CREATURE OF COMFORT

(1968 Horror)




CAST AND CREW:

DONALD PLEASENCE (James Thorne)
ARTHUR ADAMS
VIRGINIA CRAWLEY
MAIDA SEVERN
JONATHAN STONE
BILL WILLIAMS

Directed by GRAHAM DRISCOLL
Written by LAIRD STUART (as Robert Stuart)
Produced by DONALD ADAMS





CREATURE OF COMFORT has never been released on home video and, to my knowledge, has never been shown to an audience.

Below is a few excerpts from e-mails that I have received from the film's screenwriter Laird Stuart. I hope they help give Pleasence fans some knowledge of this lost film.

If anyone has a copy of this film or knows more about its history, please e-mail me.





LAIRD STUART E-MAIL (7/20/98):

.....the script was re-written by the producer and director.

I will give you what information I can, but I was never on the set, so I don't know what happened day to day. Mr. Pleasence was in the film, but wasn't really the star. The film was low-budget, even by 1960's standards and didn't have any star names. He played a cameo of the man who owns the sinister store that sells the creature. It is a tiny part, and my guess is he did it in a day or two. I have no idea who got him to do it, or how much they paid him (though I am sure it wasn't much).

As to seeing the film, good luck. The production company had some sort of financial problems (luckily after I got paid) and the bank backing them seized the film. To my knowledge, it has never been shown (I could be wrong, but I have never heard of any showing). I saw some of the dailies, and I was not happy with the script changes, but the film looked good.

I have no idea where the director is, but I heard the producer (Donald Adams) died several years ago.



LAIRD STUART E-MAIL (7/22/98):

CREATURE OF COMFORT was about a giant amoeba like creature (it wasn't as bad as it sounds) that absorbed people when they used it on their beds as a comforter. It was a series of vignettes that had to do with selfish and mean people. For instance, one section had to do with a nagging wife (remember it was the 1960's) who is absorbed and disappears, but her husband is unharmed, though he slept in the same bed. Another had to do with a particularly nasty criminal. A third had to do with a viciously aggressive businessman and his poor taken advantaged of mistress. The last had to do with a politician who was not what he purported to be. There was no blood (pre-slasher film), each bad person was absorbed by the amoeba. As I said, Mr. Pleasence played the store owner that sold the comforter. After each absorbtion, the amoeba somehow returned to the store (the magic of film).

The dialogue, as written by me, was fairly good considering it was my first produced film, but as I said before, the director changed it considerably (a problem that continues to this day, for writers in film).



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