[Gerald Steiner], who runs a video duplication company, brought in a director and writer for "Dr. Caligari," Stephen Sayadian and Jerry Stahl (makers of the midnight movie staple "Cafe Flesh"). Steiner co-produced the film, inspired by the silent classic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," with Joseph Robertson, whose B-movie credentials include such '60s camp classics as "The Slime People" and "The Crawling Hand."
While a major studio might have the clout to shut down a street for filming, fledgling Steiner Films had to work this little bit of business around a steady stream of street traffic and pedestrians. After more than an hour of trying and a lot of U-turns for [Pat Morita], the shot was finally on film.
PHOTO: Producer Gerald Steiner watches filming of exterior scene in his second feature.; PHOTO: Camera crew shoots scene in Fullerton during filming of dark comedy "Auntie Lee's Meat Pies." / AURELIO JOSE BARRERA / Los Angeles Times; PHOTO: Actor Pat Morita, who plays police chief, walks through scene.; PHOTO: Director Joseph Robertson, left, makes a point to an assistant.