Reed Biography – Joel M. Reed Wiki
Joel M. Reed was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is mainly known for directing the controversial movie Blood Sucking Freaks which was a notorious horror comedy that has since achieved cult status but upon its initial release was the subject of protests. He wrote all the scripts of the movies he directed. Among the other movies he has directed are Career Bed, Sex by Advertisement, The G.I. Executioner, Blood Bath, and 1981, Night of the Zombies. He wrote and directed Blood Bath which was produced by the Trans-Orient Entertainment Corporation and had a budget of $100,000. In an interview with The New York Times in 1974, he recounted the film as a “contemporary, episodic occult-horror adventure”. Harve Presnell starred in the film as a producer of horror films who arranges in his studio a Black Mass.
On March 1, 1990 Masquerade Books published a book that he wrote on Donald Trump called Trump: the Man, the Myth, the Scandal, which did not sell well. In May 2012, he signed with Polus Books, beginning with his short story “Zombie Wall”. In 2011, he went into acting playing the main character Uncle Joe in the film Dead Eye, directed by Louis Affortunato. He went on to act in eight more films among them; I Spill Your Guts (2012), Supernaturalz: Weird, Creepy & Random (2012) and Trashtastic (2013) among others.
On September 17, 2018, a book by author John Szpunar was released by Headpress about him called Blood Sucking Freak: The Life and Films of the Incredible Joel M. Reed. He was interviewed in December 2018 for a documentary about himself called Reed Unbound: The Joel M. Reed Story (2019) which chronicles his whole life and film career and was directed by Jerry Landi and Adrian Esposito.
Joel M. Reed Age
He was born on December 29, 1933, in New York, United States and died on April 13, 2020, in New York, US at the age of 86.
Joel M. Reed Family
Details of his family and their whereabouts are unknown. However, according to movieweb.com, he has a brother known as Elliot who announced his death.
Joel M. Reed Death
The director died on April 12, 2020, aged 86, in a care facility in New York City after contracting the COVID-19 virus. His brother Elliott confirmed that the filmmaker died on Sunday due to complications from the coronavirus.
“Joel will surely be missed by his friends, fans, and family. He had a remarkable career as a writer and filmmaker,” Elliott says in the post. He also notes Reed will not be having a memorial service, adding: “He was a soldier during the Korean War and will have a military funeral without services.”
Joel M. Reed Cause of Death
The cause of his death was as a result of complications arising from contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Joel M. Reed Tribute Messages
Messages of tribute from his fans and colleagues in the film industry were posted online as they mourned his demise. For example Actor and film-director Eli Roth posted a series of tweets remembering his experiences meeting and interviewing Reed.
RIP Joel M Reed. I weirdly did the commentary for Bloodsucking Freaks when I was 25. Joel was in some dispute with Troma but spoke to me and was so nice and told great stories. I even interviewed actors in the BTS. One of the most bizarre films ever made. pic.twitter.com/dyysFaFsy0
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) April 15, 2020
Lloyd Kaufman, a co-founder of Troma Entertainment, wrote:
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