Nikolas Schreck Acting Roles
Directed by Curtis Harrington
Nikolas Schreck appears as Father Hubbard, the Usher family’s priest and confessor in Curtis Harrington’s final film.
Curtis Harrington’s casting of Nikolas and Zeena Schreck in his updated version of Edgar Allan Poe’s ”Fall of the House of Usher” is in keeping with the magical thread that runs through the film-maker’s career.
One of Harrington’s mentors was avant-garde film pioneer Maya Deren, an initiated voodoo priestess. Harrington appeared in his erstwhile colleague Kenneth Anger’s occult opus Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome which also featured Cameron Parsons, ”Scarlet Woman” of rocket engineer and magician John Whiteside Parsons.
Cameron’s magical art was the subject of Harrington’s documentary The Wormwood Star, and he also cast her in his first feature film Night Tide, which starred Dennis Hopper, a friend of Jay Sebring’s who later met Charles Manson in jail to discuss playing him in a proposed 1970 biopic.
Harrington introduced Kenneth Anger to the work of Aleister Crowley, an event described in Nikolas Schreck’s book The Satanic Screen. Inauguration was filmed at the home of Nikolas and Zeena’s mutual friend, the self-described ”male witch” Samson De Brier.
The making of Usher was an entirely self-financed, labor of love production on Harrington’s part. He viewed it as a return to his roots. Part of the financing for the film came via the Schrecks’ brokering of the sale of Harrington’s signed copy of Aleister Crowley’s Book of Thoth, which Harrington acquired from Crowley’s disciple Jane Wolfe.
Filming in the Angeles Rosedale Cemetery of was arranged by Zeena through connections she had working at many Los Angeles mortuaries as bereavement counselor. To complete the on-location filming requirements Harrington needed the necessary insurance graciously provided by his long-time colleague and former patron Roger Corman, who directed the most well-known version of ”The Fall of the House of Usher”. Zeena recommended Rosedale Cemetery to Harrington because it’s one of the oldest and most atmospheric cemeteries in Los Angeles.
An additional occult connection was that Maria Rasputin, daughter of the notorious “Mad Monk” Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin, is interred at that cemetery. These were the sorts of details Harrington loved to work into the background of his films. The coffin seen in the funeral procession and antique Victrola case in the party scene were also provided by Zeena. She had recently acquired them as part of her inheritance from the notorious Black House in San Francisco immediately after the clearing out of her deceased father’s residence. Harrington requested to “cameo” those artifacts in the scenes.
Usher premiered in the U.S. at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. The Schrecks appeared at the film’s European premiere at the Munich Film Festival.
As Father Hubbard, the Usher family’s spiritual adviser in Curtis Harrington’s Usher.
Nikolas Schreck as Father Hubbard, the Usher family’s spiritual adviser and confessor in Curtis Harrington’s Usher.
Showdown with Satanism
Documentary film of Bob Larson’s 1997 interview with Nikolas and Zeena Schreck filmed before a live audience at the Anchorage Baptist Temple.
Although the Schrecks no longer identified themselves as ”Satanists”, Larson insisted on using the ”S word” against their wishes so that his film was more easily marketable to his unsophisticated customer base.
When Larson booked Zeena’s plane flight to Alaska under the name ”Zeena LaVey” Zeena informed Larson that she would not board the flight until the ticket was reissued under her legal name “Zeena Schreck”. Aside from that she informed Larson she’d placed a curse on the name ”LaVey” and his legacy and therefore would not only not fly under that name but would not appear for any performances or presentations under that name as well.
Larson changed the ticket.
It was during this same conversation that Zeena first mentioned to anyone outside her closest circle of confidants her malediction against LaVey and his legacy. Only one month after her conversation with Larson, LaVey died – seven years to the day after Zeena’s written curse in 1990 was sealed. Upon the first day of the news hitting the media, Larson confirmed that Zeena had predicted her father’s death during the shooting of this film when he invited her to speak on his nationally broadcast radio show.
You’re maybe Sitting Next to a Satanist
Directed by Alanté and Antoine Simkine
French documentary about Zeena and Nikolas Schreck, the Werewolf Order, and Hellhouse of Hollywood premiered at the Satan Superstar film festival in Paris.
Two years later, Antoine Simkine created the special visual effects for Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate.
The Zurich Experiment
Concert film of Radio Werewolf’s final public ritual performance.
Released by Video Werewolf in 1992.
The First Family of Satanism
Christian televangelist Larson’s 1989 interview with Zeena and Nikolas Schreck in Denver, Colorado was his first face-to-face encounter with genuine Satanists.
The film debuted in the presence of President George Herbert Walker Bush at the Religious Broadcasters Convention.
By the time the film was released on video in 1990 the Schrecks had already broken with LaVey and the Church of Satan. Nonetheless, having the ice broken by the Schrecks, the remaining Church of Satan representatives leaped at the opportunity to follow in their footsteps, pitching Larson for revolving guest spots on his radio show. Sadly none managed the Schrecks’ decorum and diplomacy.
Disclaimer: Shortly after the taping, the Schrecks renounced the egocentric, social Darwinian LaVeyan party line expressed in The First Family of Satanism. Many uninformed viewers have wrongly assumed that this1989 interview reflects the Schrecks’ current philosophy, which it does not.
Directed by Michael Schroeder.
Nikolas Schreck appears as himself with Radio Werewolf.
From 1979-1984, Nikolas Schreck worked as a “Special type” extra and bit part player.
He appeared as a rioting convict in The Blues Brothers, a drug dealer in Valley Girl, a Confederate soldier in Irreconcilable Differences, a supernatural marauder in Nomads and a citizen of the future in Bladerunner, among many others.