Anthony Balch Biography


Born in 1938 and dying in April of 1980 (43 years-old) from stomach cancer, Anthony Balch left a lasting impression on many different people and places. Known as the "Abominable Showman, the 6 foot 7 inch Balch established his love for horror and exploration films as a young teen while meeting his idol of film and art, Bela Lugosi (Lugosi was famous stage actor known for his depiction of Dracula on Broadway at the time).

Later in life Anthony Balch began working with French films for British releases and also worked with well known artists like "Beat" legend, William S. Burroughs and Kenneth Anger. Balch soon became a distributor and with the help of Anger he was able to introduce films like Freaks (horror) to the British public.

Balch more commonly collaborated with William Burroughs in the creating and directing of films, including Balch's first film, Towers Open Fire in 1963 and The Cut-Ups in 1966. These two films were both influence by the writings of Burroughs who gave a special thanks to Balch in his novel, The Ticket That Exploded.

After spending time as manager of two theatres in London and displaying a new found fascination for sex films, Anthony Balch, with the investment support of Richard Gordon, was able to release the successful but deceptively titled, Secret of Sex (1970). The two again join forces when releasing Horror Hospital in 1973, which became the most prominent film of Balch's career.

Before being diagnosed with stomach cancer Anthony Balch produced the comedy, The Sex Life of Adolf Hitler in 1978 while working as a cinema programmer and distributor. It was the last film Balch made before dying from cancer.

--Greg Lewis, 2006

Brooke, M. Biography for Antony Balch. Retrieved October 10, 2006 from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0049577/bio

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Anthony Balch