Richard E. Cunha
Richard Earl Cunha (March 4, 1922, Honolulu, Hawaii - September 18, 2005, Oceanside, California) was an American cinematographer and film director. Cunha's father was Albert "Sonny" Cunha, an American songwriter.
During World War II, Cunha served as an aerial photographer for the military, and then was transferred to Hal Roach Studios in Los Angeles, where he made military training films, newsreels and documentaries.
Cunha wrote and directed only a handful of films, with his four best-known ones all being low-budget, sci fi-horror B-movies released in 1958 by Astor Pictures -- Giant from the Unknown, She Demons, Missile to the Moon, and Frankenstein's Daughter.
In an interview with The Astounding B Monster Archive, Cunha said his low-budget films were completed for around $65,000 apiece and took about six days each to shoot.
- Red Rock Outlaw 1950
- Death Valley Days (TV) 1952
- Giant from the Unknown 1958
- Bloodlust! 1961
- The Silent Witness 1964
- Le Proscrit (TV) 1965
- She Demons with Irish McCalla, Ted Griffin, Victor Sen Yung, Rudolph Anders. 1958
- Giant from the Unknown with Ed Kemmer, Sally Fraser, Buddy Baer 1958
- Missile to the Moon with Richard Travis, Cathy Downs, K.T. Stevens, Tommy Cook. 1958
- Frankenstein's Daughter) with John Ashley, Sandra Knight, Donald Murphy, Sally Todd, Harold Lloyd. 1958
- Girl in Room 13. 1960
- Dog Eat Dog. 1964
- Schallert, Edwin (Oct 8, 1957). "Teen-age Idol Feature Planned for Collins; Irish McCalla in Deal". LA Times. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "BUILT CULT FOLLOWING WITH '50S SCI-FI FILMS". Miami Herald. October 5, 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- Weaver, Tom (1999). Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes. McFarland. pp. 105–118. ISBN 0786407557.