The Legend of Simon Conjurer/Deadly Lessons (found action film; 2006)
The Legend of Simon Conjurer (also known as Deadly Lessons) has become one of the most sought after bad movies on the internet, though, before it got released online, it remained largely unseen. It was one of the movies produced by Crystal Sky Pictures, the same company that was been responsible for numerous video game adaptations (such as the Tekken film) as well as the Baby Geniuses sequels.
Famed actor Jon Voight (who is represented by the founders of Crystal Sky and features in many of their movies) stars as Dr. Crazx, an insane psychologist who frames a rival for murder. That rival, the titular Simon Conjurer, assembles some of his patients in order to clear his name while treating them for their various maladies.
The results are said to be hilariously bad. Not much is known about the production, but the director took his name off the film, leaving a question mark in place of the "directed by" credit; in contrast, Voight himself seemed to be quite proud of the way it turned out. In an interview with Film Threat, one of the few ever given regarding the film, Voight said it was "truly original" and that audiences would "come into an adventure they've never been on before". The Legend of Simon Conjurer was supposed to gain a wide release in 2006, but never did for undisclosed reasons.
The lack of information at the time has lead many to assume that the movie was an elaborate hoax. However, there was some evidence of its existence. The film's trailer is readily available on YouTube, a website for the film once existed, and there is also an IMDB page on it (listing Stuart Paul as the mysterious director).
Several reviewers on both Film Threat and IMDb have mentioned seeing the movie in New York during the summer of 2006, which was apparently the only time and place that it was publicly screened. Before the film was made available to rent on Amazon and YouTube, the trailer was the only footage available of the film to the public for awhile.
However, the film's distributor Crystal Sky later quietly released the film on September 28th, 2014. It is now known as Deadly Lessons and is available to rent on Amazon and YouTube.
- ↑ 2006 Film Threat interview with Jon Voight, in which the film is extensively discussed. Retrieved 03 Jun '14
- ↑ Archive of the now-defunct official website for the film, courtesy of the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 03 Jun '14
- ↑ IMDb page on the movie. Retrieved 03 Jun '14
- ↑ IMDB page of the updated movie. Retrieved 28 Sep '14