By Jerry Chandler
I came to support a friend, but I initially stayed around largely for the Black Saint. That’s perhaps the best way to describe the start of the path that set me on my way to meet and become friends with Santos Ellin Jr. My friend, NC indie filmmaker Bill Mulligan, had met John “Doc Rotten” Slattery during the making of the indie film Fix It In Post. They hit it off well and Doc invited Bill onto one of his older podcasts to discuss a subject near and dear to Bill’s heart, films that were never released. Of course, in support of my friend, I tuned in and shared the podcast when and where I could. Plus, hey, it was a genuinely enjoyable podcast discussion, and it led to Doc having Bill back for a different podcast, the Decades of Horror the 1970s podcast to discuss The Wicker Man. It was there that I (so I initially thought) first encountered The Black Saint and his gleefully expressed love of the types of films that filled the exploitation theaters in the New York of the 1970s.