Fred Olen Ray
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He is the producer, director, and screenwriter of more than 150 low to medium-budget feature films in many genres, including horror, science fiction, action/adventure, crime dramas, and holiday films.
Most of his current output is released on The SyFy Channel, Lifetime, and Ion.
Ray is the head of Retromedia, which releases DVDs of both his own productions and archival films. He has also worked for other well-known independent studios and on a few occasions for major Hollywood studios.
*Aside from his work in the film industry, Fred Olen Ray was also a professional wrestler. His wrestling name was Fabulous Freddie Valentine.
Fred Olen Ray was born September 10th, 1954 in Wellston, Ohio, just across the border from West Virginia where the Ray family had all been raised for the previous 150 years. He has an extensive family tree and is a verified descendant of Charlemagne. He has always been a passionate film fan, and as a teenager he regularly read Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Being a fan of horror and science fiction films such as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and the AIP movies of the 1950's and 1960's, Fred started making his own movies at the age of fourteen.
Mid to late 1970s. Early work and first film: The Brain Leeches
He served in the navy. When he got out he went to work at a local television station. He worked as an credited still photographer on his first film in 1975, Shock Waves, with Peter Cushing and John Carradine.
Ray was interested in working in make-up and special effects, "probably from all of those years of reading Famous Monsters magazine," he later said. He found out "it soon became apparent that you would always be between jobs and I was looking for something that would actually earn me a living. I think I became a director because that was the fastest way to get a film made on the independent side of things."
Ray succeeded in raising money for a low budget horror film, Scalps (1983), which featured cameos from Carroll Borland and Forrest J. Ackerman. The Tomb (1986) starred Cameron Mitchell and John Carradine.
Ray switched to action films with Armed Response (1986), which starred David Carradine and Lee Van Cleef. Ray had affection for this movie because "it had a great cast and was one of the first times I had more than two nickels to rub together."
After Alienator (1989) he was reunited with Deezen for Mob Boss (1990), another comedy. He entered sword and scorcery movies with Wizards of the Demon Sword (1991) and made the more popular Bad Girls from Mars (1991).
During this time he published a book he had written, The New Poverty Row: Independent Filmmakers as Distributors (1991).
Ray moved into erotic thrillers with Inner Sanctum (1991) starring Tanya Roberts. It was a hit and Ray would make others in that genre, including Inner Sanctum 2, Mind Twister (1994) and Possessed by the Night (1994).
2000s to present day
He established a DVD company called Retromedia.
In 2007 he reflected on his career:
Money is always a barrier. The more they give you, the more they expect, so you're always caught short, regardless. I don't think anything I've done was ever budgeted properly for what was expected of me, but that's just the nature of the business, I guess. There certainly are films I did because there was a paycheck attached. It's a working man's world and it doesn't pay to get too idealistic about things like directing low-budget movies if you have a family to think about. I usually try to find something that interests me in each and every project. It's not really possible to phone it in. Making a film with no money or schedule is ten times harder than it is to make a big budget show where you're surrounded by a gang of super-talented people.
Fred Olen Ray has four sons from two marriages. Two of his sons work in the film industry as well, the eldest being director Christopher Ray. He is currently unmarried, and resides in Studio City California where he continues to write, produce, and direct.
|A Wedding for Christmas||Producer & director|
|A Christmas in Royal Fashion||Writer & director|
|Witness Unprotected||Writer, producer & director|
|2017||The Twin||Producer & director|
|Framed by My Fiance||Executive producer & director|
|Sniper: Special Ops||Writer & director|
|A Christmas in Vermont||Writer, producer & director|
|2015||A Prince for Christmas|
|Christmas in Palm Springs||Producer & director|
|House of Secrets|
|2013||All I Want for Christmas|
|Abner, the Invisible Dog|
|Holiday Road Trip||Writer & director|
|2012||A Christmas Wedding Date||Writer, producer & director|
|Baby Dolls Behind Bars||Director|
|Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood||Writer, producer & director|
|Busty Housewives of Beverly Hills||Nicholas Medina||Director|
|Dirty Blondes from Beyond|
|The Teenie Weenie Bikini Squad|
|2011||Super Shark||Writer, producer & director|
|Together We Can Find a Cure||Director|
|Little Witches||Nicholas Medina||Writer, executive producer & director|
|Bikini Time Machine|
|Lady Chatterly's Ghost|
|2010||Housewives from Another World||Writer & director|
|Turbulent Skies||Writer, producer & director|
|Bikini Jones and the Temple of Eros||Nicholas Medina||Writer, executive producer & director|
|Bikini Frankenstein||Nicholas Medina|
|Bikini Royale 2||Writer & director|
|American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James||Writer, producer & director|
|2008||Voodoo Dollz||Nicholas Medina||Writer, executive producer & director|
|Bikini Royale||Executive producer & director|
|Tarzeena: Jiggle in the Jungle|
|2007||Bewitched Housewives||Nicholas Medina||Writer & director|
|The Lair||TV Show|
|Girl with the Sex-Ray Eyes||Writer & director|
|2006||The Legend of William Tell||Director|
|Bikini Pirates||Nicholas Medina||Writer & director|
|2005||Glass Trap||Ed Raymond||Director|
|Bikini Round-Up||Nicholas Medina||Writer & director|
|2004||Tomb of the Werewolf||Sherman Scott|
|Bikini a Go-Go||Nicholas Medina|
|The Bikini Escort Company||Bill Carson
|Writer, associate producer & director|
|Genie in a String Bikini||Nicholas Medina||Writer, producer & director|
|Bikini Chain Gang|
|Haunting Desires||Nicholas Medina
|Writer & director|
|2003||Final Examination||Ed Raymond||Director|
|2002||Southern Discomfort: Wrestling on the Indie Circuit||Freddy Valentine||Actor, writer, producer & director|
|13 Erotic Ghosts||Roger Collins
|Actor, editor, writer, executive producer & director|
|2001||Emmanuelle 2000||Ed Raymond||Director|
|ACW Wrestling's Wildest Matches||Sherman Scott
|Actor, producer & director|
|Emmanuelle 2001: Emmanuelle's Sensual Pleasures||Nicholas Medina||Director|
|Critical Mass||Ed Raymond|
|1999||Invisible Mom II||Producer & director|
|The Prophet||Sherman Scott||Actor & director|
|The Kid with X-ray Eyes||Director|
|Counter Measures||Producer & director|
|Scandal: On the Other Side||Nick Medina|
|1998||Mom, Can I Keep Her?||Producer & director|
|Illicit Dreams 2||Roger Collins|
|Dear Santa||Peter Stewart|
|Mom's Outta Sight|
|1997||The Shooter||Ed Raymond|
|Inferno||Actor & director|
|Invisible Mom||Actor, producer & director|
|Bikini Hoe-Down||Roger Collins
|Producer & director|
|Invisible Dad||Writer & director|
|Little Miss Magic||Writer, producer & director|
|Masseuse 2||Peter Daniels||Writer & director|
|Maximum Revenge||Bill Carson||Actor & director|
|Night Shade||Nicholas Medina||Producer & director|
|Rapid Assault||Sherman Scott||Director|
|1996||Friend of the Family II||Nicholas Medina|
|Fugitive Rage||Actor, producer & director|
|Over the Wire||Nicholas Medina||Director|
|1995||Droid Gunner||Actor, producer & director|
|Bikini Drive-In||Randy Rocket|
|Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold|
|Star Hunter||Sam Newfield|
|1994||Inner Sanctum II|
|Possessed by the Night||Actor, writer & director|
|Dinosaur Island||Producer & director|
|Mind Twister||Actor & director|
|1993||Dinosaur Girls||Writer, producer & director|
|Witch Academy||Producer & director|
|1992||Evil Toons||Uncredited voice actor, writer, producer & director|
|1991||Haunting Fear||Writer, producer & director|
|Inner Sanctum||Co-producer & director|
|Scream Queen Hot Tub Party||Bill Carson||Actor, writer, producer & director|
|Bad Girls from Mars||Sherman Scott|
|Wizards of the Demon Sword||Producer & director|
|Alienator||Uncredited actor & director|
|1988||Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers||Dr. S. Carver||Writer, producer & director|
|Beverly Hills Vamp||Producer & director|
|1987||Commando Squad||Uncredited actor, co-producer & director|
|Cyclone||Uncredited actor, uncredited writer & director|
|Deep Space||Actor, writer, producer & director|
|Evil Spawn||Producer & uncredited director|
|1986||Armed Response||Actor, writer, co-producer & director|
|The Tomb||Producer & director|
|The Phantom Empire||Writer, producer & director|
|1985||Biohazard||Actor, writer, producer & director|
|1983||Scalps||Writer & director|
|1980||Alien Dead||Fred Ray||Actor, writer, cinematographer, producer & director|
|1978||The Brain Leeches||Fred Ray|
|1971||Demented Death Farm Massacre||Producer & director|
- Sam Newfield, a filmmaker who uses the "Sherman Scott" and "Peter Stewart" pseudonyms.
- Campopiano, John. "Cult Film Legend Fred Olen Ray Talks the Birth of His Stepmonster". Dread Central.
- "Understanding the Holiday TV Movie Market with Fred Olen Ray and Christopher Ray". Final Draft.
- Gaydos, Steve (14 March 2007). "Q&A with Tarantino…when he was Mr. Green". Variety.
- "Interview Fred Olen Ray". Bad Movies. 12 October 2007.
- "Interview with Fred Olen Ray". Reddit.
- 2007 Audio Interview at Your Video Store Shelf Archived March 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Topel, Fred (27 October 2014). "AFTER MIDNIGHT: FRED OLEN RAY ON STRIP CLUBS & CHAINSAW HOOKERS". Crave.
- "INTERVIEW WITH FRED OLEN RAY". Bad Movies.
- "After Midnight: Fred Olen Ray on Strip Clubs & Chainsaw Hookers". Mandatory.
- "Buffalo Dreams 2017 Dreamer Awards".
- "Sexy Good Time in Twilight Vamps, Bikini Frankenstein".
- "Twilight Vamps and Bikini Frankenstein Ring in 2010".