The Story Behind The Film:
Don't be afraid! Just step behind the black curtain and witness the unbelievable! For half a century, THE WEIRD MUSEUM, gave personalized tours of it's unique and amazing displays. In 1993, it moved to it's final location near the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood Boulevard, inside Panpipes Magickal Marketplace. The museum would eventually close two years later in 1995.
Known as the world's only, "walk-in-off-the-street" sideshow, the museum was originally owned by Dr. Donald R. Blyth, a fire-swallowing contortionist who, "Ripley's Believe It Or Not", billed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". Before his death, he willed the museum to his good friend, Isis.
In late 1995, after 50 years of existence, the entire contents, which included skeletons, skulls, shrunken heads, birth oddities and mummys, not to mention, the remains of Bluebeard, Hamander the Warlock, and Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula), were gathered up and put into storage. The fetuses, tumors, and brains were all donated to a medical school.
Only eight minutes of footage was captured on a VHS camcorder, as the museum's tour guide presented the strangest displays on earth. This short documentary was shot only a week before the museum closed it doors forever. It is known to be one of the very last tours inside....THE WEIRD MUSEUM.
One of the more bizarre displays at The Weird Museum was "The Hand of Glory". Believed to be only one of three in existence, the hand was cut from the wrist of a murderer as his neck swings from the gallows. It is known to have dark powers, such as the ability to open locked doors and to become invisible.
"The Weird Museum" was an audience favorite at the TromaDance Film Festival.
LOAN$HARK, was shot on the streets of Hollywood, California. After enjoying critical acclaim at film festivals around the world, it has been deemed a bonafide "Cult film", playing at special Midnight Movie screenings across the U.S.
"Loanshark's black-and-white photography, weird jump cuts, and haunting soundtrack brings to mind the French New Wave classic "Breathless" (1960), not to mention the independent films of John Cassavetes." ....David Del Valle, Films In Review
"Writer-Director Jay Jennings' first feature, a gritty tale of a loanshark and his slow descent into hell is completely mesmerizing. Lead actor, Charles Santore, does a remarkable turn as the tortured shark. He's the next Robert DeNiro, hands down." ....Christopher Dietrich, DVD Drive-In