‘Trek’ Director Also Directed Cult-Favorite Horror Film

The “Star Trek” franchise and a cult-favorite B-horror film from 1981 share a typical denominator: director James L. Conway. According to the Internet Movie Database, “The Boogens” was Conway’s third characteristic as a director, following “The Lincoln Conspiracy” in 1977 and “Hangar 18″ in 1980, in addition to episodes of the tv exhibits ‘The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” and “Greatest Heroes of the Bible,” a number of tv films, and a few documentaries. Memory Alpha notes that Conway directed 18 episodes of “Star Trek,” spanning from “The Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine” to “Voyager” and “Enterprise.”

The Internet Movie Database lists all of Conway’s “Star Trek” episodes. He directed “The Next Generation” episodes “Justice,” “The Neutral Zone,” and “Frame of Mind,” in addition to the “DS9” episodes “Duet,” “Necessary Evil,” “The Way of the Warrior,” “Little Green Men,” “Shattered Mirror,” “For the Cause,” and “Apocalypse Rising.” His “Voyager” episodes had been “The 37’s,” “Persistence of Vision,” “Death Wish,” and “Innocence.” Finally, his “Enterprise” work included the collection pilot, “Broken Bow,” in addition to “Judgment,” “Damage,” and “In a Mirror, Darkly.”

Conway Directed the Well-Regarded ‘Next Generation’ episode ‘Frame of Mind’

ParamountJonathan Frakes as Riker in a scene from “Frame of Mind.”

According to IMDB, “The Boogens” opened on September 25, 1981. It starred Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan, John Crawford, Med Flory, Jon Lormer, and Peggy Stewart. Balding had beforehand starred in one other common horror movie, “The Silent Scream,” and, in accordance with IMDB, married Conway in 1981. Conway confirmed that he is been married to Balding for 41 years, after assembly in the course of the movie’s casting part. He defined that he requested her on a date the primary week of taking pictures, that she proposed to him a number of days later, and that they received married earlier than “The Boogens” opened in theaters. Martin, in accordance with IMDB, was married to writer and screenwriter Michael Crichton from 1987 to 2002, and co-wrote the film “Twister” with Crichton.

Cavett Binion, in a synopsis/overview of “The Boogens” for “All Movie Guide,” supplied a succinct overview of the movie. “This seldom-seen, well-crafted monster film includes the reopening of a Utah silver mine which had been closed for practically 70 years after a catastrophic cave-in, the circumstances of which stay one of many close by city’s most legendary mysteries,” Binion wrote. “When makes an attempt are made to discover the mine shaft, the investigating get together by no means returns. It appears the mine’s collapse had served to seal in a nest of bizarre, multi-tentacled, bloodsucking creatures — which at the moment are free to hunt new prey on the outskirts of city. This easy however intense horror movie advantages from good performances and real suspense — offering solely fast, spooky glimpses of the title beasts — constructing to an exciting showdown within the treacherous mine shafts.”

Conway Directed ‘The Boogens’ Several Years Before Connecting with ‘Star Trek’

Heavy reached out to Conway on June 10, 2022, to debate “The Boogens” and its “Star Trek” connections. Conway confirmed that the one different determine related to each “The Boogens” and “Star Trek” was Jerry Fleck, who, in accordance with the Internet Movie Database, served because the movie’s second assistant director and later labored with Conway on a number of of his “Star Trek” episodes. The website famous that Fleck and Conway had beforehand labored collectively on the Conway tasks “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” “Last of the Mohicans,” “Incredible Rocky Mountain Race,” “Beyond and Back,” and “Earthbound.” According to the Hollywood commerce paper “Variety,” Fleck died on September 14, 2003, on the age of 55. At the time, he was the primary assistant director on “Enterprise.”

“I believe ‘The Boogens’ holds up fairly properly,” Conway stated. “My solely remorse was an excessive amount of display time for the monster. We ought to have been seen a lot much less. Jerry Fleck was one among my finest mates. We labored collectively at Sunn Classic for six years. He was my AD on numerous tasks. I left Sunn Classic a 12 months or two earlier than he did, and I helped him get began in L.A. as soon as he moved again. It was on ‘Matt Houston,’ I believe. I can not keep in mind if I had something to do with him being employed at ‘Star Trek,’ however he was a star there. Everyone liked him, with good cause. Best A.D. ever. An ideal man who I miss every single day. I’m undecided if there are another ‘Star Trek’ connections from ‘The Boogens.'”

Conway has remained busy since “Enterprise” ended its abbreviated four-season run in 2005. According to IMDB, he produced or directed such tv exhibits as “Charmed,” “Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “90210,” “Aquarius,” “The Orville,” and “The Magicians.” His web site notes that he is additionally a photographer and has printed the novels “Dead and Not So Buried,” “Sexy Babe,” and “In Cold Blonde,” in addition to the kids’s image books, “A Duck’s Life, “Rubby Ducky’s Guide to the Farm,” and “Rubber Ducky’s Guide to the Holidays.”


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