OK counterculture nerds, here is the lost, never-released feature film Dead Ringer. Made to promote rocker Meat Loaf’s follow-up to the highly successful 1977 release Bat Out of Hell, this film was talked about at length and with much excitement, but mysteriously evaporated into the rock ballad ether. People think it was filmed in 1982…two cuts do exist…it was mentioned in Meat Loaf’s 1999 autobiography, and talk of the film did surface online… but nothing more.
Now, with director Allan Nichols in-person, we are able to screen the director’s cut of Dead Ringer. (dir. Allan F. Nicholls, U.S, 1981-1983, 101m)
Allan Nicholls is a Canadian actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, composer and musician. Beginning his career in various bands, he landed a role in the Broadway musical Hair. In Nashville, he is credited as both an actor and composer. His 1978 movie A Wedding, also directed by Robert Altman, earned him both BAFTA and WGA writing nominations.