Wes Craven… in ‘The Opening of Misty Beethoven’ (1976)?

Wes Craven… in ‘The Opening of Misty Beethoven’ (1976)?

When Wes Craven passed away earlier this week, obituaries rightly praised him for his long and successful career making horror films, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and the Scream franchise.

Some articles mentioned that he had started out working on a number of New York adult films in the 1970s – both in front of and behind the camera. When The Rialto Report spoke to Wes, he spoke briefly about his involvement in films such as It Happened in Hollywood (1973) and The Fireworks Woman (1975). In last week’s Rialto Report, Howard Ziehm recalled how Craven wrote the first draft of the script for his incestuous twins film, Sweet Cakes (1976), and Craven appeared in the film as a photographer.

But recently in a conversation with Radley Metzger, we came across the above release form for The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976) – which had the working title ‘Society’. It was for an acting part for a character called ‘Michal’.

R.I.P. Wes Craven, alumnus of the early New York adult film scene.

  • Posted On: 4th October 2015
  • By: The Rialto Report
  • Under: Articles


  1. Alex D. · October 4, 2015 Reply

    The Rialto scoops the competition with another exclusive!

    Interesting revelation… my guess is that he was in the ‘Italian studio’ party scene as an extra, or in a role that was eventually cut from the released version.

  2. Shake Some Action · October 4, 2015 Reply

    Interesting. What about “Winter Heat” (1976)? It bears quite a bit similarities with “Last House On The Left”. At one point, one of the baddies asks one of the girls’ name, and she says it’s Clair PEABODY. Sandra Peabody was the actress in the similar role in “Last House On The Left”. The actress who plays Clair Peabody is Susan Sloan, she’s also listed in the cast of “The Fireworks Woman”.

  3. Shake Some Action · October 4, 2015 Reply

    Isn’t it actually Michal not Michael ? IMDB lists the assistant editor of “The Fireworks Woman” as Michal.

  4. Bondurant · October 4, 2015 Reply

    Nice find.

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