Roger Michael Watkins
Watkins in the early 1970s
|Born||September 17, 1948|
|Died||March 6, 2007 (aged 58)|
|Other names||Claude Armand, Ray Hicks, Victor Janos, Richard Joseph, Norman F. Kaiser, Brian Laurence, Richard Mahler, Steven Morrison, Brian Newett, Bernard Travis, Bernie Travis|
|Alma mater||Oneonta State College|
Marcia Elizabeth Elliott
(m. 1972; div. 1987)
Roger Michael Watkins (September 17, 1948 – March 6, 2007) was an American film director best known for the 1970s grindhouse movie Last House on Dead End Street. He also directed several adult films, working with pornography actors such as Jamie Gillis and Vanessa del Rio.
The Internet Movie Database lists a number of Watkins' aliases (see the information box at right), most of which seem to have been used in Last House on Dead End Street to conceal the fact that he worked in several capacities on that film (director, actor, writer, editor, and producer).
Watkins was born in Binghamton, New York. He graduated from Oneonta State College in 1971 with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. While studying for his degree he visited England and served as an apprentice for film director Freddie Francis. On returning to the U.S. he continued his apprenticeship, working for Otto Preminger and Nicholas Ray. He married Marcia Elliott in 1972, with whom he fathered two daughters.
|1976||The Doctors (TV series)||Yes||Doctor Slocombe||Guest appearance|
|1977||Last House on Dead End Street||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Terry Hawkins||Filmed in 1973 under the working titles At the Hour of Our Death  and The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell. Also released as The Fun House.|
|1980||The Pink Ladies||Yes||Yes|
|1980||Shadows of the Mind||Yes||Yes||Uncredited as screenwriter|
|1980||Her Name Was Lisa||Yes||Yes|
|1981||A Day in the Life of... The Cosmopolitan Girls||Yes||Yes||Uncredited|
|1984||Driller: A Sexual Thriller||Production manager|
|1986||Spine||Yes||At Police Headquarters|
- Kerekes, David, ed. (2002). Headpress 23: Funhouse. Headpress. pp. 67–143. ISBN 9781900486187.
- Dalmas, John (April 18, 1973). "He knows audiences want violence". The Journal News. Rockland County, NY. p. 10A – via Newspapers.com.
- "Couples recite vows". The Journal News. White Plains, New York. July 11, 1972. p. 9A – via Newspapers.com.
- "Obituaries: Roger M. Watkins". Press & Sun-Bulletin. Binghamton, NY. March 8, 2007. p. 4C – via Newspapers.com.
- Dermody, Dennis (April 5, 2007). "R.I.P. Roger Watkins". PaperMag.com.
- "Modest a Bit Too Late" (PDF). Syracuse Post Standard. October 17, 1975. p. 3 – via Fultonhistory.com.
- "Hartford Courant". May 6, 1977. p. 79 – via Newspapers.com.
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